Halloween is always the perfect excuse to catch up on some horror movies and even though there aren’t as many horror films based on video games, there are enough to keep you entertained for a few hours. To be clear, most of the movies below are mindless entertainment, so don’t expect anything extraordinary, but if you’re interested in watching some horror movies that have some familiar characters or settings, they will suffice.
Resident Evil: Degeneration is a CGI film that unlike the live-action series of films, it’s based on the games. This is the first time when Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield appear together since Resident Evil 2, so expect a lot of fan service and references to the seminal survival horror game. If you’re a fan of the games and would like to know more about these characters, Degeneration offers just that.
4. Fatal Frame
Fatal Frame (also known as Project Zero the Movie in Japan) is an achievement in atmosphere and despite not being that scary, it’s extremely creepy. The game follows a group of girls studying in a convent in Japan and the movie goes as far as discussing lesbian relationships in Japan and other thought-provoking topics. Fans of the game should know that even though the movie makes reference to the Camera Obscura, the device isn’t an integral part of the story, so there’s not a ghost-killing camera.
This action zombie film, which debuted on Sony’s digital distribution service, Crackle in early 2015, is set between the events of Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 3, so fans will feel right at home. Watchtower follows online reporter Chase Carter and his camerawoman as they cover the zombie outbreak in the fictional city of East Mission Oregon. So this is a rewarding film for fans who are following the story closely, but everyone else will find an empty movie that’s trying to take advantage of the zombie craze.
If you’re going to watch a Resident Evil film, you might as well watch the first one. I don’t think it’s that great, but it had a couple of things going for it: the story borrowed elements from the first two games, it had the right amounts of action and horror and the action was easy to follow. In the movie, an amnesic girl called Alice and a group of commandos find themselves in an underground facility ran by a homicidal AI that recently released a deadly virus.
1. Silent Hill
As far as horror movies based on games go, you won’t find a better film than Silent Hill. What this film achieves in terms of visuals, atmosphere and set design is outstanding. The dialogue, character development and story have their problems, but for the most part, this is a film that pretty much anyone who’s into horror can enjoy. Also, if you’re into the first Silent Hill game, you’ll find some references to the games.