The Best and Worst Video Game Movies of All Time

  • The Best and Worst Video Game Movies of All Time

    The term “video game movie” bears a pretty negative stigma —, and for good reason. From the ’90s Super Mario Bros. film to modern fare like Assassin’s Creed, most movies associated with our favorite playable properties are uninspired cash-ins with bad acting and questionable connections to the actual game.

    But buried in the heap of game movie garbage are a few genuine gems, as well as a few movies that are so bad, you simply have to see them. With that in mind, we’ve dug through the depths of gaming’s film history to bring you the best and worst this troubled subgenre has to offer.

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  • BloodRayne (Worst)

    I was a fan of the original BloodRayne video game. A lady half-vampire fighting Nazis? Yes, please! So how did the 2005 film turn out? In a word, badly. This was a classic Uwe Boll stinker, which is sad, since it has actors like Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen and Michelle Rodriguez. Similar to the game, Rayne is a Dhampir (half-vampire) looking to stop her father, who has become lord of the vampires with a plan to exterminate humanity using three artifacts. Bad acting, writing and fighting choreography ensue. And believe it or not, the sequels (yes, sequels) are even worse. Sherri L. Smith

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  • Doom (Worst)

    Did you smelllllllllllllllllll what The Rock was cooking in one of his first movies? Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays a space marine in Doom alongside Karl Urban and Rosamund Pike. In an attempt to make this sci-fi horror title more believable (ha!) the story is changed from someone accidentally opening a portal to Hell on Mars to a series of genetically altered humans appearing on the Red Planet. The movie does serve up a bit of fan service with iconic game weapons such as the BFG, but other than that, it’s a passable sci-fi/horror/action flick for a lazy weekend watch. Sherri L. Smith

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  • Double Dragon (Worst)

    The good news is that you don’t have to watch Abobo physically assault and kidnap a woman at the beginning of the film adaptation of Double Dragon. The bad news is that there’s even a movie to begin with. The 1994 movie pits Jimmy and Billy Lee against powerful crime lord Koga Shuko in a fight for the pieces of the Double Dragon medallion. Actress Alyssa Milano plays Marian, leader of a vigilante group in a fight against the gangs. Also, there’s a scene with so-called Shadow warriors. I watched this back in the day so you don’t have to. You’re welcome. Sherri L. Smith

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  • House of the Dead (Worst)

    Someone thought making a first-person rail shooter into a movie was a great idea. So the world had to contend with the stinker that was House of the Dead. Thanks, Uwe Boll. Instead of two special agents sent to deal with an undead menace created by a mad scientist disillusioned by humanity, the movie goes with six horny kids fighting a zombie horde on a seemingly deserted island. Apparently, a Catholic priest conducted ghoulish experiments on the former residents of the island, creating zombies and an immortality serum. So yeah, it’s a really bad movie. Sherri L. Smith

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  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider/The Cradle of Life (Worst)

    Tomb Raider was one of the biggest gaming franchises of the ’90s, so its early 2000s spinoff films seemed inevitable. While Angelina Jolie got some props for her lively portrayal of Lara Croft, pretty much everything else about Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was panned across the board by critics and fans alike. The film’s sequel, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life (say that in one breath), was largely considered an improvement, but still failed to escape the bad action-flick cliches of the original. Fortunately, both the Tomb Raider game and film franchises were rebooted to great effect — if not, the series would forever be associated with B movie schlock. — Mike Andronico

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