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A Guide to 'Resident Evil'

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A look at the franchise from the games, books, comics and filmsBy David WalkerSpecial to MSN MoviesCommon wisdom tells us that the only way to kill a zombie is by destroying the brain, but as long as the living dead keep making money, the dead will keep coming back to life. Just take a look at the "Resident Evil" franchise, which was launched 16 years ago with the celebrated video game of the same name and is still going strong. "Resident Evil" has evolved into a multibillion-dollar name brand that includes video games, novels, comic books, action figures and, of course, a popular film series that has earned just under $700 million globally (and that's not including the money earned by the animated direct-to-video film "Resident Evil: Degeneration"). It has been a full 10 years since the first "Resident Evil" movie helped reinvigorate the zombie genre, and with the upcoming release of "Resident Evil: Retribution" both the genre of the living dead and the juggernaut franchise show no signs of slowing down. Here is a quick overview of everything you need to know about the world of "Resident Evil."Bing: More about 'Resident Evil: Retribution' | More about Milla Jovovich"Resident Evil Retribution" is out in theaters Friday, Sept. 14.For more movie news, follow MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter. (Screen Gems)
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