Skillfully juggling with quotations, allusions and borrowing, building from them one piece, self-contained stories that can not only Tarantino and the authors of the third “the Witcher”. Capcom employees this trick also mastered successfully. The house maniacs-cannibals the Bakers not just chock-full of references to classic horror movies, he is an interactive Museum of the history of horror. Don’t believe? Take a walk through the dark corridors and look at the exhibits resident evil.
Warning: in the text there are plot spoilers for Resident Evil 7. So, if you haven’t completed the game, you should think whether you are ready ahead of time to learn the secrets of the mad family.
Weigh overtures to the cinema Resident Evil 7 is already beginning in the prologue: the dark-haired girl MIA, looking into the camera lens, tells about the trip and promises to return soon. But goes missing. A similar scene opens the movie “Blair Witch project: Course from the world” in which student-kinematografistka with friends disappears in the woods.
“Witch” is not the first mockumentary horror film (the founder was “cannibal Holocaust”). But this is the band in 1999 popularized the genre of found footage: a crowd of idiots with a video camera is sent to a dangerous place, to the amusement of the audience graceless and bravely die. In the new horror Capcom Darwin award catches up with the trio of bloggers (wink “grave encounters”), hunting for ghosts in an old house Baker. The inglorious demise of your own Directors, captured on a VHS tape, plays the final shots “of the Blair Witch project”.
In the words of a charismatic misanthrope, all that we have done or will do, will be repeated again and again in a circle. In Louisiana, a car on a deserted highway. Daredevil in white shirt walking into the heart of darkness. The altar in the forest. A monster in human form, living in a shabby, littered with trash house. Once this place was called Cercozoa, and now it became the home of the Bakers. Names are not important, because everything is repeated. Over and over again. In a circle.
You can’t just make a game about rustic maniacs from Louisiana and do not quote the first season of the cult HBO series. Although the verbatim quotes in Resident Evil 7 a little (the frame with the hero car, a cluttered kitchen), aesthetics of “true detective” sticks out from all the cracks cannibalistic mansion.
What inspired the developers of “Seven”, coming up with the old house on stilts, which is full of voodoo paraphernalia? The most likely answer: a mystical Thriller “the skeleton Key” in 2005. The story unfolds on the outskirts of New Orleans — in an old mansion surrounded by marshes and forests. Noises, squeaks, rattles, amulets, voodoo and sticky atmosphere of the nightmare — familiar? The climactic scene of “the skeleton Key” takes place in the surroundings of the house: night, swamp, downpour, a young girl hiding from a malicious old woman with a lantern. Well, Hello, sister Margaret Baker.
Declaration of love “Texas massacre” of 1974, began Shinji Mikami in Resident Evil 4, set of Leon Kennedy geeks with chainsaws. In subsequent editions of this tradition has been preserved. The seventh part of the rapture netlenkoy Toba Hooper acquired the character of worship: the Japanese borrowed the character types of characters, mounting techniques, plot points and scenery. For example, pay attention to the swings near the house of the Bakers and of the hall near the stairs to the second floor.
Family dinner of cannibals — a textbook episode of “the Texas massacre” which has defeated many imitators of Tobe Hooper (“House of 1000 corpses”, “Border”, “Hell’s Motel”). Could not resist the temptation and Capcom employees. Compare, for example, looks paralyzed Evelyn with old man from “Massacre”: if my grandmother had a hammer, she’d be grandpa.
Duel Ethan Jack and chainsaw the developers were watching the second “Massacre.” However, in the creation of Tobe Hooper are all decorated with much more absurd: the Sheriff with three chainsaws against a family of cannibals.
A minute ago MIA wanted to kiss and hug Ethan, and now, as if in her demon possessed, with a knife thrown at my dear wife. Isn’t it time to call the exorcist? Tape double Oscar-winner William Friedkin enriched in 1973 palette of rotten tomatoes the theme of obsession. Resident Evil 7 no one puts the crucifixion in interesting places and not remembers the demon Pazuzu kindly quiet word. However, the infernal charm “the Exorcist” feels, in many scenes with the possessed MIA.
Richard Pearcy, the lead writer of Resident Evil 7, loves the work of Kubrick. About it it is clear already at the Twitter developer, in which he never ceases to sing odes of praise “Shine.” Love was manifested in the work on the seventh part of the series Capcom. “It’s over, baby”, growls the Jack Baker, chasing Ethan. “Come here, pig!”, — continues to jeer the villain, smashing the wall with a shovel. How here not to remember a chase scene with Jack TORRANCE from kubicheskogo “the Shining”?
