New ‘Resident Evil’ Film Drops Behind-The-Scenes Video

by Thomas Tuna

Take a tour of Raccoon City–it’s a wild ride.

Screen Gems this week unveiled a new featurette of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, with writer/director Johannes Roberts explaining some of the ways this reboot of the franchise–slated for a theatrical release Nov. 24–is staying true to the first two popular Capcom video games. The video, courtesy of, can be seen on this page.

The new film–rated R for “strong violence, gore and language”–shows how Raccoon City, once the prosperous home of Umbrella Corporation, has become “a dying Midwestern town,” according to the official synopsis. “The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland–with great evil brewing below the surface.”

When that evil is unleashed, “the townspeople are forever changed, and a small group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.”

Roberts said he loved the video games because they were “scary as hell. And that is very much what I wanted to do. The atmosphere–it’s rain and constantly dark–is creepy. We have two separate locations–one is more of a siege movie style with the police station, and then you have the mansion, which is creepy.”

The film–which does not build off the previous Paul W.S. Anderson movies starring Milla Jovovich, but stands on its own–features Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy, Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker, Neal McDonough as William Birkin, Donal Logue as Chief Brian Irons, Chad Rook as Richard Aiken, Lily Gao as Ada Wong, Nathan Dale as Brad Vickers and Marina Mazepa as Lisa Trevor.

The Resident Evil cinematic series, to date, has done very well at the box office–despite lukewarm reviews–raking in $1.2 billion worldwide on a combined budget of $288 million.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.

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