Top 5 Bad Movies Based On Video Games
Theatrical movies cam earn a lot of money for studios if they get it right. If not then the results can be a disaster. With Sonic the Hedgehog announced to be released and then pushed back so the studio can edit the animation after a bad response fresh in people’s minds, here are the top 5 Bad Movies based on video games.
#5 – Super Mario Brothers
A movie based on the longtime Nintendo property released in 1993. It was a live action movie starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi, the Italian American brothers. They fought off Dennis Hopper’s King Koopa and his army of Koopa Troopas that looked nothing like what was in any of the games. The resemblance to any of the video games was minimal and it was not well received by audiences. Hoskins himself said it was “The worst thing I’ve ever made” in a later interview.
#4 – Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
A 2001 live-action movie starring Angelina Jolie as the cave diving explorer based off the series of games from Eidos Interactive. Critics didn’t take to this attempt at an Indiana Jones style movie. Audiences said the plot was bland and the action was very stylized, however, the movie broke the record for its opening weekend and drew $274.7 million worldwide so it did make its money despite the reviews.
#3 – BloodRayne
A 2005 movie starring actress Kristanna Loken and directed by Uwe Boll. Based on the game by Majesco Entertainment. This was a vampire/horror/ action adventure movie that was critically panned. It was said the lead writer Guinevere Turner, originally turned in the first copy of the script two weeks late and instead of editing it, Boll went with that script and told the actors to “take a crack at it.” The film opened to less than 100 theaters and the reactions by those who did see it was not good.
#2 – Street Fighter
The 1994 movie based off the Capcom fighting games, the movie starred Jean-Claude Van Damme as Guile and Raul Julia as the evil M. Bison in his last role before he died. Departing from the fighting style of the game, the movie was about Guile and the heroes that join him against Bison as he tried to rule the world. Several of the characters did not match the video game characters likenesses or characteristics. Film critic Leonard Maltin said that “even Jean-Claude Van Damme fans couldn’t rationalize this bomb.”
#1 – Mortal Combat: Annihilation
A 1997 movie based on the series of fighting games by Midway. This was the much less successful sequel to the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie but several of the actors in the first movie were replaced for this film. Creators of the franchise Ed Boon and John Tobias have both said they hated the movies and it is often shown as an unintentional comedy and an example of a movie being made as a cash-in on the Mortal Kombat name more than the telling of any kind of story.