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From Screen to Screen: 5 Cult Games That Were Made into Movies

By Film Threat Staff | October 2, 2023

Video games have been popular for decades, and it’s no surprise that Hollywood has taken notice. Over the years, many games that we all love have been adapted into movies. It was in 1993 that Hollywood made a movie out of Super Mario Bros. and put it up on the big screen.  It was a success, so it is no wonder that many production companies have followed this example. Let’s look into the top five cult films that gamers will definitely enjoy watching.  

#1 — Warcraft (2016)

WoW players are up for two things. First of all, a good boosting service, such as WoW arena boost, to get them that coveted “Gladiator” PvP achievement.

Second of all, the release of their favorite game’s adaptation. In 2016, the dream came true when the movie was finally put up on the big screens. Directed by Duncan Jones and based on the popular video game series “Warcraft,” the film is set in the high-fantasy world of Azeroth. Its storyline develops around the Dark Portal, through which the orcs come to Azeroth and invade the human kingdom of Stormwind. As the conflict escalates, the film explores the perspectives of both the humans and orcs, diving into their cultures, leaders, and the reasons behind the war. 

The movie adaptation has received mixed reviews from game fans. Although many admitted that the plot is weak and far from reality, the majority has enjoyed the visuals and scenes featuring groundbreaking CGI. Despite all, “Warcraft” grossed more than $439 million worldwide. 

#2 — Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” is another great action-adventure film based on the popular video game series. The movie follows the adventures of Lara Croft, a wealthy and adventurous archaeologist who travels the world in search of rare artifacts and relics. She is skilled in combat, acrobatics, and puzzle-solving, making her a modern-day Indiana Jones-like character.

In the film, Lara Croft discovers a secret society known as the Illuminati, which seeks to find two halves of an ancient artifact known as the “Triangle of Light.” The latter has the power to control time and can grant immense power to its possessor. Lara must race against time to find the artifact before the Illuminati does and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. Along the way, she faces various challenges, including traps, puzzles, and enemies. The movie was a triumph bringing a staggering $274 million in global revenue. It also inspired producers to create a sequel, “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” which was released in 2003.

#3 — Resident Evil (2002)

Venturing beyond the confines of the gaming console, the “Resident Evil” movie was introduced to the global audience in 2002. The film introduces a new character, Alice, who wakes up in a mysterious underground research facility called The Hive with no clue of who she is or how she got there. As Alice explores The Hive alongside a team of commandos, they discover that the facility has been locked down due to a deadly viral outbreak. This is where the story begins — the group must find a way to contain the outbreak and escape from The Hive before it’s too late.

Although “Resident Evil” received mixed reviews from critics, the film generated a revenue of over $103 million. It also led to several sequels in line, including “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” (2004), “Resident Evil: Extinction” (2007), and other films in the series — all with Milla Jovovich reprising her role as Alice.

#4 — Silent Hill (2006)

“Silent Hill” is a horror film based on the popular survival horror video game series of the same name developed by Konami. The movie follows the story of Rose, who is searching for her missing daughter in the city of Silent Hill. As Rose delves deeper into Silent Hill’s fog-shrouded and nightmarish streets, she encounters a series of bizarre and terrifying creatures. She also discovers that the town is inhabited by fanatical cultists who worship a dark deity. The film explores the secrets of Silent Hill, the tragic past of its residents, and the connection between Rose’s daughter and the town’s dark history. 

If you love horror and mystery movies, then “Silent Hill” is definitely for you. Just as most cinematographic works, the film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. However, this hasn’t prevented “Silent Hill” from grossing over $100 million worldwide.

#5 — Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” is an action-adventure fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is based on the popular video game series and is highly popular among the gaming community. The movie is set in the ancient and mystical kingdom of Persia. It follows the story of Dastan, a skilled and agile street urchin who is adopted by the King of Persia and raised as a prince alongside his two royal brothers, Tus and Garsiv. 

When Dastan is framed for the murder of the king, he goes on the run with Princess Tamina. They together must prevent a powerful and ancient dagger from falling into the wrong hands.

Dastan and Tamina embark on a quest to protect the dagger and unravel the mysteries surrounding its origins. Along the way, the two face various challenges, including treacherous foes and magical sand that can turn people into sand monsters. The film will keep you in tenterhooks until the end.

You Have Something to Watch

If you are a fan of video games, you have something interesting to watch today. Be it a mystery story of Rose from “Silent Hill” or a fantasy world featured in “Warcraft,” the top five movies based on the popular video games will hardly let you get bored. 

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