Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’s Itchy Tasty Easter egg, explained

Compared to the majority of the Local Evil films, which work more as loose analyses of the source product throughout every category out there, Local Evil: Invite to Raccoon City is distinctly devoted to the computer game franchise. It follows essential characters such as Chris and Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, and Leon S. Kennedy through the titular — and fanatically recreated — Midwestern town. It’s likewise breaking with Easter eggs at every turn. And one in in specific will be confusing to anybody who hasn’t touched the video games.

After going back to Raccoon City and visiting her bro Chris’ home in the middle of the night, Claire Redfield has an extremely scary encounter with a psychopathic next-door neighbor, whose hair has actually either been falling out, or powerfully removed from its roots. At one point, Claire and the female make eye contact through a rain-slicked windowpane. The female continues to scrawl the expression “itchy tasty” with somebody’s blood on the dividing glass:

A deranged neighbor scrawls an iconic video game phrase on a window in Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.

Image: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Handled its own, tit comes a bit out of left field. However fans of Local Evil, the 1996 computer game that started the multimedia franchise, will remember the expression in a various light.

In the original game, while exploring the Spencer Mansion, players can stumble into a small bedroom on the ground floor of the west wing, where they’ll find a diary lying on a desk. The pages detail a 10-day period in the life of the Keeper, an Umbrella Corporation employee tasked with taking care of various animals before they undergo experimentation. The pages mention an accident in the basement laboratory, after which point the Keeper describes (in fairly sickening detail) the various symptoms he develops from the incident. His mind rapidly deteriorates, culminating in the final two entries, which read:

  1. Fever gone but itchy. Hungry and eat doggy food. Itchy itchy Scott came. Ugly face so killed him. Tasty.
  2. Itchy. Tasty.

The kicker? Once you finish reading the file, the Keeper himself, in full zombie form, erupts from the nearby closet in a desperate attempt to sate his hunger.

“Itchy tasty” has become something of a callsign for the Local Evil fandom, indicating that they’re “in the know” when it comes to the deeper cuts of the franchise’s lore. But in its initial form, the diary provided vivid insight into the events surrounding Spencer Estate. The context may be different in Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, but the intent is the same: to show, up close, how a mind degrades under the results of the T-Virus.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.