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[[caption-width-right:250:[[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Garcia Hotspur Is About To Shoot You]].]]

->''"This is your old barrio, right, Johnson? Then you can be my tour guide."''

->''"Me? But I quit the whole demon thing ages ago... and really, my memory's absolute rubbish."''

->''"Oh, I'm sure it will come back to you in no time. Relax amigo. This is going to be an adventure. Our very own Road Movie. And the best part is... you never know what's waiting around the bend."''

-->'''--Garcia Hotspur''' and '''Johnson'''.

'''Shadows Of The Damned''' is a game released in June of 2011 from the minds of Creator/ShinjiMikami and {{Suda 51}} (with a soundtrack composed by [[SilentHill Akira Yamaoka]]), and is a comedic horror game with a camera [[AlwaysOverTheShoulder similar to]] VideoGame/ResidentEvil4. Expect an ample amount of RefugeInAudacity, [[BloodyHilarious gore humor]], and [[WorldOfHam haminess]].

The game details the tale of Garcia Hotspur, [[DemonSlaying Demon Hunter]] as he attempts to save his girlfriend Paula from the Lord of Demons: [[TomTheDarkLord Fleming]]. It's a good thing he's got Johnson, a floating skull and former demon who is both his sidekick and his SwissArmyWeapon.

Despite ''Shadows of the Damned's'' pedigree, it bombed, due to a near-complete lack of marketing and its extremely short playtime. A single run through the game is about six hours long and there's no New Game option to replay with all your upgrades in place. Some sources have claimed that ''Shadows's'' sales on its opening week were as low as ''seven thousand''.

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!!This Game provides examples of:
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Fleming.
* AbnormalAmmo: Bones, skulls, teeth.
* ActionGirl: [[spoiler: If theories are correct and Paula used to be known as the Unbreakable Huntress.]]
* AllergicToEvil: Hell's Darkness is an aura that slowly kills over time.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler: The game ends with Fleming alive and vengeful and an army of demons about to attack. [[OneManArmy Garcia doesn't seem worried, though.]]]]
* ArtShift: The sidescrolling shooter levels change the art style to a paper cutout one.
* AsideGlance: Garcia does a couple of these.
* {{Autocannibalism}}: How George met his end as a mortal.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Combined with WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Garcia Hotspur.
** That's Garcia ''Fucking'' Hotspur. [[note]]Fucking is actually capitalized in the subtitles so it's assumed that it really is his middle name.[[/note]]
* {{Badass}}: [[PlayerCharacter Garcia]].
** BadassBiker
** BadassNormal
* BadassBoast: Used twice, to the point that it may be his personal CatchPhrase.
--> "Before you die, demon scum, [[BloodKnight I will carve my name into your flesh!]] [[AwesomeMcCoolname That name is Garcia Fucking Hotspur!]] [[DemonSlaying Hunter of demons]] and slayer of pendejos like you!"
* BecomingPartOfTheImage: a NonstandardGameOver has Garcia getting knocked into a billboard by a giant demon, with his face sticking through the other side in an embarrassing position (like from between the buttocks of a demoness call-girl).
* BetterThanABareBulb: The ludicrousness of the Underworld and its denizens constantly gets lampshaded.
* BigEater: George, The Man Who Didn't Have His Fill. A harmonica player who, the more he ate, the thinner and hungrier he got. [[spoiler: At one point he tried to eat his own harmonica, and ultimately died when he tried to ''eat himself''.]]
** It's implied, from both a comment Johnson made, and an event during the boss fight, that he had an undiagnosed tapeworm that was ravaging his intestinal tract and slowly killing him.
* BizarroWorld: The Underworld has many things that are the opposite of the living world. Booze heals you rather than poisoning your liver. Light is a deadly combustible, sealed away in barrels. Instead of gun control, they practice tooth control (since teeth can be used as weapons).
* BookDumb: During the storybook scenes, Garcia has trouble reading whenever he's the narrator, sometimes stumbling with words and reading slow. Compared to him, Johnson's a much more eloquent narrator. Then again, this might be explained by Garcia being Mexican, which means he's not reading in his native tongue.
