25 Horror Games Based on Scary Movies

While watching your favourite horror motion pictures, you could have missed one of many gaming business’s favourite pastimes: adapting nice scary movies into video games. From The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween to Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, all of those franchises have been tailored into video video games at one or one other.

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Many of the early ones are money grabs whereas a number of the newer diversifications are glorious. Some of those video games, like an countless runner based mostly on the Child’s Play franchise, are simply plain bizarre. 

Den of Geek is looking again at 25 video games — some direct diversifications whereas others are closely impressed by horror motion pictures — that may make you scream similar to you probably did within the motion pictures!

Chucky: Slash & Dash

2013 | Slimstown Studios | iOS

Child’s Play is likely one of the extra underrated slasher collection of the ‘80s. Even at present, whereas different mainstays of the style, like Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, appear to be lifeless and buried, Chucky motion pictures are nonetheless being made, they usually’re truly fairly good.

As for Slash & Dash, it’s a little bit of a combined bag. It’s cool to manage Chucky and Tiffany as they run round a Good Guy manufacturing facility a la Temple Run, however the graphics and controls aren’t fairly as much as par with different video games within the style. At least it’s solely 99 cents on the App Store.

The Ring: Terror’s Realm

2000 | Asmik Ace Entertainment | Dreamcast

Technically, that is based mostly on The Ring collection of novels (and it even got here out earlier than the primary American film), so don’t count on to see Samara or any creepy videotapes. In truth, this Resident Evil-clone truly entails fixing the thriller of a pc virus referred to as RING. Unfortunately, Terror’s Realm wasn’t terribly well-received, but it surely’s value a search for hardcore horror followers, or these actually into The Ring books (which occur to be glorious, by the way in which).

Friday the 13th

1989 | Atlus | NES

The NES’s Friday the 13th recreation has gained a fairly notorious fame as one of many worst video games ever made. Is it a basic? Absolutely not. And like plenty of video games of the period, it may be extremely irritating. But the music and sense of dread discovered within the recreation did nail a sure ‘80s horror vibe that few different 8-bit video games of its time did, and it’s value taking part in for a couple of minutes simply to expertise that.

Further Reading: The Evolution of ’80s Video Game Gore

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

1983 | Wizard Video | Atari 2600

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre could be an AO score if it got here out at present with fashionable graphics. While many horror video games put you within the footwear of individuals getting away from baddies, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre allegedly allow you to play the position of Leatherface as he minimize victims down together with his legendary chainsaw. I say “allegedly” as a result of Leatherface is only a mass of child blue pixels. It’s not likely clear what he’s doing or even when he’s holding a chainsaw. That mentioned, it’s nonetheless higher than each Texas Chainsaw Massacre film sequel to this point.


1983 | Wizard Video | Atari 2600

It’s not the most effective trying horror recreation on the market, and it’s definitely not the prettiest, however this early interpretation of the slasher style nonetheless gives enjoyable, easy enjoyment. You play as a babysitter defending a toddler from Michael Myers whereas attempting to make your solution to a protected room. In some methods, Halloween‘s easy setup supplied the inspiration for a lot of fashionable horror video games which can be extra about avoiding monsters than participating in fight.

Further Reading: The Unmade Halloween Movies You Never Saw

Predator: Concrete Jungle

2005 | Eurocom | PS2, Xbox

The Predator is likely one of the most iconic aliens to ever hit the silver display, but most of his online game appearances have been accompanied by the much more widespread xenomorphs. Concrete Jungle was a possibility for the Predator to indicate off his searching talents solo in a prolonged motion recreation. Unfortunately, the controls are just a little wonky, however when you’re prepared to place the time in, there’s a stable recreation to be discovered.

Fright Night

1988 | MicroDeal Ltd. | Amiga

In this author’s opinion, horror video games are simply extra attention-grabbing after they allow you to play because the dangerous man. Fright Night may have been one other Castlevania clone the place you got down to slay the vampire, however as an alternative, you play the a part of the villain, Jerry Dandridge, as he scours his home for victims whereas avoiding crucifixes.

While Fright Night was a stable recreation for its time, it was sadly rushed to launch and doesn’t have an actual ending. Once you full the sport, it simply loops again to the start. There’s nonetheless enjoyable available, although.

Further Reading: 10 Horror Games from the ’80s That Scared Us

Alien: Resurrection

2000 | Argonaut Games | PS1

The ‘90s and 2000s weren’t a good time for the Alien film franchise. Alien vs. Predator was arguably the most effective movie launched throughout that interval, and even essentially the most hardcore followers are fairly important of it. Oddly sufficient, this was a good time for Alien video video games.

Resurrection just about outlined how first-person shooters are performed on a console utilizing two analog sticks. The robust, different marketing campaign simply rivals different, higher recognized first-person shooters of the time.

Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead’s Revenge

1994 | Adventure Games | PC

This could be essentially the most obscure recreation on the record. Pumpkinhead isn’t even significantly widespread in most horror circles, so it ought to come as no shock that the sport was launched to just about no fanfare 20 years in the past.

Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead’s Revenge is a reasonably typical Doom clone, with the added bonus of video clips and journey parts. You truly need to reply questions based mostly on the movies to progress by way of the sport. It’s a tricky title, and admittedly fairly nonsensical, however that really provides to its creepiness.

Further Reading: A Brief History of Retro Horror Gaming

Jaws Unleashed

2006 | Appaloosa Interactive | PC, PS2, Xbox

Of all of the horror franchises on the market, Jaws appears one of many least prone to be changed into a online game, but Appaloosa managed to create a flawed however enjoyable tackle the movies in 2006. Rather than the hunt the titular shark, you play as Jaws, consuming different sea creatures and folks as you see match to finish missions. While not a very deep recreation, Jaws Unleashed is plenty of enjoyable, coming throughout as an ultra-violent model of the Ecco the Dolphin video games (which Appaloosa additionally developed).

Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler’s Green

2005 | Brainbox Games | PC, Xbox

George A. Romero’s Dead motion pictures are virtually universally beloved by horror followers and are answerable for our fashionable obsession with zombies. Somehow although, there’s solely been one recreation based mostly on the movies, and it’s admittedly not nice. In truth, you’d in all probability be higher off selecting up virtually some other random zombie recreation and pretending it’s based mostly on Night of the Living Dead. But for individuals who need to expertise the official recreation based mostly on what was arguably Romero’s final nice movie, it’s at the least good to know there’s an choice.

Further Reading: The George Romero Resident Evil Movie You Never Saw

A Nightmare on Elm Street

1990 | Rare | NES

It’s straightforward to see why Rare was probably the most revered builders of the ‘80s and ‘90s, particularly after the discharge of A Nightmare on Elm Street. What may have been an affordable cash-in just like the Friday the 13th NES recreation is a Castlevania-style sidescroller that is surprisingly respectful of the supply materials.

You play as considered one of 4 youngsters attempting to gather the bones of Freddy Krueger to place an finish to him as soon as for all, however you’re additionally always at risk of falling asleep and compelled to face Freddy in his dream realm. Only by amassing espresso are you able to keep awake.

While Freddy Krueger stays a horror icon, he’s been relegated to cameo appearances in different video games ever because the NES title, however loads of followers will surely welcome a contemporary reimaging of this title.

Sweet Home

1989 | Capcom | Famicom

Released concurrently with the Japanese horror movie of the identical identify, Sweet Home acquired important acclaim within the East for its intricate stage design (all of which takes place in a single mansion), difficult puzzles, and general creepy ambiance. Interestingly sufficient, Capcom would later look to Sweet Home for inspiration when growing Resident Evil. Despite its deserves, the writer has by no means launched an official English language model of Sweet Home. Luckily, translated ROMs have been floating across the web for years.

Further Reading: How Sweet Home Inspired Resident Evil

Evil Dead: Regeneration

2005 | Cranky Pants Games | PC, PS2, Xbox

It was a really lengthy wait between Army of Darkness and the Ash vs. Evil Dead TV present. Thankfully, Ash made loads of appearances in different media, together with this 2005 hack-and-slash. While not terribly complicated, it does present just about all the pieces you might need from an Evil Dead recreation, together with loads of Deadites to take out along with your boomstick and a demonic sidekick named Sam you’re free to repeatedly kill and abuse to get by way of the sport.

Nightbreed: The Action Game

1990 | Impact Software Development Ltd. | Amiga

While Clive Barker is finest generally known as the thoughts behind Hellraiser, Nightbreed is arguably the most effective film based mostly on his works. Sadly, it was fully ignored upon launch and nonetheless stays one thing of a cult film to today. This 1990 title is considered one of two Nightbreed video games launched for the Amiga, the opposite being an interactive film. Nightbreed: The Action Game is a reasonably normal sidescroller, however nonetheless fairly cool adaptation for followers of the movie. A 3rd Amiga Nightbreed recreation was truly deliberate however by no means launched.

Further Reading: Revisiting Splatterhouse, the Cult Horror Arcade Game of 1988

The Thing

2002 | Computer Artworks | PC, PS2, Xbox

The Thing is a surprisingly trustworthy tackle its supply materials, and the sport was higher off for it. While a conventional third-person shooter at its core, The Thing additionally featured squad mechanics in addition to an excellent “belief system” that may very well be the distinction between your teammates following you or suspecting you are truly the titular creature. These NPCs may additionally flip into creatures at varied factors in the course of the recreation. It’s a pleasant homage to the film that makes The Thing a novel expertise to today.

A sequel that may have expanded on these concepts was in improvement in 2003 however was quietly canceled when Computer Artworks went into receivership. It’s an actual bummer.

