FFD: What horror icons deserve their own games?

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With the recent news of an official, licenced Friday the 13th on its way, and the relatively recent resurgence in horror-based video games like the rather good Until Dawn, I think it’s a safe bet that we’ll be seeing more in the way of cinematic horror games on our consoles and computers.

There are a great many horror icons that have been ignored in video games. Sure, there are some great games from the genre that actually utilise classic horror legends – with Alien: Isolation working as a shining example. What could have been a mindless action shooter (Yes, I’m looking at you, Aliens: Colonial Marines and yes, I’m judging) was instead a tense survival horror, showing real respect for Giger’s terrifying, terribly phallic Xenomorph.

We’ll soon see Friday the 13th’s Jason slashing up teenagers, and there has been a terrible Nightmare on Elm Street game – but very, very little else. Yeah, there was s Saw game, and an Army of Darkness one – but the less said the better, really.

I’m very much like to see something based on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or even something around Child’s Play. Most of all, I think we the advances in graphics technology and game storytelling, it’s time to bring back the idea of a Nightmare on Elm Street where you play as the disfigured slasher and use awesome dream powers to creatively tear teenagers to bits.

The horror genre is alive and well, but could do with a little synergy from Hollywood. What licensed horror legends would you like to see in a video game?

Last Updated: October 30, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Brady miaau

    None. They should all be banned, for the good of humanity. Or me. Which amounts, amiright, to the same thing. Dammit.

    I hate these things, Saw, Halloween, that sort of thing. Terrible.

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      Every genre has its fans.
      I’m not one for horror myself, but a good scary game is nice every once in a while to wake me up a bit.

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FROM EVENT HORIZON!

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      Although, Dead Space kinda has that vibe

    • Brady miaau

      Billed that movie as Sci-fi, so I watched it at the cinema, many years ago, with drinking buddies.

      Um. I hate movies like that.

    • Guild

      I’m late to the party but that is exactly what I was going to suggest. This is another one I would suggest:

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        DROPPING in late again eh?

        • Guild

          XD

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    Chucky could have a game, hehehe

    • Trevor Matrix

      I used to be the stud of the football team. Then I took a Chucky in the knee…

    • I don’t think anyone would play a Rincethis game. HEYOH!

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        Be nice to Chucky!

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    Okay, Predator isn’t really horror.
    But we need a dedicated Predator game.

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      Maybe, but there has been many games with Predator’s in them, so I’m not sure it will sell well dude

      • Trevor Matrix

        They can take my money.

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          Oh I’ll definitely play it if it is done well, I LOVED playing all the AvP games as Predator

          • Trevor Matrix

            That last AVP game was terrible though. ALien was unplayable at best.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I dunno, really liked the Predator mechanics (then again, I’m a sucker for playing as Predator, you can even get me playing as it….on mobile)

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        I will buy three copies. How about that? ;P
        The AVP games just didn’t capture the Predators right. It was more action than stealth and about “the hunt”.

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          Yeah, I remember saving and replaying the “stealth” missions over and over and over and over and over and over again. Murdering the humans time and again

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I think because you were able to play as three very different characters none of them got the attention they deserved and the feeling of each kind of blended together a bit.
            Playing as a marine was quite creepy in the first AVP game.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Agreed, dark and overwhelming. But as a game, really solid at the time
            (Checked on GoG, since I have it there, the game install….IS ONLY 440MB!!!)

  • Hammersteyn

    Silent Hills

    • Mistake Not…

      You beat me to it XD

      • Hammersteyn

        lol sorry

  • Hammersteyn

    System Shock 3,4,5,6,7,8 etc.

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      Done. This comment wins. Nothing to read further folks, this here, is the winner.

      There are many other comments, but this one, is the best

      • Hammersteyn

        XD

  • Mistake Not…

    What we really need…is Silent Hills.

  • Hammersteyn

    Adams Family would be a nice Telltale game

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      Ok, wow, now that is a great idea.

  • Hammersteyn

    IT because effing clowns man

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      So you’d like to stalk and murder and eat children?

      • Hammersteyn

        Yes, only difference being I’m wearing a clown costume

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          You scare children just by being close to them (no wonder Rince was so skittish)
          No need for the costume man, overkill!

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          That makes it a bit less scary actually, than a bearded man hunting kids.

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        Well Hatred got released, so I can’t see this struggling.

