In the mid-’90s with PCs becoming more common in households and consoles like the Sega CD and Panasonic 3DO (okay, maybe not that one so much) invading homes, CD-based gaming technology was becoming all the rage. The idea that the graphics were better and that live actors would take the place over sprites would make it seem as if you were playing a movie! Of course, this idea sounded much better on paper and didn’t look or play nearly as great in retrospect, but at the time it was something to wonder at. Not all of them were bad, mind you. Case in point, Phantasmagoria. When I was younger, I remember my friend and I playing this in his basement at odd hours of the night, scaring the britches off us.
The game features, at the time, very controversial sex, gore, nudity… you know, the kind of stuff that we love in video games and movies. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Phantasmagoria is a point and click survival-horror game. “The story revolves around paperback writer Adrienne Delaney and her husband Donald Gordon, who have just bought a remote mansion previously owned by a famous 19th-century magician, Zoltan Carnovasch.”
The movie appears to be following the same plot closely, with Harry Potter’s Miriam Margolyes attached to star with a script co-written by Sabrina Copper and Steven Shea attached to direct. It’s still in very early stages of pre-production, but I’m looking forward to a live adaptation to any old school FMV game. Hopefully, this one won’t suffer the same fate as the Clock Tower movie.