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‘Resident Evil’ Movie Showdown! Which Is Your Favorite?

Over Halloween I had a Resident Evil movie marathon with a few of my friends. I’ve always enjoyed the first three movies because they’re fun popcorn flicks that are easy to enjoy so long as you were born with the switch that lets you temporarily turn off your brain. I also love me some Milla Jovovich (Alice). After our zombie-themed geekfest concluded, we tried to decide on which film in the franchise is the best. Because, dorks.

We couldn’t figure it out — I’ll stick by my choice of the original, thankyouverymuch — so I’m going to leave it to you. Let’s get this showdown started and may the best Resident Evil win!

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  • EvanDickson

    I stand by my Blu-ray Box quote on Part 5

    • djblack1313

      Evan, i don’t have that box set. what do you say on the cover?

  • ToniApproves

    I saw the original RE as a drunk teenager and I have to say it was exactly what I needed in a horror movie at the time. I haven’t gone back and watched it since, but I want to keep it right where it belongs in my memory! I’m biased, you see 🙂

  • Pav

    None of them: “When Sony Pictures and Capcom greenlit the film adaptation of Resident Evil, Romero was initially hired onto the production as its writer and director. Romero’s screenplay mirrored central plot points and events from the original Resident Evil game, such as the Arklay Mountains and mansion incident; Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine maintained their status as the protagonists. However, Romero’s script was rejected”. And this would be my favourite RE movie.

    • Pav

      Here is George A. Romero’s RE original screenplay:

      • djblack1313

        his script may be good (i haven’t read it) but as bad as Anderson has gotten (and i DO think he’s terrible now. RETRIBUTION was an abomination), Romero hasn’t directed a good movie for decades. LAND was acceptable but in no way was actually good.

        • Pav

          Well, He was hired for RE in 1997, and Land of the Dead was made in 2005. You are sure that he couldn’t make good RE movie? I’m sure that would be good one, proper Resident Evil film. But that is a matter of opinion, right?

          • Pav

            And if (as it was planned in 1997) Constantin Film would be producer not Sony’s Screen Gems RE could be completely different: horror not action oriented movie.

  • HorrorLover995

    I’m waiting for the moment a new team gets the rights for Resident Evil, and create a type of “re-imagining” of the original film and hopefully spawn the RIGHT type of Resident Evil franchise. I just think it’s time, after all these 3D endless DOOM feel type Resident Evil’s, for a new team to tackle it. Maybe throw in some japanese members who’ve worked on the original games even!

    Don’t get me wrong, I really like the Resident Evil series, Apocalypse stands as my all-time favorite because it gives you the idea that your stuck inside a GIGANTIC city full of the undead, and if you don’t get out soon your going to die. It had the right zombie apocalypse feel and look to it. Plus they threw in some new and old mutated zombies which helped to give it that extra “badass” kick to it. Maybe if they stuck with that instead of the endless 3D, and a crap ton of CGI they could have had an awesome Resident Evil franchise. Just keep the idea of a crazy zombie apocalypse, add in ONLY a couple mutated zombies once in a while and keep the idea of survival simple. You have low ammo, low food, and you have to keep moving no matter what.

  • DarrelDreadful

    Im a fan of the franchise and every movie has their moments but I love RE: Extinction’s tone and action. The first three really are all great imo, Afterlife and Retribution are just too much but still fun in their own way.

  • mobstar67

    Ive been standing in the lines each opening Friday night for every Resident Evil film since 2002 right up until “Retribution” a few years ago…
    I enjoy them all but imo they are never as good as the previous film which is basically saying the franchise started out hot and has somewhat gone cold..
    I really think its time to take the franchise out of Paul WS Andersons hands and see who can make a serious go of it..
    Alexandre Aja or a Neil Blomkamp would do just fine..i’m not saying thats were it should go, just anyone but paul ws anderson

    • mobstar67

      on a final note Mila Jovavich was exceptional as Alice..Seeing someone else in that role would be kinda like watching someone other than Sigourney Weaver playing Ellen Ripley…might take a little getting used too….

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    None of the live action films. They are SO different from the games and that’s a bad thing for me. I choose the two CG Resident Evil films, DEGENERATION and DAMNATION, as they follow Leon S. Kennedy from the games and they are closer in tone to the games.

  • undertaker78

    I’m definitely in the minority but I LOVE them all. I’m not ashamed to admit it and will even say the first Resident Evil is my 2nd favorite movie ever.

  • Canucklehead

    My favorite is the one with Mila Jovovich in it

  • CTHL

    Liked 1 and 3 myself, 2 and 4 were laughable. The latest one was just plain terrible.

    Scary part is the animated movies managed to be even worse.

  • HorrorFancy

    Not too thrilled about any of them, but the first IMO is the least worst.

  • Extinction, by far, and of course, it’s not directed by Anderson. The fight scenes were great, and till this day, I still believe Extinction had the best cliffhanger. For me, it was a “WOW I can’t wait to see part 4!” cliffhanger. Not like the “Oh fuck, they’re going to make another Resident Evil film. Let it end already!” feeling for the cliffhanger at the end of AfterLife. lol.

