James Cameron Calls This Iconic Zombie Thriller On Netflix His “Guilty Pleasure” – Dread Central

James Cameron Calls This Iconic Zombie Thriller On Netflix His “Guilty Pleasure” – Dread Central

James Purefoy, 2002. ©Sony Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

James Cameron knows a thing or two about genre cinema, so when the beloved filmmaker shares a recommendation, we are quick to take note. The Aliens director spoke with Empire during the COVID lockdown and revealed his appreciation for an oft-maligned zombie film that’s close to his heart: Paul W. S. Anderson’s Resident Evil.

“One of my guilty-pleasure films that I actually think is quite beautifully made is Resident Evil,” Cameron told the outlet. “Watching Michelle Rodriguez in that film, moving like this feral creature, is joyful.”

Hold the shade, please. I’m inclined to agree with Cameron on this one. I dig the intensity of Resident Evil, and how the film is set in a subterranean bunker adds a nice element of claustrophobia to the proceedings. The flick may not get everything right, but it’s a high-octane combination of horror, science fiction, and action. If you are due for a rewatch, you can find the film streaming on Netflix as of the publication of this post.

Resident Evil stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Martin Crewes, James Purefoy, Eric Mabius, and Colin Salmon. Paul W. S. Anderson penned the screenplay in addition to directing the adaptation.

The setup goes like this: Based on the popular video game, a team of commandos must break into “the hive,” a vast underground genetics laboratory operated by the powerful Umbrella Corporation. There, a deadly virus has been unleashed, killing the lab’s personnel and resurrecting them as the evil un-dead. The team has just three hours to shut down the lab’s supercomputer and close the facility before the virus threatens to overrun the Earth.

That’s all we’ve got for you for the time being. But stay tuned to the site in the coming days for more recommendations from cinematic luminaries as we uncover them. Also, be sure to follow @DreadCentral on the social media platform formerly known as Twitter so you never miss an update.



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