Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Video Games Based on Horror Flicks (The Nintendo Years)

In a continuation of this video game series past the Atari years, we take a look at horror films that were translated over to the old Nintendo Entertainment System or the NES.

This first one is easy, because it is a CLASSIC even though it was not directly to an actual horror film (at least not yet anyway):


(play it here online)

This is one of my favorite games ever on the system. Again it's not directly tied into a horror film, but the final boss is Count Dracula himself.

Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest

As much as I love the original, the sequel was a lot cooler. This is one of the first console games ever that had multiple endings. Here's the third and hardest to get...

My friend and I spent long nights and days to beat this sucker numerous amounts of times just to see the three endings this game had. A third one was created a couple years later entitled Dracula's Curse.

This was followed by
Super Castlevania for the SNES and Symphony of the Night on the PS, which f'n pwned as well. But let me move on to another game so this doesn't turn into a Castlevania-only thread.


Yup, Bruce made the NES. This is based on the JAWS: The Revenge film (but sadly without Mario Van Peeples, lol), which is a fun game to play but pretty easy to beat. JAWS was one of the first games I purchased when I got my system, so I hold this crapsterpiece close to my heart. Check out the final showdown...

Try it for yourself here

Too bad the boat ramming scene here looks more realistic than in the actual film. From one horror icon of the sea, let's move on to our favorite backwoods killer who could also make an excellent netminder...

Friday the 13th

This is another BAD game that I owned as a kid. This game was impossibly hard and a bit odd. If you meet Mr. Voorhees too early in the game, you are beyond fucked! A weird moment is when you beat the game's mid-boss, Mrs. Voorhees flying head, whose a real bitch to take care of. I remember after dumping hours among hours into this game until I finally gave in and used Game was still ridiculously hard to get to the end. The final battle with the icon but the ending is, well...see for yourself...

Can you imagine my anger after wasting all that time trying to get to the end? Thank God for youtube, honestly, because I will never go through that hell again. By the way, when did Jason sport purple? That is not a good look on the masked man at all.

So we had Myers and Leatherface on the Atari then Voorhees on the NES. But another icon got his own game as well.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

This should have been named A Nightmare To Play because this was such a huge disappointment, so thankfully I rented before buying after learning my lesson with Friday. The controls are shoddy as hell and is a confusing maze of fighting lame bone creatures. What began as promising at the title screen...

...turned into this mess of a game. Check out this exciting ending...

The Dream Child's ending is even better than this shit. I never got to see the game's ending until a few years back on youtube, where I learned that beating Freddy Krueger was just as unsatisfying as taking out Jason Voorhees. Sure this game is fun to look at from a nostalgic standpoint, but it is simply a bad, bad, bad game.

In my opinion, these were the heavy hitters on the console in terms of horror film-based games. Other games on the include:


Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde

The Addams Family



Bram Stoker's Dracula

These video games are not great at all, so I won't waste your time reviewing them or posting videos.

I swear that I am doing these reviews of my memory, so if I missed one, let me know. I want to make this as definitive a list as possible.

Next up - SNES, Genesis and TurboGrafx 16


Ian said...

Castlevania RULES! Triple shot boomerang FTW

JLG said...

Friday the 13th was a classic, but made absolutely no sense to me back when I played it. I just walked around the camp until every kid was dead. I didn't realize I was supposed to save them.

TS Hendrik said...

Game Genie! I forgot all about that. Simultaneously cool and lame. I remember actually renting it. lol.

Worst NES movie game, Bill & Ted's. Although Jurassic Park sucked as well.

Awesome post.

B-Movie Becky said...

Castlevania is the only I ever played. Maybe because it's the only one of those games that survived to my age group.

Joe Cap said...

What about "dude, where's my car"? That was a pretty horrible movie that could be a game.

Very funny, JLG...didn't know you were supposed to save them!

Planet of Terror said...

I'd give my left nut to see (a good) Castlevania film on the big screen.

Michael Jones said...

I haven't played any games since Intellivision. Now, do best Horror themed Pinball games and you'll pique my interest.
Start with: Twilight Zone, Elvira, Flash Gordon...

oducerproducer said...

I almost wanna play the Jaws game.


Ah.... I remember when the NES was the gaming system everybody had to have.... Remember when they brought out Super Mario Brothers 3 in the movie 'The Wizard'?

Kato said...

I love love love Castlevania! One of my favourite games as a kid.

Awesome post!

Copyboy said...

Are you going to do any Colecovision games as well? I'm pissed I never got to play the JAWS one!!!

Geof said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I'm not going to cover Colleco, Bill and Ted's was "Totally Bogus" and yes I remember The Wizard. Super Mario Bros 3 and the almighty Power Glove, lol!

Carl (ILHM) said...

Love all of these, but my personal favorite is the terrrrrrrible Jaws, I only just learned that the crabs make you swim faster this year when I beat it for the 3rd time in 20 fucking years. 3 times. Not due to lack of skill, but due to lack of patience lol..

F13th is impossibly hard, but I replay it every month in hopes to someday claim Ive beaten it.

Darrin.. said...

Man... Castlevania was the BOMB back in the day!! We played that for hours on end!

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