Now seems like the best time to be a fan of all things scary, both on the AAA and indie scene. With horror games dominating Summer Game Fest earlier this year and the genre also being featured quite prominently at Gamescom recently, there’s obviously plenty of room in the industry for digital ghosts. On top of that there’s The Mortuary Assistant, a small title created by Darkstone Digital’s Brian Clarke that may not have reached mainstream audiences, but is now being made into a movie.
According to a report from Bloody Disgusting, an adaptation of the game is currently in pre-production, with director Jeremiah Kipp attached. Brian Clarke and Darkstone’s Ted Hentschke are executive producers. At this early stage, the actors who will play the key characters are still in discussion. While film and TV adaptations of horror games don’t always pan out, with season two of Netflix’s Resident Evil being cancelled, it’s something for an indie title to be picked up so soon after release.
For those who haven’t played it yet, The Mortuary Assistant is a game about identifying demons. As the title suggests, players take on the role of someone working in a morgue, embalming bodies and preparing them for the journey to the next realm. However, there is an evil presence going on, and it is up to the player to decide which corpse is currently harboring one of Hell’s demons and perform the ritual to cleanse the body. Otherwise, they themselves will become possessed of course.
What’s interesting about the game is that The Mortuary Assistant has multiple endings that players are encouraged to discover. Although the game is quite short, there is a surprising amount of character lore and backstories. It’s not entirely certain at this point whether the film adaptation will follow the game’s plot closely or have its own story and characters set in the grim world of Clark’e. Either way, it looks like it could be an interesting take on this indie hit.
As mentioned earlier, there were a number of horror games at Gamescom 2022, including new gameplay footage from The Callisto Protocol and The Outlast Trials, as well as Dead Island 2 and an in-game adaptation of the cult film. 80s Killer Klowns From Outer Space Revealed. In this regard, the genre is alive and well at this time. Hopefully the movie version of The Mortuary Assistant turns out well.