It is not only recognizable crazy, swelling in the bottomless saucers of pupils anti-heroes, or in almost verbatim replicas. Much more important story rhyme: both Jack initially were not sadists or psychopaths. Torrens came under the influence of the paranormal evil that lives in the hotel “the overlook”. Baker fell victim to a biological evil named Evelina, enveloped in black mold estate. Two jacks, two tragic destinies.
They are aggressive and strong. Able to regrow severed body parts and virtually immortal. Subject to mutations and can increase in size. Willing to tirelessly pursue the victim, showering her with obscenities and curses. Yes, it all relates to dedicam — Kendrick demons from the Saga of “the evil dead”, which ash Williams fights hard chainsaw from 1981. But similar abilities have and the Bakers. Don’t be surprised intersections with ribbons of Sam Raimi at the creation of Capcom so much that it is just right to rename in Resident Evil 7: Evil Dead.
Bend your fingers. Ethan on a pale yellow car as a character by Bruce Campbell, rushes to the ill-fated cabin in the woods. He, like ash Williams from the sequel, kill the woman, but she returns from the dead and trying to repopulate his chainsaw. Next is the well — known episode with cutting off hands. Even Ethan’s fight with Margaret in the greenhouse plays battle ash with Henriette.
Mutated Jack Baker, who pacifies the hero of Resident Evil 7 at the boathouse similar to the final demon of “evil dead 2”: Oh, those eyes on the contrary. Found and use the cover of “the Necronomicon”: revived, blurred ink Medusa and attacked Ethan. The final battle with evil in the seventh mirrors the episode with the revived tree of the second film of Sam Raimi. Mediocrity borrows, geniuses steal.
Not forgotten, and the remake of “evil dead” 2013, where the Japanese dredged up all the blood, dirt and naturalistic look for your project. In the grave-serious the ribbon Federico Alvarez evil is infused into a dark-haired girl named… MIA. Coincidence? I don’t think.
Designer John Kramer is long dead, but his cause lives on. Lucas Baker, like the villain from the Thriller “Saw”, kidnaps people and offers to “play a game”. The survival game. The locked room, a mechanical doll, a sadistic puzzle — Lucas as a Designer, know how to teach a lesson to effective motivation and time management. In the Thriller “Saw” in 2004, one of the victims burning to death of the Designer, without having to solve a puzzle with a candle. Ethan, playing with fire, is not an example of more successful.
The girl in front of the TV, rippling static, — iconic scene from “Poltergeist,” Tobe Hooper. The image is no less recognizable than, say, screaming in the shower the girl from chicagoscala “Psycho.” A classic of the language of horror. Resident Evil 7 in front of the screen sits a young Evelina, when we first meet her on the ship.
Since we were talking about evil girls and noisy televisions, think about the work of Japanese Director Hideo roll, gave the world one of the main symbols of the horror of zero. Heritage “Calls” appears in Resident Evil 7 not only in the operation of the image girl of a virus or in episodes with playing video. But also in those chilling moments when Ethan’s out of the darkness slowly but surely is coming, something with matted black hair.
In the final masterpiece by James Cameron Ripley checking in to newt from the cocoon of the Queen Alien. Resident Evil 7 the famous scene reproduced close to the original: MIA frees Ethan from the bunch of hardened mold. Needless to say that the flamethrower and cocoons of insects that lay Margaret Baker in the greenhouse, were in Resident Evil 7 for a reason?
About the film about the alien reminds the structure of horror Capcom. The first half of the game mimics “Alien” by Ridley Scott (claustrophobia, fear, hide from the unkillable monster), the second weigh obeisances to the sequel to James Cameron (shooting creatures in close spaces).
What do dark remakes of “dawn of the dead” and “Nightmare on elm street” comedies “home Alone”, “Last action hero” and “Men in black”? Early response team experts: Kyle Cooper. You may not have heard of this designer, but must have seen his opening credits for Hollywood blockbusters, TV series and video games (he had a hand in the second, third, and fifth parts of Metal Gear Solid). Remember the opening splash screen Thriller “Seven”?
Capcom employees, too, remember the great film by David Fincher and brilliant design Kyle Cooper: closing titles Resident Evil 7 interspersed newspaper clippings, video footage and diary entries. John DOE approves!
The author of the text: Vladimir Saldan
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