Oh video game movies. They are abysmal stuff to say the least. I’m not entirely sure what it is. Maybe something gets lost in translation, maybe some producer thinks that a Pac Man video game would be much better if it were set in the year 2087 and Pac-Man is the code name for an honest cop with nothing left to lose who eats fruit in order to power himself as he chases a street game called ‘The Ghosts’. It could be a lot of things. Whatever the case, video games and movies are just two genres that never really seemed to mesh. But even with that being said, there are a few out there that are so bad, they may just very well be amazing masterpieces of wrongness. The genre does have its fair share of stinkers, but maybe it is time to shine the spotlight on the video game movies that are perfect for a night of drinking with your friends and having a laugh at a bad movie. This is the Top 4 Bad Video Game Movies… That are Definitely Worth Checking Out.
Once again I would like everyone to keep in mind that this is my personal list and is based on my opinion. If you have a difference of opinion, that is fine. Please leave a message, I would love a debate. Also the criteria of this list is simple A) The movie needs to be based off of a video game so movies based on board games are out. Also B) These movies in my opinion are bad movies and would fit on my grading scale within the 0-2.5 range. Without further ado, Let’s go to the list.
The highest on our list is the movie that out of the four, isn’t really that bad. All things considered, the child friendly version of one of the goriest video games of all time is fun in its own right. The acting is okay and the fight scenes are well done. But for the most part the movie fails to deliver on a lot of what Mortal Kombat is about. The film is campy and tongue in cheek and a lot more family style than what a Mortal Kombat movie should really be about.
That being said though, Mortal Kombat is still a really fun watch. The acting is well done and if you can get past the fact that it lacks on gore and violence, you can get behind some cheesy Johnny Cage one liners, Sonya Blade in boy shorts, and great acting from Robin Shau, Christopher Lambert, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Overall, this is one that I can say has the most claim to being a legit good film and is worth the watch.
Oh Uwe Boll or as many would like to refer to him as the modern-day Ed Wood. The man has made some rather bad movies in recent year (well bad movies period), most of which fall into the category of this horrid video game movie genre. A lot of Uwe Boll’s films are absolutely horrendous, some are unwatchable. But what I will say is this, an Uwe Boll movie is an experience. Some movies like Alone in the Dark, Far Cry, and House of the Dead are difficult to watch without breaking your television screen. But then there are movies like Assault on Wall Street, Auschwitz, and our selection BloodRayne that you can get some serious enjoyment out of for being wonderfully bad films.
Luckily BloodRayne is not the strongest video game title. It is okay, but nowhere near as popular as some others. It has a strong following but to deviate from the source material. Even though the only similarities to the film and the video game is the title ‘BloodRayne’, it is still a fun bad movie. It is cheesily shot, the actors are impressively bad, and out of a lot of Boll’s films unless you are a die-hard fan of the series, this is one that you can sit through that is not one of his movies like Blubberella. If you are going to have an Uwe Boll movie night, this should be on the top of your list.
Oh you knew this was going to be on this list. Street Fighter is a glorious movie of badness that mixes all the tropes of a great bad movie. Horribly miscast characters like Jean Claude Van Damme complete with his thick dutch accent playing the all American man Guile. They attempt to hold to the source material characters in costume and design, but then add in the rightly wrong amount of jokes and camp to create a perfect storm of badness. Everything about it is so bad and that is what makes it so damn good.
Then you have Raul Julia as Bison. The man who would tragically pass away just after the film was released. This guy may have had a rather untimely death. But man he owns every single second that he is on-screen with his role as the nefarious M. Bison. Julia takes the movie to a whole other level of greatness. No matter how old I get or how much my taste in movies change, this one will always be a favorite of mine.
Oh this one… This one is just absolutely wonderful. Oh it has nothing to do with the Super Mario Bros game. It takes the whimsical Mario world where a set of Italian plumbers try to save a Princess that is always kept in another castle being held by an evil turtle overlord and turns it into a dystopian society where dinosaurs apparently exist in a parallel universe and Bowser or King Koopa turns into Dennis Hopper with a horrid hair cut. Super Mario Brothers is the first video game movie and the most infamous that ushered in the horrendous video game to movie titles.
But as bad as this film is… Oh you can get so much enjoyment out of it. The combination of wonderful acting from Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Samantha Mathis, and Dennis Hopper are just phenomenal. The level of over the top cheese is excellent, the strange Dystopian future setting and the group of koopas that are straight out of the uncanny valley makes this a perfect combination of badness that you can watch and enjoy over and over again.
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