If you think that feeling the thrill from gambling is possible only in a casino, you might have a different opinion after going through our list of the scariest movies with gambling involved. Casino scenes have been used in many famous movies in the past. Some of them were comedies. For example, Hangover or What Happens in Vegas will make you laugh from the first minutes. There are also thrillers about gamblers. The most popular one is Casino Royale, with Daniel Craig playing Agent 007.
But if you want to get the adrenaline running through your veins when watching a movie about casinos, you should definitely opt for horrors. We tried to find the best horror movies with a strong element of gambling and know that it’s pretty complicated. So we decided to share our findings with you to let you enjoy scary casino scenes without spending too much time looking for the right movie. Enjoy these masterpieces and have fun. Or goose pimples. And after watching a few frightening movies, you can come back to the online gambling world, enjoy a booi casino no deposit bonus and make bets in recently released slots.
Fright Night (2011)
The original film Fright Night, released in 1985, is a true horror classic. The movie is telling a story of a 17-year-old horror lover who finds out that his new neighbor is a bloodthirsty vampire. When people do not believe his frightening story, he decides to fight the monster alone, with the help of the famous ‘vampire slayer.’
13 Tzameti (2005)
This French-Georgian film, arguably the best film on this list according to the critics, is about the famous game of chance – Russian roulette. Tzameti means 13 in Georgian. Sebastien, the main character of 13 Tzameti, is a poor immigrant who is living in France and working at a construction site.
Chance brings him a sealed envelope describing a mysterious contract that gave him a chance to become rich. In desperation, Sebastien follows the instructions and finds himself in a remote cabin in the forest where a crime syndicate is running a deadly game of chance.
This is one of the versions of the famous Russian roulette where players take revolvers with a bullet inside and shoot at their opponents. The spectators bet on who will stay alive in each round. As the rounds go on, the number of bullets in the guns increases.
The film won a lot of prizes including the ones at the 2006 Sundance and Venice film festivals. No wonder it was followed by the inevitable English remake entitled “13”, with excellent Jason Statham, 50 Cent, and Mickey Rourke. We strongly recommend the original, as it is clearly better in every respect.
Leprechaun 3 (1995)
Leprechaun is a great slasher horror movie series that were released in the 1990s. Overall, there are 8 films that follow the Leprechaun, a bloodthirsty Irish spirit who is looking for his pot of gold all across the US. If you are a fan of Warwick Davis (you might know him as Ewok Wicket from Star Wars), you should certainly watch the first 6 parts of the series.
Anyway, we would like to draw your attention to the third part of Leprechaun that has a pretty unusual plot and a lot of campy black humor. It was filmed in Las Vegas, with casinos as the main backdrop.
The acting is generally overpowering and obnoxious, with the exception of the superb Davis, who once again gave a fantastic performance as the crazy Leprechaun. But despite 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, this film was the most successful film released in 1995.
Spirits of the Dead (1969)
This classic film anthology from the 1960s features three spooky stories by Edgar Allan Poe, the master of horror himself. And the cast consists mainly of stars of the time: Alain Delon, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, and Terence Stamp.
The segment that puts this film on our list is the next story telling about an officer from Austria who is living in Italy in the 1800s. This chapter features a long and tense gambling scene with Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot, with the stakes incredibly high.
The Italian film was dubbed into English upon its release in the US and UK. It received quite controversial reviews. Some people said it’s a masterpiece, while others became haters of the movie.
Steve Niles’ Remains (2011)
This completely forgotten zombie horror movie made our list because it is set in Reno casino. It is based on the graphic novel by Steve Niles. An accidental nuclear explosion causes a zombie apocalypse, and several casino employees are the only ones who survive.
The film was produced by NBC’s Chiller, and the only familiar face in the film is Lance Reddick (from The Wire and John Wick). The rest of the cast is forgettable, and the horror is absent.
The only known face in the film is Lance Reddick (from The Wire and John Wick). The other actors are forgettable, and the horror is absent.
But there are lengthy gambling sessions, which makes us include the movie on this list. Hats off to the makers for filming a zombie movie in a casino rather than in a mall or other similar location.
Fright Night (2011) vs. Fright Night (1985)
The 2011 remake, with amazing Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, and David Tennant, received fantastic reviews for its combination of horror comedy and amazing acting by the main cast. The reason why this movie and not the 1985 original made our list? It is set in a particular city in Nevada called Las Vegas!
Okay, the gambling connection is a bit lame. But Fright Night is worth watching for the delightful performance of David Tennant as Peter Vincent. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, add it to your must-watch list!
The Haunted Casino (2007)
This somewhat forgotten horror film was originally called Dead Man’s Hand, a slang term for a hand in poker that is considered very unlucky. But as the new title suggests, the film is about a haunted casino received as an inheritance by some very unlucky people.
A group of friends, one of whom has inherited the casino from his uncle, arrive at the run-down casino on the outskirts of Las Vegas. It turns out that the place is haunted by the ghosts of 1940s Vegas mobsters who want revenge on the descendants of the old owners.
There are a lot of gambling and casino scenes in this B-grade film where the boys have to gamble for their souls. There are no world-famous actors in the film, so expect mediocre acting at best.