I fell in love with horror games almost immediately after I was introduced to my first scary movie, and I’ve been hopelessly addicted to them both ever since. It didn’t take long. At around five years-old, I had discovered my first gateway drugs — Candyman and Silent Hill 2 — and the decades that have followed mostly consists of me trying to get that fix.
Wait. By that logic, Bloody Disgusting would be my dealer. Moving on.
Now that every successful video game qualifies as a potential candidate for a movie adaptation, I can’t help but look at the games I play and wonder what the movie that’s likely to follow might be like. Anyone who’s sat through at least a few movies based on video games can attest to their being a mixed bag. Most adaptations lose too much of what made the source material appealing in the first place, while others manage to achieve moderate success.
Some video games offer enough to remain interesting even when that crucial element of interaction is removed and the player becomes the viewer. Others rely more on gameplay, so they have nothing, or not enough, to make up for that loss.
These five horror games belong to the former category. I believe they each have the potential to benefit from a movie adaptation, starting with one of the biggest surprises of 2014…