3 Reasons Why Castlevania: The Movie will be Great

We use video games movie history to predict the success of Castlevania: The Movie.

By Marc Deschamps. Posted 10/29/2012 10:00 4 Comments     ShareThis

The Resident Evil Method

Of course, the biggest difficulty with bringing a franchise like Castlevania to the screen is that the games aren’t known for their stories the way a series like, say, Metal Gear Solid is. Outside of the Nintendo 64 iterations and Lord of Shadows, the series has largely kept its roots firmly planted in the 2D “Metroid-vania” style, which tends to put story second to game play.

But, as any true Castlevania fan will attest, there’s a rich history to the series, spanning nearly a thousand years, and one way to approach this is through what I call the “Resident Evil Method.” While the Resident Evil flicks may have polarized fans to a degree, the financial success of the franchise is hard to deny. Rather than simply adapt the plot of the original game, the first Resident Evil film took a looser approach to bringing the series to the big screen and brought in elements from the various series entries and moulded them into a brand new story. If the right filmmaker pushed the concept of the Belmont clan working for over a thousand years to stop Dracula, that could be an interesting angle to play up in a film. In fact, it might make the concept an easier sell for a wider audience, allowing the filmmakers to bring in more “classic” Castlevania elements in a later installment, just like how the second Resident Evil film gave us Raccoon City and other RE staples.

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4 Responses to “3 Reasons Why Castlevania: The Movie will be Great”

  • 87 points
    chrisbg99 says...

    Easy to be skeptical? If you aren’t skeptical you haven’t been paying attention.

    Nearly every video game movie made has blown chunks. The closest thing to a fully “good” video game movie was the first Mortal Kombat and the first Silent Hill got it half right until the plot went totally off the rails into the crap pits. The Resident Evil movies are just terrible and have done almost as much damage to the franchise as Capcom has done with its recent efforts. The fact that they make a lot of money doesn’t change this. The rest of your examples are meaningless because they aren’t video game adaptation they are movies that reference video games to various degrees.

    While I’d like to optimistically believe that a video game movie could avoid the pitfalls of previous adaptations it isn’t too likely. It’ll most likely be butchered to the point where they might as well not even call it Castlevania.

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  • 849 points
    ejamer says...

    I don’t get the hate for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

    It wasn’t an amazing movie and didn’t really evoke a strong Final Fantasy feeling from me… but really wan’t that bad. Compared to other video game movies – most of which end up being absolute trash – I think The Spirits Within was pretty decent.

    Anyone care to enlighten me about why the movie is so often put down? Were expectations just too high going in?

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  • 156 points
    Bradly Storm says...

    I get the hate for FF: TSW, I just simply don’t agree with it. I, too, think it’s a pretty decent film. Should it have carried the Final Fantasy name? No, probably not, but it did nonetheless. I just appreciate the movie for what it is, which is an entertaining, beautifully rendered sci-fi drama.

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  • 3 points
    dudikovski says...

    Uh….dude, there is no Castlevania movie in the works.

    It just turned out to be a fanmade web series by IGN. Go check “Castlevania: Hymn of Blood”.

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