Video Game: Evil Night

Evil Night (known as Hell Night in Japan) is LightGun arcade game released by Konami in 1998. This was another attempt of Konami making a survival horror-themed light gun shooter game at the arcades, after releasing Crypt Killer, which was produced 3 years earlier. It can also be seen as a House of the Dead spinoff, but with three players. In this game, the first and the third player use a handgun which can have an enhanced round, while the second player has a shotgun which disperses rounds around the screen.

This game is extremely rare and is less commonly found anywhere. The last seen cabinet in an arcade in the Philippines has been removed since 2010. As of 2014, this is the only known playthrough on Youtube.


Evil Night provides the following tropes:
  • Action Girl: Alicia Sevigny, the character of Player 2. She is armed with a shotgun.
  • An Axe to Grind: In the fourth stage, zombies clad in lumberjack outfits are encountered. They attack on foot with their axes or can throw them at the players from a distance.
  • Ancient Tomb: Resembles more of catacombs.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The main characters of the game are three cops, two males and one female, named from Player 1 to Player 3 as Henry Jones, Alicia Sevigny and Joe Hamilton. Their objective is to rescue a girl named Liv (see Damsel in Distress and Save the Princess) from a haunted house.
  • Bottomless Magazines: As with all light gun games.
  • Chainsaw Good: Chainsaw-wielding zombies are encountered in the first two stages. The butcher boss at the end of the first stage also attacks with one, once his life meter is almost completely empty.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In the end, Liv reads from the mystical book that puts all the undead and evil ones to rest.
  • Creepy Cemetery: Seen in the intro and the last stage.
  • Damsel in Distress: Liv. (See also: SaveThePrincess)
  • Dead Weight: Fat zombies in overalls wielding butcher knives are fought. Because of their size, they take way more bullets to put down as opposed to other zombies.
  • Dem Bones: A skeleton zombie is one of the most common zombies encountered. However, see Narm below for more explanation.
  • Gardening-Variety Weapon: The weapons of some of the zombies invoke this. There's midget zombies that attack with hedge clippers, hooded zombies wielding scythes, and the normal chainsaw zombies, which occasionally appear with weedwhackers.
  • Go for the Eye: Taking the path through the window in the first stage will lead you to room whose wall begins to close in on you. On the wall is a large eye, staring at you. In order to escape and avoid damage, you must shoot the eye as fast as you can.
  • Goddamned Bats: The fourth stage is chock full of these.
  • Guns are Worthless: Averted. See below.
  • Immune to Bullets: Averted big time. Not only do bullets kill zombies, they kill ghosts too. Heck, bullets even harm the last boss despite its demonic appearance.
  • Haunted Castle
  • Haunted House: The big mansion the players enter.
  • Light Gun Game
  • Multiple Endings: Much like The House of the Dead series, your performance determines the ending of the game.
  • Narm:
    • The voice acting.
    • The skeleton zombie does not look like a skeleton, but rather a man in skeleton costume as if celebrating the Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Surprisingly, bullets affect ghosts in this game.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: More like the House of the Dead type of zombies.
  • Raising the Steaks: Bats, large rats, spiders, and cockroaches attack the player.
  • Rail Shooter
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: A large snake appears twice and serves as a miniboss. In the underground level, crocodile-like monsters appear, as well as a crocodile-lizard like miniboss.
  • Save the Princess: The main characters are looking for a girl named Liv.
  • Shear Menace: Short, nimble zombies wielding hedge clippers are fought in the first and fourth stages.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: The 2nd player is armed with a shotgun. It has a better effect in dispatching enemies.
  • Shout-Out: Several of them.
  • Sinister Scythe: The Grim Reaper-like zombies in the second stage attack with these, naturally.
  • The Butcher: The first stage end boss is a butcher. When the battle begins, he'll waste no time and immediately slides two meats on hooks at you for damage. Afterwards, he'll pop up from behind a counter to throw zombies at you, before emerging with a chainsaw.
  • The Grim Reaper: Resemblance only. One zombie, probably a gardener, with a hood has a mask covering its face. Its main weapon is a scythe.
  • The Renfield: There are two types of zombie butlers encountered: One with a knife and one holding a lantern and a cleaver.
  • The Undead: Ghosts and zombies are mostly encountered.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: One of the bosses taunts the characters they will never find Liv.