Film and television adaptations of video games have earned a bad reputation over the years that’s certainly not undeserved. Even those that gain cult following (like Silent Hill), rake in a lot of money (like Tomb Raider) or launch multiple sequels (like Resident Evil) have never been a hit with critics. You might even call it a curse, as no movie or television series has ever been certified “fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes. However, now an adaptation may be poised to do just that.
With Netflix’s Castlevania, that video game curse has finally been broken, with an impressive rating on the aggregator site of 90 percent, a record for a video game adaptation. Of course, that’s based on 10 reviews — Rotten Tomatoes requires 20 to be officially certified as “fresh” — but it’s enough to make the website take note.
“In Hollywood’s unhallowed executive halls, the candle of the video game curse burns hot,” Alex Vo writes on Rotten Tomatoes. “Adaptations typically flop at the box office and are always reviled by critics, including recent big-budget efforts like Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed. No video game movie has ever rated 60% or above — that includes direct-to-video fare (if they even get enough reviews for a Tomatometer).”
Produced by Adi Shankar (Dredd) and written by Warren Ellis, Castlevania has been renewed for a second season.
The first season of Castlevania is available now on Netflix. The series stars Richard Armitage as Trevor Belmont, James Callis as Alucard, Graham McTavish as Count Dracula, Alejandra Reynoso as Sypha Belnades, Tony Amendola as the Elder and Emily Swallow as Lisa Tepes.
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