References in Blood
This article is to list the various references to outside media within the Blood series. For references made too Blood in third-party works see: Blood in other Media.
 References in Blood
- Evil Dead - The medium armour has a face resembling the face on the Necronomicon.
- Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn - Hell Hands repeat, in a tiny voice, "I'll swallow your soul." also, the concept of possessed hands.
- Army of Darkness - the sawed-off shotgun is a trademark weapon of Ash Williams.
- Return of the Living Dead - The corpses of bodies in metal drums are a central plot point in the movie.
- Return of the Living Dead - Axe Zombies moan "Brains!" or "More brains!"
- The Wizard of Oz - Civilians say "There's no place like home!" when being injured.
- Elvira - The girly calenders on walls resembles Elvira's trademark pose, stretched out on a victorian couch.
- Nikola Tesla - the Tesla Cannon was named for Nikola Tesla, an inventor, electrical engineer, and contemporary of Thomas Edison who invented the Tesla Coil, a device used for electrotherapy and quack medical devices in the 1920s.
- The Call of Cthulu - The second episode title is taken in part from a passage from the fictional Necronomicon which states "That is not dead which can eternal lie / And with strange aeons even death may die."
- Tales from the Crypt - "It burns, it burns!" is from a Tales from the Crypt episode starring Steve Buscemi and is commonly said by those lit on fire in the game.
- Blind Dead - The Blood Cultists look similar to similar robed men from this Spanish horror movie series.
- A wall texture commonly features a carving of Raphael's painting The Three Graces.
 Miscellaneous Caleb Quotes and Songs
- "Blood drops keep falling on my head, but that don't mean na na na na na....hee hee hee." - From "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" by B.J. Thomas.
- "My mama said there would be days like this, aw, I never liked her." - From "Mama Said" by The Shirelles.
- "When does the hurting stop?" - From The Ren & Stimpy Show, spoken often by Ren Höek.
- "If you want my body and you think I'm sexy..." - From "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart.
- "What good is sitting alone in your room? Life is a cabaret." -From the musical Cabaret.
- "That'll teach ya!" - From Evil Dead 2.
- "Who wants some, huh? Who's next?" - From Army of Darkness.
- "This is my boomstick!" - From Army of Darkness.
- "What we have here is a failure to coagulate." - From Cool Hand Luke (the quote is actually "what we have here is a failure to communicate". 'Coagulate' refers to blood, which congeals and clots when exposed to the air.)
- "It's all in the reflexes" - From Big Trouble in Little China.
- "Son-of-a-bitch must pay!" - From Big Trouble in Little China.
- "How much is that doggy in the window?" - From a public domain childrens song
- "It's a long way to Tipperary. It's a long way to go." - A popular First World War song "It's A Long Long Way".
- "Everybody loves somebody sometime" - A song by Frank Sinatra.
- "I did it my way..." - A song by Frank Sinatra.
- "I've got you under my skin" - - A song by Frank Sinatra.
- "Strangers in the night...exchanging glances" - A song by Frank Sinatra.
- "I get no kick from champagne, mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all, but I get a kick outta you." - A song by Frank Sinatra.
- "You have to have faith for that to work." - From Fright Night, when the preacher tries to assault the vampire with a cross.
- "I've got two guns, that should be enough for all of ya." - Adapted from Tombstone.
- "Now you have a nice day." - Blazing Saddles.
- "When I have a brand new hair-do, with my eyelashes all in curl. Da da da da da, I enjoy bein' a girl!" - From "Flower Drum Song".
- "All in all, I'd rather be killing stuff." - Adapted from W.C. Fields.
- "Help, help, I'm being repressed!" - From Monty Python & the Holy Grail.
- "What are you gonna do? Bleed on me?" - From Monty Python & the Holy Grail.
- "On the good ship Lollipop.. da da da.. damn, forgot the words." - From the Shirley Temple song "Lollipop".
- "Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main.." - A nursery rhyme.
- "Somewhere.. over the rainbow.." - From "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", a song from The Wizard of Oz.
- "Row, row, row your boat.." - A nursery rhyme.
- "The sun'll come out tomorrow.." - From the song "Tomorrow", from the musical Annie.
- "If you're blue and you don't know where to, da, da, da, ...puttin' on the ritz." - From the song "Puttin' on the Ritz".
- "If I thought you weren't my friend...I just don't think I could bear it." - From Tombstone.
