In the past few decades, the film and gaming industries have intertwined to produce several movies based off of the most popular titles. This, however, has resulted in some pretty bad adaptations over the years. Here are the worst ones to date.
Need For Speed (2014)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%
This movie is based on the video game series of the same name. With the popularity of racing movies like the Fast & Furious series, as well as huge success of the games, this seemed like a logical choice in theory. With Aaron Paul hot off a stellar run with Breaking Bad, this only added more of an initial appeal. However, movie-goers were not pleased, where many felt that the pace of the film was much too slow for a racing movie. Despite the criticisms, however, the film did well commercially, grossing over $200 million worldwide while working with a $60 million budget.
Super Marios Bros. (1993)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%
Mario is without a doubt one of the most recognizable figures in modern culture. Even those who are not gamers themselves can instantly point out the mustached man. This film, however, is not a proper reflection of that legacy. The movie retains a lot of the characters names, but the rest of the content is very loosely based off of the games. Whereas Mario's primary mission is to rescue Princess Peach from King Koopa (a.k.a. Bowser), the big-screen version takes a different turn. Mario and Luigi are now two plumbers from Brooklyn who discover a parallel universe that King Koopa is trying to merge with their own. The character designs, particularly Koopa and his minions, vary drastically from the games, aside from the brothers, who eventually sport their signature red and blue outfits. Interestingly enough, Tom Hanks was originally secured to play Mario, but was eventually replaced by Bob Hoskins due to budgetary reasons.
Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li (2009)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%
Based on the popular fighting game series, Street Fighter, this film puts Kristen Kreuk as the lead role of Chun-Li, the games' premier female fighter. Although not the first to adapt the fighting game into a film, this particular one was by far the least liked. Many criticized the lack-luster screenplay and dull combat scenes. The movie did have some star power, bringing on the likes of Michael Clark Duncan, Chris Klein, Neal McDonough and even Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 3%
This is the sequel to the 1995 film, Mortal Kombat, which did not perform very well either. This, however, was received much worse by fans and critics. Riddled with cheesy dialogue and CGI, the second installation in the film series only brought back two of the five major characters. For many, the first film acted as somewhat of a guilty pleasure, but this movie did little to try and improve upon that. The one positive from the movie as a whole: the epic soundtrack, complete with the theme song many know and love.
Alone in the Dark (2005)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 1%
Not only does this have an unbelievably low score on multiple review sites, but it has officially gone down as one of the worst films ever made, even outside of gaming adaptations. In this particular film starring Christian Slater and Tara Reid, the two must work together to prevent demons from taking over the world. This movie was directed by the infamous Uwe Boll, a retired filmmaker who specialized in adapting multiple games in cinematic form. Over the course of several years, Boll has created some of the least liked films in the entire industry, including House of the Dead, Bloodrayne, and In the Name of the King. Most of the games he adapts, such as Far Cry, are critically acclaimed titles and are renowned by fans worldwide, yet the films are far from it. This one is no exception.
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