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5 Horror Games That Would’ve Made Better Movies!

I fell in love with horror games almost immediately after I was introduced to my first scary movie, and I’ve been hopelessly addicted to them both ever since. It didn’t take long. At around five years-old, I had discovered my first gateway drugs — Candyman and Silent Hill 2 — and the decades that have followed mostly consists of me trying to get that fix.

Wait. By that logic, Bloody Disgusting would be my dealer. Moving on.

Now that every successful video game qualifies as a potential candidate for a movie adaptation, I can’t help but look at the games I play and wonder what the movie that’s likely to follow might be like. Anyone who’s sat through at least a few movies based on video games can attest to their being a mixed bag. Most adaptations lose too much of what made the source material appealing in the first place, while others manage to achieve moderate success.

Some video games offer enough to remain interesting even when that crucial element of interaction is removed and the player becomes the viewer. Others rely more on gameplay, so they have nothing, or not enough, to make up for that loss.

These five horror games belong to the former category. I believe they each have the potential to benefit from a movie adaptation, starting with one of the biggest surprises of 2014…

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23 Comments
  • Victor

    I’ve always felt Clock Tower 3 would’ve made a great film if they literally went based off the game. As well as Resident Evil, but the concept of the original game being at the mansion and following Chris and Jill I’m still so confused the studio did not go with that version, what actually made Resident Evil a success.

    • Clock Tower almost got a film! I don’t remember what happened to it, but I remember seeing creepy art work for it a few years back. I haven’t read Romero’s screenplay for the what Resident Evil could’ve been, but I’ve heard it wasn’t much better than what Paul WS Anderson did with it.

      I really should read that screenplay. It’s been on my to-do list for ages.

      • Brodequin

        Here is original Romero’s Resident Evil screenplay, it’s really good:
        http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/resident_evil_romero.html

        • Victor

          Oh shit, thanks I have to check this out!

          • Brodequin

            No problem, enjoy 🙂

          • Victor

            I’m just getting through half of the first draft and honestly the opening and beginning is already promising, I could have saw this happening.

      • Victor

        Yea what ever happen to the news on the Clock tower film adaption? I read that somewhere to years ago but never checked on it. Honestly I feel that game had great potential to be turned into a film.

    • Maulana Wahyudi

      I think RE fine as a game tho,
      And clock tower, yeah that would be cool

  • 209SINS

    Ummm Dead Space of The Warner Brothers F.E.A.R Franchise….anyone? Or maybe The Suffering?

    • Victor

      I think ” The suffering ” would make a really good film, something different and original if they stick with the story of the game. Dead space would be an epic trilogy in my opinion.

      • Brodequin

        The Suffering movie… YES!

    • Dead Space and FEAR are two horror franchises that owe much of their success to their gameplay. I’d much prefer to do the strategic dismembering myself, rather than watch it in a movie. The same goes for FEAR, which I really don’t think is narratively competent enough to carry an entire film.

      That’s obviously just my opinion, and I do agree with you on The Suffering!

      • Brodequin

        Movie based on F.E.A.R. 2 could be good, i think…

      • I agree I misread this question in a way…lol…I think F.E.A.R. could bring something to the table aesthetically plus i heard at a time John Carpenter was interested in Dead Space and worked on F.E.A.R. #2….. Yeah…..mega points for remembering The Suffering!

    • Shuzer

      I know Dead Space had an animated feature on Netflix and the XBL market a while ago. I really liked that.

      • the Dead Space series was amazing. btw

  • James P

    Can you really put P.T. into a list about horror games that would make better movies? The demo was just that, a demo. The actual game will be far better, scarier, etc.

    • This has come up a few times now, and while I understand where you’re coming from, I don’t agree that P.T. is just another demo. It was marketed as a demo, sure, but in reality, it’s a short horror game that doubles as an ad for Silent Hills. The relationship between Silent Hills and P.T. ends there.

      Kojima and Co. have confirmed Silent Hills won’t play like P.T., and I think it’s safe to assume Silent Hills will have a comprehensible story, enemies, etc. That’s what separates P.T. from a demo for something like Evolve, where you’re getting a vertical slice of the game you’re considering buying.

      I hope that explains my decision to include it here. If it doesn’t, I suppose I could explain it away by evoking my God-King status, which I’ve used to rule the Bloody Disgusting video games section with an iron – nay, ADAMANTIUM – fist, and I make my own rules here… or whatever.

      • Brodequin

        Liege Lord ADAM 🙂

  • Mr. Dry

    I’m still waiting for a big budget Slender film, not exactly the “8 pages” thing but have you watched “Marble Hornets”? That shit is one of the scariest things in years, imagine that on a movie, I’d pay that ticket, more than once.

  • Frank Lloyd Jr.

    What about “Zombies Ate My Neighbors”? Zombies! Werewolves! Martians! Killer Dolls!

  • psychomantis18

    Nah, ludicrous.

    1. P.T is a demo meaning it functions as a ‘taste’ of Silent Hills and is too short to even be considered

    2. It has neither a narrative nor arch that would translate over to film without severe changes and additions

    3. It is a great example of the level of atmosphere and immersion that only games can provide in such intensity.

    4. I fail to see how such a puzzle box of horror could even be adapted via film as what arguably made P.T. so special was the way in which random and various interactions with the environment triggered game events and progression in terrifying ways.

    I do not see how P.T. could be improved upon or even adapted into a film. P.T would make my list of Top 10 games, regardless of genre, that should not be adapted into film.

    I like you Adam but you are insane

  • Anthony DeRouen

    This list is seriously lacking. PT is strictly a marketing piece for Silent Hills, and probably won’t make it to production now that Kojima is gone.

    Outlast, Amnesia, Fatal Frame, Limbo, even Left 4 Dead 2 would make great movies.

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