A Strange Group
Strange Group Sean
Location Colby's Movieland
Start Time Time iconSeptember 21st, 12am
Expires Time iconSeptember 21st, 10am
Survivors Nathan Crabbe
Michelle Feltz
Cheryl Jones
Ray Mathison
Beth Shrake
PP 30,000 (Psychopath Defeat)
25,000 (Join)

50,000 (Escort)

Psychopath(s) Sean Keanan
True Eye Cult
Dead Rising
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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.

Dead RisingEdit

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 down 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.



Sean's Ritual
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Sean stands in front of a sacrificial statue with his arms outstretched

Sean: Those who reject salvation embrace ignorance!

There are hostages tied to seats around the theater. Frank approaches Sean. Sean raises a sword up into the air and stands.
Sean: Now I shall return your tainted blood to the foul earth that hast spawned you![1]


Sean's Death
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Sean staggers then falls in front of the sacrificial statue

Sean: Give me strength... I beseech theeeeeeeeee!

The statue falls directly into Sean and the sword in the chest stabs right through his right eye. Sean screams in pain and blood gushes from his face and he dies instantly.[1]

Chop Till You DropEdit

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 StyleEdit

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Sean is difficult to defeat as he is very fast and his huge sword sends Frank flying to the ground and inflicts great damage. If he knocks Frank down there is a chance that he may run over to Frank and hit Frank as he is trying to stand.
Sean's attacks

Sean's moves include:

  1. a standing sword slash or two,
  2. a sliding kick,
  3. a sliding sword thrust, and
  4. a jumping overhead slash.

Move to his sides as Sean performs a sliding kick, a sliding sword thrust, or a jumping overhead slash then quickly hit him with a melee weapon. He will usually stagger if Frank hits him right after each of these moves.[2]

Every so often, when Sean is hit, he buckles to his knees, giving Frank the perfect opportunity to inflict some serious damage.

Do not hit Sean after a standing sword slash or he will not stagger and will most likely hit Frank.

Be sure to stay away from the hostages, as Sean's attacks can sometimes accidentally hit the hostages.

Best position

The best position is to use the mannequin at the base of the theater screen as a barrier between Sean and Frank, making it more difficult for Sean to hit Frank with his sword. Hop up onto the small mannequin base and use a handgun or strong weapon.

Melee Weapons

The best weapon to kill Sean with is the small chainsaw. Another effective weapon is the Battle Axe or Katana. One guide recommends the Sledgehammer, another recommends Lead Pipes, Hunting Knives or cleavers.[3][4]

There are two Mannequins in Theater 1. The Mannequin Torso is an effective weapon against Sean.

Frank can run between the seats to make Sean jump up and Frank can hit him as he lands.[2]


Any firearm use against Sean will be risky, as there are four hostages that Frank may wind up killing if he is not careful. Frank can hide behind the seat rows and shoot Sean with the shotgun or the Heavy Machine Gun. But keep in mind that when Frank tries to shoot at Sean, he dodges the bullets nine times out of ten. If Frank tries to shoot Sean from outside the theater doors, Sean will hide.[5][3][4]


Sean occasionally performs a little sliding maneuver that knocks Frank off balance, which he will usually resort to if he notices Frank trying to eat food. To eat food, Frank will have to run away from Sean. Try jumping over theater seats to separate Frank from him and eat while he is trying to move around to get to Frank.[3][4]

If Frank needs more health, leave Theater 4. Sean will not follow Frank through the doors. Frank can go to theaters 2, 3, or 5 and eat the food.[6] Sean will not bother the survivors if Frank leaves - he will stand to one side of the theater and chant.


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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.
  • If Frank abandons the hostages after killing Sean Keanan, 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.



  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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