Scary tales tend to be scarier when experienced alone, which is why I’ve always preferred single-player horror games. That being said, there’s no denying that multiplayer has taken over video games over the past decade, captivating gamers with the unpredictable thrills of online cat-and-mouse matches. Now that horror behemoths like the Friday 13 franchise and even evil Dead got in on the action, lesser-known properties like Full Moon Features’ massive B-movie catalog also got the multiplayer treatment with projects like October Games’ upcoming Puppeteer: the game.

Of course, there’s still an untapped well of memorable scary movies that could be translated into entertaining interactive experiences, and that’s why we’ve put together this list of horror movies that deserve their own multiplayer video game adaptations.

Although this list is based on personal opinion, there are some basic rules. First of all, no movies have ever been made into licensed multiplayer video games (although other types of games are fine). We will also only focus on direct adaptations, so no licensed DLC for titles like Dead in broad daylight. Finally, these entries were selected based on the potential entertainment factor of a licensed video game, not necessarily the overall quality of the films themselves.

As usual, be sure to comment below if you think we missed any entertaining horror movies that would make for entertaining multiplayer games.

Now onto the list…


6. A Quiet Place (2018)

Even if you have to accept a lot of logical inconsistencies to take advantage of John Krasinski’s incredibly popular A silent place movies (like how survivors never have to deal with noise-producing bodily functions and the flimsy reasoning about how aliens differentiate human sounds from natural sounds), even the harshest critic has to admit that the paranoia based on movie sound would make a great video game mechanic.

An online title where players are tasked with outwitting so-called “angels of death” during hazard-filled levels feels like an intense, biting experience with plenty of replay value. You could even have some players play as blind invaders, searching for prey via a form of sonar vision.

Another movie that could be adapted into a game with similar mechanics would be Tremorsalthough the underground nature of the iconic Graboids means they would probably be less fun to play than A silent placeThe Angels of death. On that note, a single-player experience based on A silent place is currently in preparation at Saber Interactive, according to the latest news!


5. Poltergeist (1982)

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Masked killers and monstrous creatures can be scary, but what about inanimate objects coming to life and trying to eliminate players as they attempt to rid a seemingly ordinary home of paranormal activity? This exciting setup is why I think Tobe Hooper Fighting spirit could be the perfect foundation for an online multiplayer horror experience where parapsychologists team up to battle a hostile environment overrun by unseen spirits.

Think Luigi’s mansion meets ghost hunters on line Fighting spirit The game could allow players to explore haunted houses and perform exorcisms while a ghost puppeteer pulls invisible strings and attempts to eliminate investigators. Hell, you might even get a “this house is clean” message on screen after a successful showdown against the spirits!


4. Child’s Play (1988)

Don Mancini’s iconic killer doll has only appeared in one video game, featuring a disappointing endless runner titled Chucky: slash and dash which was released exclusively for iOS in 2013. However, with the recent success of SyFy chucky series, I think now is the perfect time to bring Charles Lee Ray back for some pint-sized serial murder mayhem.

A multiplayer version Child’s play could see the evil Good Guy doll trying to perform a voodoo ritual as co-op players attempt to thwart his bloody plans and destroy the plastic murderer once and for all. The franchise’s recent additions to the mythology might even justify the inclusion of several killer Good Guys in the game, not to mention fan favorites like Tiffany and Glen/Glenda!


3. Death Proof (2007)

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Not only is Proof of death one of Quentin Tarantino’s most underrated features (it’s like a car-based slasher and slasher sequel all in one), but it could also be turned into a jaw-dropping video game if it is put in the hands of a competent developer.

All they would have to do is borrow the hide-and-seek mechanics of titles like Dead in broad daylight and combine them with the vehicular madness of classics like twisted metal or even Burnout, forcing players to survive thrilling car chases as a deadly stuntman attempts to bring them down in a more horror-centric take on the combat racing genre.

Of course, there are other films developers could look to for inspiration when making a game like this, like Stephen King’s. Maximum overdrive or even Christina.


2. Dracula (1931)

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There have been over two hundred Bram Stoker film adaptations Dracula over the years, with even more releases in the near future. However, in the world of video games, the character has only ever shone as an antagonist of the Castlevania series, with few legitimate attempts to bring Stoker’s gothic thread to the game. I think that’s such a shame when you consider how easily this story could be gamified.

In fact, no longer a hypothetical Dracula title sticks to Stoker’s original vision, the more fun the resulting game will be. An asymmetrical battle between a tight-knit group of protagonists (with scholars, vampire hunters, and badass doctors) working together to bring down an ancient demon with a fearsome array of supernatural powers could be ridiculously fun without losing sight of the… human element that made the original story so compelling in the first place.


1. The Invisible Man (1933) / The Invisible Man (2020)

H. G. Wells’ The invisible Man Not only is he one of the earliest literary examples of a psychopathic supervillain, he’s also an incredibly versatile character who could easily be slotted into a multiplayer horror game. Think about it: A group of hapless players are tasked with hunting down the unseen killer in a closed environment, searching for the slightest trace of an unseen presence as a murderous player tries to remain undetected and manipulates the level in order to defeat his pursuers.

An interactive Invisible Man the game would be like a virtual hide-and-seek on steroids, with players trying to outsmart each other in a paranoid experience rivaling even the best matches in Dead in broad daylight Where Friday 13. You can even bring in elements from Leigh Whannell’s most recent adaptation, with the powers of invisibility coming from a rechargeable high-tech suit rather than a mysterious serum, giving players more of a chance to fight against the invisible threat.