Countdown to Resident Evil’s 15th Anniversary (Part 1)

Today we’re starting a special feature that we’ll be conducting in celebration of Resident Evil’s upcoming 15th anniversary. From now until March 22nd, you’ll be able to find short daily articles detailing memorable events/characters/enemies/mechanics from the franchise. Don’t be surprised if some of these articles end up spinning off into their own full-blown features later on throughout the year. This will all culminate on March 22nd, the day when Resident Evil celebrates its 15th anniversary, a day where you’ll be able to check out a giant article here showing immense love for the original Resident Evil. But let’s get started with the countdown, shall we?

A doggie surprise

Possibly one of the most memorable moments in survival-horror gaming, this scene truly scared the crap out of me. Even now, whether I’m playing the original or the remake, I still jump up from my seat upon the sound of the dogs bursting through the glass. I know it’s coming, but it still gets me. I find fun in anticipating it, actually, walking forward ever so slowly as if doing so would disable the scare. It doesn’t. And I really loved the little false-scare the remake pulled off, only to have the dogs burst through at a later time. This is easily one of the most defining moments in all of survival-horror.

What exactly makes this scene so classic? And better yet, what makes it something that instantly makes you jump? It definitely has to be the pitch perfect marriage between the complete silence of going through that hallway and  the camera angle. Yes, the camera angle is actually a good thing here. As a matter of fact, the camera angles themselves serve to be some of the greatest aspects of the classic pre- Resident Evil 4 series, despite what frustration it may bestow upon some people. Check back tomorrow to see exactly why this is so in the first part of a 2-parter look at Resident Evil’s camera angles from a game-play perspective and cinematic perspective, respectively.

I would love to hear about your initial reactions to this scene, whether it’s from the original release or the remake. Would you consider this one of the best moments in survival-horror? Sound off in the comments below.

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