Let’s forget about movie remakes for a minute and take a second to really think about the importance of video game remakes. Next month, the horror video game Friday the 13th will be hitting all consoles due to a passion project that brought back one of the most loved video games from the 80’s.
Friday the 13th is a cult classic but the 80’s game was horrible. Pure trash. Then again, most of the Atari games weren’t all that great and you just can’t blame them. It wasn’t about making a game that reflected the film, but working with 8 bits and making the most of it.
I wanted this game so bad. It was THE it game when I had an NES.
This remake is more then just a game; it’s an effort to pay homage to the movie of the same name with a game that will mimic the fear and the references that we know all too well.
We can expect naked teenagers trying to grind in the forest of a desolate camp with a masked stranger intent on cockblocking each and every single one of them. There will be a lot of slashing, blood and half naked bodies.
Most of the horror games from the 80’s were based off of the movies that carried the same themes. All of them experienced crap visuals and story lines that didn’t really match up. They all deserve to be remade the same way that Jason’s classic film will be.
With the graphic and visuals of today, these video games could be spectacular. Not to mention, that the writers would take into deep consideration a focus and plot that will actually make sense.
Here’s a list of the ten 80’s video games that deserve a remake:
Nightmare on Elm Street
Spiders, falling rocks, and bats, oh my. Atleast Freddy shows up as a boss occasionally. Other than that, there was nothing that even remotely had any connection to the movie series. But it can’t be worse then Friday the 13th, AKA “looking through a million random cabins and barely ever seeing Jason anywhere till the end.”
If they were to re-do Jaws, I would want an entire game set in the ocean. Underwater diving and Night time swimming could lead to some pretty unexpected surprises.
The Evil Dead
I have no idea what’s going on here.
Here’s what I picture in a newer version: a cabin with five teenagers and demons popping up during an exploration of the grounds. This one has so much potential it hurts.
This was basically pac-man with aliens or what they want us to assume are aliens.
The movie alien has had quite a few games worthy of our time. I just wanted to add this one to the list because its so bad.
It’s so hard to be mad at this one with the three happy pumpkins at the top of the screen.
A recreation could make use of an RPG in a very dark house and Michael Myers sneaking around the premises.
Chiller was advanced for it’s time, but lacked in all the same ways these other games did. It was a shooting game for NES that allowed you to shoot ghosts, bodies, and other entities for apparently no reason at all.
To remake this one, they would have to create a story behind the horror in the torture room and graveyard. This one would require a lot of work.
I never saw Gremlins as a scary movie but I think that the creators thought that the ugliness of the creatures would give the movies a darker tone in the midst of Gizmo’s cuteness and the humor of the films.
I mean the Gremlin with the lipstick was my absolute favorite.
The game was about collecting the gizmos during a time limit, before they touched food and turned into Gremlins. You also didn’t want either of these to touch water because then they multiply.
I envision a remake with Gizmo as a sidekick. The darkness of the game would all depend on how scary the creators would want to make the slimy creatures.
Somehow the rainbow unicorn-like ghost doesn’t scare me. This game could be marvelous as a mansion like the game clue with silent rooms that have to be investigated. Maybe it’s also a scary mission just getting into the place.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Texas Chainsaw Masacre is based on a true story so an effectively produced video game would be amazing. In this case, you are the crazy man with the chain saw killing everything in sight, but I think that it would work better the other way around. A group of people running from the chainsaw loon, much like the movie, could be a great horror game.
That theme music is everything. The tall man from the movie Phantasm was what my nightmares were made of. Him and the old man from poltergeist caused a lot of sleepless nights. This game would be best with the tall man turning the townspeople into zombies and the silver flying spheres with daggers as one of the threats.
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