* BoomHeadshot
* BoozeBasedBuff: Hard alcohol such as bottles of Hot Sake serve as healing items. Turns out alcohol has the ''opposite'' effect in the Underworld than it does in the real world.
* ChargedAttack: The Hot Boner, a charged up StickyBomb.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The story that Garcia tells about the phone call he got during dinner with Paula. He doesn't answer it because Paula told him not to. However, at the end of the game, they get a phone call during dinner and Garcia answers it. It's Fleming, and it basically starts everything over again.]]
** Before the first boss fight, Johnson tells you a few things about VIP demons, including their biggest privilege: they get to keep their genitals. The [[GroinAttack groin area is an exploitable]] for the boss when he takes his giant form.
* ClothingDamage: During the UnexpectedShmupLevel, when Garcia takes damage, he loses pieces of clothing, and eventually his skin.
** Also, once you defeat [[spoiler:Justine]], she is fully and visibly naked. [[note]] Of course, given that the whole fight with her was in papercraft, you only see a couple of black dots where her nipples would be.[[/note]]
* ClusterFBomb: "Fuck you!" is literally the only thing Elliot, AKA "Stinky Crow", says.
* ColonelBadass: The ScaryBlackMan with the grenade launcher-looking machine gun is addressed as a colonel in a framed article Garcia finds.
* CrapsackWorld
* ColorWash: There's a couple of predominant colors in the game that make the Underworld look just plain ''wrong''. Johnson's default flame color is a strange pale orange, and a sickly pale green lighting permeates many areas.
* {{Credits Gag}}s
* DamselInDistress: Paula
* DarknessEqualsDeath: You can't spend more than a few seconds in a dark zone without losing your health. Some sections of the game require you to sprint through long areas of darkness, and your "grace period" is only briefly restored by collecting pickups as you run.
* DeadpanSnarker: Garcia and Johnson. They often [[LampshadeHanging hang lampshades]] on how ridiculous some actions they have to take in order to proceed are.
** "''Everyone'' knows that goats are a natural source of light."
* DemonSlaying: Garcia's calling.
* DullSurprise: Invoked; During the siege at the abandoned shack, Garcia sarcastically quips "My god, how do we stop them?" in his most deadpan, disinterested tone of voice, obviously more annoyed than frightened. Also a shout out to "MY GOD! HOW DO YOU STOP IT?!" from Evil Dead 2.
* ExpositionFairy: Johnson, who also transforms into Garcia's various weapons, with his ShapeshifterDefaultForm of a talking skull-torch functioning as the melee weapon.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: Fleming's got three pairs of eyes; his skull is elongated and it looks like somebody just stacked three faces on top of each other.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Just as it seems the game's over, Paula reveals that she's gone [[AxCrazy completely insane]] from both Fleming's tortures and her own anger over Garcia failing to save her from any of them, and becomes the FinalBoss.]]
* FakeUltimateHero: Shortly into the game, Garcia meets an incredibly tough-looking giant man with a grenade launcher that fires like a machine gun (certainly a ''deliberate'' inaccuracy). The guy recommends that Garcia stays out of his way and later he exposits a bunch of his sorry backstory. However, he's sadly totally ineffectual against Stinky Crow.
* AFateWorseThanDeath: Paula is revived and killed endlessly.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: If the story books you find scattered throughout the game are to be believed, [[BigEater George]] [[TheDrifter (a harmonica playing drifter)]], Elliot [[BewareTheQuietOnes (a shut-in kid with a flying fascination)]], and the [[TheGrimReaper Sisters Grim]] [[BornUnlucky (three VERY unlucky women)]] are all this, becoming demons after their deaths. Averted with [[MakeMeWannaShout Justine]] because she was a [[BrawnHilda famous opera singer]] while alive.
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler: The fight with Paula and Johnson's rap came right out of nowhere.]]
