In this video, we check out some terrifying arcade games! One of these games was even banned in several locations due to its graphic violence and gore.

0:00 – Intro
0:08 – The House Of The Dead
1:11 – Night Slashers
2:01 – Horror VR Fail
2:54 – Splatterhouse
4:09 – Chiller
5:20 – CarnEvil
6:36 – Honorable Mentions (Zombie Revenge / G&G / Aliens: Extermination
7:18 – Outro


The House Of The Dead:

The House of the Dead[a] is a horror-themed light gun shooter arcade game released by Sega in 1996. It is the first game in The House of the Dead series. Players assume the role of agents Thomas Rogan and “G” in their efforts to combat the products of the dangerous, inhumane experiments of Dr. Curien, a mad scientist.

The House of the Dead has been, along with Resident Evil, credited with popularizing zombie video games, as well as re-popularising zombies in wider popular culture from the late 1990s onwards, leading to renewed interest in zombie films during the 2000s. The House of the Dead has also been credited with introducing fast running zombies, which became popular in zombie films and video games during the 2000s.


Night Slashers:

Night Slashers (ナイトスラッシャーズ) is a 1993 beat’em up arcade game developed and published by Data East. A remake is planned for major platforms licensed to Forever Entertainment. [1]

Night Slashers is similar to Capcom’s Final Fight and SEGA’s Streets Of Rage’s series, which is an archetypal side scrolling beat ’em up game. One, two or three players/characters move from left to right through each level (most of which are split into three or more scenes), fighting with the enemy characters who appear, until they reach a confrontation with a stronger boss character at the end of the level. Once that boss is beaten, the players automatically move on to the next stage. Enemies appear from both sides of the screen and from out of doorways or entrances set into the background, and the player(s) must defeat all of them to progress. If the players try to simply travel through the levels without fighting, the screen will stop scrolling until all current enemies have been defeated, before allowing the players to continue progress. Enemies may move outside the confines of the screen, but players may not. There is a time limit to each stage.

In the Japanese version, the blood and gore is uncensored (red blood instead of green, but in the overseas version, there is an option to adjust the blood color and the violence level). At the end of a melee attack, Christopher holds out a cross instead of a blue crystal ball. The “Go” arrow flips over to read “To Hell!” in blood. There are extra pictures and dialogue in the cutscenes.



Splatterhouse[a] is a beat ’em up arcade game developed and published by Namco. It was the first in a series of games released in home console and personal computer formats. This cult classic would later spawn the parody Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti, the sequels Splatterhouse 2, Splatterhouse 3, and the remake Splatterhouse U.S., with the classic games being added to Namco Museum since 2017.

Marketing for the game heavily emphasized its violent nature; for example, the TurboGrafx-16 port of Splatterhouse had a faux parental advisory warning printed on the front of the box that read, “The horrifying theme of this game may be inappropriate for young children… and cowards.”



Chiller is a light gun arcade game released in 1986 by Exidy.[1] An unlicensed port was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990 by American Game Cartridges in the US, and in Australia by HES (Home Entertainment Suppliers), with the option of using either the standard controller or the NES Zapper.



CarnEvil is a rail shooter arcade game using a light gun. It was released by Midway Games, on October 31, 1998. CarnEvil is noted for its blood and gore, creepy imagery and dark humor. CarnEvil is a portmanteau of both “carnival” and “evil”. It is the most successful light gun style game produced by Midway Games.

Zombie Revenge
Ghost and Goblins
Aliens: Extermination


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