Organ Trail the movie has nothing to do with the zombie game, was inspired by a typo

On hearing there's a new horror western movie called Organ Trail, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was based on the Flash game that became a Steam game in which a station wagon full of survivors have to travel westward across the zombie-infested United States.

And before you "um actually" me, yes, I am aware that game was based on the educational game called The Oregon Trail, although it took until I watched our video about it to realize in certain American accents the two sound almost identical.

It was apparently the original Oregon Trail game that provided the nugget of inspiration that became this movie. As screenwriter Meg Turner explained on Twitter, "I was looking for the original video game and forgot an e in Oregon. The script was essentially born out of the best typo I've ever made."

Organ Trail the movie is set in Montana in 1870, and stars Zoé De Grand Maison (Riverdale, Orphan Black) as a young woman on the run from a gang of bandits in the midst of a harsh winter. Based on the Organ Trail trailer, it seems like dysentery will be the least of her problems. Honestly, it looks a bit reminiscent of the excellent Guy Pearce/Robert Carlyle movie Ravenous from 1999.

Organ Trail also stars Olivia Grace Applegate (Love & Death), Clé Bennett (The Man in the High Castle), and Sam Trammell (True Blood). It's in cinemas now, and will be streaming on Paramount+ from May 12. If it's The Oregon Trail educational games you're interested in, here's our list of (almost) every version of The Oregon Trail ranked.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.