Sometime this year, Friday the 13th: The Game will be released for our gaming pleasure. The game will reportedly be multi-campaign, and you'll have the option of either playing as one of the camp counselors or Jason himself. This isn't the first time Friday the 13th got a game spin-off. In fact, its most famous (or infamous) game incarnation came out in 1989. The NES adaptation has been panned by critics, and game informer regarded it as one of the worst video games in history. Now, with all this anticipation building up for Friday the 13th: The Game, I thought of other horror films I'd like to see turned into games (regardless of whether or not they've had prior incarnations).
5. 'Child's Play' Franchise
Who'd have thought a screaming Danny DeVito-sounding doll would be so terrifying? Certainly not me to the point where I could see his haunting grin whenever I closed my eyes. The Child's Play franchise is about a homicidal doll named Chucky who's constantly looking to transfer his soul into a human host. In the first three films, he was determined to possess the young Andy Barclay. While in the following films he hasn't been too picky, as long as they're male (with the exception of The Curse of Chucky). If a new game were created, I'd like to see Chucky set up with a new family where he's (once again) trying to possess his child owner, or whomever. Along the way, he'll also have to "take care of" anyone who stands in his way, but when they're witnesses around he'll have to go incognito.
4. 'Cabin in the Woods'
From the mind of Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly) comes Cabin in the Woods. This film is about four stereotypical teenagers who unexpectedly find themselves in a horror movie-type situation. What the teens don't know is that a group of technicians are using them as pawns to complete a cryptic ritual that'll secure the fate of the world. The movie itself is a satire of horror flicks, but it manages to be original in its own right. If Cabin in the Woods were adapted as a game, I'd like to see the same characters return. And depending on which object(s) you interact with, a different series of events will occur (similar to the film). For an example, if you grab a book about enchanted unicorns, a horde of them will emerge from a rainbow and rampage towards you and your group (not exactly like that, but you get what I mean).
3. 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'
Texas Chainsaw Massacre is about a family of cannibals who terrorize a group of young adults. The main hell-raiser of this clan is none other than Leatherface, a chainsaw-wielding murderer. Just like Friday the 13th: The Game, I could see either Leatherface or his soon-to-be victims as playable characters. If we're to play as the young adults, it'd be fun if the game followed the movie's plot (getting stranded in the desert and having to survive a night alone with Leatherface and his family nearby). Now, for Leatherface I imagine a couple of mini games: chainsaw dance-offs and customizing your own human skin mask (joking). In all seriousness, it'd be interesting to be Leatherface and track down all of your prey and utilize a variety of methods to kill them.
2. 'Shaun of the Dead'
Shaun of the Dead (in my opinion) is one of the best horror-comedies made in the last 15 years. The film centers around an underachiever named Shaun and his lazy best friend Ed. Together they find themselves caught in a zombie epidemic, and it's up to them to make it to the Winchester (their favorite pub) and wait out the ensuing anarchy (and enjoy a few pints). For this incarnation, I envision bringing back the same characters, and delivering the same brand of wry and sardonic British humor. It'd also be neat if (just like in the film) we're able to use ANYTHING as a weapon, and have free roam gameplay.
1. 'Nightmare on Elm Street'
Nightmare on Elm Street revolves around Nancy and her three pals who are being pursued by a homicidal maniac named Freddy Krueger. Krueger's a supernatural entity who's able to enter people's dreams and dispose of them in their sleep. The dream sequences in the film (and its sequels) were riddled with obstacles and booby traps (quicksand stairs). If the levels could not only emulate this, but also play upon the surreal and creative factor, it'd be visually stunning and captivating to play. Giving the choice of controlling Freddy or the teenagers could be promising. Krueger isn't bound by his surroundings and has the power to manipulate anything in the subconscious realm to his fancy. The teenagers could be given some abilities,( seeing as they're in their own dreams, and should have some leverage considering).
It may be odd to hear, but some horror fans desire to experience the same scenarios that occur in these (or other) films. Fortunately, video games are a safe outlet that allows them to fulfill this wish. In general, this is what attracts people to video games in the first place. Some of us want to be Batman or Lara Croft, but lack the resources and or physical prowess to do so. However, games allow us to step into the shoes (or double D breasts) of these characters and have riveting adventures that aren't bound by virtual reality. And if that entails ripping peoples' heads off (one of the many ways to kill in Friday the 13th: The Game), then by all means, do it!