We could sit here debating the relative merits of Resident Evil's cinematic ventures until the horrifically-mutated cows come home, but if there's one thing not up for debate it's the genius of the first movie's unforgettable laser scene.
Anyone who has seen 2002's Resident Evil will no doubt recall this gleefully gruesome sequence of sliding flesh:
Milla Jovovich's expression as she watches severed face fall to the ground is just wonderful. You can only imagine the rancid pile of diamond-shaped meat chunks the camera doesn't show us. Luckily for us bloodlustful fans, Capcom is back for round 2 of laser death action.
For those who don't know, there's a new movie on the way, titled Resident Evil: Vendetta, and its latest trailer features a tribute to this memorable scene, reimagined with CG visuals. If that doesn't get you excited for its May 27, 2017 (Japanese) release date, I don't know what will.
Resident Evil: Vendetta is set to take place after the events of the rather forgettable Resident Evil 6 and features many returning favorites, including Chris Redfield, Leon Scott Kennedy and Rebecca Chambers. New antagonist Glenn Arias provides the foil to our heroes as they attempt to deal with ongoing viral threats. Take a look at a few stills from the latest trailer.
Chris is seen sporting a new militaristic buzzcut, complemented by his rock-punching biceps.
Evil Has No Face, But It Does Have A Gatling Gun
It's unclear who this metal-masked bruiser is, but you can be sure he's going to do some serious damage.
And Then There's This Dude
Who looks to be the grossly mutated final boss of the movie, towering over buildings and the regular shuffling horde.
Interestingly, Rebecca Chambers, who starred in the first Resident Evil game (and its prequel Zero), is now a university professor, presumably teaching Survival 101.
Watch the full trailer for Resident Evil: Vendetta here:
If you're holding out for Paul W.S. Anderson's return to live-action, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is set for release on January 27, 2017
Then of course there's the very promising Resident Evil 7 to enjoy come on January 24, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Anyone else feeling spoilt for choice?
Is there any Resident Evil moment that tops the laser scene for you?