Resident Evil by Philip J Reed
Now a sprawling video game franchise with no shortage of film adaptations, tie-in products, and remakes, Resident Evil has kept us on the edge of our seats for decades with its tried-and-true brand of jump scares, zombie action, and biological horror. But even decades after its release, we can’t stop revisiting the original’s thrills, chills, and—sometimes unintentional—spills.
Pop culture writer and horror cinephile Philip J Reed takes dead aim at 1996’s Resident Evil, the game that first defined “survival horror” and then turned it into an entire genre. While examining Resident Evil’s influences from the worlds of film, literature, and video games alike, Reed’s love letter to horror examines how the game’s groundbreaking design and its atmospheric fixed-cam cinematography work to thrill and terrify players—and why that terror may even be good for you.
Featuring a foreword from Troma Entertainment legend Lloyd Kaufman and new interviews with the game’s voice actors and its live-action cast, the book serves as the master of unlocking the behind-the-scenes secrets of Resident Evil, and how even a game filled with the most laughable dialogue can still scare the pants off of you.
Philip J Reed is an award-winner author and critic living in Denver, Colorado. He enjoys horror, video games, and horror video games. He has been writing professionally about games for more than ten years for outlets including Nintendo Life and TripleJump. Reed manages Noiseless Chatter and is allergic to cats.