Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, Lisa Trevor’s Character Explained

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, Lisa Trevor’s Character Explained

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City highlights Lisa Trevor, a creepy character who hasn’t appeared in a live-action Resident Evil movie to date. She’s only appeared in a couple of games in the Capcom franchise, so her inclusion in director Johannes Roberts’ new Resident Evil movie is a somewhat surprising (albeit tone-wise) choice.

If you’re unfamiliar with Lisa Trevor and her tragic backstory in Resident Evil, and perhaps wondering who that leather-faced woman is, let us delve into her place in the horror gaming canon.

[Ed. note: This story contains potential spoilers for Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City and the 2002 Resident Evil GameCube remake.]

Is Lisa Trevor in the Resident Evil games?

Yes, Lisa Trevor first appeared in the 2002 remake of the original. demonic residentlike an unkillable enemy, and in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, the 2007 on-rails shooter for Wii. Lisa did not appear in the original version of demonic resident released for PlayStation in 1996, but its addition to the remake helped reinforce the horror elements of the game’s setting, the Spencer mansion and its evil original resident.

Lisa Trevor approaches Jill Valentine in a cabin in the Resident Evil remake

Jill meets Lisa in the Resident Evil remake
Image: Capcom

According to Resident Evil lore, Lisa’s father, George Trevor, was the architect of the Spencer mansion, the setting for the original game and much of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. Following the completion of the mansion in the early 1950s, Dr. Oswell E. Spencer, a client of George Trevor, invited the Trevor family to stay in the newly completed mansion. But Oswell, fearing that George knew too much about the twisted, puzzle-filled mansion, summoned the Trevors under false pretenses and imprisoned the architect within his own creation. Lisa and her mother Jessica were kidnapped by Spencer and tested for a newly discovered virus called the Progenitor.

Lisa and Jessica each received a particular strain of the virus, and although their mother’s condition deteriorated, Lisa’s reaction to Progenitor gave her superhuman strength. However, her mental state declined; Lisa violently lashed out at her captors and even killed a Spencer employee who tried to impersonate Jessica. Lisa retaliated by ripping off that employee’s face, hoping to restore the face to her mother, who, unknown to Lisa, had died as a result of Progenitor’s experiments. Lisa had a habit of collecting faces and using them, hence her creepy appearance in games and in Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.

Lisa was imprisoned in the Spencer mansion for nearly 30 years as Umbrella Corporation investigators, including Dr. William Birkin, played by Neal McDonough in the film, experimented on her. Lisa was horribly disfigured and uncontrollable, and was bound in wooden handcuffs and shackles. But her infection by her Progenitor virus gave her not only strength, but incredible regenerative abilities as well. Unable to execute her properly, her captors disposed of her body somewhere nearby in the Arklay Mountains, where she lived in the wild. Desperate to be reunited with her mother, Lisa wandered for years through the woods and underground tunnels of the Arklay Laboratory beneath the Spencer mansion.

Lisa Trevor gestures for silence in a still from Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

Lisa Trevor gestures for silence in Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Image: Screen Gems

Who is Lisa Trevor in Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City?

In Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon CityLisa Trevor is less of a threat and a more helpful and understanding creature than in the games, in which Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, and Albert Wesker fought her in Spencer Manor and its underground catacombs. Actress Marina Mazepa, who is also responsible for Gabriel’s physical performance in James Wan’s Evil onebrought Lisa to life on screen.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Director Johannes Roberts told Polygon in an interview that Lisa Trevor was a very important part of the film’s story from the very beginning.

“When I was looking for how to tell this movie and how to appeal to an audience that has maybe grown tired of six [Resident Evil movies] Already, and maybe appealing to an audience that wanted to be scared again, or wanted a way to access this world in a different way, the one character that I always used to find unsettling in games was Lisa Trevor,” Roberts said. “Because of what she represented, her backstory and everything, there was something really strange [and] disturbing about it. And I liked that she hasn’t been mentioned in any of the movies, or any of the animated movies, and I just want to explore this and the orphanage.

“It was very important to find a way to annoy the audience,” continued Roberts, “and I think with zombies and large creatures it’s tricky. Big creature stuff is always fun, but it’s never, like, guts.[-level] haunting… And I really liked the idea of ​​this character being haunted and haunted, and not using CGI, but using a real actress who does amazing creature acting stuff. He became a really good reference point for the tone of how I wanted to take the movie.”

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is available now in theaters.

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