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          BUT THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

          • Hammersteyn

            I do, medium rare not burnt

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Well, if they’re burnt you at least know that they won’t go to waste…because AE Trevor

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Well, if you put it that way, I guess it is ok

  • I played Fear… once

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      FEAR was excellent.
      Played it three times.
      Extraction point was also decent. Perseus Mandate was a good action shooter.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        That damn ladder…

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          Lol

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          That damn ladder! O_O

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Not many people know what we are talking about, but THOSE THAT DO ARE AWESOME

          • And scared

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            also scarred 😉

          • Was what I meant, but I forgot an extra R xD

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            At least it still turned out to be a word that that fits in, and is spelled correctly, or you would have had GrammarNaziAdmiralChief on your back 😉

          • O I think he gets enough of my spelling conundrum on Steam xD

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I think I should misspell his name every once in a while. Just to see what happens ;P

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Just you try that Lenny Milkbag

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Milkbag. That’s a new one 😀

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            xD I see you understand the reference and the relevance of the two items?

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I do. That’s why I’ve replied carefully 😉

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            xD

          • Rock789

            Don’t test the Admiarl like that… It’s nto ncie…

            o_O

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I saw that.

            TO THE CORNER YOU SHALL GO

          • Rock789

            **hangs head in shame**

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            *hagns

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            You know where to go Lenny, AND NO TALKING TO ROCK IN THE CORNER

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Ah, damn

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            What’s funny is everyone who’s played the game knows what I’m talking about. 😀

        • VampyreSquirrel

          LOL!

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          I remember playing through that ladder scene one night just after midnight, I had my headphones on and there was a wind blowing, howling all around the house… I got to the scene, shouted something, switched off my PC and went to sleep….the next day I was informed by our neighbour that he was planning on running into my house with a fully loaded shotgun to gun down whatever was attacking me, I then vowed to never play Fear at night again…for safety reasons of course…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I jerked, shouted a nasty word, and head shot the bastard all in one go. After I calmed down I was quite impressed with my aiming & reaction speed lol.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            HAHAHA! That is impressive!

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Scary games teach you a lot about yourself.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            HAHAHAHA!!!

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I love this.

      • Darren Peach

        What always gives me nostalgia is the music. You feel like a action hero supergod and then a little girl appears out of nowhere and makes you poop your pants.

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      It was a really good shooter that had KAKINMYBROEK elements to it.

      • I have all the Fear games in my library thx to Humble Bundle. Never to be installed though. And that 5 nights at Freddy’s can GITFS

      • VampyreSquirrel

        It freaked me out slightly for about 5 minutes, and then it was just another shooter.

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          It just gave me cold shivers, not so much as OHMYSOCK [falls of chair] types of elements

          • VampyreSquirrel

            There’s not a lot of games that’ll freak me out, FNAF probably would, but there hasn’t been a movie that has freaked me out for a long long time.

  • Hammersteyn
    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      xD

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      Cat troll level = MASTER

      • Hammersteyn

        Or maybe the cats name is Johnny?

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          Maybe he’s just a Jack Nicholson fan.

          • Hammersteyn

            I know, the cat heard the scream and wants to help

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            No, that can’t be right.

          • Hammersteyn

            Help kill her!

    • xD

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      huh uh, nee, nope, nee, huh uh….nope, cats are dicks man….

  • Jac7

    I think they could apply Alien: Isolation’s formula to several film-to-game transitions. Ones that come to mind? Jaws. A truly scary Predator game. Jurassic Park (being stalked by a raptor and a t rex). The Thing (never played the actual game).

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      Good idea, being hunted and stalked by a Predator. Geez dude, you might be on to something here!

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      I like the way you think.
      They need to bring scary back to dinosaurs. Jurassic World was good, but it was a crowd pleaser.
      And a predator game where you are hunted…I say yes.

      • Jac7

        There are few things in this world as remarkable as the first Predator movie. And if they could actually manage to replicate the atmosphere created in the film into game format and create something similar to Alien: Isolation, I probably wouldn’t need to play another horror game for the rest of my life.

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          Imagine being in that forest, and something is stalking you…

          • Dutch Matrix

            I do not have to imagine…

          • Jac7

            Screw Lazygamer comment of the week, because this is definitely my top Lazygamer MOMENT of the week!

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I agree

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          I agree with you.
          My wife and I have a tradition of watching the first Predator movie once a year.
          It’s that awesome.

          • Jac7

            Happy to know we’re not the only couple with the tradition.

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    I have a very real dislike for the ocean, it’s deep darkness and everything in it.
    Therefor I might just buy Depth on this Steam sale.

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      And by dislike I mean fear.

