Cliff Hudson
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Voice Actor Steven Blum
Status Deceased
Age 58
Notebook Number 36
Notebook Description Found wandering around Crislip's Home Saloon clutching a machete.
Health 3,000
Weapon Machete

Pipe Bombs

Location Crislip's Home Saloon
Mission(s) The Hatchet Man
PP 30,000 (Defeat)

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"...Everything went white suddenly... The war, it wasn't over.... Not for me... It never ended..."
—Cliff, on him going insane.

Cliff Hudson is a psychopath appearing in Dead Rising and a zombie in Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop.

Despite being nearly 60 years old, Cliff Hudson was large, fast and heavily muscled. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War who had taken refuge inside Crislip's Home Saloon after experiencing a war flashback. Using his skills at guerilla warfare, Cliff began executing zombies and capturing "prisoners of war" who were actually survivors of the zombie outbreak.

He was found in Crislip's Home Saloon during the scoop The Hatchet Man.

The Hatchet ManEdit

Main article: The Hatchet Man

Cliff was seen carrying a machete in Crislip's Home Saloon. As Frank arrived to investigate, he found several headless zombies suspended from the ceiling with ropes. Cliff appeared behind him and confronted him, demanding his name and military rank. When Frank failed to answer, Cliff accused him of being a member of the Viet Cong and proceeded to attack him by swinging his machete at him. Frank managed to get out of the way in time, got back on his feet, and looked cautiously around the store for Cliff.

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 cannot 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 guerilla'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.[1]

After he is defeated, Cliff returns to his senses and explains that he had gone insane after hearing the dying screams of his granddaughter as she was mauled by the undead. After Cliff dies, Frank closes his eyes out of empathy. 

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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.[1]

He dies after giving Frank a key case containing a key to the empty store next to Crislip's Home Saloon, as well as a picture of his family. Defeating Cliff allows Frank to rescue Josh Manning, Barbara Patterson and Rich Atkins from the empty store next to Crislip's. Cliff's machete will spawn each time Frank enters Crislip's Saloon. 

Infinity ModeEdit

In Infinty Mode, Cliff first appears in Crislip's Home Saloon at the North Plaza from 1:07:00 to 2:00:00 and is armed with his Machete, Pipe Bombs and Road Flares. In his equipment he carries a Red Cabbage, a Baguette, a Randomizer, a Machinegun and a Handgun. Later Cliff appears again in Crislip's Home Saloon from 6:07:00 to 6:19:00 and he carries the same items he had before.

Chop Till You DropEdit

In Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, Cliff doesn't appear as a psychopath. Instead, he appears as a zombie. Zombie Cliff wields two machetes and attacks by wildly flailing his blades while charging after Frank. His presence can be identified by the sounds of him scraping his machetes against each other. He carries machetes but he will drop a katana when killed.

Battle StyleEdit

Cliff's weapon of choice is a bloodied machete. He will also use the many trapdoors in Crislip's Home Saloon to make a quick getaway and re-appear on the top of the shelves out of Frank's sight. He will also attempt to ambush Frank between the warehouse shelves. Cliff can attack in several different ways;

  • Machete: Cliff's normal mode of attack is to charge at Frank, slashing with his machete, and finishing with a knee strike. He can also do a heavy attack by impaling Frank with his machete from behind. After attacking, he will dash towards the nearest trap door and escape through it.
  • Road Flares: While on the top of the shelves, Cliff will throw road flares that release thick smoke, causing Frank to have a coughing fit if he gets near. The flares can be extinguished by a fire extinguisher.
  • Pipe Bomb: Cliff can also throw pipe bombs while he is on the top of the shelves. If Frank is caught in the explosion, he will suffer heavy damage and be knocked off his feet.


  • Cliff is the only psychopath to get any sympathy from Frank.
  • The song that plays during his fight is "Slave" by The Evolutionaries.
  • The woman and child seen in Cliff's family picture bear some resemblance to Connie and Dakota, although there is no confirmed relation between them.
  • In Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, the sound effect of zombie Cliff scraping his machetes together is the same sound effect which is used when Larry is sharpening his cleaver.
  • When Cliff became a psychopath, he is living in the past. Believing that he is in Vietnam, fighting the Viet Cong army and beating information out of prisoners to "find" the guerillas' hideout.
  • One of Cliff's hostages, Josh Manning, acknowledges the fact that Cliff could have been a nice man before the Willamette Incident.
  • The voice actor for Cliff Hudson, Steve Blum, also does the voice acting for Roger Hall.[2]
  • The decapitated zombies hanging from the ceiling and blood-streaked walls and floors are permanent after the battle with Cliff.
  • Cliff Hudson shares several similarities with Dean Wayne, a survivor from Dead Rising 2 in the mission Shell Shocked. Both men have been in the army, are veterans of war and also shout "Name and rank, soldier!" when they spot the main protagonist.
  • If you look closely during his death cutscene, you can see that his eyes are already closed.
  • Cliff Hudson bears a resemblance to Michael Rooker.
  • Cliff and Paul are the only psychopaths to snap back to normal after they are defeated.
  • Cliff shares similarities to Brandon Whittaker from Dead Rising 2. Both are fast and can teleport by going into different things. (Cliff by floor vents and Brandon by bathroom stalls.)
  • At fifty eight years old, Cliff is the second oldest psychopath encountered in the series.
  • Cliff was actually going to be the final boss instead of Brock Mason, but this idea was scrapped for unknown reasons.



  1. a b Hall, Kevin. Dead Rising: Game Script by Berserker, GameFAQs, (January 5, 2009).
  2. Dead Rising, imdb.
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