Resident Evil

May 28, 2013 | 4:49 p.m.

‘The Evil Within': ‘Resident Evil’s’ Shinji Mikami returns

Early look at "The Evil Within." (Tango Gameworks / Bethesda Softworks)
For fans of survival horror, “The Evil Within” might rank as one of the most anticipated games of 2014.  Set for release for PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and as-yet-undetermined next-gen consoles, the title marks the return of “Resident Evil” creator Shinji Mikami, the godfather of the genre. Judging from an early look at the game ahead of its Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) debut in Los Angeles next month, “The Evil Within” aims to marry supernatural thrills with hard-core horror violence — with an eye toward crafting a truly unsettling experience for players. “Mikami is the guy who has defined survival horror, the genre,” said producer Masato Kimura, who spoke to Hero Complex via a translator. “It is a very difficult genre to create for because you have to create scariness and fear. Then you have to create a sense of achievement […]
Feb. 01, 2013 | 12:15 p.m.

Top 10 zombie movies at the box office: Zombies not a monster draw

3. "Dawn of the Dead," 2004: $26.7 million opening weekend, $59 million total. (Universal Studios)
Despite infecting every aspect of popular culture — television, video games, classic literature, CDC jokes — zombie movies have historically under-performed at the box office compared with the highs reached by other horror or supernatural films, failing to reach the haunted heights of “The Sixth Sense,” the demonic returns of “The Exorcist,” or the J-horror-inspired returns of “The Ring.” For films featuring the undead, there’s no “Pirates of the Caribbean” to banish memories of “Cutthroat Island’s” poor returns, no “Dark Knight” to chase away memories of “Batman & Robin.” Out of all of the films featuring zombies as a central element, not a single entry has brought in more than $100 million domestically, unless you’re willing to lump all of the “Resident Evil” films into one unbearable movie. And the latest addition to the genre, the creepy romantic comedy “Warm […]
Jan. 25, 2013 | 1:40 p.m.

‘Resident Evil: Revelations’ skips the PS Vita; here’s why

A scene from "Resident Evil: Revelations." (Capcom)
A year after “Resident Evil: Revelations” found success as a Nintendo 3DS exclusive, the handheld game is being ported to every major video console — that is, every one except the PlayStation Vita. Capcom announced this week that the zombie horror survival game was coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC on May 21 in the U.S. and May 24 in Britain. Notably missing from the list is the PS Vita. So why did PlayStation’s slick handheld console get snubbed? Capcom product manager Mike Lunn weighed in on PlayStation’s official blog. “When we were developing ‘Revelations’ for new platforms we really wanted to hone in on the experience you get with a large format screen, surround sound, etc.,” Lunn wrote in response to an inquiry from a fan. “This type of setup really helps players get sucked […]
Sept. 21, 2012 | 3:20 p.m.

‘Resident Evil': Milla Jovovich on zombies and strong women

Milla Jovovich (featured image)
Milla Jovovich first stepped into the boots of the zombie-fighting heroine Alice a decade ago, not knowing that the “Resident Evil” role would help cement her place among the queens of sci-fi. It’s a character she’s been happy to inhabit and develop, working closely with her now-husband Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote all five films in the franchise and directed three of them, including “Resident Evil: Retribution,” which opened last weekend. Lucky for both of them, Jovovich isn’t ready to break up with Alice. “Every time we see Alice, it’s like some different iteration of the same person,” the 36-year-old actress said. “I think there’s definitely been an evolution. It’s not like we’re repeating the same stuff over and over and regurgitating things over and over, so it keeps it fresh and keeps it interesting. I think that’s what kind […]
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