Resident Evil: Alice in Wonderland?

The following connections have been observed between Alice in Wonderland (as well as Carroll’s, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There) and Resident Evil.

Alice in Wonderland was written by Lewis Carroll in 1865. Originally, Carroll had created the story for the amusement of a 10 year-old girl named Alice (who was the daughter of one of Carroll’s friends). The story is about a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world filled with talking animals.

Resident Evil is a video game and film franchise that depicts a virus which has entered the general population and turned people into walking zombies. One of the employees of the Umbrella Corporation (which is the bioengineering company that manufactured the virus) is named Alice.  In the beginning of the first Resident Evil film, the audience meets Alice who is suffering from amnesia. As Alice regains her memory, she comes to terms with the fact that she can not trust the Umbrella Corporation.

The following connections have been observed between Alice in Wonderland (as well as Carroll’s, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There) and Resident Evil

  1. Alice: This is the most obvious connection. Both of the protagonists are named Alice.
  2. Rabbit Hole: Both follow a “rabbit hole” down into the Earth. The rabbit hole in Resident Evil leads to the Hive (research lab).
  3. White Rabbits: In Alice in Wonderland, Alice follows the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole. In Resident Evil, the Lickers are mutated bunnies.
  4. “Who Am I?”: Alice in Alice in Wonderland suffers an identity crisis, and Alice in Resident Evil suffers from amnesia caused by nerve gas released by the supercomputer in The Hive.
  5. The  Red Queen: The Red Queen is the name of the supercomputer that kills everyone inside the Hive when the Hive becomes contaminated. In Through the Looking-Glass, the Red Queen is “pictured as a Fury, but of another type; her passion must be cold and calm – she must be formal and strict, yet not unkindly; pedantic to the 10th degree…” (Carroll).

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  1. Oz
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    At the beginning, an elevator chops a woman’s head. Off with her head!

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