If you’re an avid fan of horror films and casinos, then you’ll love that there is a niche little hybrid that combines the two. There are so many generic casino movies out there (just think of all the James Bonds and the films set in Las Vegas), but surprisingly casino horrors are a thing. Here, we take a look at some of the best casino horror movies out there. How many have you seen?
If you’re a fan of the iconic slots game Rainbow Riches (https://games.paddypower.com/game/rainbow-riches-gsgf), you’ll know the lucky leprechaun is the main feature. If he’s the reason you play, you’ll love the comedy/horror film series, Leprechaun, starring Warwick Davis. The original came out in 1993 and there are eight films in the franchise: Leprechaun 2 (1994), Leprechaun 3 (1995), Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997), Leprechaun in the Hood (2000), Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003), Leprechaun: Origins (2014) and Leprechaun Returns (2018).
The first film sees Dan O’Grady (Shay Duffin) return to the USA from Ireland, where he stole the leprechaun’s pot of gold. Little does he know, the leprechaun (Warwick Davis) has followed him and murdered his wife. After being locked in a crate and held at bay by a four-leaf clover, it’s not until 10 years later that the angry leprechaun is released and then goes on a rampage.
The original is a classic, but the third instalment has a heavier casino and gambling focus, as it’s set in Las Vegas. It’s best to watch these in order, to follow the story.
Dead Man’s Hand (2007)
The dead man’s hand is a two-pair poker hand consisting of aces and eights, so it’s no surprise this horror is associated with gambling. The film also goes by the name ‘The Haunted Casino’ and tells the story of Matthew Dragna (Scott Whyte) who inherits a rundown casino from his deceased uncle.
Little does Matthew (or his friends) know, but the casino turns out to be haunted by the ghosts of an angry mobster and his sidekick, who are out to settle an old score. Will they survive the night?
There is an element of comedy, particularly through the mobster characters – but it’s still worth a watch, as it’s all about the location.
Remains is set in Reno and is the ultimate zombie thriller, based on a comic book series of the same name. The film stars main characters Tom (Grant Bowler) and Tori (Evalena Marie), who work at a casino. When they’re in the stockroom together, a nuclear attack takes place and it transpires, there’s a zombie apocalypse – the pair are the only ones that haven’t turned into flesh-eating zombies.
The setting certainly adds to the thrill, but the pair are dicing with death – can they make it out alive?
Poker Night (2014)
The final film on our list is Poker Night, which is a classic thriller. When rookie detective Stan Jeter (Beau Mirchoff) is invited to a poker game with his fellow officers, little does he know, he’ll find out about the various murder cases they’ve been working on – and this information will go on to help him. Stan is then captured by an assailant and he must use his knowledge from the poker night to find a way to escape.
This film flits between comedy and horror, but ultimately, it’s a cat-and-mouse chase between good and bad – although the casino element is fairly minor.