We all know how head-scratchingly terrible movies based on horror video games can be — I’m looking at you, the entire Resident Evil series — but little did you know that it can just as easily work the other way around. Here are five of the worst video games based on horror films.
Saw II: Flesh & Blood
The original Saw video game was, like the first Saw film, unexpectedly enjoyable. Its follow-up, though, much like the six Saw films that followed the original, were the equivalent of throwing that rusty bear trap on your own head. I don’t really need to run around a 2spooky4u warehouse rescuing hapless NPCs from traps (but give me a Cary Elwes Overacting Sim and we’re in business).
Friday the 13th
A classic in awful gaming, Friday the 13th was accidentally an incredibly faithful adaptation. Just like it was impossible to kill Jason, it was impossible to beat this game. And a blue and purple Jason? What, are all the campers tripping balls after hours?
Fright Night was rushed to market, and therefore lacked any semblance of an actual ending to the game. It just continued on an endless loop, over and over, until you were convinced that the 2011 remake was a good idea.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Look, I know it was a different era of gaming, graphics-wise, but you can’t tell me that with the Atari’s sweet graphics, Leatherface’s “chainsaw” doesn’t look upsettingly phallic. You just can’t.
Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead’s Revenge
As a Doom clone running on DOS based on Pumpkinhead, there’s little wonder this flew way, WAY under the radar. And to think, just a little Ace of Base would’ve cemented this baby as the most ’90s-ass creation to ever hit store shelves.
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