Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’s Easter Eggs and Jill Sandwich, Explained
looks like a love letter to the long line of games, with a story that adapts the first two entries into a movie. With a of a mysterious classic character, the film also references elements of the games , like Escape from a city doomed by the horrific biological experiments of the Umbrella Corporation.
Directormanaged to cram a huge amount of Easter eggs into this movie, so let’s take a look at some of the more involved ones that I remember spotting on my first viewing. Welcome to Raccoon City is in theaters in the US and UK now, with an Australian release slated for December 8.
The value of a SPOILERS sandwich can be found below.
A STARS sandwich
A first scene with the STARS police unit Jill Valentine, Albert Wesker and Chris Redfield sees the trio hanging out at a restaurant before all hell breaks out in Raccoon City. Jill snatches Wesker’s food and takes a bite.
“You sleep, you lose,” she said. “It’s Jill’s sandwich now.
It alludes to one of the most beloved lines in video game history. At the start of the original 1996 game, Jill is nearly crushed by a trap in which she is locked in a room and the ceiling begins to descend. She is saved by her colleague Barry Burton (who is sadly absent in the film), and he speaks the iconic words.
“It was too close, you were almost Jill’s sandwich,” he said.
Words to live.
Classic boss monsters
Another from Jill. She asks her fellow STARS members if they would rather be “swallowed whole by a snake or eaten alive by a great white shark”. This is a reference to two of the bosses encountered in the original Resident Evil and its 2002 remake.
You encounter the snake several times in the mansion, while the shark attacks in the basement of the mansion dormitory. In the remake, depending on the character you play, STARS member Richard Aiken suffers exactly the fate described by Jill.
Words of the living dead
Shortly after Claire Redfield arrives in Raccoon City, she sees a family succumbing to the effects of the gradual infection of the population by Umbrella. Shortly before attacking Claire, the zombified mother writes “ITCHY TASTY” on the bloody window.
This is a reference to the Scary Diary of the Guardian of the original game, in which a worker at the Umbrella-owned mansion recounts his last days after being infected with the T virus. His mental state gradually deteriorates until ‘he kills and eats one of his colleagues.
“4. Itchy. Tasty,” the last entry read.
During her investigations into the orphanage’s secret laboratory, Claire stumbles upon a searchlight that shows blonde twin children pulling the wings of a dragonfly and looking into each other’s eyes. It’s more than a little unsettling and seems to have little to do with the rest of the movie.
These children are Alexia and Alfred Ashford, and this screened film is almost identical to the one seen in Resident Evil: Code Veronica in 2000. They are members of one of the families that co-founded Umbrella and their story is one of the most complex. from the Serie.
Alexia and Alfred were genetically modified from the DNA of Veronica Ashford, the deceased founder of the family. Alexia turned out to be a super genius and became infected with the T-Veronica virus, which would give her superpowers but only after undergoing cryostasis for 15 years (giving her body time to adjust to the virus).
While Alexia froze, grief-stricken Alfred led the family and became mentally imbalanced. He began to disguise himself as Alexia and speak in her voice, allowing the twins to come together in his mind.
During the events of Code Veronica, Alfred is fatally injured during a confrontation with Claire Redfield. Alexia wakes up just before her death.
With her new virus-induced powers, Alexia battles Chris Redfield and ends up mutating into a yucky dragonfly monster. Chris detonates her with an energy weapon, terminating the Ashford line and making that 15-year-old cryostasis seem like a complete waste of time.
Johannes Roberts apparently told SFX Magazine that he wanted to adapt elements of Code Veronica for a sequel.
William Birkin’s mutated G virus looks unstoppable when he attacks the train as our heroes escape the city. Their problem is solved when Leon finds a “first class” rocket launcher and they detonate Birkin for the last time.
It alludes to Resident Evil’s lore of having you finish off its final bosses with a rocket in your face. It is possible that the first-class passengers in the film had an emergency rocket launcher in the event of an outbreak. (I accept that’s a pretty slim rationalization, but this movie clearly reveled in its own silliness.)
The resurrection of Wesker
We have a separate article on, but the opening shot of the post-credits scene of him sitting upright in the body bag. The premise, camera angle, and lighting reflect the spooky scene that plays out when you load up the 2002 Resident Evil remake.