Movie director says Resident Evil Village’s Sturm is his creation

Like, there's only so much you can do with 'propellor for a face'.

Dutch film director Richard Raaphorst has suggested that Capcom has copied the design of a one of his monsters for Resident Evil Village‘s Sturm.

Raaphorst took to LinkedIn with the claim, saying 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. It and Village‘s Sturm do have a three-blade propellor for a face in common, and both characters dramatically burst into flame as they’re dispatched.

“This is just one-to-one, really,” Raaphorst said to Eurogamer. “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.”

Twitter user CloneKorp 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 is the closest match to Raaphorst’s work, several others aren’t far off.

Resident Evil Village is available now on Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PS4 and PS5. We reviewed it here and have written up several guides which start here.

Resident Evil Village

7 May 2021
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