Top 10 Horror Movies That Should Be Games

Top 10 Horror Movies That Should Be Games

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The majority of video games that have been
adapted into poorly received films are undeniable. But what if we worked the other way around? What if we adapted movies into games, working
with surefire concepts that could draw in gamers who are already devoted fans of cult
classics and successful blockbusters? So today, we’re jumping into hypothetical
land, and the horror genre, with our list of the top 10 horror movies that should be
games. Warning, there are a few movie spoilers on
this list, but nothing too, too revealing. So with that in mind, let’s get to it! 10 IT
IT is ripe with potential; Pennywise the Clown can take the shape of your worst fears and
nightmares, meaning there is an endless stream of possibilities as to the kinds of horrors
you could come face to face with in this title. It would likely function best as a non-linear
horror title, even one that borrowed mechanics from the likes of Until Dawn, where we play
as members of the iconic Losers club in both their childhood and adult years. But unlike Until Dawn, you’d be faced with
boss battles, most of which involves simply surviving or evading Pennywise, up until you
reach specific boss battles, like the face off with the spider creature at the end of
the most recent IT film, where defeating it is inevitable. Adding a more twisted dynamic to the game
to raise the stakes could be fun as well; the decisions you make will determine if members
of the Losers club get killed off, making the game that much harder if, by the time
you reach adulthood, most of your friends are dead. 9 The Strangers
This 2008 home invasion film could be adapting into a simple concept video game chalk full
of quality scares. The movie depicts a married couple fighting
for their lives amidst a break in of three masked murderers who take advantage of their
isolated vacation home. Imagine playing a first person title where
you are defenseless, much like many of the popular survival horror games out there nowadays,
but instead of ghouls or monsters or other supernatural threats, your predators are humans,
and you need to figure out a way to either escape or hunt the hunters. In addition to that, your actions can’t
compromise the life of your partner, putting you in a precarious situation. Sure, you might be able to break out and survive,
but that means your husband or wife gets offed in the process when you burst through a window
and make a run for it. Consider the house a sandbox, similar to the
recent Hitman titles where anything can be a weapon or a distraction, and there are multiple
ways to get out alive. Or die. 8 Train to Busan
Train to Busan is a fantastic Korean horror film that takes place on train during a sudden
zombie apocalypse break out. The story begins with us following an absentee
father and his young daughter, the former taking the latter to see her mother in Busan
for her birthday. As the train departs, a woman who has been
bitten by a zombie boards the train, and eventually infects other passengers. As the film progresses, we see a group of
civilians, including the father daughter duo, struggling to survive the narrow confides
of the train and make it to Busan, where its presumed to be a safe haven from the spread
of the zombie virus. So why would this make a great video game? A large part of the film requires the characters
on board to use stealth tactics to avoid getting mauled to death by hoards of zombies. It’s partially a survival horror, mixed
with some melee battles, where several characters, in order to get to a different part of the
train, need to beat down on the zombies to get through. And the train does stop at two locations where
the characters get bombarded by zombie hoards yet again, making it for a dynamic journey. 7 The Purge
The Purge seems like an obvious choice for this list. The concept behind the Purge films is that,
in order combat prison over-crowding and violence in general, the US allows an annual 12 hour
time period in which crime is entirely legal. Some go on a rampage, others fend for their
survival, and everyone in the audience likely considered what they would do if they were
put into that dire situation. Now imagine that concept tossed into an open
world MMORPG. With sophisticated game mechanics, it could
allow players to get into all sorts of trouble and depravity, to the point where we wouldn’t
be surprised to see it get banned in several countries if it were to ever get made and
be released. There could even be a difficulty setting in
which you can join servers that run for a full 12 hours, making the game an intense
marathon of sorts. There could even be a battle royale mode that
would alert you as to how many people are still left alive on your server, if that’s
how you want to play the game. 6 The Howling
There aren’t a ton of video games out there that center on werewolves. This is one of the reasons why an adaptation
of the 1981 film The Howling would be great; not only is it arguably one of the best werewolf
films out there, but it’s locale could make for a contain online title ripe with the potential. Imagine this- similar to the game Friday the
13th or Dead by Daylight, you get to choose a character with a specific playstyle who
gets sent to this secluded psychiatric resort called the Colony. Each server has one individual who is the
werewolf, a character who runs around and hunts the other players, transforming them
one by one into werewolves. When you’re bitten, you get to hunt the
remaining survivors too, but be wary; survivors can get their mitts on silver bullets and
corrosive acid, the former killing you off and the latter severely hindering your gameplay
