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Top 10 Worst Films Based on Video Games

VO: Dan Paradis
Starting in 1993 with the film adaptation of Super Mario Bros, Hollywood studios have attempted to cash in on the popularity of the franchises with adaptations of popular video games. Of course the main problem is ... they tend to be terrible, usually having laughable sets, or storylines that stretch so far from the source material that it's unrecognizable. We're here to countdown the worst of the worst. Join as we countdown our picks for the top 10 worst movies based off video games. Special thanks to Maximillian Mages and 4sevn for submitting the idea on our WatchMojo.comsuggest page!

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Top 10 Worst Movies Based off Video Games

Why can’t these two industries get along? Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 worst movies based off Video Games.

Safe to say we had plenty of contenders for this list, so not all of them could make it on here, we’re going to judge these films on a balance of their treatment to the source material, and just how appalling it is to viewers both gamers and non-gamers alike.

#10 “Doom” (2005)

We’re going to start things off with a trip to Mars, which don’t have the badass gates of hell as in the games, but rather an artificially made chromosome that … get this: turns you into a monster, but only if you’re evil. If that wasn’t cringe worthy enough you also have a cast of extremely unlikable characters; not even The Rock can salvage this mess. In a last ditch effort, the film tries to replicate the game with a first person shooter segment…but then ends with a fistfight.

#9: “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li” (2009)

We only had enough room for one Street Fighter film on this list, but while the original had the one redeeming factor of a notably frail Raul Julia as Bison, Legend of Chun Li … has nothing redeemable about it. Turing the South East Asian Dictator M. Bison into an Irish Property Developer and the horrible miscasting of Kristin Kreuk as the Chinese Chun Li, best steer clear of this mess.

#8: “Double Dragon” (1994)

Double Dragon is set in the not too distant future of 2007, where Los Angeles is now a flooded city with technicolour gangs roaming the streets, and the main villain is Robert Patrick playing Vanilla Ice. (I just want to control one city) Yet with all the goofy action scenes, and its out of nowhere Andy Dick cameo, Double Dragon’s treatment of its source material is easily summed up in one scene, (Show jump kicking the DD arcade machine)

#7: “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” (2004) and onwards

Paul Anderson’s treatment of the horror franchise feels more like Fan Fiction rather than a real adaptation. Writing his wife into the series as the only competent character that has nothing to do with the games, just spits on the original fanbase. And yet while the first film was pretty good, starting from Apocalypse the series just kept going downhill from there, So instead of reduxing the list every 2 years as the sequels inevitably dribble out, we’re just going with the one that started the downward trend.

#6: “Max Payne” (2008)

While this film tries to be a bit more faithful to the source material, its key problem lies in the Directing. Bad decisions in pacing make the main character unlikable for the majority of the film, not helped by the fact that Max is played by Marky Mark Wahlberg. But hey as long as the John Woo inspired action scenes are here it should be all right, Right? Nope they screwed those up too.

#5: “Super Mario Bros” (1993)

There’s so many questions about this film that we think those who made the film got confused by it; How are the leads supposed to be brothers when they’re different ethnicities and have a 20 year age gap? That's even more confusing. Also why is the Mushroom Kingdom a dystopian city? And why do the goomba’s look like … well these things? This is first ever videogame adaptation and sadly the trend hasn’t gotten any better since then.

#4: “Bloodrayne” (2005)

If you’re not familiar with the name Uwe Boll, you will be by the end of this video. This vampire movie based so poorly off the game that they didn’t even get the time period right, is filled with laughably poor action scenes, a confusing storyline, and despite getting A-grade quality actors like Ben Kingsley, Michelle Rodriguez and Michael Mason, they give off performances like they clearly don’t want to be there.

#3: “The House of the Dead” (2003)

Yet another Uwe Boll *ahem* masterpiece, This film has a group of annoying spring break teenagers head to a rave hosted on a remote island, of all places, which has since been overrun by zombies. The plot is very inconsistent: one minute the teens are running for their lives, the next they’re pulling off matrix moves and kung fu. And what does all this have to do with the game? Good question.

#2: “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” (1997)

While the first Mortal Kombat movie was enjoyable, Its sequel dashed our hopes of ever seeing an amazing Video Game film. Recasting 3 of the 5 returning characters and killing off one of them, Horrendous CGI effects, costumes that wouldn’t pass at comic con, and laughable dialogue make up the laundry list of offense. (Mother your alive). It says a lot when the only redeeming factor is the recycled themesong from the first film.

Before we get to the bottom of the barrel, lets have a look at some Dishonorable Mentions.

#1: “Alone in the Dark” (2005)

The cream of the crap of Uwe Boll’s abysmal resume, A film that’s so bad, the worst part comes before the camera even starts running. For a film that’s called “ALONE” In The Dark, barely anyone is alone at any given time. What constitutes horror in this film is turning the light switches on and off again, and casting Tara Reid as a Scientist. This is the very reason why we listed Uwe Boll as the #1 worst director in Hollywood.

We could have filled more than half this list with Uwe Boll films, but for the sake of variety we decided to set a limit to three of his films. So let us know what sorry excuses for film ruined your favorite franchises, and for more hideous top 10’s published everyday be sure to subscribe to

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