Despite a whole lot of controversy and outrage (it was outright banned in Australia!), the 1995 point-and-click adventure game Phantasmagoria was a massive success, becoming one of the highest selling video games released that year. Just one year later, Sierra On-Line released the sequel, known as Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh.
Over 20 years after the sequel’s release, one fan has taken it upon himself to cut the game’s FMV clips straight from the original CD-Rom files and turn it into a feature length horror movie that runs just over 2-hours long. His name is Matt “Skibz” Parsons, and he’s calling it Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh – The Cinematic Cut.
Parsons explains, “Being both a diehard adventure gamer and a rabid B-movie aficionado, I’ve long had a soft spot for ‘Phantasmagoria 2’, which rests snugly at the crossroads of both. ‘P2’ is a bonafide gaming curiosity for its unusually extensive use of FMV, enough so that a common criticism is indeed that it’s too MUCH like a movie and too little like a game; so I figure…why not make it the movie that it could have been?”
“Over the course of six days, I basically just slapped together a sensibly-ordered series of video clips from the original CD-ROMs (roughly 220 files) and pieced them together in OpenShot, with a few bits of actual editing here and there,” he continues. “Still, there’s only so much anybody can do with what’s provided: there’s a few unavoidable jump cuts, continuity errors, audio skips, plot holes, etc. due simply to the fact that this was designed as a game, not a cohesive movie. Likewise, the non-linear conversations with Dr. Harburg come off as oddly paced and a majority of exposition regarding the Threshold Project is lost due to it being in-game text, but really, this is – what I believe to be – the best possible outcome for this experiment.”
You’ve played the game, now we invite you to watch it!