* GivingUpOnLogic: After Johnson explains that hearts help you spend longer amounts of time in the darkness, Garcia just decides not to even ask how that makes sense.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Johnson is fond of letting everyone else do all the swearing.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNCTMpBXBNc Definitely not always.]]
* GratuitousSpanish
* TheGrimReaper: The three Sisters Grim: Maras, Kauline, and Giltine. Apparently, because of their [[BornUnlucky rather ridiculously contrived accidental deaths]], Fleming gave them the power of death over demons. Garcia faces all three throughout the game. [[VocalDissonance No explanation on why they sound like men, though.]]
* GroinAttack: During the first real boss fight, if you run out of weak points on the front to slow the boss down, you can aim for the groin area to hurt him.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Christopher the demon, who functions as your shopkeeper (even though he looks all-demon). To hammer home the fact that he's a good demon, he's usually surrounded by pretty flowers and wears a bunch of lamps on his back to drive away light-sensitive demons.
* {{Handcannon}}: The default weapon.
* HellBentForLeather: Garcia, quite literally hell bent.
* HollywoodDarkness: When you're in a "dark zone,," everything is dark ''blue'' rather than pitch-black.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Suda 51 may as well change his name to "The PungeonMaster."
* IHaveYourWife: Flemming kills Paula and ''then'' kidnaps her. (She keeps getting better).
-->'''Fleming:''' She has a lot of dying to do. And coming back to life, and dying some more...
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler:Fleming tells Garcia at the end of the game that he has human patties on his hamburgers, implying that this is also the "special recipe" that Paula used for their dinner. Fortunately, Garcia doesn't appear to have taken a bite of his yet.]]
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: How Garcia met Paula: [[spoiler: He plucked her out of a dumpster.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Paula, according to Garcia. He reminisces about the time where they were at a shooting range in a carnival, where after Garcia managed to hit a bulls-eye, Paula manages to ''shoot off the pin holding the target'' all the while making out with Garcia.
* InsurmountableWaistHighFence
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Why do demons love strawberries? 'Cause they're made of people's tongues, that's why!
* KillItWithFire[=/=]LightEmUp: The Light Shot.
* KingIncognito: [[spoiler: A common WMG is that Paula used to be the Unbreakable Huntress, a female DemonSlayer who attempted to kill Fleming, but had all her limbs lopped off in the attempt. Fleming found her [[{{Determinator}} refusal to die]] endearing, so he revived her and made her his mistress. She eventually fought her way out of the Underworld and unwittingly into Garcia's arms.]]
* KissOfDeath: In scenes where Paula chases Garcia, she'll OneHitKill him with one of these if she catches him.
* LargeHam: Garcia isn't a man of subtlety or volume control, neither is [[FluffyTheTerrible Fleming]]. Which leads to...
** HamToHamCombat: Whenever they share a scene.
* TheLancer: Johnson.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: On encountering the [[SdrawkcabName "Moor Pu Dekcuf"]] in the Castle of Hassle, Johnson quips "It's probably a joke from the designers."
* TheLegionsOfHell
* LivingWeapon: Johnson's an undead reformed demon if you want to get technical.
* LostForever: There are hidden red gems throughout the levels, which you need for upgrades. Unfortunately, there's almost no backtracking in this game, and it's not always immediately apparent which way is the side path with the goodies and which is the main path that will shut closed behind you. Worse yet, there's no NewGamePlus, so those precious upgrade gems are lost to you for good. At least you can spend money on more red gems.
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: George
* MarathonBoss: The third Sister Grim if you don't know the trick. [[spoiler: A fully charged skull blast to the core will end her Darkness stages instantly.]]
* MickeyMousing: Activating a Sushi Lamp causes this alongside a Japanese song.
* MoodWhiplash: On the one hand, the game is a hilarious romp through a version of Hell that's so ridiculous as to be practically an amusement park. On the other, [[spoiler: the girl you're trying to save spends the entire game getting repeatedly murdered.]]
