Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City's latest trailer offers fans a look at what appears to be the video game come to life. The film follows the perspective of many of the game's main cast, including Claire and Chris Redfield (Kaya Scodelario & Robbie Amell), Leon S. Kennedy (Avan Jogia) and Jill Valentine (Hannah John-Kamen), as they try to survive during the zombie outbreak in Raccoon City. In addition, the trailer shows off some of the game's most iconic moments and gives fans a taste of what to expect in terms of enemies. One enemy in particular that proves to be as terrifying as ever is the zombie dogs.
These dogs first appeared in the original Resident Evil game and have shown up in various forms in previous live-action films. However, the new trailer shows them more as skulking monsters that call back to their first appearance. In the games and movies, these creatures are created when a dog ingests the blood or meat of a person infected with the T-Virus. The resulting effect enhances their aggression and makes them stronger and more agile.
In the original game, the player is introduced to zombie dogs in the Spencer Mansion when they burst through a window, chasing the main character. It only takes a few bullets to defeat them, but their strength and ability to pounce make them incredibly overwhelming to deal with. The following sequels and remake of the second game maintain this but make the dogs much harder to kill now that the player has to freely aim at the moving canine rather than auto-lock.
These creatures are best known for their jumpscares, and the new trailer looks to be continuing the trend as it shows Raccoon City Police Chief Brian Irons (Donal Logue) stuck in an underground parking lot with one. At first, it's hard to make out what could be stalking him, but the creature quickly bursts through a car window before the trailer cuts to other scenes from Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. The dog is seen again later in the trailer, giving audiences a better look at its white eyes and decaying skin before it pounces at the camera.
These versions of the zombie dog are far more deadly than the ones at the mansion because the RPD trained the Dobermans to be a part of the K-9 unit. That makes them stronger than the average dog even before the virus, and after infection, they have training on how to move and attack efficiently. Now, fans can see the iconic creatures explored in a new way that still does the game justice.
There's still a lot left to uncover once the movie hits theaters, but until then, the iconic enemies and moments from the games are enough to get any fan excited. There's no confirmation as to how big a role the zombie dogs will play in Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. However, their inclusion proves that they will be just as deadly as they are in the games.
To see the zombie dogs in action, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City will be released in theaters on Nov. 24.
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