Resident Evil 2 Pays Tribute to George Romero in New Trailer

George A. Romero made a live-action trailer for the original Resident Evil 2 and now the remake has its own version...

Resident Evil 2: George Romero Trailer

Capcom has continued its promotional campaign for Resident Evil 2 by releasing a brand new trailer for the hotly anticipated horror remake. This freshly released trailer is a live action one, which was made with real-life actors that really look the part as Leon and Claire. And it is, in a way, a tribute to George A. Romero.

The legendary filmmaker, who passed away in 2017, was best known for his work on such iconic feature films as Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead as well as the criminally underrated Land of the Dead, which starred Dennis Hopper as a mad tyrant in a zombie movie about class inequality. He was, essentially, the godfather of the modern world’s obsession with zombies. In between making such classic movies, Romero found the time to shoot the following advert for the original Resident Evil 2 game from 1998…

Now, the marketing team behind the new Resident Evil 2 has cooked up a new live-action trailer. Despite clearly having a bigger budget than Romero’s promo video from the 1990s, this new version is definitely cut from the same cloth. You can see it for yourself here…

Showcasing both Leon and Claire as they encounter zombies around Raccoon City, building up to a moment where they unexpectedly bump into each other, this trailer’s tribute to Romero is obvious – and very enjoyable. This is a really sweet gesture from Capcom’s current generation of employees, who clearly hold the classic game and its surrounding materials in very high regard.

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Romero’s connection with Resident Evil runs deeper than a trailer, though. Capcom once commissioned Romero to make a feature-length movie based around the franchise, and the director went as far as penning a script for the video game adaptation. It has all kinds of craziness in it as well as just enough Resi goodness to make it recognizable to fans. Romero’s movie, of course, never got made and there are a few reasons behind Capcom’s decision. You can read more about that film oddity here