References in Blood
"Our influences are as varied as the genre. You will recognize traces of masters such as Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allen Poe, Sam Raimi, George Romero, John Carpenter, and, of course, HP Lovecraft. Because we are all such aficionados of horror films and literature, you can expect as many subtle tributes as we can come up with." — Blood Website
This article is to list the various references to outside media within the Blood series. For references made to Blood in third-party works see: "Blood in Other Media".
References in Blood
- A 2014 article listed the primary films that influenced Blood to be Hellraiser, The Keep, The Crow, Halloween, The Fugitive, Jaws, Ghost, Apocalypse Now and (of course) Army of Darkness.
- Evil Dead - Many of the enemies share similar characteristics with the deadites of the Evil Dead series; glowing white eyes, chatting nonsense phrases, and very pasty/tight skin
- Evil Dead - The medium armour has a face resembling the face on the Necronomicon.
- Poltergeist 2 - The look and design of the Life Seed item resembles the possessed Tequila Worm
- 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. Such calendars were actually released.
- 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 Nameless City - 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."
- A Farewell to Arms - The third episode title comes from a semi-autobiographical novel written by Ernest Hemingway concerning events during the Italian campaigns of the First World War. Also, Ash puts this book on his chopped down possessed hand to trap it. Watch on YouTube
- The Exorcist - "It burns, it burns!" is screamed out by Regan when the priest sprinkles water over her, and is commonly said by those lit on fire in the game.
- Blind Dead - The Blood Cultists look similar to the robed men from this Spanish horror movie series.
- Burial Ground - This 1981 Italian horror film's undead monks may be another possible inspiration for the cultists' look.
- Day of the Triffids - the Chrysalid Pod and Fire Pod enemies added in the Plasma Pak are thought to be homages to this work.
- A wall texture commonly features a carving of Raphael's sculpture The Three Graces, while another depicts "Still Life with a Curtain" by Paul Cézanne.
- In the help area, the second default keys screen pays homage to Asteroids (1979), Pac-Man (1980) and Donkey Kong (1981).
- The Blood Alpha features oddly palleted versions of the Marine and Cyberdemon sprites from the original Doom.
- Vasilisa the Beautiful - The Life Leech bears a striking resemblance to the "Skull Lantern" in this Russian folk fairy tale.
- Near Dark - This 1987 film featured a mid-western, cowboy hat wearing protagonist named Caleb who, after meeting an attractive young woman and being lured into her cult of vampires, was subsequently betrayed, leading him to have a showdown against his own clan. This basic premise is quite similar to the backstory of Blood, and may have been an inspiration.
- Ophelia Price's surname has been speculated to either be in reference to Monolith founder Garrett Price or famous horror actor Vincent Price.
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 Terrible Thunderlizards, spoken often by Bill.
- "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 Dean Martn.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main.." - A nursery rhyme.
- "Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream..." - A nursery rhyme.
- "On the good ship Lollipop.. da da da.. damn, forgot the words." - From the Shirley Temple song "Lollipop".
- "Somewhere.. over the rainbow.." - From "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", a song from The Wizard of Oz.
- "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".
- "I'm bidin' my time, 'cause that's the kinda guy I'm." - From the Gershwins' song "Bidin' My Time".
- "Embrace me, my sweet embraceable you." - From the Gershwins' song "Embraceable You".
- "A foggy day mmhmm.. had me up, had me down." - From the Gershwins' song "A Foggy Day".
- "It ain't necessarily so.. duh-rut, duh-ruh." - From the Gershwins' song "It Ain't Necessarily So".
- "It's very clear our love is here to stay." - From the Gershwins' song "Love Is Here to Stay".
- "I'm so awfully misunderstood, so lady, be good to me." - From the Gershwins' song "Oh, Lady Be Good!".
- "I'm a little lamb who's lost in the wood." - From the Gershwins' song "Someone to Watch Over Me".
- "The way you wear your hat, the way you sip your tea." - From the Gershwins' song "They Can't Take That Away from Me".
- "No one to talk with, all by myself." - From the 1929 song "Ain't Misbehavin'"
- "Gonna take a sentimental journey, gonna set my heart at ease." - From the 1944 song "Sentimental Journey"
- "The moon belongs to everyone, the best things in life are free" - From the 1927 Good News musical, song's titled "The Best Things In Life Are Free".