* MoreDakka: Garcia's Teether weapons provide the generic "Machine Gun" in his arsenal, with better upgrades adding more barrels and a [[MacrossMissileMassacre lock-on]] feature. Also the ScaryBlackMan ColonelBadass has a fully automatic ''grenade launcher''.
* MysteriousWoman: Paula.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Invoked by Garcia Hotspur if you're a demon.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Watch the credits all the way to the end. [[spoiler: "No demons were harmed in the making of this game. George's horse got sick and somebody shot a goat head but that's about it." Looking at that page quote,It's a relatively subtle ShoutOut to ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Garcia bears a strong resemblance to BenicioDelToro or a Hispanic Creator/BruceCampbell.
* NonuniformUniform: Most of the boss demons wear an unusual outfit that looks half like a military outfit of some sort, half like some weird mechanical monstrosity.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Okay, so you beat Fleming and rescued Paula. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Paula's kind of gone crazy from being repeatedly killed and resurrected, and turns into some kind of multi-winged monster that pulls Garcia deeper into the demon world for one last boss battle.]]
* OffhandBackhand: Garcia can do this to enemies sneaking up behind him with a button prompt.
* OneManArmy: Garcia's very, very skilled at taking down demons. Also, the game's third difficulty setting says it all: '''Legion Hunter.'''
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: And they apparently like strawberries. [[spoiler: Which makes more sense -- [[SurrealHorror sort of]] -- when you find out in an optional scene that they're actually made of ground-up tongues and were placed in the world of the living as a sick prank by Fleming. The scene CrossesTheLineTwice back to BlackComedy shortly thereafter, when it implies that cherries are made of hymens.]]
** "Demon" is somewhat treated like it's more a profession than a race -- Johnson is identified as an "ex-Demon" who left the demon world after tiring of just how disgustingly wicked and vile the whole thing was.
* PokemonSpeak: Elliott.
* PressXToNotDie: The "juice-jockey" demons that have several weak points on their back force you to do these when they grab you. If you fail most of the button inputs, you die.
* PunnyName: Garcia's little companion and EmpathicWeapon, [[DoubleEntendre Johnson]].
** Some of the weapons also have this, such as the aptly named "Big Boner".
** [[DoubleEntendre One-Eyed Willy]].
* RescueThePrincess: Lampshaded with the [[ShoutOut World Map]].
* {{Roboteching}}: The [[MoreDakka Teether's]] last upgrade.
* SevenDeadlySins: Each of the storybooks exemplifies at least one sin in each of the bosses. George is Gluttony, Elliot is Envy, Justine is Lust, [[spoiler: Paula isn't in a storybook, but was told by Johnson, and exemplifies Pride.]]
* ShirtlessScene: Garcia starts the game out shirtless, grabbing his leather jacket just before he jumps into the portal to hell.
* ShoutOut: This ''is'' a {{Suda|51}}-game, after all.
** The Stage Map between levels is an 2-d old school imitation of ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins''.
*** Act 4-2 and Act 4-4 are called "Great Demon World Village" and "Great Demon World Forest", respectively. The Japanese name for ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins'' is "Makaimura", or "Demon World Village", and one of its many sequels was called "Daimakaimura", or - you guessed it - "Great Demon World Village". Also, these levels include sidescrolling shooter segments. They are a bit similar to the {{Gradius}} series, but when Garcia takes damage, he loses pieces of his clothing, like Arthur in ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins''.
** The game itself is a {{homage}} to the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series and the [[ExploitationFilm [=Grindhouse=]]]-genre. A more specific homage appears when Garcia is forced to take refuge in a shack complete with a monster in the basement trying to get out. It even features the monster [=POV=] camera!
** Garcia's jacket has the words "Love Will Tear Us Apart" on the back, which is a Joy Division song. Of course, you could consider the main character wearing a biker jacket with a reference to an old, beloved band to be a ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' shout out on its own.
** The Library is a practical dead-ringer for the library in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'', sliding bookcase puzzle and all. Furthermore, the sections of the library are named after the [[DivineComedy nine Circles of Hell]].
