Movies and video games are two equally awesome things that defined our childhoods. Naturally, whenever we found out that they were making a video game based on our favorite movie, there was no way we weren't gonna get excited about it!
Except, we all learned very quickly (usually too late to get our money back though) that most games based on movies are pushed out as quickly as possible to capitalize on the movie. This essentially leads to 9 out of 10 of these games being terrible.
These are just a few of the most famous offenders.
1) Back to the Future (NES, 1989)
Back to the Future is a beloved action-adventure classic that spawned two sequels and generations of fans. The story of Marty McFly and Doc Brown trying to save the future from being catastrophically changed (and making sure Marty's parents get together at the big high school dance) has stood the test of time (heh heh) and remains a favorite even to this day.
Back to the Future on the NES is a dull mess that has next to nothing to do with the movies. You run around as Marty (who looks nothing close to how he does in the movies) collecting clocks, dodging obstacles, and occasionally playing minigames. It was so bad the film's co-writer Bob Gale called it "one of the worst games ever."
2) Friday the 13th (NES, 1989)
One of the most successful entries in the slasher film genre, the Friday the 13th franchise focuses on hockey-masked, undead killer Jason Voorhees as he stalks and brutally murders anyone who ventures near the site of his childhood death, Camp Crystal Lake. Of course, this sounds like perfect fodder for a game on a system marketed to kids!
The Friday the 13th game has you playing one of the camp counselors who must save the campers and other counselors from repeated attacks by Jason. This is easier said than done, thanks to constantly being assaulted by zombies (for some reason), completely ineffectual throwing weapons (like rocks), and the game's barely usable map. Jason's random appearances do sometimes manage to be scary, but it ultimately ends up more frustrating than anything.
3) Charlie's Angels (Gamecube/PS2, 2003)
Adapted from the 1970s TV series of the same name, the two Charlie's Angels movies were campy, high-octane action movies meant to show off the talent (and, erm, assets) of superstar trio Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu.
While the films had their audience, the video game was a catastrophic failure. Despite featuring the actual voices of the lead trio, the game's mundane gameplay, terrible graphics, and constant bugs made it an absolute chore to even watch, much less play.