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"This is kind of weird, but there's a group of freaks in raincoats gathered in Colby's Movieland. They're wearin' matchin' masks too. They're really given' me the creeps."
Otis Washington

A Strange Group is a scoop in Dead Rising.

It takes place in Colby's Movieland after midnight on the third day. The True Eye Cult and its leader, Sean Keanan, have captured several survivors and are preparing to sacrifice them.

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Frank arrives at Colby's Movieland to investigate the strange happenings involving the True Eye cult. Upon entering Theater 4, Frank finds four people tied up as the cult leader, Sean Keanan, prepares a strange sacrificial ritual. As he notices Frank, he vows to slay him with a ceremonial sword, claiming that he has to return his tainted blood to the foul earth that spawned him.

Upon defeat, Sean kneels before the central mannequin and besoughts it to deliver him strength, but the mannequin suddenly topples over and its sword impales Sam through his right eye, killing him. Sean's death causes the remaining cult members to storm into the theater to try to avenge the death of their leader, but they all fall as well as Frank takes them down, one by one, finishing off the cult's underlings.

When the final cultists have been killed, Frank will automatically retrieve the Movieland warehouse key from Sean's body, which allows him to free Cheryl Jones from a locked closet nearby. Frank can then untie Beth Shrake, Nathan Crabbe, Ray Mathison and Michelle Feltz and escort them to the Security Room.

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The Ceremonial Sword

When Sean dies, Frank receives three rewards:

  1. The Movieland Warehouse Key, used to open the door to the left of the stage to free Cheryl Jones.
  2. The strong Ceremonial Sword.
  3. Dead rising Brainwashing Tips Brainwashing Tips Book, which makes escorted survivors no longer fear death and readily jump into danger.




Chop Till You Drop[]

In Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, when saving the survivors, Frank has to meet all of the hostages before he is allowed to leave Theater 4. Once he has found all five of them, Frank will say to himself "I can't keep track of them all at once", he will then tell the girls to go into the theater closet with Cheryl as it is safe in there.

Frank then must escort Ray and Nathan to the Security Room, before being able to escort the three remaining women.

Battle Style[]


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  • Sean's theme is "Bored Again" by Lockjaw.
  • If encountered during Case File 5-2, Isabela's theme will still play during and after the fight with Sean.
  • There is no prestige point photo available for Cheryl in this scoop.
  • This is the only scoop in which Frank can rescue 5 survivors from one single mission, which means it's the largest scoop in the game with the most survivors to rescue at a time.
    • It is also one of the hardest scoops due to their being 5 survivors to save, the mall having more zombies than usual after killing Sean, and it usually being nighttime when players rescue them meaning the zombies are more aggressive.
  • If Frank abandons the hostages after killing Sean, and does not open the Movieland warehouse door, all of the hostages will die within 30 minutes, but Cheryl will remain in the Movieland warehouse (closet) for the scoops duration.
  • The prerequisite for Otis calling about this scoop is completing the unmarked scoop The Cult. If Frank arrives at The Cult scoop after 12 am on the 3rd day, Otis will call immediately after The Cult cutscene about the A Strange Group scoop.
  • Because of a bug, Cheryl can be killed with one accidental hit from the cardboard box in the Movie Warehouse.
  • When Frank speaks to Cheryl to recruit her, he says something along the lines of "they're leader is dead", which is an error on the developers' part while writing the dialogue as the usage of "they're" is wrong, this has since been fixed on the remastered version of the game.
  • There are no cult members in the theater while Frank is fighting Sean during the whole duration of the scoop, even if he leaves Coby's Movieland and comes back, though cultists can still be found around the rest of the mall for as long as the scoop is still active.
  • After the scoop is completed, when Frank leaves the theater there will be more zombies than usual in Paradise Plaza.
  • Frank can save hostages except Cheryl without defeating Sean.



  1. a b Dead Rising: Game Script,, (January 5, 2009).
  2. a b Dead Rising: FAQ/Walkthrough by Natedrizzle, GameFAQs, (August 28, 2006).
  3. a b c Dead Rising FAQ/Walkthrough, IGN, (February 25, 2007). "You will have to use a melee weapon against Sean,since he almost always manages to dodge any bullets that you shoot at with a gun."
  4. a b c Rorie, Matthew Gamespot Gameguide Dead Rising, Gamespot
  5. (Russell, Brad), Dead Rising FAQ/Walkthrough, (July 25, 2007)
  6. Are the cult members still in the theaters during this scoop?
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