Along with its retro-esque vibe, one of the main things I loved about this game is the number of horror film references it has in it. If you are, or ever have been, a horror movie buff, you will find limitless joy as you stumble into these as you play. A small handful I picked up and thoroughly enjoyed include:
A Nod to the Clas-Sicks
Metaphorically jumping out from around a corner and yelling RAH! at me was this nod below to Stanley Kubrick’s film interpretation of the Stephen King novel “The Shining”. In it, Jack’s wife Wendy was played by Shelly Duvall. I began luring victims to my mansion (in the game…don’t freak out) and BAM! There she was, same outfit and all.
1. Michael Myers
Spanning eleven different films throughout the series (including remakes), Halloween gave us mental asylum escapee Michael Myers in his iconic mask. One of the generic appearances of psychopath minions resembles Mr Myers, and took me back to the macabre hilarity brought about by the juxtaposition of Michael burning alive while the song ‘Mr Sandman’ by The Chordettes plays and the credits roll at the conclusion of Halloween II.
The 1984 film ‘Gremlins’ had not only a video game released on Atari 2600 in the same year but a whole dedicated episode of the original animated Alvin and the Chipmunks (‘Chipmunks at the movies’; don’t talk to me about the recent CGI films) to it. This little dude is being held by a merchant you can encounter in MachiaVillain…just don’t feed it after midnight, I guess.
Although some peeps online have compared this victim’s appearance to Ash from Evil Dead (as will be addressed later)…if the song “Hip to be Square” by Huey Lewis and the News and the words “Feed me a stray cat” hold special significance for you, you can probably recognise this ‘hero’ from MachiaVillain as the character Patrick Bateman in the infamous chainsaw scene of the ‘black comedy horror’ American Psycho. It always irks me in that scene that he is naked with his socks on…
4. The Evil Dead
Of course there are definite references to Evil Dead, both I and II. While I can see why some people online are comparing the above reference to American Psycho above to Ash Williams in Sam Raimi’s 1981 film The Evil Dead…I present my evidence in the provided images below. Also, one of the items your minions can possess in MachiaVillain, while not pictured here, appears to be modelled on the Book of the Dead From the follow-up film, Evil Dead II, also released in 1981.
5. Shaun of the Dead
One of the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost “Cornetto Trio”, Shaun of the Dead graced our screens since 2004 and has pretty much kept us laughing since then. References in MachiaVillain include a victim with a striking resemblance to protagonist Shaun, as well as a weapon within the game being vinyl discs (if this makes no sense to you, please go watch the film…like, now).
6. Doctor Horrible
Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was released in 2008 as an online-only musical comedy-drama (in part written and directed by Joss Whedon who also gave us Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly) and is about an aspiring supervillain, played by Neil Patrick Harris. As your minions complete research jobs in the game MachiaVillain, they get to don the attire of Doctor Horrible himself. Spiffing.
While the film Annabelle was based on this doll, the married couple of paranormal specialists Ed and Lorraine Warren (famous for their investigation of the Amityville Horror house in the 1970s) obtained a Raggedy Ann doll earlier in their career from people believing it to be possessed by the spirit of a young girl. The Warrens later claimed that it was in fact “being manipulated by an inhuman presence” and it remains under lock and key in their occult museum today (pictured below).
8. Nightmare on Elm Street
If you have seen any of the 9 installment Nightmare on Elm Street franchise (not that I own all of these. Damn…I’m a bad liar even when writing under an alias on the internet) you will recognise the iconic glove depicted here as belonging to one Freddy Krueger.
Speaking of franchises, one that crossed over with the Nightmare on Elm Street Collection was Friday the 13th. Sadly, Jason Vorhees got a franchise only one short of a baker’s dozen, but has several references scattered throughout MachiaVillain.
10… Snow white?
And, rather randomly…this:
This article has actually been broken down into two segments! For the actual game guide, written by someone who may or may not have completed all of the games’ achievements and actually racked up over 300 hours of game time, actually click the actual link here.