- "Are you gonna just stand there and bleed?" - Tombstone.
- "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" - From Apocalypse Now.
- "Victims. Aren't we all?" - From The Crow.
- "They're all dead, they just don't know it yet!" - From The Crow.
- "Are you gonna bark all day little doggy or are you gonna bite?" - From Reservoir Dogs.
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E1M1: Cradle to Grave
- Phantasm - the Morningside Funeral Home is of the same name as the funeral parlour featured in the movie.
- Army of Darkness - "I live... again!" is said by Deadite Ash as he rises from the grave.
- The Crow - There is an empty grave with a tombstone labelled "Draven". James O'Barr's movie The Crow features the main character Eric Draven, who is a resurrected man seeking vengeance on those who killed him (similar to the theme of the game).
- The Raven - On seeing the grave mentioned above, Caleb says "Nevermore", referring to Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven".
- Macbeth - Caleb uses a bloody sink in the morgue and says "Out, out, damned spot!", a popular misquote.
- Kool-Aid - When drinking from an IV filled with blood, Caleb says "this is better than Kool-Aid". Kool-Aid is a drink made from a powdered fruit concentrate and sugar, invented in 1927 (called Kool-Ade at the time, and only one year before the setting of Blood).
E1M2: Wrong Side of the Tracks
- Re-Animator - Miskatonic Station is a reference to H.P. Lovecraft's Miskatonic University, where Re-Animator takes place.
- The Simspons - The person on the ringing phone says "May I speak to Mr. Jass, first name Hugh". This is a reference to the prank calls that Bart would perform on Moe in the early seasons of The Simpsons.
- Single White Female - Poster of a single white female, which Caleb will respond to.
- The Simpsons - On seeing the canisters of corpses, Caleb says "Hmm, fresh victims for the ever-growing army of the undead." This was from Treehouse of Horror IV in "Bart Simpson's Dracula".
- Demolition Man - Looking at rats cooking on a grill, "Mmm, rat burgers". In the movie, residents of the slums make hamburgers out of rats. Could also be a reference to the 1986 b-horror movie Troll, where a similar quote was used.
E1M3: Phantom Express
- Ghost - On entering the passenger car, Caleb says "Get off my train!" This line is spoken by Vincent Schiavelli in the movie. Air Force One also features Harrison Ford's character speaking this line, but was released soon after Blood,
- The Fugitive - In a secret area within the train wreckage, there is an orange jumpsuit hung on the wall, labelled "Kimble". Dr. Richard Kimble is the main character in "The Fugitive", a falsely-accused convict who escapes from a wrecked train to seek out the man who killed his wife.
- Something Wicked This Way Comes - The merry-go-round refers to the carousel in this novel, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show, which makes people get younger as they ride.
- Freaks - In the freak show, there are ambient voices chanting "One of us! One of us!" This iconic chant is said when the members of the freak show are toasting the new (normal) bride of one of the freaks.
- Duke Nukem 3-D - The iconic character, Duke Nukem, can be found behind the snake pit in JoJo arena. He is dismembered and wrapped in chains, hanging from the ceiling. Upon seeing him, Caleb says "I've got time to play with you!" (a reference to Duke Nukem's line "Don't have time to play with myself" from the game's first level after encountering an arcade machine with Duke Nukem II). If the player presses the use key, Caleb will make his body swing on the chain and say "Ooh, shake it baby!" (one of Duke Nukem's signature lines, said to strippers, that game's equivalent to Innocents). Duke Nukem 3-D was the precursor to Blood on the Build engine.
- A Fish Called Wanda - After killing a mime, Caleb says "pathetic insects!"
- Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls - Caleb says "boo hoo, no one wants to play with me!"
- Raising Arizona - When the player presses the Use key on the balloons, Caleb says "Do these blow up into funny shapes?"
E1M7: Altar of Stone
- Hamlet - Upon seeing the corpse of his loved one, Caleb yells "Ophelia! Noooo!"
- Wishmaster - Caleb yells "Show yourself! Show yourself!!!"
E1M8: House of Horrors
- Twins - Going through the first tunnel, Caleb mutters "Over the lips and through the gums, look out tummy, here I come!"
- Jaws - Upon starting the level, Caleb says "They're going to need a bigger boat."
- Frankenstein - Caleb is on a wooden ship sailing to the arctic north. In the book Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, the monster does the exact same thing to escape civilization.
