The 10 Worst Video Game Movies of All Time

VIDEO feature films don’t have a good reputation, and it’s no surprise when you look at this lineup.

They often get a lot of money poured into them. Huge stars, expensive sets and marketing like you wouldn’t believe.

These video game adaptations are really terrible.

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These video game adaptations are really terrible.Photo credit: Buena Vista Pictures

However, it’s very rare for all of these investments to yield a significant return when bomb after bomb hits the big screen.

There were exceptions. Both Sonic the Hedgehog films have done very well, as has Sonic’s Netflix show, and a third film is already in development.

That doesn’t change the fact that, by and large, video game movies are a recipe for disaster.

Fans of the game walk away unhappy because it didn’t do the game justice, and regular moviegoers are unhappy because they don’t get the context.

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We’ve handpicked the worst of these movies to ever hit the big screen, and we’ll endeavor to explain what made them so disastrous.

House of the Dead (2003)

This movie is based on a 1996 shooter you may not have heard of. It worked well at the time, but did not achieve a long-lasting effect.

However, in 2003 it was still a brand worth picking up as it was given a £10million budget.

It’s your classic horror storyline. A group of promiscuous teenagers go to a party somewhere only to slowly get caught by monsters.

Amazingly, this movie was good enough to warrant a sequel in 2005, but no one watching it now would call it good at all.

BloodRayne (2005)

BloodRayne had everything a game needed to capture Hollywood interest. There were vampires, it was violent, and the Nazis were the bad guys.

Uwe Boll was assigned to direct this project, who had previously directed two other video game films and would continue to direct in the future.

One was House of the Dead, which we’ve already discussed, and another is one we’ll be talking about shortly.

To put it nicely, he wasn’t good at making video game movies, and BloodRayne was no exception.

This film had a budget of £20million and only grossed £3million.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)

More than one movie has been made about Street Fighter over the years and if we have to tell you that they’re all bad then you haven’t been paying attention.

While the 1994 original wasn’t good, it at least managed to have a bit of wacky charm that might endear you somehow.

This 2009 movie completely sucked out all that joy and made it like any other boring action movie of that era.

The film had a budget of £15m and grossed just £10.6m.

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

Mortal Kombat is another series Hollywood doesn’t want to give up, with a movie based on it not set to release until 2021.

This movie was alright, so if you want something truly awful you have to watch this 1997 abomination.

Some of the dialogue in this film was so horrific that it’s achieved meme status, something only the very worst films can pull off.

However, while we laugh about it now, it can be considered a box office success. Grossed in at £42.6m from a budget of £25m.

Resident Evil (2002-2016)

Although Resident Evil consistently puts out sub-par products, it is very often adapted to other forms of media.

Just a few weeks ago in 2022, a Resident Evil TV show was released that fans expressed their displeasure with.

Six Resident Evil films have been released in 14 years, and while they have never received very good reviews from critics or fans, they have been wildly successful.

The first film grossed £85m from a budget of £27.4m, while the 2016 film grossed £259.4m from a budget of £33.2m.

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)

For this film we return to our good friend Uwe Boll, which, as expected, goes well.

Dungeon Siege has practically no relevance in this film, but that probably wouldn’t have helped anyway.

This is a film that desperately wanted to be Lord of the Rings, but without the ingredients that made this series so brilliant.

Somehow £50m was spent on this film and it only grossed £10m at the box office.

Wing Commander (1999)

If you’ve seen any other sci-fi war movie from that era, you’ve seen this movie.

It brings absolutely nothing new to the table and barely gets the basics right.

Despite starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard, this film could hardly get out of the gate with how passionately everyone savaged it.

The film’s budget of £25m resulted in a pathetic return of £9.6m.

Super Mario Bros. (1993)

When people talk about bad video game movies, this is probably the first movie that comes to mind and it’s no surprise once you’ve seen it.

Instead of embracing the weird and cartoonish aspects of Nintendo’s mascot, this film attempted to turn it into dark and grounded sci-fi.

It failed miserably at that, and the ridiculous designs, dialogue, and plot are only made funnier by how seriously the film seems to take itself.

£40m was spent on this film resulting in a return of £32.3m.

Hopefully Chris Pratt and his friends can do a better job upcoming Mario movie.

Double Dragon (1994)

Double Dragon didn’t add much to the story, so it was up to the film’s crew to fill in the gaps.

The gaps were certainly filled, but whatever they used didn’t have much substance as the foil made the smallest splatter possible.

It had a relatively small budget of £6.4million, but that only turned into a gross of £3.5million.

Alone in the Dark (2005)

Uwe Boll is back with his worst film yet and this time he doesn’t even work with a decent game.

Forget video game movies, this is one of the worst movies ever made. You name it, it looked bad.

The performances, story, dialogue, special effects and even the score are boring.

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It doesn’t even have that “so bad it’s good” aspect that the Mario movie has, it’s just a waste of time from start to finish.

Boll worked on a budget of £16.6m and the film ended up grossing just £10.5m.

Written by Ryan Woodrow on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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