Street fights, high-speed car chases, big lights and hungry zombies. What’s not to like about a casino-themed horror movie that takes place in Las Vegas? While the gambling mecca is tantalising enough, horror movie aficionados tend to have a few killer flick favourites that combine both fear and excitement. However, creepy movies with bad storylines can suck the blood out of any movie experience – literally.
Here are a few of the mostly bad horror flicks that include casino themes.
Inheriting a haunted casino sounds like a no-brainer. Give out free shots of blood and open only at night so vampires and ghouls can play Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha Hi-Lo without worrying about getting too much SPF. However, henchmen and mobsters that happen to be angry ghosts out to kill you might make it hard to survive the night.
Always bet on black? In Vegas Vampires, that might be a bad idea. The Las Vegas Strip is overcome with blood-sucking vampires hell-bent on draining tourists and residents of their prized platelets. In the storyline, Las Vegas police are in hot pursuit of the culprits behind the recent killings in the city that never sleeps.
Vegas Vampires featured well-known actors like Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Daniel Baldwin and Richard Roundtree. Despite Las Vegas playing its hand, this movie fell short and Fred Williamson’s fanged gore-fest wasn’t well-received at the box office. Apparently, biker vampires flailing their arms in the air resembling some sort of Nutcracker ballet routine wasn’t such a great idea.
Vampires in Vegas
Trying to find a cure to help her survive in the sun, a three-hundred year old vampire uses innocent Las Vegas party goers as guinea pigs to feed her lair of vampires. It’s a bachelor party from hell as strippers start attacking guests and not because the tips were low. Starring Tony Todd and Delia Sheppard, the gruesome horror flick was another bomb at the box office.
The popular franchise featuring Milla Jovovich was a big hit with moviegoers. The original version of Resident Evil grossed about $103 million while Resident Evil: The Final Chapter grossed about $302 million. The Nevada desert made the perfect backdrop for Claire and Nurse Betty to survive a zombie outbreak in Resident Evil Extinction. However, when the undead started invading Planet Hollywood, it was clearly the time to cash out your chips.