- Frankenstein - The name of the wrecked ship is "HMS Victor". Dr. Victor Frankenstein is the creator of the monster.
E2M2: The Lumber Mill
- Star Wars - When Caleb falls down a toilet he says, "What a wonderful smell I've discovered." This is based on a line said by Han Solo when he falls into the Death Star's trash compactor.
E2M3: Rest for the Wicked
- Psycho - There is a silhouette in the window of a house. In Psycho, Norman Bates's mother is only seen as a silhouette in their house. This appears to use the same sprite movement as the Cloak of Shadow.
- The Shining - Caleb says "Come out, come out, wherever you are!" Jack Torrance says this when searching for his wife and child.
- The Shining - In the hedge maze, Caleb comes upon a frozen corpse holding an axe, upon which, Caleb says "Heeeeeeere's Johnny!". This corpse is Jack Torrance, who died in the same way in the movie. In the code, there is an alternate sound clip of Caleb saying "Heeeeeeere's Caleb!" This scene also appears in Blood II; when the player finds the original Blood being played on computers in the sequel they are showing this scene.
- The Shining - The entire level of a snow-covered haunted hotel is based on the movie (the hotel in this film is the Overlook Hotel in the mountains in Colorado, while this level is in the arctic).
- The Shining - there is a zombie in one of the bathtubs.
E2M7: The Lair of Shial
- Army of Darkness - On starting the level, Caleb says, "Hey she-bitch! Let's go!"
E3M1: Ghost town
- High Plains Drifter - On entering the main city, Caleb says, "I'm gonna paint the town red".
- Se7en - There is a secret room with a blood stain on a bed, air fresheners hanging from the ceiling, and the word 'Sloth' painted on the wall. In the movie Se7en, in which a serial killer commits murders based on the seven deadly sins, the victim for sloth is killed by being bound to his bed for a year.
E3M4: The Sick Ward
- It's Alive - In a small corner, Caleb encounters a baby carriage, with a single demonic hand hanging out.
- Gone With the Wind - In the same room as above, when Caleb encounters the carriage, he says "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies, Miss Scarlett!" This is said by Precious, the slave when Melanie is about to have her baby and there are no doctors present.
E3M7: The Hall of Cerberus
- Stephen King's Cujo - When the level starts, you hear a dog barking in the distance, and Caleb says "Cujo?"
E4M1: Butchery Loves Company
- Frankenstein - The entire level is a classic "mad scientist" laboratory, typically seen in versions of Frankenstein.
E4M3: Charnel House
- A Nightmare On Elm Street - There is a striped sweater and a western hat hanging on the wall in one of the rooms. These are the signature clothes of Freddy Krueger.
E4M4: Crystal Lake
- Friday the 13th - The entire level is based on the Friday the 13th film series. There is an ambient sound of "ki, ki, ki, ma, ma, ma." In one of the cabins, a hockey goalie mask and machete hang on the wall and there is a decapitated head on a table, surrounded by candles (Pamela Voorhees, Jason's mother). Finally, there is raft floating in the middle of a lake, a homage to the end of the first movie.
E4M5: Fire and Brimstone
- The Exorcist - Howling sound near statues.
E4M8: Hall of the Epiphany
- Army of Darkness - On killing Tchernobog, Caleb mutters "Good... bad... I'm the guy with the gun." Ash says the same line on killing his evil twin.
- The entire level is based on the film Dawn of the Dead.
- Kmart - There is a store named "Kmarché". 'Marché' is French for mart, and it is a common ploy to make a cheaper store sound more expensive and fashionable by substituting foreign words like 'shoppe'.
- The Cask of Amontillado - There is a liquor store named "Cask of Amontillado". There is an Edgar Allen Poe story of the same name.
- Frankenstein - There is a store named "Igor's Lab Supply Outlet". Igor is Dr. Frankenstein's hunchback assistant.
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - There is a store named "Ichabod's Halloween Store". Ichabod Crane is the main character in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a popular Halloween story.
- Pickman's Model - There is a store named "Pickman's Rare Books and Maps". Richard Upton Pickman is a character in the aforementioned H.P. Lovecraft short story, although rare books and maps are not the story's subject.
E5M2: Old Opera House
- The Phantom of the Opera - The opera house marquee indicates it is playing "The Phantasm of the Opera".
