When the film franchise based on the Resident Evil games first launched, it was a little…glitzy. The movies seemed to forget all of the shadowy, water-stained darkness that the games gave to the world, instead focusing on underground monorails, spiral-shaped disease-holders, and of course, laser-nets that cube unsuspecting Umbrella Corporation agents. But the new “nightmare” trailer for the latest film in the franchise, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, just dropped, and damn if it isn’t straight-up horrifying.
As fans will see in the trailer below, Resident Evil:Welcome to Raccoon City is a reboot of sorts, in which classic characters like Jill Valentine and Chris and Claire Redfield enter an old abandoned house in the now-dying Raccoon City, only to find it crawling with zombies, mutants, and other byproducts of the Umbrella Corporation’s dastardly experiments. But this movie promises two things that are very different from the 2002 film and its sequels: grit and pure horror. Unlike those movies, Welcome to Raccoon City isn’t taking place in some high-tech, nu-metal-ish facility full of halogen lights and fake sunrises — this is an old house, piled with decaying paper, scrap metal, and medical equipment. And this time around, they’re not trying to straddle the line between action, sci-fi, and horror in a way that would make for a good ride. This is pure unholy terror right here.
According to the film’s promo copy, “In Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, the once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland…with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, a group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.”
Check out the trailer for Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City below:
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City drops November 24th, only in theaters.
Words by Chris Krovatin