->''You'll vomit with excitement! You'll puke with pleasure! You'll shit with fear!''
-->-- Advertisement for ''Illbleed''

''Illbleed'' is an obscure, tongue-in-cheek SurvivalHorror game for the SegaDreamcast that parodies American horror B-movies. It follows a group of horror movie aficionados (borderline EmotionlessGirl Eriko Christy, wannabe psychic Michel Waters, [[TheMario average Joe]] Kevin Kertsman, and dim-witted BoisterousBruiser and slasher-movie fan Randy Fairbanks) who receive guest passes to Illbleed, a horror amusement park built by reclusive movie director Michael Reynolds, who has filled his park with six terrifying attractions based on his movies, and promised to give one hundred million dollars to anyone who makes it through all six attractions without chickening out. Kevin, Michel, and Randy are gung-ho, but Eriko smells HypeBacklash in the making and opts out... until her friends fail to come back from their trip to Illbleed, and she's forced to investigate...

Players control Eriko as she travels through the six attractions trying to rescue her friends, facing foes ranging from the horrifying (like the vengeful, flamethrower-toting Gale Banballow in "Homerun of Death") to the ridiculous (the "Cake from Hell" in "Killer Department Store"). Each of the six stages is laden with traps that can harm Eriko, release monsters, or will just attempt to scare her to death. Fortunately, you have a special "horror monitor" that allows you to detect and tag traps (though use of the horror monitor is limited by your character's "adrenaline" level).

A very thorough LetsPlay by LetsPlay/{{Supergreatfriend}} can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjGD7IzDN8E here]]. Gameinformer's blind Super Replay can be found [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N114OfkpU1U here]].

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!!This game contains examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Eriko's father put her through scare tests on an incredibly consistent basis when she was ''five''. [[spoiler: Though, if the picture after the credits is to be believed, and some of the dialogue, there ''was'' a time he cared for her]].
* AllThereInTheManual: Other than Eriko (who is actually given a bit more backstory in the manual), the backstories of the other characters aren't explored in the game at all.
** The manual also explains the origin of Dummyman and some of the enemies in the game, along with adding a bit more backstory to the attractions in the game [[spoiler: (With the exception of Reynold's Museum)]].
* AmusementParkOfDoom
* BittersweetEnding: In the second playthrough of the game, [[spoiler: Eriko mentions, at the endgame, that, because of Michael Reynolds, her father, she lost her sense of fear, and wanted to get that back. After her dad ''finally'' manages to scare her, he ends up dying. Eriko says that he may have finally scared her, but he lost himself in the process. The end credits even change from "Time to get Ill" to a more somber version of the main menu theme to the game.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The wall between the characters and the attractions themselves is broken [[OnceAnEpisode once every level]]. You beat one of the (animatronic) bosses by killing its operator [[MindScrew (who may or may not be animatronic himself)]]. In another level you enter the boss arena only to meet a pair of maintenance workers who are repairing it. Also, there's an entire level based around the murders of several park employees, ostensibly by the villain of that level's attraction. The player is a potential suspect, and the game suggests that your "abnormality," as evidenced by purchasing ''Illbleed,'' is what drove you to commit the murder.
* BrickJoke: [[ShowWithinAShow Fall-Down Bear]] appears in the first level when you defuse the TV trap there. Another TV-related trap in Killer Department Store features him again, if you don't defuse the trap. [[spoiler: Axes can make him fall down too.]]
* ButterFace: The pistol packin' female enemies in stage 2 are quite comely from the neck down, but their faces [[FacialHorror have been bloodily torn off.]]
* CallForward: There's a cardboard cut-out of Cork in the toy section of Cashman's Department Store.
* TheCameo: [[VideoGame/BlueStinger Dogs Bowser]] appears in the toy store being advertised and as a corpse in "Killerman".
* ClothingDamage: If, during a NewGamePlus, you fail to save an [[SecretCharacter unlockable character]] then Eriko's clothing gets damaged. If you don't save ''any'' of them then she winds up completely naked, which is in fact necessary in order to get the [[MultipleEndings True Ending]].
* CreepyDoll: Cutey Mary.
* CrapsackWorld: So we're talking about some crazy horror movie director who makes an entire theme park dedicated to basically killing people. How does he not get put in jail? Furthermore, events later in the game seem to point towards the fact no one is at all against the concept of the theme park, let alone the number of people who die there...
** Not to mention that, according to Jorg, "more than a hundred visitors die in this park every day," [[spoiler:as well as Illbleed's "morgue" in the Killerman level which appears to be one giant pit the size of a warehouse filled with what appears to be rotting bodies.]]
** You can bring people back to life by paying 75,000 for a SURGICAL OPERATION to restore them to life, good as new. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Not paying to bring the people back to life shows just how much they care.]]
* TheDitz: Randy; it's made even worse if you fail to find his brain before turning him back from being a woodpuppet.
