Hardly hatched from the egg, part eight of the horror shock is already controversial. And plenty of it. You can find out who or what is responsible for this from us.

Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village makes use of horror movies

Taking up an idea for reasons of inspiration is first and foremost nothing unusual. But things get problematic if you commit theft of someone else’s intellectual property. In short: you are violating what is known as copyright law. The developers of Resident Evil Village seem to have done something similar.

And it was precisely because of this issue that I got in touch Richard Raaphorst via LinkedIn in an unhappy way to speak. The director of the 2013 horror flick Frankenstein’s Army accuses Capcom in his statement of having used his film for the monster design for Village.

“In 2013 I directed my film“ Frankenstein’s Army ”. It’s a crazy monster movie, filled with my own creature designs, one of which was used – with no authorization or credit in the newest Resident Evil game. “

DANGER! From here spoilers follow a boss opponent from Resident Evil Village.

Kopiertes Boss-Monster in Resident Evil Village

To be precise, it’s about a boss opponent that you can deal with in Heisenberg’s workshop. The monster in question is named Sturm and has a propeller with three chainsaw blades on its head. A comparable design also appears as a nameless creature in Richard Raaphorst’s film. If you compare the images with each other, the similarities are unmistakable.

Design comparison Resident Evil Village and Frankenstein’s Army by Richard Raaphorst. (Image source: Frankenstein’s Army / Capcom)

In one Interview with Eurogamer Raaphorst also points out that even the end of the fight resembles the film scene. Both times the monster is forced to go up in flames. The rotation of the camera, the environment and the choice of color palette are identical, he emphasizes. Only the fuel hoses remain untouched. These must be cut through in his work so that the monster catches fire.

RE Village mentions film in concept drawings

However, the title of Raaphorst’s film already gets a mention. As soon as you are through with Village for the first time, you switch one Bonus area free and have access to the game’s concept arts. There will be on said creature Frankenstein’s Army as an inspirational template referenced. Whether that will be enough for the film producer in the long run is another matter.

Probably also because a Twitter user named CloneKorp in one thread graphically shows that Capcom is said to have diligently used the film for other monster ideas.

Whether the other shown beasts have served as models for some of the monsters you encounter in Village is at least open to discussion. The fact is that Raaphorst said in an answer was all the more stunned:

“Oh man, this is worse than I thought. At first I was angry, then proud, but now that I see that, I’m sad. “

It remains to be seen whether Raaphorst will let the action rest or continue to take action against Capcom. Resident Evil Village is the sequel to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and was released on May 7th for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PC and Stadia. How we find the eighth part of the horror series, you can find out in our test!