(This review may contain spoilers).
I don’t think this film was the first horror movie I watched – I think that was probably Urban Legends – but this was definitely the first zombie movie I ever saw… though I recall that it was originally advertised as a 12.
I remember being particularly freaked out by this film the first time I saw it. The Red Queen was an interesting mix of child and AI. She was a really creepy projection… but then again, in horror movies, children are often used to generate fear.
There are some quite jumpy moments in this film. Unfortunately, since I’ve watched this film so many times already, the jumpy moments don’t have much of an effect on me now.
So if it doesn’t do what a horror film’s meant to, why do I watch it repeatedly?
In this film, I feel that the characters drive a lot of the action. It has a lot of the elements of a slasher movie, but the film does give me the chance to get to know the characters. I do like Alice (the scene with the dogs was pretty cool), but Raine is probably my favourite character. She’s strong and no-nonsense… definitely the kind of heroine I can get behind.
The part where all of the zombies are set free is one of the creepiest moments in the film. One of the interesting things was that the film started off by showing the ordinary day… before everything went wrong. I have to say, the elevator scene was one that really scared me. I think it was bad enough that it actually put me off elevators for a while.
I’ve seen the other films in the Resident Evil series, but I think this one works better for horror, while the others are much more action-adventure. I’ll be re-watching the other films at some point in the future, too.