ByAmanda J. Adamson, writer at

And why can't it be categorized with the rest? Simple.

At the time that Resident Evil was released in 2002, horror was something entirely different in terms of the genre. Nowadays, when we hear or see the word "horror" in conjunction with a movie, we expect something like Paranormal Activity or the most recent found footage film, The Gallows. They all have a certain artificial look to them that makes them significantly less creepy than the horror films I grew up on.

Starting with Resident Evil: Extinction, the series became less horrifying and a lot more action-packed, though I'm certain Resident Evil: Apocalypse had a hand in that as well. Sure, there are some pretty scary moments like the murder of crows descending upon the desert caravan, but Resident Evil had a more eerie and foreboding feeling. Try watching it now in HD with the lights off. Unlike the other films in the series, it will make you do a double-take a handful of times. The rest of the films depend on slow-mo martial arts scenes, big explosions, and more-ridiculous-than-the-last mutations. Whatever happened to good, old fashioned hungry zombies?

I understand that the video games themselves have evolved over time, and I guess from that perspective that the films had to evolve as well; however, does that really entail less scares and more special effects because, if horror is done right, all a film really needs is atmosphere to cause an audience to hyperventilate in fear. Ambiance can make all the difference. Think of what it's like to check out an abandoned house and tell me if you need projectors or smoke machines to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.


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