Resident Evil Village's setting is one of the draws of the game for fans of horror - it's got this oppressive yet light atmosphere, Gothic elements poking through the snow like thorns, and the creature design is simply tip top. Lady Dimitrescu and her daughters survey the land from their seats in Castle Dimitrescu, but did you know that it is based on a real place in Romania?
Smooth_Skin_Operator on Reddit pointed out that Peleș Castle is definitely a source of inspiration for Capcom when it came to creating that shadowy and beautiful fortress. Built in the late 19th century, it is northwest of the town of Sinaia and nestled amongst inclines covered in a carpet of forest. It cost 16 million Romanian lei to construct - about more than $120 million nowadays - and as per King Carol I's request, it was intended to be "a grand palatial alpine castle combining different features of classic European styles, mostly following Italian elegance and German aesthetics along Renaissance lines."
We'd love to stay, but we've got to be certain that there aren't a quartet of merciless vampires tracking us through the castle to string us up and suck our blood. Check out the behind-the-scenes performances of the actors who played Lady Dimitrescu, Heisenberg, Ethan, Mia, and Chris in this video below.
Well, the architects have fulfilled the brief and then some, I would say. Almost 2,000 paintings adorn the walls and halls of the palace along with 4,000 pieces of arms and armour. The stained glass windows were hand painted and look out over a garden that houses fountains, urns, stairways, guarding lions, marble paths and other curiosities.
Fans are astonished at the similarities between the fictional castle and the real place, and would love to see it for themselves. "It's absolutely gorgeous and one of the coolest areas in a videogame i've ever seen," said mrsaucytrousers. "What really impressed me were the details in the village," added murcielagoXO. "Everything from the pots, the gates, the fences and the icons to the wall carpets, the plates hung on the wall with the white fabric around it, the same fabric around windows. It's all taken straight from our culture." With this in mind, it's worrying then that a filmmaker has accused Capcom of copying his monsters from a horror film titled Frankenstein's Army. "First I felt angry, then proud, but now I see this, I feel sad," explained Richard Raaphorst. The company is yet to respond to the allegations.
Featured Image Credit: Capcom, TiberiuSahlean via Wikimedia Commons
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