** Could classify as BodyHorror, but adds as a gameplay bonus. He's got fewer points to deactivate traps, making him ideal for a SelfImposedChallenge. His dialog is also turned into hilarious gibberish.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Played with in the "Killerman" event. Midway through, you're asked to finger a suspect for the role of Killerman (if you're right, you win more money). Besides the proper suspects you've encountered, the choices for who may be the murderous Killerman includes... [[spoiler:[[ShapedLikeItself Killerman]], and the ''player''. The latter is explained that playing ''Illbleed'' drove you insane and made you go on a killing spree.]]
* {{Engrish}}: From the Revenge of the Queen Worm stage, there are billboard advertisements for fake movies. Most of their taglines are in poorly-written English, including such gems as "[[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} GODDLA]]: Size is problem."
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: One of the generic "mook" monsters is the Monkillers, creepy ape-like goblins.
* EverythingIsTryingToKillYou: ''Everything''. If it's in the level it can probably come to life and menace you.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Randy. Subverted if you don't return his brain.
* {{Fanservice}}: If the player lets Eriko's friends die, her clothes get ripped to the point of nudity. Also one scene in the second level may count depending on what character the player chose.
* FanDisservice: Getting Eriko's friends killed so you can get her nude skin. [[WhatTheHellPlayer Seriously.]] [[spoiler: Also her father during the final boss fight [[PervertDad comments on how much she's grown.]]]]
** The aforementioned Faceless Girl enemies.
* FinalBoss: In the "bad" and "good" endings, you get to choose one final boss from a list of three. They are listed here in order of difficulty:
** Dollarchura, the boss of "Killer Department Store" that you originally defeated by stealing his controls and making him jump into walls until he died.
** OHNOMAN (yes, in all caps), a headless fellow with jaunty striped pants who attacks you with a pair of sickles.
** Bullstinger, a mutated and more powerful version of an enemy from one of Crazy Games/Climax Graphics's earlier Dreamcast games, ''Blue Stinger.''
** [[spoiler:And in the "true" ending, you have to fight Eriko's deranged father, Michael Reynolds, first as a giant zombie head that randomly rises from and submerges into a giant pool of gray liquid and shoots rainbows out of the cut in his head, and again as a bat-winged, demon-faced, wiggly-arm-tentacled brain that emerges from the giant zombie head after you kill it.]]
* FiveManBand: The main characters [[spoiler: and Jorg]].
* FrightDeathtrap: All the levels are positively covered in traps. They are not immediately fatal with each one varying in how scary it is, but running into too many in a row will cause your character to die of a heart attack. To prevent their layout from being too predictable, each trap is not guaranteed to be active/inactive during a run of a level.
* GainaxEnding: The "true" ending.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: Eriko's "fearlessness" translates into her being the only character to recover immediately upon knockdown, while all other characters need a Shock Bracer to do that. [[spoiler: She doesn't recover immediately at the start of the FinalBoss fight, a sign that she's gotten her fear back.]]
* GimmickLevel: Every level past the first seems to have a gimmick.
* HubLevel: Contains shops, entrances to the various levels, and a graveyard with a tutorial and some free items.
* [[spoiler: HumanMomNonHumanDad]]: [[spoiler: It's never explained what Eriko's dad really is, but he's clearly not human.]]
* InsultBackfire:
--> Eriko: How ''dare'' you! You're a maniac. Out of your mind!
--> [[spoiler: Michael Reynolds]]: Aha, music to my ears!
* InformedAbility: Eriko is said to have no sense of fear, but that just means she isn't disabled by monster ambushes; she can die of fright from traps just as easily as any other playable character.
* InvincibleMinorMinion: The zombies in "Killerman," who are, it's suggested, [[MistakenForAnImposter not part of the attraction, but the real deal.]]
* JokeCharacter: Brainless Randy.
* JumpScare
* KillItWithFire: Gale Banballow in "Home Run of Death." He's horribly burned, and lugs around a flamethrower with an attached tank of fuel.
** This is also the prescribed method of killing [[spoiler:Rachel,]] The Queen Worm.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: The sixth level is filled with these, from main hero Cork Inda being a cross between Woody from Toy Story and Indiana Jones from the boss, Zodick the Hellhog, being an obvious ShoutOut to Sonic the Hedgehog.
* LonersAreFreaks: [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]] in the opening to "Woodpuppets."
--> He was presumed lost in the wilderness or eaten by a bear. No one cared because he was a loner anyway.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Eriko's dad is [[spoiler: Michael Reynolds, the mad genius behind Illbleed.]]
* MadArtist: Michael Reynolds.
* MascotMook: The Crash Test Dummies and their leader, Dummyman
* MindScrew: Remember how strange and confusing ''VideoGame/{{Panic}}!'' was? Well, ''Illbleed'' makes it look as clear and sensible as the "DO NOT EAT" directions on a silica packet. No kidding, this game technically qualifies as Dada art.
* MoneySpider: [[spoiler: Cashman. Sorry, couldn't resist the joke.]]
* MonsterTown: The hub world has atleast three characters who consistantly try to kill you in the attractions tending to shops.
* NewGamePlus: Playing the game a second time through allows you to unlock the True Ending [[spoiler:by letting all of Eriko's friends die.]]
