Monday, April 9, 2012

50 Most Hated Movies of all Time - #43 - Resident Evil

When Total Film came out with the little gem that Resident Evil # 1 was the 43rd most hated film of all time, I have to admit, I was more than a little baffled.  Hasn't Resident Evil spawned 3 (soon to be 4) sequels?  If a film series keeps going, then what does that mean?  Ladies and Gentlemen?  It means...they are successful.  Successful.  Let me look that up for you:



  1. Accomplishing an aim or purpose: "a successful attack on the town".
  2. Having achieved popularity, profit, or distinction.

I'm sorry, what was that word in the second definition?  No.  NO!!!!!!!! Does that say...does that say the word...popularity?  The opposite of hated?  Popular?  NO!!!!!! Total website...can' be...error!  

The bottom line is this.  Yes the Resident Evil films have been critically lambasted.  The first film received the highest rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 34 percent, the others have hovered around the 20's.  This is the sole reason that Total Film has listed it in its Most Hated list.  When I read the reason why Resident Evil was on the list, I was given the reason (and I'm paraphrasing here), that Resident Evil launched the movie series that has lacked distinction and no one cares about (as in no one cares about these films they keep making).  So, no one cares about the series.  Box Office Mojo, can you please step in here, please?

Resident Evil: 102.4 million worldwide
Resident Evil: Apocalypse: 129.3 million worldwide
Resident Evil: Extinction: 147.7 million worldwide
Resident Evil: Afterlife: 296.2 million worldwide

This is not even counting DVD sales, merchandise and other profit-making arenas.  What this tells me is 2 things.  1) The Resident Evil movies continue to make more and more profit with every movie (and the budget remains under 100 million) and 2) Total Film clearly did not take into account that worldwide, this franchise is huge (over 50 percent of all earnings have been from overseas films).  The fact is, this is a very, very profitable series and as long as it remains a profitable series, there will be more movies.  Total Film looks at things from a purely newspaper critic, North American view, which means they are very narrow-minded indeed.  So in closing, let me do a simple mathematical equation to sum up my feelings about this film being hated:

Popularity + Profit = Continuing Movie Series.

And that formula is simply hate-proof. 

Rating: Worth the hate?  You're joking, right?  5 films and counting...

- Stephenstein

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