GAME OVER: 5 Of The Worst Video Game Movies Ever Made

The highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed movie opened to UK audiences earlier this week, so far though critics have not been loving this latest video game adaptation.

Once again this begs the question: should Hollywood give up on bringing video games to the silver screen? It hasn’t really worked yet, as you can see from the 5 worst video game movies listed below.

Super Mario Bros. (1993)

Directors: Annabel Jankel & Rocky Morton

Starring: Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

What the critics said: Empire: “Game over, man.”

Time Out: “It will baffle kids, bore adolescents, and depress adults.”

Los Angeles Times: “Ultimately, it’s one more stop in the arcade, beckoning, waiting to soak up time and money.”

Source: SpagHorror TV

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

Director: Aleksander Bach

Starring: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 8%

What the critics said: Daily Telegraph: “What it lacks is much excitement, or any soul, and it might be the most asexual genre flick ever made.”

Guardian: “Resembles a uniquely boring, feature-length Audi commercial, incidentally intent on pinching ideas from the first two Terminators.”

ABC: “It’s a nonsensical story that feels as if it was written by a 10-year-old who plays too many video games.”

Source: 20th Century Fox

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

Director: John Leonetti

Starring: Robin Shou, Talisa Soto, James Remar

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 3%

What the critics said: Empire: “It would miss the point to complain that the plot is nonsensical drivel peopled by paper-thin characters and a paucity of ideas”.

ReelViews: “This film has no story, no characters, and no coherence.”

Entertainment Weekly: “Fragmented and monotonous, without a semblance of the gymnastic cleverness that at least made the first Mortal Kombat film into watchable trash, Mortal Kombat Annihilation is as debased as movies come.”

Source: Movieclips Trailer Vault

House of the Dead (2003)

Director: Uwe Boll

Starring: Jonathan Cherry, Tyron Leitso, Clint Howard

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 3%

What the critics said: BBC: “It’s so bad it could well go down in history as one of the worst zombie movies ever made.”

Entertainment Weekly: “To properly convey the jaw-dropping shoddiness of this videogame-based ‘horror’ ‘movie,’ one must approach what scientists call Absolute Stupid.”

Empire: “This is one of those rare films that truly manages to get by on unintentional laughs, but otherwise dreadful.”

Source: LionsgateVOD

Alone in the Dark (2005)

Director: Uwe Boll

Starring: Christian Slater, Tara Reid, Stephen Dorff

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 1%

What the critics said: Entertainment Weekly: “When the giant, intelligent bees of the future sift through the ashes of our civilization, they will find Alone in the Dark, and they will understand. It’s so bad it’s postmodern.”

New York Times: “This horror film, spun off from an old Atari video game, is so inept on every level, you wonder why the distributor didn’t release it straight to video, or better, toss it directly into the trash.”

Hollywood Reporter: “As video game adaptations go, even Pong: The Movie would have a lot more personality.”

Source: soodjai lim

So there we have it, 5 examples of why movie studios should leave the video game stories to, well, video games. Game over? It probably should be.

Which video game stinkers did we miss? Let us know by tweeting us at@FromMarsOnline.


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