    Oh, and if I had to rank the series from best to worst……..

    1. Resident Evil: Extinction
    2. Resident Evil
    3. Resident Evil: Apocalypse
    4. Resident Evil: Afterlife
    5. Resident Evil: Retribution

    • djblack1313

      Zombie-Killa, right on! i hadn’t read the responses before i wrote mine but i mention that the Vegas Eiffel Tower attack sequence is easily the best (in gore, intensity, drama, etc) sequence in any of the RE movies! i really wish EXTINCTION’s Russell Mulcahy could come back and direct this last movie. but unfortunately Anderson will be doing it (and we’ll no doubt get another god awful RETRIBUTION).

      • YES! That sequence at the Vegas Eiffel Tower is awesome! And that rotating shot of Alice using her powers to burn all the mutated/zombie crows was so good.

        But yeah, unfortunately Anderson is going to direct #6, and I’m pretty sure it’ll suck. And if it’s worse than Retribution, then it’s safe to say Anderson has stooped to an all-time low, because I have a hard time believing in ANYTHING being worse than Retribution! lol.

        • djblack1313

          Zombie-Killa, right?! it’s jaw dropping how completely god awful RETRIBUTION was!!! i really hate saying this about a RE movie. i’ve been a huge fan of parts 1-4 and i love all the actresses/actors involved but Anderson is a TERRIBLE SCREENPLAY/STORY WRITER!! i admit he’s excellent with visuals but as you and i and most people know, a movie can’t just be all visuals with nothing else to offer.

          i’m not expecting this last movie to be good but i hope at the very least it’s better than part 5. 🙂

  • SickAxe

    First one was like “yeah okay all right, decent movie but lets hope the will lean more towards the games in the next movie”
    Then the rest was like they were trying to offend every True RES fans out there by piling up the biggest cow shit out there, it was that bad it ruined the games, think about it.

    But that´s just my opinion.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I love the first two. The rest were just okay.

  • Mr.Mirage

    The one in which Milla Jovovich wears The Red Dress… or has a close up of Those Eyes… or her just kicking ass.

    Milla Jovovich fan: all of them because she is in them. I am hopeless in this.

  • doomas10

    The first resident evil was awesome. Sure it derailed from the games roots a bit but its atmosphere is incredible. The sound design and excellent and I like that Anderson tried to built tension instead of unleashing the zombies right from the beginning. AS a techno thriller it works perfectly. The sequels though went down with Apocalypse being the worst.

  • Mayday

    I know I’m in the minority, but Afterlife edges out the first one for my fave. It don’t get much better than a dozen Millas kicking ass in 3D in the first 15 minutes.

  • djblack1313

    i been a huge fan of all the RE movies up until RETRIBUTION. my god that movie was so god awful. i hate to say that because as i said i have loved the first 4 movies. that movie seriously quelled my love of the franchise and even tainted how i view the first 4 films.

    that being said, APOCALYPSE is my fave. other than the cringe-inducing cheap strobe (that any 20 dollar camera has) effect used early in the movie during zombie scenes, i really loved almost everything about that movie. we got awesome Alice. we got the best Jill Valentine (i don’t know what happened with Sienna’s acting in part 5 but as much as i adore her, she was horrible in it. i’ve seen better acting in porno movies. lol). we got very cool Carlos, etc, etc. i also loved the stunts/action in APOCALYPSE.

    i do also still, despite part 5’s terrible aftertaste, like EXTINCTION and even AFTERLIFE. EXTINCTION has what’s easily the best actions/horror sequence in the franchise’s run. the super-zombie attack at the Vegas Eiffel Tower scene is the most visceral, gory, intense and even emotional (when Mikey gets killed and we see/hear the anguish explode out of Claire!)
    sequence in and of itself but it also rivals many/most “respected” action movies/scenes. there was more awesome gore in that one sequence than i think in all the other films combined.

    i am praying that the upcoming final entry will be awesome and will be the OPPOSITE of what RETRIBUTION was. fingers crossed.

  • BoatAkk

    It seems like this thread is a vote for the least bad Resident Evil film. Granted, all of them are visually appealing, but none of them at all should be considered good films. It is true, I do go and see them each opening day. Not because I can’t wait to see them, but because for some reason in the back of my mind I believe maybe the next one will redeem the series. In every case, it doesn’t happen. As a huge fan of the game franchise, the films are a miserable disappointment. Had I not played and loved the games, I might have enjoyed the movies. And with Romero’s script for the first one, the film probably would not have hit the ground running but eventually would have established itself as a credible entry in Resident Evil canon. It is possible to make a film that stays true to the games and at the same time not be a boring remake adaptation. It seems that Paul W.S. Anderson does not realize this. I am still shocked that the central character, Alice, is still the focus for every film. I like Milla Jovovich, she has heart and is very dedicated to the role. But I believe that hopefully, Alice has no place in the future of Resident Evil films. Hopefully, a film will be made that represents the things that Resident Evil fans loved about the games in the first place.

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