A Resident Evil Village monster design has been copied from Dutch film director Richard Raaphorst, the director claims.
Raaphorst took to LinkedIn, claiming Village’s Sturm mini-boss “has been used – completely without authorisation or credit.”
The original monster in question appeared in Raaphorst’s film, Frankenstein’s Army, back in 2013. Both, it and Village‘s Sturm do have a three-blade propeller for a face, with both characters dramatically bursting into flame as they’re dispatched.
~Richard Raaphorst, film director.This is just one-to-one, really. It’s just the same scene as in my movie, except that in my movie you have to cut loose the fuel tubes. That’s the only thing that is missing. But the whole thing is getting into flames, and then it explodes, and then the way it rotates through the camera – it’s all the same, really. Even the environments, the whole colour palette. It looks like an animatic for my movie.
A Twitter user followed up Raaphorst’s claim with side-by-side images of Village‘s Heisenberg Factory monsters compared with others inside Frankenstein’s Army, and while the Sturm mini-boss looks similar to Raaphorst’s work, several others aren’t far off.
Resident Evil Village is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Windows PC.