10 Worst Video Game Movies, Ranked According To Metacritic

Video game fans are excited to see their favorite Nintendo characters come to life in the untitled game mario film with Chris Pratt and Anya Taylor-Joy, which should be released next year. However, not all video game fans are sure that the next mario the film will do well critically and commercially, given the track record of other video game film adaptations.

Bringing a video game to life on the big screen is no small feat. In addition to ensuring that the narrative appeals to mainstream audiences, video game movies should also appeal to fans of the game. house of death at Postalthere are plenty of video game movies that have received abysmal scores on Metacritic.


ten Max Payne (2008) – 31

Remedy Entertainment’s third-person shooter franchise has managed to cultivate a loyal following thanks to its cinematic action sequences and impressive art direction. Its 2008 film counterpart, however, was criticized, despite making decent money at the box office.

Having big movie stars like Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Beau Bridges hasn’t helped movie critics win over. Max Payne was mainly criticized for its illogical plot, a disappointing performance by its lead actor, and a deviation from the source material.

9 Post (2008) – 22

Postal is a top-down shooter developed by the game studio Running with Scissors. In 2008, German director Uwe Boll decided to adapt the game for the big screen, although most of the story was taken from the game’s sequel. Post 2.

The film revolves around a fake religious cult leader and his nephew who will do anything to save his compound, even if it means confronting terrorists. While some viewers enjoyed the film’s outrageousness, Postal was always panned due to its tone-deaf plot that attempts to mask the film as political satire.

8 Wing Commander (1999) – 21

Wing Commander is a space combat franchise that features humanity’s struggles against an alien species. The 1999 film of the same name was directed by Chris Roberts and stars actors Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard.

The film also introduces the Kilrathi, which is a feline alien race that aims to go to earth and conquer it. Wing Commander failed to gain support from the game’s fans as its visual style and plot differed greatly from the games. Additionally, the film had disappointing dialogue that was full of sci-fi cliches and had cheesy special effects due to its low budget.

seven Blood Rayne (2005) – 18

German director Uwe Boll has several film adaptations of video games to his credit. His 2005 film BloodRaynewhich is based on the video game of the same name, follows a vampire-human hybrid who seeks revenge for his mother who was exploited by his vampire father.

Despite great actors like Ben Kingsley, Kristanna Loken, Michael Madsen and Michelle Rodriguez, BloodRayne did not receive the same positive reception as the video game series. The film was generally criticized for its weak plot, confusing action sequences, and turgid dialogue.

6 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009) – 17

street fighter is one of Capcom’s most successful franchises, with some entries earning high scores on Metacritic. Unfortunately, the 2009 adaptation which primarily featured the beloved character Chun-Li, failed to wow viewers and critics.

Many viewers felt that the film had a shallow plot, which revolves around Chun-Li and his quest for justice and his desire to reverse the deeds of a crime lord in his town. While some thought the film had properly choreographed action sequences, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li still falls short, largely due to its lackluster storyline.

5 Silent Hill: 3D Revelation (2012) – 16

Moviegoers were thrilled to see the sequel to the 2006 film silent Hill, which was well received for its impressive visuals, though some found it vague and confusing. Unfortunately, the sequel was a worse movie and didn’t quite fit the horror genre due to a lack of terrifying scenes.

The film follows a character named Heather Mason, who finds herself in the strange town of Silent Hill after discovering that she has been living a fake life. The film was much hated by viewers due to its poorly written characters and poor cinematography which was long forgotten by fans of the video game series.

4 The House of the Dead (2003) – 15

Another of Uwe Boll’s video game film adaptations, house of death is based on a shooter created by Sega. Referred to as a prequel to the video game series, house of death sees survivors battling zombies on a deserted island.

It was pretty obvious that house of death is Boll’s first theatrical release for viewers due to its painfully boring direction and forgettable performances. However, Boll still released a sequel to house of death in 2005, although it didn’t do well at the box office either.

3 In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) – 15

Famous action thriller actor Jason Statham is featured in the 2007 film In the name of the king. Mainly inspired by the Dungeon Game franchise, In the Name of the King follows the story of a man named Farmer who seeks revenge on his son and wants to save his wife from evil and primitive beings.

Uwe Boll, who famously directed the criticized films Blood Rayne and Alone in the darkwas also responsible for directing In the name of darkness. Unsurprisingly, the film received negative remarks from critics, due to its dubiously terrible production, eyebrow-raising dialogue, and stilted acting.

2 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) – 11

The fighting game franchise mortal combat has cultivated a massive fanbase due to its memorable and powerful characters, as well as its compelling story and plot. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is the sequel to the 1995 film mortal combatand unlike its predecessor, the film was inconsistent and had flimsy action sequences.

The plot of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was also largely laughable as it tells the story of Liu Kang and his mission to stop the infamous Shao Khan, albeit in a confusing way. However, the film’s producer reveals that the film was released despite being unfinished, which is why the film’s special effects were bad and looked absurd (via Flickering Myth).

1 Alone in the Dark (2005) – 5

Actors Tara Reid and Christian Slater star in what is considered Uwe Boll’s worst film, Alone in the dark. The video game the movie is based on falls into the survivor horror genre and follows a private detective who travels to haunted houses that house various terrifying undead monsters.

The film is about a paranormal detective who must stop a cult of evil demons from reanimating and taking over the world. The film was so terrible that some critics found it funny and even considered it subversive and postmodern camp.

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