for a handful of seconds, allowing players to escape your grasp. Speaking of supernatural creatures, though,
in at our next number- 5 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
We’re cheating a little bit on this number and giving you a television show rather than
a movie! Although once upon a time, it was a movie
first, but let’s just ignore that. The world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a
beloved one. The show, a nostalgic trip back into the 90s
and early 2000s nowadays, followed a teenage vampire slayer attempting to save the world
all while trying to maintain a regular life in high school, and later, college. It’s all about never quite fitting in and
coming of age, mixed with demons, vampires and a bunch of other terrifying supernatural
concoctions. With the upcoming revival show in the works,
it would be amazing to see an open world RPG emerge, in which you play a vampire slayer
(or Buffy, we’d be so down for Buffy), who is forced to tackle a plethora of sinister
supernatural threats crawling their way out of the hellmouth, all while maintaining the
façade of a high school student. Kind of like the persona games, but relying
on the lore of the series created by Joss Whedon. 4 A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place got rave reviews when it came out for successfully creating a world in which
dialogue was not heavily relied upon, and sound design amplified the tension in a mesmerizing
way. The creatures in the film were rarely seen,
with the focus being on a family trying to survive in a world where making the slightest
sound could result in your immediate death. Now imagine the potential a story like that
could have as a stealth survival horror video game. From searching for supplies to defending your
home, there is a ton of material in a quiet place that could be used to construct a scary
as hell open world video game. 3 Cube
We imagine a concept like Cube would translate really well into an indie horror game. The 1997 film follows a group of strangers
who wake up in a maze of absurd rooms, some of which are booby trapped, others that are
entirely safe. There’s a few ways Cube would work as a
game. The first is as a horror puzzle game, like
Portal but deadlier and scarier. The second, and arguably more intriguing,
is a game in which you and three other players wake up inside of this prison-esque environment,
all starting at different parts of the map, and eventually work your way into finding
one another. Each of you has a different skill set, making
some rooms easier to navigate than others. And to make it even more difficult, psychological
elements the likes of the paranoia we see in games like Amnesia could really make for
conflict amongst teammates; ultimately, you can choose to save yourself or help save the
others, adding further tension to the dynamic between players. Cube would also make a great escape room in
real life. Just saying. 2 The Thing
John Carpenter’s The Thing is an amazing film. Using practical special effects, it takes
elements of cosmic horror and manifests them into gruesome and guttural creatures that
can’t be defined but are the stuff of nightmare fuel. Much of the tension in the film is caused
by a lack of trust in between characters. Who has been infected by The Thing? Who is trying to manipulate whom? And what must you do in order to survive? Rather than the game being an open world,
using the action-consequence mechanics of games like Until Dawn could prove successful
in a horror survival title like this, with dire mistakes in judgment leading to you,
or your companions, being killed off. Mix in a solid dose of paranoia and misdirection
and we could have a really good psychological horror on our hands with this. It’s actually worth noting that there was
a semi successful game adaptation by Compiter Artworks for The Thing that was released in
2002 that worked as a direct sequel to the events of the movie, but the capabilities
of technology nowadays could make for a much more immersive title. 1 The Shining
If you’ve seen Ready Player One, this number likely already crossed your mind. A video game version of Stephen King’s The
Shining, combined with the aesthetic of the film directed by Stanley Kubrick, could make
for one of the most horrific video game experiences of all time. Someone call up Hideo Kojima and get him to
direct this! We imagine a Shinning game playing out like
a psychological horror, in the same vein as PT but throughout the expanse of an empty
hotel.

51 comments

  1. "Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark" should get a video game adaptation because it LOOKS scary. I've haven't seen it yet but it LOOKS scary!😱👍

  2. There were 2 Buffy the Vampire Slayer video games in the early 2000's. One was titled Chaos Bleeds. Both were quite good in my opinion.

  3. Yo when i heard her describe cube i thought half dead cus u have to go through multible rooms full of booby traps safe rooms or a exit

  4. I'm pretty sure the was a couple Buffy video games made in the early 2000s. Also a good horror movie adaption in my opinion would be Cabin in the Woods…Thousands of variety of creatures you might face off against depending on what artifact is touched and last one standing wins! There could even be one player who controls the monsters!

  5. a game for Halloween and Scream and maybe Texas chainsaw massacre and a nightmare on elm street i feel like any of those would be pretty good as games

  6. games with horror movie characters exist. but those are just survival games like Friday the 13th the game, Dead By Daylight, etc. they dont follow story. so this list being a reality would be mega dope

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