A new behind-the-scenes look at the sequel Resident Evil: Afterlife has been unveiled, just a few weeks before the 3D zombiefest makes its way into theaters.

Milla Jovovich is back once again as the lady warrior Alice – minus the “superpowers” she had in the previous entries in the action/horror franchise.  Judging by the Resident Evil: Afterlife footage released so far, that has not affected her ability to defy gravity and wield swords, guns, and ninja blades with superhuman-level precision.

The fact that the fourth Resident Evil pic is a legitimate 3D adventure has been the key element of the film’s marketing campaign – the first teaser did not so much hint at the plot of Afterlife, as it was too focused on promoting the film’s use of the same technology used to create Avatar.

Resident Evil is foremost an action franchise and the immersive nature of 3D will only enhance the experience for fans.  That is not idle speculation either – this very idea is harped on by the cast and crew of Afterlife throughout the new featurette, which you can check out below (via IGN):

Afterlife production designer Arv Grewal insists that the film attempts to not use 3D as a mere gimmick and yet every trailer released for Resident Evil 4 has been crammed full with shots of objects blatantly flying out at the camera.  Say what you will about Avatar, but at least James Cameron generally avoided that cheap trick and instead used the extra dimension to draw the viewing audience’s eyes deeper into the alien world he created.

There are a lot of moviegoers that will definitely get a kick out of zombie tentacles, axes, and sunglasses soaring out towards them – whether they will pay in large numbers for that experience remains to be seen.

Resident Evil: Afterlife arrives in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters in the U.S. on September 10th, 2010.