- "It's that ol' devil moon in your eyes" - From the 1947 song Old Devil Moon.
- "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" - From Apocalypse Now.
- "Victims. Aren't we all?" - From The Crow.
- "Is that gasoline I smell? - 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.
- "Th-th-th-that's all folks!" - after slaying enemies - signature Porky Pig's line.
- "Pay attention son. This is for your own good." - From Leghorn Swoggled.
- "This looks extraordinarily bad" - From Ghostbusters.
- MPKFA is inspired by a cheat code in Doom called IDKFA (ID for id Software, MP for Monolith Productions). The Doom cheat code gives all weapons, keys, and armour, while Blood one MPKFA grants invincibility (IDDQD in Doom).
- Nocapinmyass grants you invulnerability, as you do not want "a cap in your ass" - a probable hip hop/rap reference.
- Lara Croft is the main character in the Tomb Raider series.
- Clarice is the main character in The Silence of the Lambs.
- Griswold is the last name of the family featured in National Lampoon's Vacation movies. It is also the name of the armourer/weapon merchant in Blizzard Entertainment game Diablo, released a few months before Blood.
- A spork is a plastic utensil which combines the tines of a fork with a spoon.
- Cousteau is the last name of a famous french underwater naturalist, who died around the time of the game's release. This code grants 200% health and a diving suit.
- JoJo makes you temporarily drunk, and is referenced throughout the game as an idiot circus boy - which has been variously supposed as homages to JoJo the Dog Faced Boy, the film Tommy Boy or other sources.
- Krueger is the last name of the main antagonist in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. Krueger died by being burned alive. The code gives you 200% health and sets you on fire.
- Spielberg is the last name of a famous movie director.
- Kevorkian is the last name of a doctor famous for performing assisted suicides. The code causes instant death.
- One Ring grants invisibility. This is a reference to The Lord of the Rings, and its predecessor The Hobbit, where the eponymous ring grants invisibility to the wearer and is referred to as the "one ring".
- The Goonies is a movie about a group of children who find a map to pirate treasure.
- Calgon is a water softener company. It's slogan used to be "Calgon, take me away!"
- Voorhees grants temporary invulnerability, and is the last name of the main antagonist in the Friday the 13th series.
- Sterno is a chemical fuel designed to be burned from a can to heat small objects. It contains a chemical that can be used to produce an potent alcoholic drink, often used in poorer communities (like moonshine). This drink can cause methanol poisoning, one of the symptoms being blindness.
- Eva Galli is a featured character in the movie and novel Ghost Story. The code allows you to walk through walls like a ghost.
- Mario is the main character from the Nintendo made Mario series (and associated games). The code allows you to warp levels, a feature of the Mario games.
- McGee is the last name of the main character from Stephen King's book Firestarter. Charlie McGee is a girl with pyrokinetic abilities. The code sets the player on fire. McGee might also be a reference to The Cremation of Sam McGee, a well known poem by Robert W. Service often read in Canadian schools.
- Bunz gives you guns akimbo in some versions of the game. Sounds like guns (gunz) and may represent the asses you will bust caps in.
- Tequila refers to Chow Yun-fat's character in the John Woo movie Hard Boiled. The cheat gives you the Guns Akimbo powerup, a reference to Tequila's trademark dual pistols.
E1M1: Cradle to Grave
- Phantasm - the Morningside Funeral Home is of the same name as the funeral parlour featured in the movie, as well as both mortuaries being infested with zombies. The Cultists may have also been partially inspired by the hooded "lurkers" from the film.
- 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).
- Macbeth - Caleb uses a bloody sink in the morgue and says "Out, out, damned spot!", a popular misquote.
- Repeated tries to use the sink results in "But I like my hands bloody!", a variation of a popular childhood excuse for not washing one's hands.
- 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). Kool-Aid with added cyanide, Valium and other similar stuff was used during Jonestown Massacre for poisoning.
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 Simpsons - 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.
- The Cask of Amontillado - Cask Of Amontillado Pub & Grille is the name of eating place at the station, and another Poe reference. Also appears in E5M2: Old Opera House.
