Resident Evil Village, which broke records with its release, came up with an interesting accusation. A Dutch filmmaker has claimed to have stolen a monster design from Capcom’s films.
The Village, which recently became the best-selling Resident Evil game of all time, is facing allegations of theft. Richard Raaphorst, director of the 2013 horror film Frankenstein’s Army, said in a post on LinkedIn that Capcom copied a monster featured in the film for a boss fight. The director said the stolen concept was a monster with a propeller attached to his head in the original.
In Frankenstein’s Army, a gigantic monster with a propeller on his head attacks a group of soldiers. In the end, the soldiers defeated the beast by exploding it. In The Village, the main character Ethan Winters takes on a monster named ‘Strum’ with a similar concept towards the end of the game.
“Everything is one-on-one. It’s the same scene from the movie. But in my film, you have to cut the fuel tanks. That’s all that’s missing. Everything catches fire and then explodes. The way the camera rotates, the environments, even the color palettes overlap. It’s like an animation for my movie.”
Rapphorst said Capcom never communicated about using the monster’s design for Resident Evil Village. The director said that after the play’s release on May 7, people warned him about the design, arguing that it was really difficult to find a great design and that the work done without any permission was a kind of harassment.
The Dutch director, meanwhile, said he did not expect any royalties from Capcom but was exploring options for potential compensation. The director is expected to work with the MPI Group, which financed the film in 2013, to receive compensation.