YMMV / Splatterhouse

  • Anti-Climax Boss: Justified in the remake. The Mask wants to take revenge on the Corrupted for an eternity of slavery, so he summons them — and instead of putting them in Dr. West's super-bodies, the Mask traps them into a relatively weak body made up of the corpses of Rick's victims, forcing them to face an humiliating (but not total) defeat.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Cthulhu-like monster in the middle of phase six. Appears in one room with a significant amount of attention, but is soon forgotten about come the next. The Terror Mask doesn't even comment on it.
  • Counterpart Comparison: A Mesoamerican mask that grants the wearer supernatural power, is this the Terror Mask, or one of the Stone Masks made by the Pillar Men?
  • Crazy Awesome: The Terror Mask in the remake, in spades. Particularly, How it used Rick to kill TEN THOUSAND demons, spanning time and space just to bring the Corrupted to Earth and kill them.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The remake's Gorn is gleefully lampshaded by the Terror Mask repeatably, one quote in particular (paraphrasing):
  • Crowning Music Of Awesome:
    • The metal soundtrack from the 2010 remake. Mastodon? Check. Five Finger Death Punch? Check. The Haunted? Check.
    • What Could Have Been: In Flames, GWAR and even Cannibal Corpse were mentioned for the soundtrack, but they didn't appear in the final release. Seriously, it would've been awesome to play the game while hearing "Hammer Smashed Face", "The Morality Squad", "Take This Life", "Blunt Force Castration" or "Moonshield"!
    • From the original series, the music during the battle against the Terror Mask in Splatterhouse 3 is a short loop, but really awesome.
  • Cult Classic: Due to its controversy, the series was destined to become this in due time as it fell off the radar hard after the first installment. This makes the remake having a lot of color and heart into it that much more heartwarming.
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • The fetuses in the sixth stage of the first game.
    • The Blue Homini and the Mirror Jennifers from the 2010 game. They can slice off your arm in one slice, kill you in two, or even decapitate you. And when you're unarmed they take forever to kill. And towards the end, they start coming in groups.
  • 8.8: The reviews from most gaming magazines and websites.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Biggy Man, the third boss of the first game; maybe because he's got CHAINSAWS FOR HANDS and because, without knowing the right tricks, he's That One Boss.
    • He became so popular with fans that when the new Splatterhouse was announced, fans begged to have Biggy Man return — so Namco Bandai made it happen.
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: While the remake's story, voice acting and atmosphere is praised the gameplay itself leaves a lot to be desired.
  • Freud Was Right: One of the monsters in the 2010 version, the Abhore has a huge, bloated right arm that leaks pus but it looks like some other whitish fluid. The Terror Mask lampshades this in one of the encounters with the Abhore:
    Terror Mask: Who's this prick?
  • Goddamned Bats: There are many candidates, but the ghosts who possess you and scramble your controls have surely killed many a player, especially in one area which is filled with pits and other hazards.
    • From the 2010 game comes the Aegis: a tentacled horror that never attacks on his own, but makes all other monsters invincible (except for Splatter moves and weapons), actively runs away from you and teleports away if you get too close, forcing you to use the shoulder tackle to pin him down. And since the thing LOVES to hang around exactly in the middle of enemy crowds...
  • Jerkass Woobie: The remake heavily implies that the Terror Mask is one according to its own account. First, it was Made a Slave for an eternity by the Corrupted, then the Corrupted destroyed the Aztec tribe that it was worshiped by. It has reasons for being so happy to have Rick slaughtering every enemy that he comes across. Before the final boss fight, it sounds rightfully and unbelievably pissed.
  • Love It or Hate It: Pretty much what the reboot boils down to. It's an imaginative game with a lot of color and character and love from its developers with interesting bosses and funny dialogue, but at the same time it's repetitive when it comes to enemy design, repetitive when it comes to finishing moves, and overall it's outclassed by many other beat-em-ups, not to mention it's easy for the excessive gorn to slip into Narm territory.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The Giant Boreworm in the third game. It's horrendous laugh will echo through your head for the rest of the game.
  • Narm:
    • DAVID IS ONLY MEMORY
    • From the remake: "No Rick, FUCK YOU." 200 years, and you're telling us you can't come up with a better come back?
  • Narm Charm: The new version goes for an incredibly schlocky B-movie feel, complete with a couple of narmy Big Nos from Jen.
  • Nausea Fuel: The games (especially the 2nd one) don't hold back with the gross imagery, so obviously not recommended for people with weak stomachs.
  • Player Punch: Frequently, especially in the third game where Jennifer and/or David will die if you don't complete a level in time.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The 2010 game is generally considered this, due to a number of gameplay factors (lack of variety overall and not really being complete, judging by the cut dialogue and loading times). The script and story received praise, however.
    • Is it, however, quite the love letter to the franchise, and has all three precursors of the main series as unlockables.
  • That One Boss: Biggy Man of the original game. Most people won't fault you for saving both shotguns in his stage for the boss fight. The remake lampshades the Biggy Man's status, although he isn't nearly as tough.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The photo-realistic pictures used in Splatterhouse 3 falls right into this. ESPECIALLY "Mindless Beast" Jennifer.
    • The titular doll that bled in phase two of the remake, complete with a chilling "Mama!".
  • The Woobie: When you get down to it, Rick's life really sucks. His girlfriend is turned into a hideous beast that he is forced to kill in the first game, then she along with his son's lives are threatened in the third game. The remake ends with Jennifer getting possessed as well. Only in the second and third game does Rick get any sort of relief, and in the latter case good luck completing the levels on time to do so.

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