- The small café opposite the Opera House offers on the blackboard menu 'Worm Ridden Filth'. This is what Han Solo calls Jabba The Hutt in Return of the Jedi (1983). The price is $6.66, the number of the Beast in the Book of Revelations, as famously referenced in The Omen (1976).
E5M4: Lost Monastery
- Duke Nukem 3-D - The body of Duke Nukem can also be found on this level. Unlike on E1M4, Caleb does not make any exclamations about it and cannot 'shake' the body.
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park- There is a velociraptor trapped in a cage in the hull of the boat. This is a reference to the very beginning ofJurassic Park where a velociraptor is kept is the exact same cage.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street - You can find Freddy Krueger's hat and striped sweater on a wall in the master bedroom.
 References in Blood II: The Chosen
- Star Wars - One of Ishmael's one-liners is "I find your lack of faith disturbing". This is also said by Darth Vader.
- Return of the Living Dead - Ophelia's character design is inspired by Trash, the female punk from the movie.
- Like in its predecessor, Caleb will occasionally sing excerpts from songs when idle, including "Raindrops keep Falling On My Head", "Old Devil Moon", "Fly Me to the Moon", "My Girl", "My Heart Will Go On", "Sentimental Journey", and "Someone To Watch Over Me".
- The Hand is a reference to Evil Dead 2, where Ash's hand becomes infected with evil and gains a mind of its own. Ash cuts it off, but it continues to move around on its own.
- Innocents say to the player, "God damned creatures of the night", and one man next to a burning barrel says "Halloween's not 'til mañana!" These are both taken from the 1994 film The Crow. Gideon's name is also shared by one of the antagonists of the film.
 Miscellaneous Caleb Quotes and Songs
- "Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright coppered kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with string. These are a few of my favourite things! ...god what a crappy song....." - "My Favourite Things" from the musical The Sound of Music.
- "Sniper rifle...for when you want to reach out and touch someone. Like, blow their head off." - This is adapted from the AT&T slogan "Reach out and touch someone."
- "Here he comes. Here comes speed racer. He's a devil on wheels..." - The theme song from Speed Racer.
- "When I was young we didn't have any Singularity Generators, we had to kill the Drudge Priests with our bare hands! And we liked it. You get up and grab his bone leech and rip his head off." This phone gag is adapted from the Grumpy Old Man, a recurring character/sketch on Saturday Night Live played by Dana Carvey.
- "I feel like a piece of meat." - From Tales from the Crypt.
- "Gimme some sugar, baby." - From Army of Darkness.
- "And in case I don't see you, good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight." - From The Truman Show.
- "Aww... love, american style" - From the television show Love, American Style.
- "I'm not a mechanic. I mostly just kill people" - From Alien: Resurrection.
- "Ahh, now that's a spicy meatball!" - This is from a famous commercial for Alka-Seltzer, where an actor is forced to eat meatballs for take after take, and grows a stomachache.
- "Don't play it again, Sam" - From Casablanca (the actual quote is "Play it once, Sam, for old time's sake. Play 'As Time Goes By'.", which is one of the most mis-quoted movie lines).
- "What a waste of good ammunition." - From Alien: Resurrection.
- "'Point away from face and fire'...sounds easy enough." - From Spies Like Us.
- "Be careful now...you'll shoot your eye out!" - From A Christmas Story.
- "Who's laughing now?" - From Evil Dead 2.
- "I'm not a bad dream, I'm your worst nightmare!" - From Rambo.
- "You kids shouldn't play rough...someone might start crying" - From Reservoir Dogs.
- "You sir, are no gentleman!" - From Gone With the Wind.
- "It's howdy doody time kiddies, the bad man is here!" - From The Shining.
C1L2: Pickman St. Station
- Pickman's Model - Pickman St. Station is probably a reference to the short story by H. P. Lovecraft (see above).
- Revenge of the Nerds - The "C", first "E" and first "s" in the neon sign for the Coral Essex Hotel flicker constantly. This makes the sign look like the words "oral sex".
- Motel Hell - The first "o" in the neon sign for the Hello Motel flickers, changing the words to "Hell Motel".
C1L4: Condemned Tenements
- The Shining- When entering the dilapidated buildings with cracks in the doors, Caleb says, "Get ready for a surprise, heeeeere's Caleb!"