- Pickman's Model - Pickman's Rare Books And Maps is a reference to the H.P. Lovecraft story Pickman's Model
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 similar line ("Get off my plane"), but was released soon after Blood.
- Something Wicked This Way Comes - Before opening the door to the passenger car, you can hear a cultist call out "Next stop, Green Town." Green Town is the city where "Something Wicked This Way Comes" takes place, which refers to the next level, Dark Carnival.
E1M4: Dark Carnival
- 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.
- Kool-Aid - Caleb says "this is better than Kool-Aid" when discovering the secret with a Life Seed.
- 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.
- Tiny Toon Adventures - The merry-go-round's title "Happy-go-pukey" is a reference to a similar ride in the Tiny Toon's movie.
- 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 don't 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?" The actual quote from the film goes "These blow up into funny shapes and all?" and is said by Evelle Snoats (played by William Forsythe).
E1M5: Hallowed Grounds
- The three doors, and phrase "Woah, wrong door" are direct references to the Necronomicon scene from Army of Darkness
E1M6: The Great Temple
- Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey - After falling off the side of the temple, a note on the wall can be found saying "Whoa, this is like, a really deep hole." The actual quote from the film, "Dude, this is a totally deep hole", is said by Bill Preston (played by Alex Winter).
- Duke Nukem 3-D - Near the end of the level, a section of the map is made out in the shape of the radioactive symbol prevalent in DN3D.
E1M7: Altar of Stone
- Hamlet - Upon seeing the corpse of his loved one, Caleb yells "Ophelia! Noooo!"
- Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn - The camera shot where Caleb presses his shotgun to Cheogh's temple is exactly the same as a similar scene in Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn.
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 "You'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. It has also been suggested that it might be named after the actions of Edward St John Daniel on a ship called the HMS Victor Emmanuel.
- Dead Calm - There is a dog nailed to the wall with a harpoon. In the movie Rae accidentally shoots her dog instead of her attacker, Hughie, with a harpoon gun, nailing it to the cabin door.
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.
E2M4: The Overlooked Hotel
- 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.
E2M5: The Haunting
- The Haunting - is a 1963 horror film based on a haunted mansion.
E2M8: The Lair of Shial
- Army of Darkness - On starting the level, Caleb says, "Hey she-bitch! Let's go!"
- Andrew Dice Clay - The line "Along came a spider sat down beside her and said: 'What's in the bowl, bitch?'" is from the stand-up act of comedian Andrew Dice Clay.
- New Testament - Caleb's final words before drinking Gabriel's blood are taken from John 6:53.
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.
- X-Files, The Host episode - "The Flukeman Was Here" is written on the wall inside the secret with the 2 trapped souls where you have to blow up the gate underwater to get in.
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.
E4M9: Mall of the Dead
- The entire level is based on the film Dawn of the Dead.
- Poltergeist - It takes place in Cuesta Verde Mall.
- 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.
CP02: Old Opera House
- The Phantom of the Opera/Phantasm - The opera house marquee reads "coming soon Phantasm of the Opera".
- Flaming Moe's (Simpsons Episode) - The opera house marquee indicates it is playing Faust starring Hugh Jass. This Simpsons episode itself contains The Phantom of the Opera references.
- 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 the 1983 film Return of the Jedi. *The price is $6.66, the number of the Beast in the Book of Revelations, as famously referenced in the 1976 film The Omen.
- There's No Business Like Show Business - Upon entering the stage Caleb mutters the song's title.
- Casablanca - If you try to use the piano near the entrance of the Opera house, Caleb will utter "Don't play it again, Sam". Also when standing in front of the mirror, in the dressing room, he says "Here's not looking at you, kid".
CP04: 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.
- Hexen: Beyond Heretic - The ringing of the bell is a reference to the first level of Hexen.
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park- There is a velociraptor trapped in the hull of the boat. This is a reference to the Lost World: Jurassic Park when there is a tyrannosaurus in the hull of a boat.
- 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.
- Several weapons use cans of insecticide called "Die Bug Die" as ammunition, either as incendiary devices or as a poison. This is likely a reference to the The X-Files episode "War of the Coprophages", where similar cans of pesticide can be seen. A juvenile novel called Die Bug, Die! was also written by Les Martin based on the episode.
