While the Resident Evil franchise has been going strong ever since the original Resident Evil game was released back in the 90’s, it is clear that the movie series based on these games also has a fervent following. After all, the likes of Resident Evil: Afterlife and Resident Evil: Retribution are some of the top-grossing video game movies ever made, and have managed to find an audience amongst non-gamers, which is no small feat for movies based on a video game franchise about shooting zombies and with not much of a coherent plot…
There have been five Resident Evil movies already, the first of which came out in 2002 and is arguably one of the best video game movies ever made, even if later entries were not that great, but still managed to be solid box office hits. And now director Paul W.S. Anderson (who was also behind the pretty good 1995 Mortal Kombat movie) has teased that the last Resident Evil movie, titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, could be the best yet.
In an interview with Collider during the Comic-Con event in New York, Anderson said that the movie is “a return to Raccoon City and it’s a journey back to where the franchise began” and that this final Resident Evil flick would reveal “the truth about the Umbrella Corporation and what its real agenda is and the truth about the Red Queen as well”.
Comparing The Final Chapter to the earlier Resident Evil: Afterlife, Anderson also said that the new movie would not feature slow motion action sequences, and that it would be a grittier film with most scenes being shot on location rather than on a movie set.
It is also clear that Anderson’s intention is to make this Resident Evil movie the scariest one to date, with the director saying in the interview that the film will feature “some of the best scares that I’ve ever directed”, and even compared the original Resident Evil movie to the likes of The Shining. And taking into account that half of the new film will take place in the hive where the zombie outbreak began, it will likely also have the same “haunted house movie” feel as the original.
Other ways in which Resident Evil: The Final Chapter could outdo its predecessor is the fact that the movie will feature even bigger horror movie monsters this time around, including the bloodshot from the Resident Evil video games and the “Popokarimu”, a flying creature which is seen in the movie’s theatrical trailer. This movie will also have a pretty elaborate sequence featuring dogs, which according to Anderson will be “off the hook scary and good and kinetic”.
So it definitely looks like Resident Evil fans will be in for a treat soon enough, as both the new video game in the franchise (the eagerly awaited Resident Evil 7) and Paul Anderson’s movie will be released early next year. And here’s hoping this final Resident Evil movie lives up to the hype and proves to be a fitting end to one of the most successful video game movie franchises of all time.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
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