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     The series 
  • Wesker's Matrix style moves, and Terminator sunglasses with flashing red eyes.
  • With his glasses off, his orange cat eyes, a reference to Michael Jackson's Thriller.
  • The series as a whole has several references to Queen, such as the name of some of their songs appearing on the back of Chris and Claire Redfield's jackets.
  • In a Mythology Gag to a Shout-Out, at the end of the first film, a newspaper with the headline "THE DEAD WALK" can be seen, referencing Romero's Day Of The Dead[1] and RE 3[2].

     The first game 
  • The alternate costumes in the Nintendo GameCube remake are seemingly random film references. Jill gets a tank top, fatigue pants, and yellow-tinged safety goggles, which is meant to recall Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Chris and Rebecca, for no obvious reason, are dressed like Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts's characters in The Mexican.
  • The opening to the remake, with the covered corpse rising and being immediately shot, is a shout out to Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2, which opens with a very similar shot.
    • Which could also be a reference to Dawn of the Dead (1978), when Roger is turned and subsequently killed by Peter.
  • Both Jill and Chris receive new alternate costumes in Deadly Silence. Jill's is a white wife-beater, a police hat, and a pair of very short cut-offs, which very much resembles Poison's outfit.
  • The virus-infected crows that peck unfortunate victims (such as Forest) to death may be a shout out to The Birds.
  • The Chimeras, human-fly hybrids, are a clear reference to Cronenberg's The Fly (1986). Supplemental material even confirms they are born from human women injected with human/fly embryos, which parallels Veronica's fears of her baby would be like.
  • In fact, pretty much every enemy in the game is a reference to some film. The Neptune is clearly inspired by Jaws. The Hunters are basically Velociraptors with their "clicky" walk, ability to open doors, and ungodly shrieks. Giant spiders were a staple of the 50's giant monster movie genre. And, of course, the zombies come from George A. Romero's Living Dead Series.
  • The flamethrower that Chris uses is modeled after the one that was used in Alien
  • Numerous nods to the game's Spiritual Predecessor, Sweet Home, including but not limited to:
    • The introduction of the game's first zombie, which is a reference to the "Man" enemy's intro
    • The door loading screen, which is almost completely lifted from the older game
    • The use of a slide projector for exposition of the mansion's dark history
    • Jill's lockpick, which is identical in use to Emi's special key
  • Plant 42 is a giant plant that needs human blood to survive. No singing though.

Alternative Title(s): Resident Evil 1


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