Resident Evil is the most famous
horror video game franchise and is still going strong nearly twenty-five years after
it debuted back in 1996.
After many sequels and spin-offs,
you’d think there was a danger the scares would have grown stale as the
audience becomes inured to Resident Evil’s particular brand of b-movie inspired
body-horror, but reinvention is something that Resident Evil has excelled at, showing
an ability to change with the times while many of its survival-horror rivals stagnated.
Which isn’t to say the franchise
hasn’t had its missteps; anyone who’s laboured through Resident Evil 0 will
attest to that. It’s a series that has been darn right silly - gloriously so at
points - and us fans love it for that too. But the series has had something of
a reset in recent releases, largely stepping away from the overblown excess and
convoluted lore, in favour of a more stripped-down return to horror.
So, for this list we’re going to
focus on the nastiest monsters that Umbrella and its many subsidiaries have
created, the grotesque things that shamble through those eerie abandoned
mansions and ruins of Raccoon City.