- Hellraiser - The Flayer weapon in The Nightmare Levels expansion pack summons meat hooks on a chain to attack enemies, inspired by Pinhead's signature attack.
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 it off!" This phone gag is adapted from the Grumpy Old Man, a recurring character/sketch on Saturday Night Live played by Dana Carvey.
- "Gimme some sugar, baby." - From Army of Darkness.
- "Groovy." - said by Ash after arming himself in Evil Dead 2.
- "Aww... love, american style" - From the television show Love, American Style. Also theorized to be a reference to the song "More Human than Human" by White Zombie.
- "'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.
- "You kids shouldn't play so rough...somebody's gonna start crying." - From Reservoir Dogs.
- "You sir, are no gentleman!" - From Gone With the Wind.
- "I've got a present for ya!" - From Command & Conquer
CL1L1: Cabalco Transit System
- Eleanor M Ingram - the reference to Ingram street is a possible reference to this weird fiction author best known for The Thing from the Lake (1921).
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".
- Sherlock Holmes - After finding a flashlight in a dumpster, the objective screen will be titled "Good work, Sherlock".
- Sacrament of Evil - a sign on the wall of the laundromat refers to this six-part role-playing game extension for Call of Cthulhu.
C1L3: Lafayette Museum of Antiquities
- Back to the Future - The DeLorean time machine created by Dr. Emmett Brown can be seen flying in the sky (it has also been suggested to evoke a Spinner from Blade Runner). It is even possible for the player to shoot it down.
- Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Chachapoyan Fertility Idol can be found on display in one of the exhibits.
- The Simspons - the same basic borrowed phone gag as the one found in "E1M2: Wrong Side of the Tracks" from the original Blood: "Will someone please check the men's room for a Hugh Jass?"
- Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! - one of the signs references Mano Tiki Tia from the episode "A Tiki Scare is No Fair".
C1L5: Steam Tunnels
- 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; also a later subject for LithTech powered Monolith game). 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.
C1L6: Center for Disease Management
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - The CDM featured is a play on the CDC.
- The Shining - Upon entering the facility, Caleb states that "It's howdy doody time kiddies, the bad man is here!"
- Tales from the Crypt - When riding on a lift, Caleb comments "I feel like a piece of meat."
C1L7: Movin' On Up
- The Jeffersons - "Movin' On Up" is the theme song of this Norman Lear situation comedy, which refers to the upward social mobility of an African American family.
- The loading screen text mentions a restaurant called "Beefy Queen", probably a reference to Dairy Queen restaurants.
C1L8: CAS Revenant
- Star Trek: The Next Generation - The introductory text says that the airship is model 1701D. This is the same number as the Enterprise.
C1L9: CAS Revenant (Interior)
- Spaceballs - the self-destruct being located in the toilet is similar to a scene in the film.
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.
- Got Milk? - A billboard behind the starting area references the famous advertising slogan as well as the previous Blood game.
C1L11: The Cathedral
- Inferno - The objective screen states "Abandon Hope, Ye Who Enter Here", a reference to the message at the gates of hell in the Inferno, the first part of the Divine Comedy by late medieval Italian author Dante Alighieri.
C2L2: Cabal Safehouse
- Rambo - Upon leaving the subway station, Caleb comments "I'm not a bad dream, I'm your worst nightmare!".
- The Shining - In a long corridor, there are two twin girls in identical dresses. If Caleb approaches them, they will disappear, making them hard to spot if the player moves in on them too fast. However, they can be viewed in detail with the sniper rifle scope or binoculars. There is also an axe embedded in a door upstairs. When the player approaches it, Caleb says "Get ready for a surprise. Heeeere is Caleb!"
C2L4: Cabalco Meat Packing Plant
- A computer running Blood can be found showing The Shining reference from "E2M4: The Overlooked Hotel".
- 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
- Wayne's World - The menu at the diner offers '"Cream of SumYungGai", a joke taken from the movie.
- The Simpsons - In the same diner, the kitchen has a barrel containing "Horse Meat - Now With More Testicles!" This is a reference to The Simpsons, where it was served in the school cafeteria.
- "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 stomach-ache.
C2L9: The Underground
- The level objective text refers to the area as the Saqqara underground, in reference to the Ancient Egyptian tomb complex.
