When one thinks of exhilarating action, heartbreaking drama or chill-inducing horror, it's fair to say board games don't exactly spring to mind. But that hasn't stopped companies like Hasbro, Inc. from making movies like Ouija and its sequels, among others on this list. To #Ouija's credit, it does have a long horror history, and some of these movies sound like "so crazy it just might work" ideas. Let's take a look.
Possibly one of the strangest adaptations made is #Battleship, which also took the bold move of casting singer Rihanna in a lead role. The movie straddles serious sci-fi action with a healthy dose of dumb one-liners and references to the #game, making it difficult to decide if it's just schlock or intentionally silly. Either way, fans and detractors alike have found Battleship to be an entertaining watch, no matter how you look at it, and it's slowly gained a cult following since its 2012 release.
Before Hasbro was making its own adaptations, this ambitious mid-'80s film took a stab at it, offering up one of the more logical, story-themed games to adapt. Despite taking the plot in a predictable direction, the film stayed true to the game in the most compelling of ways. The filmmakers decided to create three different endings and only send one of the three to any given theater, meaning different audiences enjoyed a different finale, just like when playing the game. Although the box office results were decidedly lackluster, there is already a remake in the works, meaning we could be seeing more gems like this in the future.
3. Dungeons & Dragons
One of the more obscure board-game movie adaptations, this 2000 feature boasts an eclectic cast including Jeremy Irons, Thora Birch, Richard O'Brien and Marlon Wayans. Dungeons & Dragons the film did not succeed at the box office, nor did it enthrall the critics. But despite the movie garnering several nominations for The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards upon its release, Hasbro is also looking to remake this in the near future, hopefully closer to the style and quality of The Lord of the Rings, a film that came out only a year after this one.
2. Word Wars
The only documentary on the list is best described as The King of Kong of Scrabble. The doc looks at the competitive world of Scrabble leading up to the 2002 National Scrabble Championship (yes it's real). Following several players and looking at how competitive the scene can be, the film was praised for its insightful examination of a world many wouldn't have ever conceived to exist.
Not an adaptation of a game but a children's picture book, these films are the kings in the world of board-game adaptations. While the film #Jumanji is widely regarded as a classic thanks to its direction and performances, its sequel #Zathura also managed to capture much of the mystery and magic of the original. The film keeps the board game from feeling boring through dynamic filming and presenting said game as an insanely powerful entity that should be feared. Look out for the sequel starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, coming as soon as 2017.
It seems Hollywood really likes its board games, and with even more adaptations coming — like Monopoly (from Ridley Scott no less), Candy Land and even Hungry Hungry Hippos — it looks like this is set to become a popular trend in films for a long time to come.
In the meantime, get your spook on with a trailer below for Ouija: Origin of Evil, which is out now at cinemas.
Do you have a favorite game — board, video or other — that you'd like to see made into a movie? Answer in the comments below.