The rights-holder for George Romero's film "Dawn of the Dead" sued Capcom for plagiarism. The lawsuit claimed that Dead Rising ripped off Dawn of the Dead, and listed the following similarities between the two titles:
•Both works are set in a bi-level shopping mall.
•The mall has a gun shop, in which action takes place.
•The mall is located in a rural area with the National Guard patrolling its environs.
•Both works are set in motion by a helicopter that takes the lead characters to a mall besieged by zombies.
•Many of the zombies wear plaid shirts.
•Both works feature a subtext critique of sensationalistic journalism through their use of tough, cynical journalists with short brown hair and leather jackets as a lead male character.
•Both works feature the creative use of items such as propane tanks, chainsaws, and vehicles to kill zombies.
•Both works are a parody of rampant consumerism.
•Both works use music in the mall for comedic effect.
•Dead Rising's use of the word "hell" references the tagline for Dawn of the Dead's release ("When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.").
The suit was dismissed in court.
The idea for Dead Rising came about when the producer of the series, Keiji Inafune, was working on Resident Evil 4. Keiji was asked about the inspiration for the game on his Reddit AMA, Inafune answered with while he was working on RE4, the new weapon wielding, running zombies were more cool than the normal zombies, so he thought that they could make the traditional zombies go away. So he made a different type of zombie game, Dead Rising.
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Frank West: I've covered wars, you know.
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Zombies, huh? I had a feeling you'd show up... - Frank West
This... is hell. - Carlito Keyes
It's Frank. Frank West. Remember that name 'cause the whole world's gonna know it in three days when I get the scoop. - Frank West
How do you like them apples? - Kent Swanson
Connection to Other Media
The sandwich store "Jill's Sandwiches" is a reference to a scene in Resident Evil 1, when Jill is trapped in a room, only to be saved by Barry who exclaims, "You were almost a Jill sandwich!"
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