Blood, Gore, and Screams: 8 Survival-Horror Games That Deserve a Movie

Franchises such as 'Resident Evil,' 'Silent Hill,' and even 'Mortal Kombat' have struggled to make movie adaptions that are actually worthwhile.

Blood, Gore, and Screams: 8 Survival-Horror Games That Deserve a Movie

As the size of the gaming community grows, so does the amount of varied games we get, and their ability to capture fans into multiple genres. There's no doubt that like movies, games are filled with great stories, powerful narrators, and even elements of surprise that not even movies can tap quite yet.

If you're a game studio, it's hard to find yourself getting a movie adaption that's actually worthwhile. This is something fans of franchises such as Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and even Mortal Kombat have become victims of in recent years. However, what if it came down to horror films that got modest versions of the games and ones that stuck true to what made them so great to begin with? That's just what we're about to take a look at in the list below.

#8: Dead by Daylight

'Wraith' (Credits: Behaviour Interactive)

While the game is based around four players trying to survive against a player that is taking the role of a killer, there's no doubt that there's some form of backstory to the game. Because Dead by Daylight by Behaviour Interactive is just that, there's quite a bit of backstory behind each of the games characters, which sets this up as a title that deserves kind of chance.

With the chance for the movie to turn into a set of shorts or even a movie series, Dead by Daylight hosts multiple killers, settings, and encounters that can happen. While most of the game is running circles around default movie cliches, it still does a good job driving home the horror film elements as needed be.

#7: The Suffering

Torque and Demons (Credits: Midway)

Released originally for PlayStation 2 and the Original Xbox, The Suffering is one that would find itself right at home in the horror genre. The game tells the story of a felon named Torque whom had been convicted of the murder of both his wife and children. Claiming to be innocent of the charges due to being blacked out, Toque finds himself in prison as a massive earthquake hits the area he's in.

After the earthquake, Torque finds himself fighting off supernatural elements as he tries to uncover what happened to his family, stay alive, and combat against his own demons that afflict him.

#6: Outlast

Murkhoff Employee (Credits: Red Barrel Studio)

If there's anything that movies have taught us and the real world, it's that sanitariums are disturbing, and to those in them they are like prisons to some. For freelance investigative journalist, an aslyum is the last place he'll ever want to be after beginning his investigation of the Mount Massive Aslyum. When he arrives to this private psychiatric hospital, which is owned by the Murkoff Corporation, he finds the company to rather unethical in their practices.

When he enters the hospital, he finds the halls ransacked, the staff mutilated, and that extremely deranged patients known as variants are running the show. Much to his disbelief, Miles is pushed forth to finding out what is truly happening at the asylum, and just how corrupt the company is. Due to how the movie is filmed, there's no doubt that the film would make a perfect found-footage movie.

#5: F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R. Poster (Credits: Sierra Entertainment)

When the series first premiered on PC in 2005, there was no doubt that it was sending shivers down the spines of fans as the game held nothing back, and went straight for the action. The game takes place with a man named Paxton Fettel takes command of a telepathically controlled super soldiers that just happen to be clones. Under his command these clones end up taking control of the headquarters of the Armacham Technoloy Corporation (ATC) and end up killing all of the corporations occupants.

The proposed movie would follow the protagonist of Point Man as he works for an organization known as First Encounter Assault Recon led by Commissioner Rowdy Betters. During the course of the game, players run into a paranormal, and sometimes life-threatening entity of a red-dressed little girl that goes by the name Alma. The movie would follow these events as F.E.A.R. works to stop both Fettel and the mysterious Alma.

#4: BioShock

Entrance of Rapture (Credits: 2K Software)

While it's hard to classify this dystopian 1950's game as a horror series, there's no doubt that the first game was one that would drive someone to become unnerved as they explore Rapture. Set deep below the ocean surface at the bottom of the ocean, players are thrust into a rather disturbing Ayn Rand-esque setting of Atlas Shrugged, but taking place as a rather twisted version of the story.

While there's no doubt that BioShock is creepier than Hell, there's nothing that screams horror more-so than BioShock, which pushes players deep into the unknown. Thanks to its art-deco environment, meshed with a gothic veil, there's no doubt that such an adventure would be a rather tantalizing adventure.

#3: Nightmare Creatures

When playing games, there's no doubt that Nightmare Creature's holds a rather special place int he hearts of gamers. While the games story is rather cheesy, which we're used to, the game is one that is rich with lore. Thanks to the story starting in the 19th century as a gothic horror title, fans can get a rather large amount of enjoyment from it due to the story starting in 1666 where a devil-worshipping cult called the Brotherhood of Hecate conducted sinister experiments in London.

After trying to develop an elixir that will grant them super powers, there's no doubt that something would go entirely wrong. Instead, they find themselves turning into grotesque monsters. After deciding to use their army to take over England, a man named Samuel Pepys set their headquarters on fire, which results in London's First Great Fire. Set in 1834, the game puts players on the hunt for the same creatures after multiple inhumane occurrences have taken place at the hand of Adam Crowley, a man whom has enlisted the help of the Brotherhood. This is a perfect setting for fans of movies such as Abraham Lincon: Vampire Hunter and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, but as horror films.

#2: Parasite

Aya and Melissa (Credits: Square Soft)

The human body is a strange thing. It's mysterious in how it works as our bodies are biomes that house the perfect living conditions for viruses and bacteria. There's no doubt that if something were to go wrong, that we know about it, and it's something that we are quite familiar with thanks to shows such as Monsters Inside Me. If that sh ow didn't make your skin crawl, what if a movie based on your own genes turning against you happened to come to life?

Square Soft (Now Square Enix) just happened to explore the realm of those kind of events in their game Parasite Eve. Set in 1997 on Christmas Eve, New York City comes to a halting screech when an audience within Carnegie Hall begins to spontaneously combust during opera singer Melissa Pearce's performance. The only survivor? A woman by the name of Aya Brea who is a rookie officer for the NYPD.

Over the course of the game, players take on creatures that have changed due to the mitochondria in their body reacting to Ms. Pearce. Because she's the only one that can take her on, it seems she would be the best one to try and stop every little bit of mayhem that gets under way. While the chances of a movie being based on this game is slim, it's still fun to muse around what kind of events would take place over the course of an hour and a half or more film.

#1: Dead Space

(Credits: EA)

When EA published their smash-hit series Dead Space, they probably didn't know they had struck gold. The series has been the inspiration for animated shorts, graphic novels, books, and even a high-demand for a follow up to the games last entry that was seen on PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360.

The movie would be able to explore the realm of organism altering monoliths called Markers. Unknown to where their origins are, Markers serve as organic altering monoliths that don't just drive people mad, but change them into organisms that seek to kill, feast, and destroy any life form that they may find. While the USG Ishimura would be an awesome start for a movie series, there's no doubt that there's plenty more to explore in the Dead Space universe.

Because of the success behind movies such as Event Horizon and Life; there's a good chance that a movie based on Dead Space could very well happen. After all, we did get that really disturbing, but oddly confusing Silent Hill duo.

Closing Thoughts

There's no doubt that movies can be a fun ordeal and the horror genre could aspire to grow from tapping into some of gaming's biggest franchises. With franchises such as Dead Space delivering a rather eerie glimpse of just how far cults can go, there's no doubt that movie adaptions such as Silent Hill and Resident Evil somewhat neglected their source material. The films took some liberties of their own to grow their own fan bases and did so moderately well in some ways. Will the video game movie genre keep growing? Quite possibly.

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Dustin Murphy
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