From spooky casinos to underground virtual realities, online and offline games provide an endless stream of creative inspiration to the creepy world of horror movies. Join us as we delve into some of our favorite game related horror movies of all time!
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Resident Evil: Extinction is the third chapter in the Resident Evil movie series based on the Capcom survival horror video game of the same name. In this franchise sequel, genetically altered Alice (Milla Jovovich) joins forces with Carlos (Oded Fehr) and L.J. (Mike Epps) to take down the Umbrella Corporation once and for all.
Set in the Nevada desert and filled with intense special effects and endless zombie terror, this action-packed sci-fi horror is arguably one of the most enduring computer game turned movies to date. Although the cinematic quality is debatable, Resident Evil: Extinction is entertaining, engaging, and faithful to the source material.
Stay Alive (2006)
Real life and virtual reality gruesomely collide when a group of friends play Stay Alive, a mysterious underground video game based on the spine-chilling true story of a 17th century noblewoman, known as ”The Blood Countess“.
It doesn’t take long for the curious comrades to discover their group is being murdered in the same way as their characters in the game, giving a disturbing new meaning to the phrase “Game Over.” In a death defying race against time, the survivors must solve the mystery of the game whilst desperately trying to stay alive.
Poker Night (aka The Joker) (2014)
In this twisted thriller, a young detective is caught in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse with a masked serial killer. In order to survive, the rookie must use the wisdom imparted to him by senior detectives during their regular poker nights.
Although the glittering lights of the casino might not be the most obvious place to set a horror movie, Poker Night is a captivating movie with splashes of disturbing horror that will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Runner Runner (2013)
Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake), believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gaming tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his sly and suspicious benefactor.
Arguably referred to by some as The Devil’s Advocate of the gaming world, Runner Runner isn’t without its awkward, hammy moments, but with an impressive cast, inventive framing and an intriguing premise, this movie is the perfect antidote to a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Set in the near-future, eXistenZ depicts a society in which game designers are worshipped as superstars and players can organically enter into their favorite games. Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law, this atmospheric and mysterious sci-fi thriller pulls you deeper and deeper into a strange and unique universe that leaves you confused and curious for more.
Disturbing, disorienting, and riddled with puzzles, experienced gamers should find much to savor in the film’s unique perspective on the nature of reality. With a solid premise and well-written script, eXistenz is an engaging flirtation with dark and delirious fun.
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Ultimately, the key to success is providing the viewer with suspense, enticement, and a gradual build-up of intrigue. It’s what we expect from a good horror movie, and it’s what we expect from a good game.
If these movies don’t float your entertainment boat and you fancy some real life gaming fun instead, check out some of the curious local tournaments on this World Games Map. Your next adventure could be just around the corner – let’s just hope it’s not filled with horror!