Despite my love of cult films, I've never been a big collector of tie-ins, toys, etc. However, there are occasional rarities which spark my interest enough to make me pick up an obscure/unusual item now and then. One merchandising tie-in I've always found particularly fascinating are board games based on cult films . . . especially those that don't lend themselves well to a board game, and/or are questionable in terms of the audience they are aimed at (i.e. R-rated film board games marketed to a demographic well under 17). These games have been few and far between, but are certainly worth seeking out for the curious. Pictured above are some of my personal favorites: George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead, Alien, Blade Runner . . . and even Michael Mann's The Keep (talk about crazy)! Others I've come across over the years include noteable titles such as John Carpenter's Escape From New York, Aliens, Army of Darkness, and Twin Peaks.
No doubt some of the early titles were released for folks craving an interactive experience before the true advent of video games. Sure there was Atari and the like, but those sorts of adaptations weren't always so great, and board games probably did a better job of creating a fun group experience. On a sidenote, the Atari did claim a few cult horror adaptations including John Carpenter's Halloween, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (!), and Alien. These titles are now quite collectible as well. Now if only there were a Gymkata board game : )