In 1999, video game cinema was not much more different than it is now. In short, it was terrible. One of the leading guilty parties was 'Wing Commander,' an adaptation of the extremely popular PC space-shooter franchise. While the video sequences for the games starred the likes of Mark Hamill and Malcom McDowell, the feature could only draw actors from the severely less talented pool of teen heartthrobs like Freddie Prinze, Jr and Matthew Lillard. It's not that hard to understand why this is one of the most universally panned video game movies of all time. The only question is, what in the world ever happened to these people?
Then and Now
Girls. Martial arts. Bikinis. Eric Roberts. It was a recipe for success. The end result however was a hilarious disaster, the likes of which could never be replicated again. 'DOA: Dead or Alive,' based on Team Ninja's and Tecmo's voluptuous fighter, brought together a mishmash of some of the most beautiful ladies on the planet and forced them into an action flick they had absolutely no business being in. It's been eight years since we were graced with the unintentional brilliance that was this movie, so let's take a look at the cast to see what they're all up to now.
Seven years ago, the world was forever changed by one brilliant movie. That movie was not 'Bloodrayne.' No, 'Bloodrayne' was something more. It may not have won any awards or acclaim, but 'Bloodrayne' was destined for greatness of a different sort. As the product of one of the most infamous directors of our generation, 'Bloodrayne' set a new standard for the absolute bare minimum we could expect from a video game film adaptation. Now we're taking a look back to see just how the cast has rebounded after appearing in this testament to leather, swords and bad acting.
In 2006, TriStar finally wizened up and developed a film based on Konami's horror classic Silent Hill. Written by former inmate and 'Pulp Fiction' co-screenwriter Roger Avary, 'Silent Hill' was actually not a bad adaptation of a video game. Shot in Centralia, PA, where an underground mine fire has been burning since 1962, 'Silent Hill' may have spent a little too much time pontificating the arcane, but it sure did look pretty. We're looking back to see how the cast has been doing since surviving the terrors in the town of Silent Hill.
There have been five live-action 'Resident Evil' films made, and it wasn't until the most recent ('Resident Evil: Retribution'), that all the main characters from the video game series were finally introduced. Over the past decade, Paul W.S. Anderson has been doing his best to damage the brand Capcom has so carefully curated since Resident Evil arrived on the PlayStation in 1996. Since 2002, no film franchise has been as bafflingly popular, so we figured we'd check in on the cast to see why they keep agreeing to star in this continually expanding series.
Nearly twenty years ago, Street Fighter II was one of the most popular arcade games across the world. As such, it made sense to try and capitalize on that success with a movie tie-in. Universal Pictures tapped the writer of 'Die Hard' and 'The Running Man' to adapt the game into a feature. The results were less than stellar. While 'Street Fighter: The Movie' still has some cult classic status with fighting game and martial arts fans, it's just not a good movie. Still, the game franchise continued to be a success, so we figured we'd look in on the cast to see if what they did back then affected where they are now.
There once was a time when the name Uwe Boll was synonymous with video game movies. It was not a good time. However, in spite of the lack of success of these adaptations, Boll managed to fund several different film franchises based on relatively popular video game series. While some of the films made sense to bring to the big screen, no one was asking for the Postal movie to get made. Still, that didn't stop Boll from doing his best to make it one of the worst movies ever made. Let's take a look at the cast of 'Postal' to see where they were then, and if they've managed to still have a career now.
Coupled with bullet time shooting, the Max Payne video games were highlights of the early 2000s. The same could not be said for the movie adaptation that came out in 2008.
In 1994, someone decided it would be a great idea to turn Double Dragon into a film. It wasn't a terrible idea in theory. Kung-fu action flicks always find an audience, and there was definitely potential in the story of two brothers taking down a crime kingpin to rescue a girl. That potential was completely squandered by the geniuses behind 'Double Dragon.' Nearly 20 years later, let's take a look back at the cast to see if everyone's career could recover from the embarrassment.
Lara Croft returned earlier this year, re-establishing her cred as one of the premiere leading ladies in gaming. However, Lara's stock may never have been higher than it was a little over a decade ago when she inspired not one, but two feature films. Now, twelve years after her first silver screen adventure, we take a look back at 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' and 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life' to see just how far the stars of those loose adaptations have come.