For just about anyone who grew up playing video games in the ’80s—specifically the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)—the peculiar aesthetic of 8-bit graphics has an enduring appeal. While 8-bit systems were considered obsolete when 16-bit systems ushered in more impressive, arcade-style visuals, the limitations of 8-bit graphics continue to resonate with those who appreciate imagery that is unashamed of its digital origins. A testament to the enduring power of 8-bit, a gallery of movie adaptations in this style was posted yesterday on Imgur, featuring brief glimpses of films like Django Unchained, Ghostbusters, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars, and Taxi Driver.
This gallery isn’t attributed to anyone, but it appears to be the work of artist Andy Helms, who maintains a Tumblr called oktotally. Several of these animations are based on films made long after the 8-bit era (American Psycho, The Big Lebowski, Donnie Darko, Drive), but since most of these have strong ties to the ’80s or early ’90s, the effect isn’t especially anachronistic. In fact, these 8-bit adaptations actually bring out an even richer sense of the films’ period and/or retro temperament. At the very least, they suggest irresistible NES games that might find a substantial following—if any game developer was bold (or nerdy) enough to bring them to life.