* NothingIsScarier: The Morgue in Stage 5 has no background music in the Japanese version, leaving it up to your [=HUD's=] pulse meter to provide a HeartbeatSoundtrack instead.
* OneWingedAngel: The True Ending's final boss [[spoiler: Michael Reynolds when, after being defeated as a giant zombie head, transforms into a demonic tentacled brain with bat wings.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Eriko's lack of any sense of fear translates in gameplay to her instantly recovering when ambushed by a monster whereas all her friends will helplessly crawl along the ground for varying lengths of time before standing back up to fight. When she first sees the true final boss, she is knocked down and stays down for longer than any other character, indicating that for the first time in years, she's utterly terrified of what she's seeing.
* RecurringBoss: Dummyman takes a swing at you every now and again.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Gale Banballow again.
* SanityMeter: Your adrenaline meter, in a few ways. It's used to work the Horror Monitor, which marks traps and items. It's refilled by defusing traps and killing monsters; basically, proving to yourself that the frightening things can be overcome restores your will to go on.
* ScareChord: One accompanies every "scare" effect.
** As well as an unintentional ScareChord from the controller; each "scare effect" will be preceded by a "whirr" from the VMU. [[NightmareRetardant Kind of takes the bite out of it.]]
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: The True Ending has one, involving another horror land called "The Arcade", which, if you look closely, not only bears a suspicious resemblance to the Illbleed tickets, but also has Michael Reynolds' name on it...]]
* ShapedLikeItself: In stage five, one of the possible suspects for the Killerman murders is... well, ''Killerman.'' [[spoiler:It's considered the correct answer, if only by virtue of every other answer being unambiguously wrong.]]
* ShoutOut: Cork from "Toy Hunter" looks like a cross between Woody from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' and IndianaJones, with [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration William Riker's beard]] thrown in for good measure. His robotic companion, Potedon, also has the same markings and color scheme as Buzz Lightyear's chest, buttons and all.
** Also, the boss of the next-to-last level is a demonic SonicTheHedgehog, complete with rings. Sometimes he'll even do Sonic's old "uh-uh-uh" finger waggle.
** "The Revenge of Queen Worm" seems to be a big shout out to ''{{Tremors}}'', due to worms being able to detect you if you're on dirt.
** Killerman is a violent riff on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fajYEF2UJgA Pepsiman]], the old Japanese mascot for Pepsi Cola.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: On a second playthrough, do not save any of Eriko's friends. As Eriko advances through each stage, she loses progressively more clothing with each one. By the time she hits the "true" final stage, she's dressed in bandages and extremely tattered undergarments.
** Related to the plot, disturbingly enough - the game's announcer is so turned on by her that he jumps down and starts the final battle. Which is made a lot worse when it's revealed that [[spoiler: he's her ''freaking father'']]. Oh, Illbleed.
** Lose every friend [[spoiler:including Jorg]] and Eriko will be clad in a few mud splatters and blood stains.
** And then there's Sexy Doll in Toy Hunter who is clad in a tiny bikini and has a major case of Camel Toe on top of it all.
* StylisticSuck: Give the [[AffectionateParody general tone of the game]], it's arguable that things like the less-than-stellar voice acting and occasional spot of {{Engrish}} were deliberte.
* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption[=/=]ViolationOfCommonSense: In "Woodpuppets", you encounter the area where people are turned into the eponymous creatures. You have to ''jump in and become a Woodpuppet'' to progress in the level.
* SurrealHorror[=/=]SurrealHumor: What the game basically ''runs'' on, though it relies on the latter more than it does the former.
* TogetherInDeath: Non-romantically, but Old David and [[spoiler:his pet worm]] Rachel can be seen as this. A strange mixture of creepy, [[BlackComedy darkly amusing]] and [[TearJerker sad]].
* TooAwesomeToUse: Averted - your inventory is emptied at the end of every level, so you have no reason to sit on your items.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior:
--> "Here's your favorite Sexydoll. She'll comfort you!"
* TrueFinalBoss: With an accompanying GainaxEnding.
* TyopOnTheCover: ''Woodpuppets'' is misspelled as ''Woodpupppets'' on the sign in front of its entrance.
* UnexpectedlyRealisticGameplay: Twice in the game, the player character comes across a boss that's literally invulnerable, then remembers that he or she is in a theme park, defeating them by going into the control room and disabling them from there.
* WeAllLiveInAmerica: On top of the Japanese love of PersonalityBloodTypes, the store prices in the "Killer Department Store" level look like they simply swapped out the yen figures for dollars, leading to the sight of burgers that cost $2,000. (Even then, $20 for a burger is highway robbery by American standards... but in Japan, where beef is a delicacy, it's merely expensive.)
* WhenTreesAttack: Well, it would have if [[spoiler: the animatronics hadn't broken down before the boss fight.]] You still end up fighting the tree.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: While all the male characters have normal colored hair, Eriko and Michel have purple and green hair respectively. The only one who breaks the trend is [[spoiler:Eriko's Dad in the true ending]] who has blue hair.
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