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Cliff Hudson
Dead Rising Cliff Hudson
Voice Actor Steven Blum
Age 58
Notebook Number 36
Notebook Description Found wandering around Crislip's Home Saloon clutching a machete.
Weapon Machete
Location Crislip's Home Saloon
Mission(s) The Hatchet Man
PP 30,000 (Defeat)


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"...Everything went white suddenly... The war, it wasn't over.... Not for me... It never ended..."
—Cliff, on his going insane

Cliff Hudson is a psychopath appearing in Dead Rising and a zombie in Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War who had taken refuge inside Crislip's Home Saloon after experiencing a war flashback, capturing "prisoners of war", who were actually survivors of the zombie outbreak.

He was found in Crislip's Home Saloon during the scoop The Hatchet Man.

The Hatchet ManEdit

Main article: The Hatchet Man

Cliff was seen carrying a machete in Crislip's Home Saloon. As Frank arrived to investigate, he found several headless zombies suspended from the ceiling with rope. Cliff then appeared behind him and confronted him, demanding his name and military rank. When Frank failed to answer, Cliff accused him of being a member of the Viet Cong and proceeded to attack him by swinging his machete at him. Frank manages to get out of the way in time, gets back on his feet, and looks cautiously around the store for Cliff.

Introducing Cliff
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Frank walks into Crislip's Home Saloon and looks up at the decapitated zombie bodies tied to the ceiling. Cliff steps up behind Frank.

Cliff: Name and rank soldier!

Frank turns around quickly to see a man drenched in blood holding a machete

Cliff: You cannot tell me, can you, fella? Oh yeah... I know why... It's because you're Viet Cong! I'm right, aren't I? You are nothin' but a filthy communist!

Cliff takes a swing at Frank with his machete. Frank dodges to the side then Cliff seems to disappear. Frank looks around but Cliff is nowhere to be found

Cliff: You son, are gonna to tell me where the guerilla's hideout is...

Frank walks around looking for Cliff as Cliff continues speaking from somewhere in the store

Cliff: By the time I'm done beatin' information outta you, you are gonna be beggin' for death to come take you away!

Frank continues to look around as he catches a glimpse of Cliff darting out from a shelf. Frank turn to hear footsteps behind him.[1]

After he is defeated, Cliff returns to his senses and explained that he had gone insane after hearing the dying screams of his granddaughter as she was mauled by the undead. After Cliff dies Frank closes his eyes out of empathy. 

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Frank stands over Cliff's body.

Cliff: You... over there... Here... take this.

Cliff puts his wallet on the floor showing Frank a picture. Frank leans over Cliff's body.

Cliff: My granddaughter... She was done in by those damn zombies. When I heard her scream... I just lost it. Everything went white suddenly. The war... It wasn't over... Not for me... It... it never... ended...

Frank shuts Cliff's eyes.[1]

He dies after giving Frank a key case containing a key to the empty store next to Crislip's Home Saloon, as well as a picture of his family. Defeating Cliff allows Frank to rescue Josh Manning, Barbara Patterson and Rich Atkins from the empty store next to Crislip's. Cliff's machete will spawn each time Frank enters Crislip's Saloon. 

Infinity ModeEdit

Main article: Infinity Mode

Cliff appears inside Crislip's Home Saloon in the North Plaza at 1:07:00 - 2:00:00 and 6:07:00 0 6:19:00 and is armed with a machete, pipe bombs, and road flares. When killed, he drops red cabbage, a baguette, and a randomizer.

Chop Till You DropEdit

In Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, Cliff doesn't appear as a psychopath, but instead, he appears as a zombie. Zombie Cliff wields two machetes and attacks by wildly flailing his blades while charging after Frank. His presence can be identified by the sounds of him scraping his machetes against each other. He carries machetes but when killed he drops a katana.

Battle StyleEdit

Cliff's weapon of choice is a bloodied machete. He will also use the many trapdoors in Crislip's Home Saloon to make a quick getaway and re-appear on the top of the shelves out of Frank's sight. Cliff can attack in several different ways.

  • Machete: Cliff's normal mode of attack is to charge at Frank, slashing with his machete, and finishing with a knee strike. He can also do a heavy attack by impaling Frank with his machete from behind. After attacking, he will dash towards the nearest trap door and escape through it.
  • Road Flares: While on the top of the shelves, Cliff will throw road flares that release thick smoke, causing Frank to have a coughing fit if he gets near. The flares can be extinguished by a fire extinguisher.
  • Pipe Bomb: Cliff can also throw pipe bombs while he is on the top of the shelves. If Frank is caught in the explosion, he will suffer heavy damage and be knocked off his feet.

TriviaEdit

  • The song that plays during his fight is "Slave" by The Evolutionaries.
  • The woman and child seen in Cliff's family picture bear some resemblance to Connie and Dakota, although there is no confirmed relation between them.
  • In Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, the sound effect of zombie Cliff scraping his machetes together is the same sound effect which is used when Larry is sharpening his cleaver.
  • One of Cliff's hostages, Josh Manning, acknowledges the fact that Cliff could have been a nice man before the Willamette Incident.
  • The voice actor for Cliff Hudson, Steve Blum, also does the voice acting for Roger Hall.[2]
  • The decapitated bodies hanging from the ceiling and blood-streaked walls and floors are permanent after the battle with Cliff.
  • Cliff Hudson shares several similarities with Dean Wayne, a survivor from Dead Rising 2 in the mission Shell Shocked. Both men have been in the army, are veterans of war and also shout "Name and Rank Soldier!" when they spot the main protagonist.
  • if you look closely during his death cutscene you can see that his eyes are already closed
  • Cliff Hudson bears an appearance to Chuck Norris

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. a b Hall, Kevin. Dead Rising: Game Script by Berserker, GameFAQs, (January 5, 2009).
  2. Dead Rising, imdb.

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