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        Sharks are misunderstood. If I saw a man in a rubber suit with a funny thing on his face in my house, I’d stab him or something

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          I have an unofficial agreement with ocean creatures. I stay out of the deep sea, they stay off the land.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            The deepest I’ve been into the sea, was about 300m (in, not under)

          • Trevor Matrix

            Sharks are not so bad. If a stranger showed up in my house wearing a Speedo, I’d attack too.

          • Hammersteyn

            Also people pissin the ocean

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I don’t think I’ve made it that far. On a boat, sure, but not myself.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            tee hee

          • Mistake Not…

            Spoiler spoiler spoiler!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            *tee hee’s harder*

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I can’t watch YouTube vids at work. So the white space where the video should be doesn’t scare as much as Trevor thinks it would ;P

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Oh, well in that case…

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Now you’re forcing me to refresh?
            You’re a special kind of evil, aren’t you?

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Where is this from?

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Flash, Season 2

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I have to start with the new season. Maybe sommer tonight.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Geez dude, spoiler alert!
            At least I’ve seen the episode

          • Mistake Not…

            I haven’t. DSTV is all like “Express from the U.S.!”, unless it’s Flash and Arrow. Then it’s like “Within one year of the U.S.!”

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I’m not loving the new season of Flash, Arrow on the other hand, really cool!

          • Mistake Not…

            I. Need. Better. Internet. There’s literally 4 (popular) shows that started like a month ago in America but DSTV doesn’t even bother. They’re just like “Nope, here’s X-Factor and The Voice.”

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Trying to get Telkom to update your line is a bit like an X-Factor challenge.

          • Mistake Not…

            Telkom, Eskom. They sound the same to me and the service quality is the same.

          • Darren Peach

            Idols, X factor, The voice and anything remotely like it belongs in the toilet of history. I have a small fit every time I see a Idols promo on tv.

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I still need to start on the new seasons. Though all I really care about at this stage is Daredevil.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Jessica Jones starts next month, that looks awesome.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Hmmmm, interesting.

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            The Supergirl pilot actually wasn’t that bad itself.

          • Mistake Not…

            Apparently it was a good idea to play Gotham at 19:00 and Supergirl at 19:30. Am I supposed to have two TVs?

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Both DC too. That’s just mean.
            Hulu for the win 😀

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I enjoyed it, got a few kinks to work out but overall very entertaining.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Flash, meh, Arrow, awwwjisss, Bones, well, kinda, BBT, okay

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Wait…you haven’t watched Daredevil?
            It makes Flash and Arrow look like tween series.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I’ve watched it yes, but the mrs doesn’t like the violence too much, and if I have to choose between watching a series by myself, or gaming, I choose gaming

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Ah. Fair enough.

          • Mistake Not…

            Do you watch iZombie?

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            No, any good?

          • Mistake Not…

            Yup, I enjoyed it. My friend didn’t realise it was under DC, then he was all up in it. It’s quite fun.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Oh, and that girl is quite GRRRRRR

  • VampyreSquirrel

    A Child’s Play game would be awesome… don’t judge me but I’d love to take control of that little sadist Chucky.

  • Trevor Matrix

    I kind of like the idea of a Friday the 13th game. If I can play as Jason, and impale teenage couples mid shag on my spear…

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      ….

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    Freddy, going into people’s dreams. You could have one really trippy-ass game. Plus you get to kill annoying bimbos. win-win I say.

  • Deceased

    Miley Cirus?

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      Jeez man. This is a family friendly site.

      • Dutch Matrix

        Groom of Miley. With Justin Bieber as the Groom…

      • Deceased

        My bad 😐

  • MacDoodle

    Pin head and his clan of Cenobites from Hellraiser would be pretty cool

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    I wanted to say Slipknot….

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    South African tax payer simulator.

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      [deletes comment]

  • Darryn….Trevor….Dutch…

    To name a few, or to name all…. :p

  • Martin Human

    Imagine a game like Alien Isolation, but with all the classic baddies all crammed into one. One game with separate scenarios. One screnario you will have to survive against Jason from Friday 13th, the other Freddy Kreuger the next Micheal Meyers. All in faithfully recreated locations based on the movies. Texas Chainsaw massacre anyone? And all this on VR… Hect they could then make monster of the week DLC

  • Darren Peach

    Jeepers Creepers by virtue of the fact that it is the only scary thing I have seen since CG made monsters less scary. Army of Darkness. Predator has never had it’s own game. An American Werewolf in London was friggen scary when I was a kid.

  • Good article, but why show an image of Ann Coulter holding a meat cleaver? I realize she’s horrifying, but do we have to see that face?

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