Trivia / Splatterhouse

  • Colbert Bump: Thanks to Happy Videogame Nerd and Big Al from Toonzone.
  • Deleted Role: Downplayed. Fred Tatasciore is credited for additional creature effects, although one of the characters he played, Francisco Miguel Cortes, was cut from the game, with the only remnant for them being sound files buried in the game.
  • Fan Nickname: Captain Mozzarella, a name given to the final boss of the first game due to his tattered skin's resemblance to melted cheese.
  • Franchise Killer:
    • The Splatterhouse series has always been a Cult Classic, and although the remake is a decent game in its own right, a combination of poor sales and Namco Bandai laying off most of the staff that worked on the game leave it's future very much in doubt.
    • Technically, the franchise was already dead in Japan, since the Western-made remake was never exported in Japan, as the series is rarely acknowledged by Bandai Namco Entertainment's Japanese branch and it's heavily implied the entire series could be an Old Shame, as to this date, there's few info about the Japanese creators of the franchise, other than the first game was credited to someone named Akira Usukura, according with Hardcore Gaming 101. Taking into account the Japanese-made games were a product of their era, along with many social shifts towards perception of violence between the U.S. and Japan, it's understandable why the Japanese branch doesn't want to have any relation with the series anymore.
    • Then again, they did release the first game as part of the Namco Museum collection on Nintendo Switch recently, so who knows?
  • Genius Bonus: In the remake, the enemies are referred to as "teratroids", which combines the Latin words "teratro" (deformed, monstrous, misshapen) with the ending of "humanoid" (like a man).
  • No Export for You: The original Splatterhouse had a Japanese-only PC port, which was closest to being arcade perfect next to the FM Towns port up until arcade original's inclusion in the 2010 game.
  • Playing Against Type: Who voices the foul-mouthed, sadistic mask in the 2010 remake? Jim Cummings!
  • Viral Marketing: Jennifer Willis as a Playboy centerfold.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The 2010 game once had a level that took place in a frozen Nazi hangar; Rick would have fought Nazi zombies and mechs. It was presumably scrapped for not really making sense for the story of the game.
    • An island level was cut from the 2010 game, and was supposed to take place after The Ruined Heart. Like that level, it would have had narration, except from one of the previous wearers of the Terror Mask, Francisco Miguel Cortes.The dialogue for this level is still in the game.
    • Originally, Mirror Rick showed signs of active sentience, attempting to pull a Kill and Replace on the real Rick with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    • Biggy Man was supposed to have an obese appearance in the 2010 game, but it was scrapped and he was redesigned to look closer to the original (albeit still fairly stout) after negative fan reception.
    • Rick fighting a sentient giant, flaming Wicker Man was shown in some promotional materials for the 2010 game, most likely indicating The Wicker Bride was supposed to have a boss fight.
    • And also, regarding the soundtrack from the same game, bands such as In Flames and GWAR and even CANNIBAL CORPSE have been mentioned to appear, but didn't in the end.
    • A few lines cut from the remake reveals that the Terror Mask would have been Evil All Along and actually aligned with the Corruption.
    • Perhaps the biggest of them all. The original idea of the game was that Rick was a slasher villain chasing Jennifer through the house, but was changed at the last minute. While the later games obviously made Rick unambiguously heroic, the first game isn't hard to interpret this way.
  • Wiki Rule: The Splatterhouse Wiki, which is NSFW not just for the gore, but there are some topless shots of Jennifer from the 2010 game.


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