BlogEveryone knowns that movies based on videogames tend to be pretty terrible, if unwatchable, but I have to admit that even I was surprised at the percentage of videogame adaptions and even videogame-inspired movies that made it on Rotten Tomatos' Worst of the Worst, their list of the worst movies of the decade. Another surprise was the absence of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, although I guess that movie was merely mediocre and disappointing rather than the horrible messes that are Alone in the Dark, Bloodrayne, House of the Dead, and Ecks vs. Sever.1
Fantasy becomes reality, and unfortunately for us, that's true. Square's venture into the film industry proved a disaster, losing the would-be conglomerate millions in box office revenue (52, reportedly1). However, from the ashes of the poor reviews rose... nothing, really. The shiny new doors at Square Pictures were closed, but only before they were ripped from the hinges and lobbed at Hironobu Sakaguchi, whose long and lustrous career at Square ended with his failures as a film producer. Three planned sequels were understandably canned shortly thereafter. Square's losses were insurmountable only until a 2003 merger with Enix resulted in a swift and gainful recovery.