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Horror games scare up sales

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
Jigsaw at it again...

Jigsaw at it again...

(Reuters) – What do Jigsaw from “Saw,” Freddy Krueger, and Jason from “Friday the 13th” all have in common, besides serial killing? Videogames, if the horror stars’ latest round of promotions are to be believed.

Horror videogames are having a record year as zombies, monsters, demons, and chain-saw wielding psychos fight against the consoles, making videogames the new home of horror for some.

Michael Pachter, video-game analyst for Wedbush Morgan Securities, said about $147 million worth of horror videogames have sold in the United States alone this year through September compared to $131 million in total for all of 2008.

Actor Kane Hodder, best known as the man behind Jason’s mask in the “Friday the 13th” movies, believes scary games have an advantage over horror movies as disillusionment sets in with horror movie remakes and recycling old horror themes.

“Whenever horror movies do well, Hollywood always rushes more into theaters and people get a little burned out on them,” said Hodder, who has worked in the videogame industry.

“But with games, there are fewer choices in the genre and they tend to be spaced out better.”

With Halloween this week, movies like “Saw VI,” “Paranormal Activity” and “Zombieland” are luring audiences seeking a scare to the movie theaters.

Haunted attractions have also risen across the United States, with these increasingly high-tech venues doing everything possible to make a scary scenario seem real, which includes hiring actors to jump out at people and using theatrical sets.