The John Carpenter movie that inspired Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City


The film Johannes Roberts saw as his role model for dealing with a besieged ensemble was John Carpenter’s cult classic from 1976, “Assault on Precinct 13”.

You have all these different characters, “Roberts said of writing the script” Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. “It was very difficult for me to tell the story. I was like, ‘Okay, how am I going to do that?’ And really, my entry into the movie was “Assault on Precinct 13″. I am a big fan of John Carpenter. I just said, ‘Okay, this guy knows how to tell a siege movie.’ ”

In “Assault on Precinct 13”, Carpenter’s second film, an escalating war between Los Angeles police and a local street gang reaches boiling point when an army of gang members besiege headquarters of the soon-to-be-closed constituency and the handful of cops and prisoners trapped inside. The terror generated by the vicious gang surrounding the building is matched only by the atmosphere of tension and mistrust within, creating a film now considered one of the best crime thrillers of the 1970s. Directed for a Budgetary of $ 100,000, the film directly led Carpenter to be asked what would become his first masterpiece, “Halloween” from 1978.

“’Assault on Precinct 13′ is one of my all-time favorite movies,” said Roberts. “I was like, ‘This is my benchmark for how we’re going to bring everyone together.'”

Roberts adds that his love for the director spans his entire filmography. “I’m just obsessed with John Carpenter,” he admits. “I just think he’s a wonderful storyteller and his films are fair – this film is a love letter to his work as much as to ‘Resident Evil’.”

“Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City” is now in theaters.


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