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By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on June 23, 2001   |   Episode 14 (Show Archive)  

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#10 Judge Dredd Not every comic book deserves a movie, and not every movie deserves a game. Sly may "be the law" in this film, but when it comes down to final cut, he kept his hands off. The movie is not worth porting to a game, let alone a DVD or video cassette. Just about the worst film in Mr. Stallone's filmography, and that's saying something. #9 The Crow The Crow is a perfect example of style over substance. It would make for a great game, but under the watchful eye of Acclaim, the game was turned into an utter bore. The game is so dull, that you mainly walk around and investigate your surroundings. The movie is bad because it does not have enough of a story, and since the fighters are the only thing keeping the film together, it truly would seem like a great fit. Leave it to Acclaim to mess it up. #8 Home Alone I was, and still am, more than perplexed when it comes to the popularity of the Home Alone films. Even though the two sequels were admittedly worse than the first, the series needs to be on the list. The game could have been a great experience of trap setting, but sadly, was turned into a side scrolling action game. Hopefully we will see no more of this series. #7 Beethoven's 2nd This movie isn't as bad as the third installment, but it's filled with horrible clich?s, lame jokes, and a nonexistent sense of humor. The game isn't much better, but you really have to ponder why anybody would even want to make a sequel to a movie like Beethoven. Thankfully this license didn't make it far from the Game Boy. #6 Time Cop If Jean Claude Van-Damme really wants to be taken seriously he would stop making horrible films like this one. The game isn't any better, either, but the movie is truly dreadful. Jean Claude Van-Damme isn't new to the disappointments in video game movies, either, as he portrayed Guile in the forgettable Street Fighter movie. Hopefully we won't see much more of this import. #5 Bram Stoker's Dracula Maybe this is just a misunderstood classic, or maybe it really is the fraudulent piece of crap I first saw it as. Regardless, it really makes for a horrible video game (filled with horrible control, among other horrible features). But even with a pretty good cast (alright, it has Gary Oldman) the movie just sucks. It's an hour and a half of nothing going on. Ugggh! #4 Waterworld Hey, if there is so much water in this world, then why is everything so dirty looking?!? And if dirts so valuable, then where are the cigarettes coming from? And why does everything run on crude oil?!? And really, why did this movie make some much money? And why did they make a game out of it?!? And why is there a sequel coming out?!? #3 Cutthroat Island This movie is the least grossing films, relative to cost, of all time. And yet, Acclaim put its faith in Geena Davis' sword buckling hands. The movie is horrid, and questionable on artistic merit. The games are slightly more fun, but really really really horrible in their own right. The film has gained a cult following since it's release on home video, but the movie will never be good. #2 Batman & Robin How can you make a Batman movie worse than Batman Forever? You make everything even brighter, the dialogue even sillier, the costumes over the top, and the characters completely unsympathetic. Oh, and did I mention that you can also try to fit Ah-nuld in a roll suited for somebody a quarter his size! This is just horrible on all levels, and the games are any better. Avoid. #1 Hudson Hawk Hudson Hawk the game lacks the musical numbers, and the movie might have been much better without them. At least the game isn't cluttered with Bruce Willis constantly trying to out insult everybody. And oddly enough, after playing the game you don't feel cheated. The movie, on the other hand, is a plane crash you can't take your eyes off of. All this talk about bad movies makes it sound like all games based on horrible movies. That is simple not true at all. In fact, it's my opinion that movies based on good (or even great movies) are often the most disappointing. I mean, there really is no justice in the world. I mean, take a look at the dreadful PlayStation version of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's City of Lost Children, or Luc Besson's Fifth Element, or even Dreamwork's Animated Antz. And how can we forget Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters, Tim Burton's Batman, and even the best "recent" Bond film, GoldenEye, with their handful of games? And there's even the Evil Dead series which is just about the coolest series of movies out there. So, remember, there are always good movies out there, but not all of them are made into good games.


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