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No, Please God, Do NOT Do A Lollipop Chainsaw Movie

Yeah, that's just what this industry needs. A ditzy chainsaw-toting cheerleader ripping into a horde of zombies on the big screen.

For the record, I'm all in when it comes to the game. Oh, yes I am. I understand exactly what Grasshopper Manufacture and Kadokawa Games is going for; it's a tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top, never-meant-to-be-taken-seriously romp that could be the epitome of "guilty pleasure." Besides, long-time gamers and horror buffs understand the subtle homage that lies beneath; it's by no means mainstream.

But turning this into a movie, and it appears that is a possibility, is a horrendous idea. I mean, video games get zero respect from other "legitimate" entertainment venues. No, less than zero. Gaming is often mocked in those circles; trust me on that. And with the mainstream media fully intent on keeping games down by continually insinuating with its super "unbiased" reporting that games are only for children, a "Lollipop Chainsaw" movie will be just another nail in the coffin.

Nobody will get it; nobody will understand that it's a spoof, a joke; on the contrary, every ignorant idiot on the planet will emerge from such a movie going, "See, I knew all video games were sophomoric trash." That's not what we need right now. We need Journey to be turned into some thought-provoking indie film that sweeps up at Sundance. We need Quantic Dream and Hideo Kojima to team up on something that wins an Oscar. We're already at a colossal disadvantage; please stop giving more ammunition to a media and society that remains hell-bent on keeping video games mired in the past. Let's not go backwards.

End rant.

Related Game(s): Lollipop Chainsaw

Tags: lollipop chainsaw, lollipop chainsaw movie, lollipop chainsaw film

3/18/2012 8:56:41 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 9:49:18 PM
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I understand and respect the rant, but seeing as how I don't think gaming is ever going to get any respect I say go for it. Make it the next Buffy (The movie not the TV show) but with tons of gore and silliness. The only problem is I know people who make movies wouldn't get it right. Unless maybe you put it into the hands of the folks who did the Evil Dead trilogy.

Lots of games seem to get this "let's do a movie" treatment early but it all peters out so there isn't much to worry over.

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Xombito
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 11:02:56 PM

That's the problem with videogame movies. Most filmakers just don't get it. The whole fiasco with David O'Russell for the Uncharted movie is proof of that. I bet if you give it to japanese director Yoshihiro Nishimura, the director of Tokyo Gore Police and Helldriver (a movie very similar in concept) I bet he can make it work. Of course, its all about how it would be marketed. A movie like this wouldn't be big enough to even warrent any reviews from mainstream critcs based on concept alone. So even if they do make a Chainsaw Lolipop movie I don't think it'll add anymore negative publicity towards games than it already has.

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Beamboom
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 6:43:43 AM

I am *convinced* that gaming will gain the respect it deserves. It will take some time, but wait and see.

I believe we got a major change of perception about gaming ahead of us.
Remember that now, with gaming being part of every young persons life through their mobile phones and internet, all of a sudden EVERYONE has a relation to gaming. Add to that the maturity of the developers and the technical advancements, and we got a great combo. That will do wonders.

But Chainsaw Lollipop will not contribute to this at all, neither as a game or a movie. It will just hopefully be a babelicious fun time while we wait. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 2:57:07 PM

If gaming does get accepted, it will be toward the end of my life.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 10:26:53 PM
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just my opinion.....

The game = Yes

The movie = "H HELL NO!"

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bebestorm
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 10:28:26 PM
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Sorry Ben I usually dislike movie games but Lollipop the movie could be good fun,she reminds me of Buffy. I did the like the series more than the movie.

Kojima should make a movie After he develops ZOE3,Secret Project and MGS 5. Journey would make a interesting indie film Im sure the anti game crowd would trash the game and praise the movie.

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buckoboy1
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:56:39 AM
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bit slow there champ. I heard about this... through facebook of all places. Keep your head in the game

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 10:07:08 AM

Not about the news there, "champ."

Nothing else to say? Don't post.

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Underdog15
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 10:41:04 AM

lol @ Buckoboy

Since when are commentaries or editorials classified as "news"?

Way to suck hard... "ch..."... no... not even in a joking/condescending manner can I call you "champ". It's insulting to all the other idiots out there.

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BikerSaint
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 2:09:48 PM

Only "Chumps" write condescending posts like that.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 1:56:53 AM
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I do so fully agree with this article that it isn't even funny. I seriously want to find out whoever it was that put this idea on the table and put their head through the table. As a game, the concept works because it's lighthearted and seems, to me, to be not all that different from a reskinned God of War, without the awesomeness that stems from ripping a god's head from his shoulders.

The story, however, simply doesn't seem all that investing. I'm sure that someone in Hollywood could take up the mettle to provide an engaging experience (if they can do it with Battleship...), but it would be so juvenile and niche that no-one would watch it (unless it was advertised out the wazoo), and it would ultimately be a flat, unprofitable film. So what's the point?

WBIE just have to admit that none of their games would translate well to a film and either give up on the idea or make create a multiformat project from the outset.

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Mr_Sterg
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 9:02:49 AM
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Lollipop Chainsaw Movie FTW!!!!!!!!

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Oyashiro
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 11:52:54 AM
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So... Sucker Punch with one girl and more Zombies?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 2:57:47 PM

sounds fantastic

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Rogueagent01
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:01:28 PM
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Just think about the ammo they would be giving to people like Ebert. I could already predict his comments Ebert..."Yeah I was right, and I retract my apology". I personally wouldn't mind if they made just about any game into a movie, but that is just me and I know it would be a huge set back to the gaming industry.

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Oxvial
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 7:13:10 PM
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An animated movie or tv series could work.

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