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Ranking All 10 Resident Evil Films from Worst to First



Resident Evil is already being considered for a full-on reboot. Initially that seemed like a bad idea, but the more I contemplate, the more I realize it could be a very good idea. Beyond the first two Paul W.S. Anderson films, Resident Evil became a morbid experiment that rarely worked well, and that could be a result of the massive deviations from the games’ storylines as well as introductions to a whole slew of supporting characters that, frankly, not many of us cared about. Hell, even Alice is a cinematically manufactured heroine who doesn’t exactly hold a prominent place in the video game universe.

Anderson forgot about Resident Evil fans and decided to make outrageous science fiction films that – apparently – he himself enjoys. Loyalty to the built in fanbase was clearly disregarded, and the deeper Anderson dug the hole, the fewer true Resident Evil fans cared.

So here we are, trying to make sense of a profoundly strange film franchise. What you’re about to read is a ranking – from worst to first, of the entire Resident Evil franchise. Some decisions may surprise he general masses, but hardcore gamers may very well see this extended debacle as I personally do.

Let’s get into it!

10 – Resident Evil: Afterlife
There was no heart in Resident Evil: Afterlife. Half of the performances felt as though they had been phoned in by drowsy “performers.” The special effects looked noticeably cheaper in this film than the bulk of the other installments. And too many ideas and characters were stuffed into a film that could have potentially dialed back a lot of the minor subplots (while slightly trimming the cast) to give us a stronger and more intimate tale of a war with the undead and some seriously corrupt mother fuckers. What we instead got was a snoozefest with so little zombie action that I forgot I was watching a zombie film before subsequently falling asleep (literally) in the theater when I took my oldest to see it.

In short, Resident Evil: Afterlife was a surprisingly boring affair. My daughter was prepared to exit the theaters about halfway through the film, and I think her instinctual need to escape torture inspired me a little bit. And, well… left me a little fearful: How could anyone release that film.

09 – Resident Evil: Extinction
The third film in the franchise, Resident Evil: Extinction, was damn near as loathsome as Afterlife, and that’s a real bummer. Paul W.S. Anderson had the chance to give us MAD MAX with zombies and a female protagonist that moviegoers believe in. Instead we got a drawn-out trip into the desert, where the crows attack (yep) and the good guys don’t always survive to save the next day.

As was the case with Afterlife the zombies are sparse in the film, which completely sucks. Our heroes don’t even truly get to any significant battle until the third act, and the Resident Evil films have never taken their time in spilling blood and creating interesting ways to slaughtering people. This one is completely different, but this much can be said: The final showdown is epic. It’s so epic, in fact, that it almost saves the film as a whole. Almost.

08 – Biohazard 4D – Executer
I don’t really know the history behind this one too well, but after seeing it for the first time a while back, I immediately respected the picture for what it is. It’s spirited. Hell, it’s downright gnarly. We get warfare of the kind we prefer: soldiers versus giant hulking monsters. And you won’t be disappointed with creature aspect of the film, in the least. I guess the only true complaint I have about the film is that it’s too fucking short.

07 – Resident Evil: Damnation
Resident Evil: Damnation takes all the strong elements of Degeneration and then multiplies them a few times. Despite basically duplicating the conflict (I said basically), the gore is noticeably more gruesome, the death scenes more memorable and that final villain… good lord (keep in mind I don’t play the games, so I don’t know if he has a history within the game franchise) is he a savage, bad ass looking murderous bastard who seems all but indestructible. The picture in general is impressive, but the climax of this film outshines damn near every finale in the franchise.

06 – Resident Evil: Degeneration
Resident Evil: Degeneration could easily be argued as the slowest of all the Resident Evil animation films, and I wouldn’t leap to argue that. Having gotten that out of the way, there are some superb sequences in the picture, and it all starts with a very stimulating scene in an airport. Despite a few lulls in action, by the time the climax arrives we get what we’ve come to expect from any Resident Evil film: chaos, and mean ass (in this case, pretty original and atypical) monsters!

05 – Resident Evil: Retribution
Resident Evil: Retribution goes full-on science fiction (and weird), and while it works well in spots (the artificial surroundings make for pleasant surprises, and a few gratifying action sequences lie in wait), ultimately, Anderson decides that horror can once more sit in the back of the bus, the sci-fi elements occupying all of the cushions in the front of the vehicle… for some reason. It’s a weird adventure. It reunites Alice with a whole slew of her old post-apocalyptic buddies, but the problem is, they’re just about all dead. And the motive behind the return of these (clones? I lost the interest to sort through the details) characters may not be exactly what it seems. The flick starts strong, but the final act takes a strange turn, suddenly looking quite a bit cheaper than the rest of the film. I’m not sure if editing issues hindered the conclusion, if finances were running low, or if it was something entirely different. What I do know is it looks like the final showdown has been pieced together with whatever scraps might have been left available.

04 – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
A lot of fans weren’t big on Paul W.S. Anderson’s closing chapter to the Resident Evil franchise, but it’s the most entertaining live action piece since the early days of the series. There are all sorts of insane monsters and tons of perfectly over-the-top battle scenes. What’s best about the film is that Anderson apparently listened to fan complaints – the level of horror in this film is significantly ramped up, and compared to the previous three live-action films isn’t even comparable. The science fiction elements do still play a role in the story, but Anderson took – for the most part – his pet project back to its roots, meaning, he finally gave us another horror film, as opposed to a science fiction feature with minimal elements of the genre that the story was originally birthed on.

03 – Resident Evil: Vendetta
For my buck, Resident Evil: Vendetta is far and away the greatest animated Resident Evil film in existence. The story is completely engrossing, and at times we almost feel as though we’re watching a throwback ‘80s flick. The opening is genius, and calls back to Predator while the final showdown itself exceeds expectation. But the real beauty is the fact that the script is so tight the film produces very little in the way downtime. Vendetta is a great film that even those who aren’t too keen on animated works will surely enjoy.

02 – Resident Evil
The film that started it all… The first Resident Evil picture felt loyal to the original video game, and that immediately scores points. Terror in the mansion is great, but what’s even better are the elaborate booby traps and creative kills. The gore is great, the zombies actually serve as a menace in the forefront and we even get to see a few standout personalities get the unexpected axe. It may be the least technically refined film (my opinion) in the franchise, but it’s a safe go-to for those looking for stimulating zombie fare, and we still get a few peeks at solid practical effects.

01 – Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Resident Evil: Apocalypse also sticks close to the source’s horror roots. It’s all out warfare between man and mutated creatures in this film, and when the film’s protagonists aren’t emptying machine guns or running for their lives, they’re giving us subtle suggestions as to the intricacies of their personalities. By the time the flick comes to a close we feel as though we know these characters on a much more personal level. And then Nemesis shows up – still faithful to the earlier games – and gives us the true super-villain we craved so much. Resident Evil: Apocalypse is definitely not without some plot misfires, but, like Vendetta, it has an endearing vintage quality to it that older fans are going to go ape over. It’s just too bad the bulk of the live action series failed to match the intensity of this particular pic.

Editor’s Note: Since the writing of this article, D.C. contributor Matt Molgaard has passed on. It’s an honor for us to share his final insights with you all. He will be sorely missed.

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Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date



Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

Special features:
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December



Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 (review) will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!


Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package



Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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