TRANSLATING THE GAME PLAY TO SCREEN IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE
Much of the atmosphere of Resident Evil can be attributed to the gameplay. The games utilize exploration and survival mechanics to propel players through the story.
STUDIOS CAN’T BALANCE THE CAMP AND SCARES
There’s no denying that Resident Evil is played for scares, especially in the earliest and newest entries in the franchise. However, as the series went on, elements of the games became campier.
What makes the early games in the series so iconic is their balancing act between absolute nonsense and genuine terror. The zombie reveal in the first Resident Evil game has gone down in history as one of the scariest moments in gaming.
The closest that an adaptation has come to emulating the games is the 2021 film Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City, which leaned heavily into the early 90s feel of the games but messed up with poor characterization and too many basic plot changes.