With the recent news that Paul W.S. Anderson is looking to press on with a film adaptation of the popular Castlevania video game series, and given that his involvement almost guarantees that it will be awful, we got to thinking – what are the worst video game adaptations to date? Putting together a list is a harder task than you’d think, if only because there’s too big a heap to choose from.
Indeed, good or even merely passable adaptations are hard to come by (Mortal Kombat, Silent Hill), with the overwhelming majority of these films being recieved poorly by not only critics but the fanbase they so insultingly pander to. Unsurprisingly, the modern-day Ed Wood himself, Uwe Boll, fills out the top four spots on our list, an astounding feat given Paul W.S. Anderson’s sacrilegious contributions in recent years to this cinematic canon.
Here are the ten worst video game adaptations that’ll nevertheless have you chortling your way from start to finish…
10. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)
As if the 1994 Street Fighter didn’t cause enough damage, studio execs thought it a good idea to take another crack fifteen years later with The Legend of Chun-Li, a more boring – if not quite as genuinely terrible – effort that was nevertheless packed with the same unintentional comedy that made the first one such a popular rental. Probably the worst offense is that the film is horribly boring, telling the tale of Chun-Li (played by a hilariously miscast Kristen Kreuk) looking to avenge the murder of her father.
The chief spot of hilarity comes from Chris Klein, playing a cop tasked with investigating the case, delivering a performance that is either legitimately genius, or some of the worst acting this side of The Room. Klein’s cop is played so absurdly idiosyncratic and over the top that it’s either the mark of an actor who knows he’s in a flaming piece of shit and completely going for broke, or the sign of an actor who is absolutely trying too hard. Not even the presence of the late Michael Clarke Duncan can help elevate this turgid adaptation which has little bearing on the video game namesake that influenced it.
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