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Horror movies that would make great games

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Incestuous. That’s the best way to explain the ongoing relationship between horror films and games. First games stole from films in early licenses like Halloween and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, then horror films stole from games, most obviously in the ‘works’ of Uwe Boll like House of the Dead and BloodRayne.

There’s been some great bastard babies from this sick union: Resident Evil 4, Dead Rising, Silent Hill 2, Dead Space, Fatal Frame, Siren and Doom 3 all represented the horror genre with aplomb. But we want more. More specifically we want to rape our favourite horror films of everything they've got so we can play the best bits that have never been done properly in games. This is our list.


Cannibal Holocaust

Quick synopsis: A party of film-makers head into the jungle to make a film about a tribe of cannibals. They quickly become lunch after daring to take advantage of the savages' innocent and trusting nature - prompting the question, "Who are the real cannibals?"

Their extraordinarily brutal come-uppance is recorded in a sickening, shaky-cam, gonzo first person-style, with the whole film framed as 'discovered footage' - a trick later replicated in the Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity.

Starts like this!

 

Goes quickly like this!

 

To this!

 

And inevitably to this... :-(

 

Why it would make a great game: As far as we're aware, no-one has made a videogame where your enemies are mud-painted stone-age cannibals. Equally, no game designer has attempted to capture the repugnant grubbiness of 1970s exploitation cinema. Which is a missed opportunity in our view.

In an age of sophisticated gaming, the quasi-moral question that Holocaust poses fits perfectly into a kind of jungle-based survival horror. As a member of the film crew you could play the game without incurring the wrath of the cannibals, pursuing tasks and missions to complete your film or instead piss the natives off (either mistakenly or purposely) and see the game devolve into an Amazonian-themed Manhunt.

The main aim would be to reproduce - in a game - the claustrophobic, transgressive and semi-illicit sensation that the film instils in the viewer. Kind of like Condemned 2 - but with more rainforests, fist-sized spiders and ritual murder. 


Texas Chainsaw Massacre


Quick synopsis: Stupid teenagers decide to pay a visit to an isolated Texan farmstead, which just happens to be owned by a psychopathic family with a son who likes power tools. Let the high-pitch screaming begin.

Why it would make a great game: Because the last time anyone took on the license it looked like this...

 

Let's take a closer look at that chainsaw...

 

We suggest a remake that looks a bit more like this...

 

Gameplay would obviously put you in the shoes of the lovable murderer Leatherface and you just hammer X to chainsaw the hippies.


The Shining


Quick synopsis: Recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance takes a winter job as a janitor in a remote snow-bound hotel. Supernatural cabin fever sets in and Torrance goes mental and tries to kill his wife and kid. They survive, mainly due to his boy’s strange psychic abilities.

Why it would make a great game: We’re aware this is a classic of all classics but we’d be respectful. The thing is there are elements of this film that are already quite ‘gamey’.

For example, most of the film is shot in third-person from an angle just behind or above the protagionists. As evidenced here:

 

 


Above: Kubrick obviously had the game license in the marketing plan

Plus the concept of being stuck in an isolated house with one properly scary enemy is pretty unique. In our vision you play as both Danny and the woman, with Danny’s size and weakness made up for with his psychic abilities.

Add in his cool mode of transport used to explore the hotel rooms and the made-for-game maze chase climax and we’re already on the phone to Activision with this one.

Turn to the next page in our List of Death for some top-notch gore 

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29 comments

  • soragod4 - October 30, 2009 10:55 a.m.

    sweet article i'd love a clown game and dare i say first?
  • GamerTagsSuck - October 30, 2009 10:56 a.m.

    Clowns are scary. And what was with the woman impailing her own eye on a piece of wood?
  • helix92 - October 30, 2009 11:46 a.m.

    Greatest quote ever... "DIE YOU F***ING CLOWNS!! YOU DESERVE NONE LESS THAN A BIG FOOTED, HANKY-HIDING-UP-YOUR-SLEEVE @$$ KICKING!!! HOW DARE YOU BRING HAPPINESS AND JOY TO CHILDREN ALL AROUND THE GLOBE??!! PURVEYORS OF HOPE AND ALL THAT IS GOOD IN MANKIND, DIE DIE DIE!!" Ahhh Deadpool, how we love your crazy antics...
  • infected123 - October 30, 2009 12:30 p.m.

    how about the scene in 28 days later were theirs an infected in the base and all the soldiers get eaten.
  • Seabread - October 30, 2009 2:16 p.m.

    Wanna buy a Scary Clown Game, Dave?
  • CARLINNIT - October 30, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    Any of the "video nasties" could make a good game!
  • DUNNI - October 30, 2009 3:18 p.m.

    Horror Films made into games would be quality like being able to play as a survivor and the murderer with different ending ect. Like as murderers seek around with out being seen. That wud be cool
  • airtoast - October 30, 2009 4:08 p.m.

    Anyone remember the Red Rum "Shining" mod for Duke Nukem 3D? At the time, it was one of the coolest mods around. Free roam through the Overlook hotel, the whole hedge maze, sound effects from the movie, the twins, old lady in the room, creepy things popping out all over... Anyone know an easy way to get that one to play again today?
  • Xplosive59 - October 30, 2009 4:32 p.m.

    @helix92 ah yes who doesnt love deadpool although they completly screwed his character in x men origins
  • Fluxnard - October 30, 2009 5:33 p.m.

    Wow, now that I think of it, The Shining as a game sounds like it could work.
  • theworldonfire - October 30, 2009 6:07 p.m.

    hahaha "Achievement Unlocked: Ocular Trauma"
  • UndyingReaver - October 30, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    most of these would be awesome...maybe make some XBLA game where it just uses scenes from scary films but you play them lol @ GamerTagsSuck: she was being pulled by a zombie towards the splinter..mmm Zombi 2
  • Link555 - October 30, 2009 7:58 p.m.

    the shining rules
  • jar-head - October 30, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    Fabio Frizzi Zombie song is pretty kick ass?
  • Hobojedi - October 31, 2009 2:27 a.m.

    Games Radar, you really should consider making games, lol.
  • Conman93 - October 31, 2009 3:36 p.m.

    Goog point with the shining. Could be the scariest game ever. Those twins creep me out
  • TheCatInTheHat - October 31, 2009 3:41 p.m.

    Penny Wise was the scariest of all those clowns.
  • morbiusdog - October 31, 2009 9:59 p.m.

    Qoute "Equally, no game designer has attempted to capture the repugnant grubbiness of 1970s exploitation cinema. Which is a missed opportunity in our view." I take this to mean that you didn't play House of the Dead:Overkill on the Wii then?
  • TheDude - October 31, 2009 11:57 p.m.

    "Look at this F***ing clown." lol.
  • EmmaXII - November 1, 2009 11:53 a.m.

    ID DEFINATLY PLAY THE SHINING GAME! I loved the movie!

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