Few game franchises are as well-known and memorable as ‘Resident Evil’which is why the announcement that the games would win a film adaptation by the hands of Paul W.S. Anderson really excited the fans.
The first film in the saga starring Jovovich mile, ‘Resident Evil: The Cursed Guest’, hit theaters in 2002 and followed the story of Alice, an amnesiac woman who wakes up in a gigantic mansion and is soon dragged by a group of Umbrella Corporation soldiers to an underground facility that hides haunting secrets. There, she discovers that a dangerous virus has escaped from the labs and is turning people into zombies – fighting time to survive and to stop this evil epidemic from spreading further.
Despite the negative reviews, the film grossed over US$100 million at the worldwide box office, yielding five sequels of similar financial success and critical failure. Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes e Colin Salmon were also part of the cast.
On this day, March, 15, ‘The Cursed Guest’ completes twenty years since its official release in theaters – and, to celebrate its anniversary, we have separated a brief list with some behind-the-scenes facts of production.
- The makeup department and technical staff had trouble dealing with the dogs, who continued to lick and wash zombie makeup and fake blood off their bodies.
- Rodriguez had informed his agent that if someone wrote a screenplay about ‘Resident Evil’, she wanted to be part of the project. Soon, the agent put her in touch with Anderson when the script was finalized, securing her the role of Rain Ocampo.
- The scene in which Alice hits one of the zombie dogs in the head with a flying blow, one of the most popular in the film and the franchise, forced Jovovich to train for three straight months.
- All of Alice’s little cuts and bruises are real. No makeup was applied to Jovovich.
- Jovovich did all of his stunts, with the exception of jumping into the sewer pipes. She used a stunt double in the scene, because her agent believed she could hang herself with the wires loose.
- The original English title would be ‘Resident Evil: Ground Zero’but it was changed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
- Sarah Michelle Gellarwhich had been successful with the iconic teen series ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ was one of the first considered for the role. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kirsten Dunst e Natasha Henstridge were considered for the role of Jill Valentine.
- Anna Bolt learned to dive to play the drowned scientist who comes back to life.
- Around 1h30min of film, there is a frame in close-up from Alice’s eye. This is a direct reference to the first game in the franchise, ‘Bio Hazard’1996. O close-up works as the game’s logo and web title.
- George A. Romerowho led the classic ‘Night of the Living Dead’from 1968, was originally attached to the project as writer and director, but left the film in 1999 due to creative differences.