** Act 2-4 is called "[[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Riders of the Lost Heart]]".
** Scaring One-Eyed Willy causes him to take a flaming dump, which also gives you a checkpoint. Where else have we heard of [[NoMoreHeroes dropping a nice Save]]?
** Occasionally, Christopher will say "Who you gonna call? Chris-topher!" and hum a few notes of the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' theme.
** The [[BiggerIsBetter Big Boner]] -- a 2 meter long {{Handcannon}} with firepower rivaling a rocket launcher -- is a clear ShoutOut to [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker's]] pistol from Film/{{Batman}}
** A {{roboteching}} [[MoreDakka machine gun]]? [[Film/TheFifthElement Sounds familiar]]...
** Near the end of Act 4, Garcia informs Johnson that he's a [[OnceUponATimeInMexico Mexi''can'', not a Mexi''can't''.]]
** "One bloody hand had formed a peace sign. The other was giving him the finger. It's like an AlanisMorissette song."
** The story title "It's a Bughunt" from earlier is a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. There's also [[Franchise/EvilDead As Evil As Dead]].
* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: Johnson.
* SouthOfTheBorder: Though the game takes place in an Underworld, the protagonist was dragged out of here. Garcia F. Hotspur says "I'm a Mexican, not a Mexican't," without irony and speaks with a ridiculous accent. His Spanish consists of "Magnifico!" and obscenities. He wears leather hot pants and reads slowly, tripping over his words. He regains health by downing an entire bottle of tequila in one swig and throwing it away while yelling a Spanish obscenity.
* StealthPun: The first boss is a man with tapeworms who starts of riding a horse. Before the second half of the fight he eats his steed to power up. [[spoiler: He was so hungry, he could (and did) eat a horse.]]
* SurrealHorror: Did you really think a {{Suda 51}} horror game wouldn't at least have elements of this? Even a lot of things that qualify as more standard things like BodyHorror have the added terror of making absolutely ''zero'' sense. Somewhere between finding out goats are a light source, corpses that infinitely disgorge demons as long as they're in Darkness, and seeing a demon burst messily out of a woman at most half its size, you end up giving up on making any sense of this nightmare and roll with it.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Johnson.
** CoolBike: Technically not a weapon, but still something he can turn into.
** ShotgunsAreJustBetter: He's shooting skulls, ''[[RuleOfCool of course it's better!]]''
** {{Handcannon}}: Called "Boner". [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 'Cause it shoots Bones]].
** MoreDakka: The {{Impossibly Cool|Weapon}} Teether - which shoots [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin teeth]].
** The Big Boner is more or less a SniperRifle.
* TacticalSuicideBoss: The Sisters Grim would be unbeatable if they didn't keep summoning Darkness.
* TakeThatAudience: "He must have played too many {{Videogame}}s." Cue AsideGlance.
* TomTheDarkLord: The devil's name is Fleming. The high-level demons you encounter are George, Elliott and Justine.
* TreacherousSpiritChase: Garcia chases after Paula for the first few levels.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: Comes in two variations.
** UnexpectedShmupLevel: Not so "unexpected" if you know Suda's [[NoMoreHeroes last two]] [[NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle games]].
** SnipingMission: With the aptly named "Big Boner".
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:The Colonel is later found torn up by Stinky Crow.]]
* VocalDissonance: Christopher. The look? A seven foot demon with horns, claws and a huge mouthful of fangs. The voice? Creator/CamClarke doing a goofy southern accent.
* WomanInWhite
* WouldntHitAGirl: The only demon Garcia spares is the one that looks like a hot chick.
* {{Yandere}}: Paula is ''not'' a mentally stable girlfriend, that's for sure...
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: A sign outside the Castle of Hassle in Act 5-2:
-->'''Sign:''' Welcome to the Castle of Hassle, where [[BreakingTheFourthWall thy game will soon be beateth]] and thy princess restoredeth to safety.
* YouHaveFailedMe: The Sisters Grim execute each of the major demons after you defeat them. [[spoiler: The only reason Justine escapes this is because you've killed all three Sisters by then.]]
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