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The games

  • Ascended Fanon: It was common among fans to give Goldman the first name "Caleb". Said name was finally canonized in Scarlet Dawn.
  • Bad Export for You: The English version of Scarlet Dawn lacks the Japanese release's exclusive "Master Mode" difficulty, extra weapons, and compatibility with the Aime amusement card to unlock different features. There are also missing English subtitles.
  • Creator's Favorite: Series director Takashi Oda has claimed that Strength from the second game is his favorite boss, due to his unpredictable attack patterns striking fear in the player.
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  • Fan Nickname: "The Mystery Man" for the man with the limp appearing in the third and fourth games... that is, until Scarlet Dawn revealed his name as Thornheart.
  • Hey, It's That Sound!: In the original game, Hangedman makes a human vocalization taken straight from the second boss of Virtua Cop 2.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Following the upcoming closure of the PS3’s PlayStation Store in July 2021, the PS3 ports of III and 4 will become this. Particularly bad in the case of 4, as that is that game’s only port. That said, they can still be streamed on PlayStation Now, but if either game ever gets pulled off, then they’re gone.
  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing is the U.S debut of Zobio and Zobiko, as House of the Dead EX was only released in Japan. However, All-Stars Racing never got a Japanese release.
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  • Milestone Celebration: Scarlet Dawn was released in Japanese arcades on September 13, 2018, the same date as the first arcade game in 1996, marking the 22nd Anniversary of the series.
  • Name's the Same: James Taylor and Gary Stewart happen to share the names of two well-known singer/songwriters from the 1970s. It's unknown whether this was a deliberate Shout-Out or mere coincidence.
  • No Dub for You: The entire mainline series has exclusively English voices.
  • No Export for You: Typing of the Dead 2 was never released outside of Japan.
  • The PlayStation 2 port of Typing of the Dead: "Zombie Panic" was never released outside Japan.
  • English of the Dead also stayed in Japan.
  • Averted with The House of the Dead 4: Special, which appeared in a few North American arcades. However, these locations have since removed the game. Outside of playing Special on 4's Playstation 3 port, the arcade version now only found in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Brazil, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates.
  • No Port For You: Scarlet Dawn has not seen a console port. 4 and Special will also become this when the PS3’s PlayStation Store closes in July 2021.
  • Sequel Gap: In terms of arcade releases, Scarlet Dawn came out twelve years after 2006's House of the Dead 4 Special.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • A scrapped design for the first game's antagonist was named "Mr. Happy". His design was replaced by Curien's, who was originally named "Dr. A".
    • Another scrapped character for the first game was a blue-skinned man called "Playboy".
    • Sophie was originally named "Carole" and was meant to be a playable character.
    • During the early stages of the second game's development, Sophie was to return as a boss, but the idea was quickly axed.
    • The Sega Dreamcast port of The House of the Dead 2 was originally supposed to include the original House of the Dead with improved graphics as an Embedded Precursor, but it was never completed due to time constraints. An especially tragic example, because the only home versions of the game that ever did see release were two severely downgraded ports for the PC and Sega Saturn.
    • Early screenshots for The House of the Dead III featured cel-shaded graphics. It was scrapped for a more realistic-looking art direction consistent with the previous games.
    • A fifth game was developed as early as 2012, but was shelved because it was expensive and ambitious. The project, named The House of the Dead 5, is considered by series director Takashi Oda as a sixth title in of itself. There are no plans to revive it; Oda wants to focus on the future of the series.
    • A gore system was developed for Scarlet Dawn, but went unused due to censorship.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Wiki of the Dead.
  • Word of God:
    • According to series director Takashi Oda, Se7en was a major influence on the first game, which he had gone to see during the game's development. This explains Thomas Rogan's resemblance to the character David Mills, who was played by Brad Pitt.
    • After years of fan speculation over whether or not Sophie survived the first game, Oda confirmed that she canonically survived, married Rogan, and is Lisa's biological mother.
    • Oda has also repeatedly stated that when describing the enemies in the main series, he doesn't like using the "Z" word. Because of their scientific origins, he prefers the term "creature" instead.

The film

  • Actor Allusion: When Will Sanderon's character first meets Captain Kirk, he says "who's the U-Boat commander." Jürgen Prochnow, who plays Kirk, famously played a U-Boat commander in Das Boot.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $12 million. Box office, $13,818,181.
  • Creator Backlash: Uwe Boll considers the film to be an absolute pile of crap, and his worst film to date. It's ironic since he always got defensive and even pissed off whenever critics ripped on his other movies.
  • Creator Killer: This was Boll's first mainstream American movie, and his attitude about it and directing immediately put him in the infamous director category. Writer Mark Altman, whose screenplay Boll more or less disowned, was confirmed to not make it any further than C-list status, and this movie is one of the last bombs that eventually led to maker Artisan Entertainment to be taken over by Lionsgate within a year, and this is coming after a terrible 2000/2001 slate that started their descent.
  • Descended Creator: Ellie Cornell, who plays Casper, is also co-founder of the film's production company Mindfire Entertainment.
  • Fake American: The film's set in Washington state, but nearly every cast member is Canadian. The only actually American actors are Ellie Cornell and Clint Howard.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Jonathan Cherry burned 30% of his hand on the second day of shooting. The scene on the bridge, where he hurts his hand, was shot later, to explain the bandage he had to wear.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Mark Altman's original screenplay included more enemies from the game, including Hanged Men and Hermit, as well as a more fleshed-out backstory for Castillo.
    • Before Mindfire made the film, Dreamworks had bought the rights from Sega, with Jesse Dylan and Mark Verheiden attached as writer and director respectively
  • The "turn-table" camera system used to achieve the 360-degree Bullet Time shots (which involved a single camera on a circular track spinning around an actor at high speeds) was so dangerous it nearly killed several of the actors, and was permanently retired after the film.


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