When it was released in 2015, The Boy Next Door didn’t receive the acclaim from either fans or critics that the movie producers were probably hoping for. A stalking thriller about a young man Noah, played by Ryan Guzman, who develops a dangerous obsession with Claire Peterson (Jennifer Lopez) after a one-night stand just didn’t live up to viewers’ expectations.
While the movie certainly had its problems and characters could have been much more developed, perhaps it deserves a second chance. That second chance could come through a casino slot developed by NetEnt, the company with a proven track record of doing a great job with turning movie titles into exciting thematic slots.
Shocking the Player Base
The Boy Next Door slot would definitely be out there, even for NetEnt. Given the movie’s erotic charge and the gloomy atmosphere, it would easily be one of more controversial casino games we’ve seen to date. At the same time, though, it might be just what the doctor ordered for a developer of NetEnt’s reputation, who has the experience and know-how to do the job.
The company has already produced a number of branded slots based on popular movies and The Boy Next Door could be the way for them to show how they can take a film that had its problems and turn it into an excellent slot that might inspire players to watch it for the first time or re-watch it with a new set of eyes.
The movie certainly has enough shocking scenes and twists to incorporate into the game to add to the excitement and keep the players spinning. With all new technologies developers now have at their disposal, NetEnt could even turn it into a story-like game, where players open new chapters at certain stages, perhaps revealing new bonus features at every new stage.
Gory Wins and Beyond
With the latest trends in casino slots, The Boy Next Door would definitely need to feature multiple win ways to address the players’ expectations. Since NetEnt doesn’t have that many high volatility machines, perhaps this would be a good one to test the waters. Releasing it around Halloween and offering no deposit casino bonus codes for existing players to try it out would also be a great marketing move to give the slot some much needed exposure.
The fact is, players love games that feature familiar faces and having Lopez and Ian Nelson accompanying them as they spin the reels would likely help create the buzz the game needs to take off. After this, a developer with NetEnt’s experience is more than capable of making a game that ticks other boxes, like big wins and exciting bonus features that keep the players coming back for more.
With so many great movies game developers can choose from, perhaps we’ll never see The Boy Next Door slot but we’re convinced it would do very well and would likely give the film a new shot at life. So, fingers crossed someone from NetEnt actually reads this and agrees.