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Friday, January 05, 2007

Castlevania, Shit!

Castlevania 3, filled with 3x the levels, 3x the skeletons and 3x the curses.Doing my annual Google-search for "Castlevania" just before Christmas, I discovered something that made me nearly sh*t my pantaloons. At first I didn't believe what I read. After all, it is the internet, or Lie-Central as I like to call it.

But, curiously, I delved deeper. Finally I came upon my ultimate proof at IMDB.com, where no lies may penetrate, and chance of rumours is less than 2%! My hands were actually shaking like a sugar-deprived diabetic when I confirmed the news:

Castlevania, one of the greatest video-game franchises in the history of gaming, is being made into a movie.

I've been waiting for this moment since I was 15 years old. Konami, for the third time since "Castlevania" debuted in 1986, had shot an arrow of Dracula-Doppelganger-skeleton-Leviathan-Medusa Head love through my heart. After plunking down an extremely hard-earned $85 for "Dracula's Curse", the final NES instalment of Dracula-killing awesomeness, I knew that a movie was a definite possibility. After 3 hit games, I wondered why Konami wasn't pursuing it.

When the Playstation first debuted in the 1990s, another Castlevania game emerged. Symphony Of The Night was, and is, so phenomenal that it was unofficially declared to be the best video game ever created and/or The Best 2D Video Game ever made. Don't believe me? Google it.

I've seen this game offered for sale on eBay and other such websites for as much as $325 U.S., a whopping 540% higher than its original cost! Even a used one can easily fetch double its original retail price.

What does this all mean? Castlevania is hot. Right, Paris?

And Konami, realising this, has finally approved the shift from game to big screen. But there's a problem. Their $50-million budget won't help them when Paul W.S. Anderson starts directing the movie straight into the ground. Apparently Dimension Films dropped the project due to Mr. Anderson's unworthy script.

The movie still has the go-ahead, although, from Universal Studios' Rogue Pictures. Shit.


Blogger Patti_Cake said...

Hmmm not a huge video game fan but I do love anything to do with vampires.... might check it out but hey i'm excited that YOU'RE so excited!

6:41:00 PM

Blogger mmat said...

your reaction to this news was like mine when i heard that Toby Maguire would be spiderman. they could have picked anyone else. one of these days i'm sure i'll watch that movie and maybe get over my problem with Sam Raimi, but not today.

8:33:00 PM

Blogger Aims said...

you said "pantaloons" - I cant stop giggling!!!

11:22:00 AM

Blogger Vengelyne said...

I own 1 Castlevania game... Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, but it sucks. I played it for an hour and never touched it ever since then. >.<

It looks interesting, but the graphics aren't and it's quite monotonous.

I'm interested in the movie, though. When is it coming out?

10:58:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Aw! No! I read reviews on Curse of Darkness and most said the same thing you're saying: that it was monotonous and repetitious. That makes me very sad considering that it's supposed to be quite a bit better than Lament of Innocence. And probably 20x better than the N64 games.

Since I'm such a Castlevania nerd, I will still buy it some day. It's not in stores anymore though. eBay. Gah!

Not sure when the movie is coming out. It's supposed to start filming in this spring.

10:10:00 AM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

Holy hell i remeber playing this game on the original game boy....you know the one with the green screen.
And where did you get that box....it looks brand new

1:50:00 PM

Blogger Rainypete said...

I haven't played any Castelvania games since the good ol' 8 bit console days. Any video game that sold a bunch of copies will become a movie regardless of the quality of said movie. It's the Hollywood way.

10:27:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Honkie, I am box-obsessed. Everything I've bought, I have kept the box.

11:56:00 AM


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