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The games

  • 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.
  • 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 HotD 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.
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    • 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 gore system was developed for Scarlet Dawn, but never made it to the final version.
  • 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. Rogan's design is based on Brad Pitt's character David Mills.
    • Oda also confirmed that, after fans speculated for years whether Sophie survived the first game or not, she canonically survived, married Rogan, and is Lisa's biological mother.

The film

  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $12 million. Box office, $13,818,181.
  • Creator Backlash: It may come as a surprise to learn that Uwe Boll considers the film to be an absolute pile of crap, and his worst film to date. However, he insists that this is in no way, shape, or form down to him, and that the screenplay (which he couldn't make any changes to) was to blame.
  • Creator Killer: This is Boll's first serious 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.


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