A sure sign of success in the movie business is when game developers look to create their own interpretation of the story. It is something that has been happening since the dawn of gaming, but today’s reimaginings are a far cry from those 1980s arcade shooters like Robocop or Jaws.

Gaming is something that appeals to a wide audience these days, and movies form a rich source of inspiration. We therefore see games across all platforms, aimed at everyone from the archetypal teenagers on their Xboxes and PS4s to adult gamers playing movie related slots on their smartphones or at online casino sites. We also see games based on movies of all genres, but one category stands out above all the rest. Here, we take a look at three games that have added something special to some great horror flicks.

Saw II: Flesh and Blood

The movie franchise that spawned eight sequels and a reboot was also the inspiration behind not one but two video games. The first was from Konami and was released for PC, PS3 and the Xbox 360 back in 2009. The player adopts the character of Detective David Tap (played by Danny Glover in the first film) and in the second game, Saw II: Flesh and Blood, the lead role is that of David’s son, Michael.  The first game was released to rave reviews, and the sequel was even better, resolving many of the first game’s shortcomings. Yet sales were far lower than for the original, and no further versions were ever produced.

Chucky: Slash and Dash

Child’s Play is one of those 80’s flicks that is much beloved of film geeks. In the wider world, it is one that most have heard of, but few have actually watched.  Yet while the likes of Jason and Freddy seem finally to have been laid to rest, Chucky movies continue to be released and have a loyal following, with the most recent entry released in 2017 (and a reboot due soon). The game adaptation, Slash and Dash, is good fun and will appeal to anyone who enjoys the Temple Run style. The graphics might not be world class, but it only costs coins in the app store, and so is a worthy addition to any horror aficionado’s smartphone.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Here’s a movie that has stood the test of time, and exactly the same can be said for the game adaptation. Released on Atari way back at the dawn of gaming in 1983, this retro classic still has plenty going for it even in the modern age. In most horror games, the player is on the run from a murderous maniac, but here, you get to adopt the character of Leatherface and hack your way through a succession  of hapless victims. Of course the graphics are basic, but take the game for what it is and it is still superior to a number of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequels that have appeared over the years.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle