Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’s game references run obsessively deep

Adapting a video game series like Resident Evil can go a few ways. For a decade, Paul W.S. Anderson found inspiration from the spirit of Capcom’s franchise to explore nearly every genre imaginable, following Alice, a character of his own creation. With November’s Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, writer-director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down, The Strangers: Prey at Night) adapts the games in a more faithful way, breaking from the continuity of the previous films and following the exploits of Chris and Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, Leon Kennedy, and the RPD.

But Roberts’ approach goes beyond cosplay and familiar story beats. To heighten the horror element of the series, the filmmaker went so far
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