- Crowning Music of Awesome: The Background Music is arguably the scariest part of the games.
- Don't forget "Thrill Me". Yo, Baron, we can dig it!
- Ensemble Darkhorse:
- Baron Samedi is likely as well-remembered as the Gatekeeper himself, as he figures prominently into the advertising for the game, shows up in the "how to play" section of the Harbingers video and has his own music video, "Thrill Me".
- The Soul Rangers in The Harbingers were so popular that they got their own Spin-Off.
- Even Better Sequel: The Harbingers, which featured the return of the original Gatekeeper and more developed game mechanics, and Atmosfear: The Gatekeeper, which brought the series into the DVD era and featured randomized games, allowing for replay value.
- Evil Is Sexy:
- Memetic Mutation:
Baron Samedi: Come on, babe, THRILL ME!!Players: Yo, Baron, I can dig it!
- "I BANISH YOU TO THE BLACK HOLE!!!". Or "BLAG' 'OLE", based on the Gatekeeper's unidentifiable accent"
- Pretty much all of Baron Samedi, but in particular, this exchange between him and the players:
- Memetic Molester:
- Near the end of the original game, The Gatekeeper suddenly tells everyone he wants "to play with the young one again".
- When Baron Samedi's in charge, halfway through he starts calling the youngest player his "main squeeze".
- In the Harbingers rule section of the VHS, Baron Samedi dramatically strangles the transformed Elizabeth Bathory for what seems like several minutes, while the rest of the Harbingers/Soul Rangers keep playing and Elizabeth's wings pitifully flap up and down.
- The Soul Rangers. Mastiff's almost always on-screen in a bunch of goofy video effects, so his popping up and messing with you doesn't have the same impact that The Gatekeeper and the other hosts did. Also, when he does give you commands, he just spouts off a bunch of dumb catchphrases.
- Special Effect Failure: Whereas the original game and its expansions relied heavily on makeup transitions to sell the effect of the hosts transforming, the 2004 relaunch has the Gatekeeper sporting a fake-looking rubber mask.