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The Hatchet Man  
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Location Location icon  Crislip's Home Saloon
Psychopath Dead rising cliff Cliff Hudson
Survivor(s) Dead rising barbara Barbara Patterson
Dead rising josh Josh Manning
Dead rising rich Rich Atkins
Starts Time icon  Day 2, Sept. 20, 8 am
Expires Time icon   Day 2, Sept. 20, 3 pm
Weapon(s) Dead rising attack icon  Machete
Dead rising attack icon  Bombs
Dead rising attack icon  Smoke flares
Books BOOK Icon  Survival
BOOK Icon  Wrestling
Join Prestige points icon  15,000 each
Prestige points icon   30,000 each
Kill Bonus Prestige points icon   30,000
Otis's call Dead rising transiever  I just saw a big dude carryin' a machete in that home store... CRISLIP'S somethin' or other. He knows where the security cameras are and he's doin' a good job of stayin' outta sight.[1]
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The Hatchet Man is a Dead Rising scoop. On the morning of day 2, Otis calls Frank about a "dude carryin' a machete". When Frank arrives in Crislip's Home Saloon he enters a hellish nightmare.

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There are slabs of headless human bodies hanging from the ceiling. Cliff Hudson, a muscled, Machete-wielding man appears, covered in blood from his victims, seems he is having a post 'Nam flashback and believes Frank is the enemy.[2]

Introducing Cliff cutscene[]

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 can't 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 gorilla'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.[3]

Battling Cliff[]



Cliff Hudson is a very difficult psychopath.

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Cliff impaling Frank with his Machete.

He often sneaks up on Frank from behind and impales Frank with his Machete.

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Cliff's pipe bombs.

Cliff also drops flares and pipe bombs from on top of the shelves. The flares make Frank cough and stagger. Only being a far distance from Cliff or being on top of a shelf will save Frank from these pipe bombs.

Melee attack

As soon as the cutscene is over, Cliff will run up behind Frank and try to slash him with his machete, run forward to avoid this first strike. Then turn and hit cliff with Frank's strongest melee weapon for a few strikes, then run away before Cliff can retaliate with his Machete. Any melee attack will stun Cliff, but do not hit him more than once or he will assuredly strike back at Frank. Never try to hit Cliff immediately after getting up from one of his attack or he will try to knock Frank down a second time.[4]

Melee weapons

Effective melee weapons are the Katana found in Ripper's Blades down the hallway, and the Battle Axe. The best melee weapons is again the Small Chainsaw.


The normal chainsaw found in the store can be beneficial in defeating Cliff, but make sure that Frank starts it up while there is some distance between himself and Cliff. Only use running attacks with the chainsaw.

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Up to 10,000[5][6]

Prestige Points   

Up to 10,000[5][6]

Cliff jumping into the access tunnel.

Cliff's retreat and photo opportunity

After Frank hits Cliff a few times, he will run to one of the access tunnel passages in the floor. The yellow Prestige Point icon appears over Cliff's head, indicating a photograph opportunity.[7]


Cliff will reappear on top of the shelves. He's immobile while he stands on the shelves, so he won't be able to move around for a better angle on Frank. Use the stacked boxes at the end of a shelf to climb up and scan the area above to locate him. Switch to a firearm and start shooting. When Frank jumps on the staked boxes, Cliff will jump down from the shelves and head for the next access tunnel or jump down and try to attack Frank. Keep shooting. Stay on top of the shelving units for as long as Frank has ammo for his firearms. If Frank runs out of ammo, switch to a close-range weapon, such as a Shotgun, then drop down and sweep the area from below.[6][8]


Shooting Cliff with a shotgun will cause him to drop to one knee and become stunned for a brief moment.[9] Retreat, wait for him to compose himself, and shoot him again. Keep doing this fire and retreat attack for an easy kill. If he gets too close to Frank, run away. If Frank keeps running Cliff will stop to attack which should give Frank enough distance to shoot him with the shotgun.

Luring Cliff out

The best way to get Cliff to come to Frank is to stand next to the many shopping carts near the entrance. Avoid the projectiles, and Cliff should eventually run to Frank.[4]

Alternatively, exit the store and then coming back in, Cliff will charge you, allowing Frank to get some melee hits.


There is no food in the store, but:

  1. There are 5 cardboard boxes in the store, including behind the cash register, which may have some food in them.[9]
  2. on the fountain outside the store, there is a Snack.
  3. in the fountain, there's a Cardboard box, which could have food inside.
  4. the walkways have food on them, or Seon's Food & Stuff have infinite amounts of health.

Cliff's death[]

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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.[3]
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Cliff's key

After Cliff is defeated he leaves the Machete which will now re-spawn in this store. He also gives Frank the empty store key to rescue the survivors that are in the room to the right of the hardware store as Frank exits (N128).[10] The room also contains the Survival and Wrestling books.

Zombies immediately appear after Cliff is killed and beginning feeding on his carcass.[7]


  • As long as Frank is not in Crislip's Home Saloon, he can still be in the North Plaza to receive the call about Hatchet Man.
  • The song during the battle with Cliff is "Slave" by Evolutionaries.[3]
  • Mother Connie and daughter Dakota, from the beginning title screen cutscene, bear a striking resemblance to Cliff's Daughter and Grand-Daughter in the photo in his wallet.[11]
  • The hung decapitated bodies and blood streaked walls and floors are now permanent.
  • The weapon used by Cliff is a Machete not a Hatchet


Otis's call[]

Beginning cutscene[]

Machete attack[]

Flare and bomb attack[]

Cliff's death[]


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Locked door where the Hatchet man's captives are
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Captives Barbara, Rich, and Josh
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See also[]


  1. Dead Rising Game Script, IGN, (January, 2009).
  2. Off, Greg (August 7, 2006). Dead Rising Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. , p. unknown
  3. a b c Hall, Kevin. Dead Rising: Game Script by Berserker, GameFAQs, (January 5, 2009). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "dialogue" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "dialogue" defined multiple times with different content
  4. a b Russell, Brad, Dead Rising FAQ/Walkthrough, (July 25, 2007)
  5. Dead Rising: FAQ/Walkthrough by Natedrizzle, GameFAQs, (August 28, 2006).
  6. a b Mark Dead Rising: Psychopath Guide, GameFAQs, (January 10, 2007).
  7. a b Dead Rising Featured Guide, Cheat Happens.
  8. [http: Dead Rising: No Weapon Walkthrough* by BobbySoFamous], GameFAQs (September 25, 2009).
  9. a b Rorie, Matthew Gamespot Gameguide Dead Rising, Gamespot
  10. Unofficial number, see North Plaza#Store Map
  11. Dead Rising: The Big List Of Stuff, Newcenstein.

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