- Predator - In the underground maintenance tunnels, there is a secret room which appears to belong to a Predator from the movie series. There is green glowing blood on the floor, several wall-mounted skulls with spinal columns attached, a round disc weapon on the table, and two Xenomorph heads (ala Alien versus Predator). There is also a poster for the computer game Unreal.
- Nightmare On Elm Street - The glove of Freddy Krueger can be found on a wall in the underground tunnels. This reference was also made in the previous game.
C1L8: CAS Revenant
- Star Trek: The Next Generation - The introductory text says that the airship is model 1701D. This is the same number of the Enterprise.
C1L10: Hard Hat Area
- Half-Life and Sin - The introductory text says that there is a sign out front that reads "OCT. 30, GIDEON DOES HIS DISSERTATION ON THE RITUAL CRIME OF SIN AND HOW TO GET AWAY WITH IT. GET HERE EARLY AND YOU'LL HEAR HIS MINOR SYMPOSIUM ON A VALVE'S INCREDIBLY ONEROUS HALF-LIFE!" SiN is a computer game released by Ritual Entertainment. Half-Life is a video game developed by Valve Corporation. Both were released at around the same time as Blood II.
C2L4: Cabalco Meat Packing Plant
- The X-Files - In one room there is a replication of a poster with a flying saucer and the words "I want to believe" underneath. This iconic poster is a pop culture icon and a prominent feature in Fox Mulder's office.
C2L5: Horlock's Station
- The menu at the diner offers 'The Cream of SumYungGai'. This is a joke from the movie Wayne's World.
C3L1: Frank Cotton Memorial Bridge
- Hellraiser - The level and eponymous bridge is named for Frank Cotton, the first victim of the puzzle box in Hellraiser and The Hellbound Heart (the short story the movie was based on).
C3L2: Security Check Point
- Dirty Harry and From Dusk Till Dawn - The Cabalco building barracks have posters on their walls. These include movie posters for Dirty Harry and From Dusk Till Dawn, as well as the box artwork for Shogo: Mobile Armour Division which appears in other places in the game.
C3L3: Temple of Poon
- Unreal - Caleb says "This place looks almost... unreal". Unreal is another computer game released around the same time.
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - the level's name is a play on "Temple of Doom", "Poon" is a slang term for female genitalia.
C5L2: Iota Eta Pi
- Re-Animator - Ophelia says that her college was invaded by zombies due to the Cabal's anger at one of the genius students creating a reanimation serum. This is a homage to Re-Animator, which has a similar plot.
- Night of the Creeps - The climax of the movie takes place as zombies attack a sorority house.
 References in Fan Media
- Transfusion differs from the conventional BloodBath experience in Blood by providing the option to have "FrikBots" - a system that creates computer controlled opponents or team-mates. The names the game gives these bots are often names of famous horror writers such as Lovecraft or Poe.
- The fan fiction piece Blood Runner piece is heavily inspired by Blade Runner and features numerous references to Monkey Island as well as other popular culture such as the Doom II Icon of Sin and even the Mazda brand of car. Caleb and the Beanstalk is a comedic parody of the fable Jack and the Beanstalk and A Caleb Carol is a parody of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Eric J. Juneau's man body of work references a variety of aspects of 1990s youth culture as to make the teenage Chosen-descended characters more realistic.
- Fan fiction Caleb Vs. Sailor Moon, Caleb on Cronus, Caleb Meets the Headless Thompson Gunner and More Blood in the Arena Eternal are both cross-over pieces for Sailor Moon, Shogo: Mobile Armour Division, Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner and Quake III Arena respectively. Björn Wehrhan's comic Caleb versus Lobo is also a cross-over featuring the DC Comics character Lobo. Tchernobog's new incarnation in Tales of Blood: Everyday Life has a strong similarity to the Pillsbury Dough Boy. Videos Caleb vs Captain Falcon, Duke versus Caleb (plus Caleb VS Jason) feature a show-down with characters from F-Zero, Duke Nukem 3D and Friday the 13th.
- Certain pieces of fan art are highly referential with "" featuring a Quake II character, "" featuring a snipe at Nintendo, "" featuring Caleb as Lego blocks, "" featuring George Clooney and "" featuring a variety of classic first-person shooter characters such as Doomguy, Duke Nukem, Lo Wang and BJ Blazkowicz; a similar but more broader idea also was . Björn Wehrhan also had Caleb his Build engine rival Nukem as The Terminator.