Resident Evil Village Accused Of Copying Filmmaker’s Monster Designs

Resident Evil Village Accused Of Copying Filmmaker's Monster Designs

Resident Evil Village has been wildly successful since its release, garnering mostly positive reviews and breaking the series’ sales record on PC. Not everyone loves the latest entry in the popular survival horror franchise, though, with one filmmaker having now accused Capcom of copying a monster design that was used in the person’s 2013 movie, Frankenstein’s Army. Resident Evil Village monster design spoilers ahead.

Dutch director Richard Raaphorst recently took to his Linkedin page to share some shot-by-shot comparisons between a monster from his Frankenstein’s Army movie, released in 2013, and Resident Evil Village. The monster in question has a propeller for a head, basically, and is defeated in both mediums via fiery death. The battle in Resident Evil Village featuring the enemy – named Sturm – can be seen below, with the Frankenstein’s Army – Red Band Clip shown directly below it:

In an interview with Eurogamer, Raaphorst stated that the design was “one-to-one” between the two monsters. “It’s just the same scene as in my movie, except that in my movie you have to cut loose the fuel tubes,” Raaphorst explained. That’s the only thing that is missing. But the whole thing is getting into flames, and then it explodes, and then the way it rotates through the camera – it’s all the same, really. Even the environments, the whole colour palette. It looks like an animatic for my movie.”

At first I felt pissed. Then I felt proud. Now, I see all the reactions and I feel pissed again, and insulted. It’s so difficult to come up with a great design. It’s really hard to actually think about something that communicates as a cool design. It’s not just that ideas are floating around that you can grab. It’s actually hard labour. Then they just grab it and put it somewhere in the game. It’s creative abuse.”

Raaphorst goes on to say that he isn’t expecting any type of royalty payment as MPI Media Group owns the rights to Frankenstein’s Army, not him, but he is still exploring his options. “If they had asked me, ‘hey, Richard, we’d love to have your design in our next Resident Evil, and we will give you a credit or some kind of royalty payment,’ I would have been honoured and flattered and proud. It would have been a super positive experience.”

Resident Evil Village is now available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

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Ryan is the Lead Editor for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he isn't writing, Ryan is likely considering yet another playthrough of Final Fantasy IX. He's also the DFTG cinnamon bun.

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