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
- The CabalCo building barracks have posters on their walls. These include movie posters for Dirty Harry, Mad Max, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Reservoir Dogs, as well as the box artwork for Shogo: Mobile Armour Division, Get Medieval and Claw, which appear in other places in the game.
- Alien: Resurrection - Upon entering a shooting range, Caleb comments "What a waste of good ammunition." This line is also said by a Kaled soldier in the classic Doctor Who serial Genesis of the Daleks after shooting a mutant.
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.
C3L4: Cabalco Enterprises
- "Good morning, and in case I don't see you again, good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight." - From The Truman Show.
- "I'm not a mechanic. I just mostly hurt people." - From Alien: Resurrection.
C5L1: Cold, Cold Grave
- Hamlet - Gideon is shown narrating as a talking skull, commenting that he may one day "serve as a muse for some unfortunate playwright who wanders this way". This is likely an allusion to both William Shakespeare and the skull of Yorick in his play.
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.
- Computers can once again be found running Blood and showing The Shining reference from "E2M4: The Overlooked Hotel".
C5L3: JoJo's Big Adventure
- Fiji mermaid - The Fish-Man is likely a reference to the Fiji mermaid, an exhibit that was so unconvincing that it was later marketed by P. T. Barnum as a "genuine fake".
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - The level title may have been a reference to the long-running manga series.
- Westworld - This level is named after Westworld, a movie that takes place in a theme park meant to simulate the Western frontier, complete with killable robots.
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 titles the game gives these bots are often names of famous horror writers such as Lovecraft or Poe. In the original system, these were the names of science fiction artificial intelligences or robots.
- 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 (Jay Wilson's "beast"). 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 main 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/Return to Cronus, Caleb Meets the Headless Thompson Gunner and More Blood in the Arena Eternal are all 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 "Caleb Vrs Recon" featuring a Quake II character, "Caleb Vs Nintendo" featuring a snipe at Nintendo, "Lego Caleb" featuring Caleb as ,Lego blocks, "What Else?" featuring George Clooney and "FPS Heroes On A Battle" 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 used by Rust. Björn Wehrhan also had Caleb face his Build engine rival Nukem as well as Neo from The Matrix.
- TIMEE1M6 from Time Episode (1999) features the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future (1985, 1989-1990). A similar easter egg appears in Blood II (see above).
- C1T4: Egyptian Kingdom from Killing Time (1999) ends with a sequence directly paralleling the finale of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), including the stone-stepping and leap of faith trials, as well as the many grails room. Why the grail is present in a level seemingly set, by way of a time portal in the previous level, two and half thousand years before the life of Jesus Christ is not explained. A similar set up, with more elaborate set pieces for the three trials, is included as a secret area in OFB02: The Forest from Out for Blood (2019). The game critic Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw would idly muse if such was possible in the Build engine around the same time.
- The fan add-on Bloody Pulp Fiction (2009) features numerous additional pop culture nods than the base game.
- TEDE1M5: Fire Wings Airport from French Meat (2012) has a secret hideaway where a group of Zealots appear to be planning the September 11 attacks. The sequel, French Meat 2 (2019), features levels based on Goldeneye 007 and Jurassic Park. Both add-ons feature secret levels recreating those of other games, the first features a recreation of the first level of Doom (1993) while the second features the opening level of Heretic (1994).
- TT09: Hollow Earth from Trauma Therapy (2020) features areas recreating the opening bank level from Sin (1998) and the opening stadium fight from Duke Nukem Forever (2011; itself a reference to the final level of retail Duke Nukem 3D from 1996). TT07: Island Crashin' also features a secret area with an anubis from fellow Build engine title PowerSlave (1996). The theatre in TT03: City Escape features a mashup between Toy Story (1995) and The Terminator (1984), while TT10: Welcome Home! hides Shub-Niggurath from Quake (1996) and TT11: Trauma Resolution? conceals the Dopefish.
- IE2M02: CRYPTIC RITUALS from the second chapter of The Way of Ira (2019-2021) features the hanging body of Lo Wang from the original Shadow Warrior, similar to the body of Duke Nukem found in the base game. IE2M03: SINS OF FLESH also features exotic dancers sourced from PowerSlave (1996). It also features a reference to the controversy relating to the game Ion Fury (2019), as well as allusions to various conspiracy theories.