“Nothing’s impossible, you just gotta believe.” With the release of Sonic the Hedgehog, we were finally convinced it was time to tackle one of the themed premium podcasts we’ve been contemplating forever: video game movies. That includes covering a veritable garbage pile of video game adaptations attempted throughout the ’90s including Super Mario Brothers, Double Dragon, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and ending with 2005’s Doom. (Special thanks to our Patreon subscribers for voting on this to become a reality!) Discussion topics include the challenges of adapting a property with very little underlying story, the pros and cons of early digital effects, the omnipresent influence of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the many hidden easter eggs and nods to the games themselves. Is the first person sequence in Doom profound or just pandering? Can any of us answer questions about the plot of these movies a few days later? And more importantly, are any of them actually worth watching? Pull off a flawless victory and download this month’s premium podcast below.
This series of premium podcasts was created to help support the regular weekly Film Junk Podcast. Head on over to Bandcamp and download the episode for a minimum donation of $1. As always, let us know if you experience any technical difficulties or if you have any other suggestions for future specials. Thanks for your support!