Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City's first trailer shows fans a very different franchise from what came before. Rather than focus on an original character, this new movie will bring to life the earliest game entries through the eyes of Leon Kennedy (Avan Jogia), Claire and Chris Redfield (Kaya Scodelario and Robbie Amell) and Jill Valentine (Hannah John-Kamen). The film will homage some of the game's most exciting and terrifying events, along with giving life to its most fearsome enemies. One example of this comes toward the end of the trailer with the zombie variant evolution known as the Licker.
When the T-Virus ravaged Raccoon City, it turned a large percentage of its residents into the undead. But of those zombified people, those that ate more than others were subject to an even more violent change. Because the T-Virus represented the beginning of the Umbrella Corporation's genetic research, there was still more that could be learned. As a result of zombies consuming more biomass, their bodies changed into what has been called a Licker.
Lickers are humanoid creatures that lack skin and move along walls and floors on all fours. Their hands transform into large piercing nails, and their brains become exposed. However, the most recognizable aspects of the creature are its sharp teeth and long tongue that it uses to capture prey. The first Licker was encountered by Leon Kennedy in the Raccoon City Police Department.
While exploring, the creature can be seen on the outside of windows, stalking him. However, when the moment comes to face him, the creature waits for him on a ceiling, hoping to catch him off guard. Unlike standard zombies, Lickers are much faster and harder to kill, making them incredibly dangerous to face when cornered. They're even more of a danger when dealing with standard zombies, as one can overwhelm while the other strikes fast and hard.
Rather than change the base design to differentiate it from the source, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City's trailer chooses to enhance what was first shown in the games. Toward the end of the trailer, Leon faces a Licker, who drops from the ceiling and roars at him. From its teeth to its muscles, the detail on the creature is a perfect recreation of the game version. Plus, if this is its first appearance, it perfectly homages Leon's initial encounter.
Although there is still much to uncover in the new film, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City does a great job bringing iconic game moments to life. Of course, there are still more enemies to face once the movie hits theaters, but if the detail put into the Licker is any indication of how the rest of the film is being presented, fans are in for a real treat.
To see the Licker and more brought to life, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City will be released in theaters on Nov. 24.
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