Bram Stroker’s Dracula

1993 | Psygnosis | NES, SNES, Genesis, Sega CD, Game Boy, Game Gear

Focusing extra on the romantic facets of the unique novel, Francis Ford Coppola’s vampire movie was an admittedly odd alternative for a online game, however this was the ‘90s. Pretty a lot each notable film and TV present obtained a online game, no matter how a lot sense it made. As for the sport itself, it’s a reasonably respectable Castlevania-clone, with protagonist Jonathan Harker making his approach by way of the Count’s fort whereas dealing with a wide range of creatures and a number of types of Dracula himself.

Further Reading: The Bleeding Heart of Dracula

Dead by Daylight

2017 | Behaviour Interactive | PC, PS4, XBO

One of the latest video games on this record, Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical multiplayer recreation wherein groups of 4 taking part in in third-person should keep away from a killer who performs the sport in first-person. While many of the killers are authentic to the sport, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Michael Myers from Halloween, and Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street have been added as DLC characters so horror followers can re-live basic moments from these collection. Most not too long ago, the sport added the Pig man from the Saw franchise. Dead by Daylight is mainly the last word expertise for slasher followers. 

Aliens versus Predator

1999| Rebellion Developments | PC

AVP isn’t only a nice horror recreation, it’s a fantastic recreation that just about anybody can get pleasure from no matter how acquainted they’re with the supply materials. The title options three totally different campaigns that includes xenomorphs, predators, and a colonial marine. Each has totally different targets and weapons, creating three completely totally different experiences.

Unlike plenty of different older video games on this record, this one is fortunately nonetheless available on Steam. Unfortunately, whereas there have been a number of makes an attempt at sequels, none of them have recaptured the magic of this title.

Further Reading: Konami’s Aliens Arcade Game Is Still Amazing

Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick

2003 | VIS Entertainment | PS2, Xbox

A Fistful of Boomstick isn’t a reasonably recreation. It was launched as a finances title and time hasn’t been significantly type to its visuals. But who desires a brilliant shiny Evil Dead recreation anyway? While all of Ash Williams’ video games are just a little tough across the edges, this one at the least has the most effective story, and the hack-and-slash gameplay, not like the graphics, nonetheless stands the check of time.

Mortal Kombat X

2015 | NetherRealm Studios | PC, PS4, XBO

While there’s by no means been any scarcity of gore within the Mortal Kombat collection, the newest title within the collection makes this record, not for its fatalities however for its DLC characters. The Mortal Kombat X roster options The Predator, xenomorph, Jason Voorhees, and Leatherface, so you may lastly dwell out your dream monster film matchups (sadly, Freddy Krueger from 2011’s Mortal Kombat didn’t make the minimize right here). Director Ed Boon has mentioned previously that he’d be open to a preventing recreation stuffed with horror icons, so right here’s hoping this was only a style of what’s to return.

Further Reading: Why Mortal Kombat Is Still the Definitive Video Game Movie

Dead Rising

2006 | Capcom | X360

Officially, Dead Rising isn’t based mostly on any particular horror film, however let’s face it: that is the Dawn of the Dead recreation we at all times wished, that includes a gaggle of survivors escaping from hundreds of zombies in a shopping center. The MKR Group, which holds the trademark for Dawn of the Dead, even filed a lawsuit in opposition to Capcom to get Dead Rising off the cabinets, however a federal decide dominated that the thought of people battling zombies in a shopping center isn’t protected by copyright regulation.

Until Dawn

2015 | Supermassive Games | PS4

Until Dawn isn’t based mostly on any single horror film. It’s one thing a lot better: a prolonged, gripping interactive horror film. The characters, whereas usually trope-y, are all effectively written to the purpose you truly care about them and need them to outlive the evening. On prime of that, all the selections you make within the recreation have an effect on the a number of outcomes to the story, so you need to actually assume issues by way of, though generally the monsters do not actually provide the time to make a execs and cons record. While many video games have strived to be interactive motion pictures, Until Dawn is the primary to essentially succeed at it.

Further Reading: The Best Horror Game Box Art

Friday the 13th: The Game

2017 | IllFonic | PC, PS4, XBO

The second (and a lot better) Friday the 13th recreation had a tough launch that originally rendered it virtually unplayable on-line, however the title has come a great distance during the last 12 months. From the second you launch this recreation and watch its fake VHS opening, it’s clear the builders have plenty of ardour for the franchise and ‘80s horror general. Much just like the Friday the 13th motion pictures themselves, it is a flawed recreation, however dammit if it isn’t a ton of enjoyable if you get just a few mates collectively to attempt to escape a bloodthirsty Jason Voorhees.

Alien: Isolation

2014 | Creative Assembly | PC, PS3, PS4, X360, XBO

While there have been fairly just a few Alien video games over time, none match the spirit of the franchise in addition to Isolation. This isn’t a recreation about gunning down tons of of xenomorphs. Instead, you’re always avoiding one very good, invincible creature, and the slightest mistake ends in dying. Add in stage design based mostly on the unique film, and you’ve got a recipe for the best horror film recreation of all time. It’s only a disgrace that lower-than-expected gross sales appear to have doomed any possibilities of a sequel.

Chris Freiberg is a contract contributor. Read extra of his work right here.

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