Retro video games have become a big topic of discussion here in the horror community in recent years, with NES efforts like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street experiencing a strange resurgence in popularity. A handful of other horror films have received the video game treatment over the years, including The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Thing and Halloween.
But what about board games? It’s not often that fans talk about horror movie board games, which might lead you to believe that they simply don’t exist. But the truth is that many horror movies over the years have received their own board games, from The Shining to Alligator. Yes. Alligator.
Let’s give those horror movie-inspired board games some love, shall we?!
DAWN OF THE DEAD
Right around the time Dawn of the Dead shambled its way into theaters, a company called Simulations Publications, Inc. put out a board game based on the film, which allowed players to either become the zombies or the surviving humans. The game board was based on the shopping mall that the majority of Romero’s second ‘Dead‘ outing took place in, and the object of the game was to either kill the humans or secure the mall and eliminate the zombies – depending on which group of characters any given player decided to be. This game has become increasingly rare over the years, and typically sells for a couple hundred dollars.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET #1
Two years before the release of the infamous Nightmare on Elm Street NES game came Victory Entertainment’s Nightmare on Elm Street board game, the first of two Elm Street-based board games that saw release in the decade that Freddy Krueger dominated. The board set up like a nightmarish dream maze, the object of the game was to navigate your game piece through the maze, and make it out before Freddy got a hold of you and ended your journey. Game cards dictated your movements, either escorting you through the maze and into the safety of the real world, or serving you up to Freddy on a silver platter.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET #2
So popular was Freddy in the 80s that he starred in a second board game in 1989, released by Cardinal Industries. Dubbed A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Freddy Game, the game was much more elaborate than the previously released one, with three-dimensional panels bringing the board to life. The game board depicted Freddy Krueger’s house and the basic gist was that one of the players was possessed by Freddy, while the other players were tasked with finding out whose body he inhabited and banishing him back to Hell. The game even incorporated the fears of each character/game piece, just like the movies did.
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