John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of the most fondly remembered and successful horror films ever made. It probably wouldn’t make a very good game though. Anybody remember that awful Friday the 13th game for the NES?
Well, as it turns out, it seems that the guys over at Pig Farmers Productions have finally figured out how to make a successful game adaptation of Halloween. By focusing on low budget early 90s polygon models and controls ripped straight out of Resident Evil, the team has made a game that recreates the tension and fear that comes with surviving a night trapped inside a house with Michael Myers.
Check it out:
Unfortunately, it appears that the developers at Pig Farmer Productions were slapped with a Cease and Desist letter despite their Halloween game being freeware. On the developers official Web site, it says that “some games, images and videos have been removed recently. Not much more to say, just acknowledging that their gone.” This seems to be in reference to their Halloween game as it can no longer be found on the site.
It’s a shame really that copyright can kill such a creative take on a beloved franchise. Instead of sending the hounds after people like this, those who own the rights should work with the developers to help make projects like this a reality. A great game based on a beloved property would actually help boost sales of the film thanks to people unfamiliar with the film checking it out after playing the game. Now people who loved the game will just avoid the film out of spite.
Despite the Halloween game’s untimely demise, horror fans should check out Pig Farmer’s other games. They aim to successfully recreate games based on slasher flicks from the 80s, and that sounds absolutely delightful no matter how you stab it.