In 2006, a small town arcade was forced to close due to machinations of opportunistic politicians and preachers. The arcade’s owner was run out of town and the cabinets, mostly horror games, were ordered to be destroyed in a public ceremony. One of the former employees, Amelia, refused to let this happen. Rallying a crew of fellow misfits, she liberated the coin-op machines, evaded the local police through multiple states until reaching the one place outside the reach of the law: infamous Alexandria Mall.

The legend of the Alexandria Mall is too long to repeat here, but ask any witness of the midnight skirmish that caused the building to be burned to the ground only to reappear the next morning will tell you how that was only the beginning of the weirdness. Amelia used the doomed machines to start “The Arcade of the Damned,” and began to hunt down additional coin-op games with far more sinister histories.

Custom Sprites
Illmosis/ScrollBoss: Amelia
Castlevania: Elizabeth Bartley (Bloodlines)
Night Slashers: Vampire Boss
Horror: a new Freddy sprite in the same style as the 2018 Horror print, Nancy Thompson (Elm Street 1 style), Sam (Trick ‘R Treat), the Bishop of Battle (Nightmares). Improved sprites of Michael Myers (Halloween 2 lobby card and sheet disguise sprites) and Mike (Phantasm)

Mini-logos: Trick ‘R Treat and the Bishop of Battle added to movies gallery.

All newness added to the main GFX Generators, where you can make pics like the top of this post!

Previous DTHT 2019 updates
DTHT 2019 pt.1 – Death Lives
DTHT 2019 pt.2 – Half-Man, Half-Beast, All-Horror!
DTHT 2019 pt.3 – Beyond Death

Mad science has been blurring the line between the living and the dead in the world of horror for a long time and this update is full of the results (and more than one mad scientist).

Custom Sprites
Splatterhouse: new sprites of Rick Taylor (part 3) and one of the Revival Dead. Reshaded the 2013 Master Dead sprite.
Castlevania: added a version of The Creature (a more classic-looking head)
Resident Evil: added zombie cop
Horror: added new sprite of Re-Animator’s Dr. Hill, improved Herbert West sprite

Previous DTHT 2019 updates
pt.1: Death Lives
pt.2: Half-Man, Half-Beast, All-Horror!

All newness added to the main GFX Generators, where you can make pics like the top of this post!

Tomorrow features the debut of a new ScrollBoss site character. You know that horror arcade background in the image generators that I made last year? That arcade’s owner, briefly seen in the promo video posted two days ago, makes her debut tomorrow. The party’s at her place and everyone’s invited!

It’s time again.

The DangerTerrorHorrorThon lives again, but not for long if these participants have anything to say about it!

Custom Sprites
Castlevania: Death (Castlevania NES and Symphony of the Night designs)
Ghosts ‘n Goblins: Skeleton Murderer
Gauntlet: Death
Kid Icarus: Grim Reaper
Night Slashers: Boss 6

All sprites have been added to the GFX Generators

The HorrorThon continues tomorrow when things get wild!

I couldn’t just let the 20th anniversary go by without doing at least a little something.

A new Alucard sprite has been added to the Castlevania Custom Sprite gallery and the main image generator.

There will be another small update in a few days, mainly adding the Mega Man NES screens to the new generator engine. Mega Man content is still a good way to get attention, isn’t it? I’m allowed to say that out loud, right?

This update could be done only at night, for it is filled with Vampires!

Custom Sprites
Castlevania: Dracula (original CV and SotN)
Alpha Denshi (NEW!): Kyros
Movies: Blacula/Mamuwalde and Selene (Underworld)
VanillawareVampire (Dragon’s Crown)

Mini-logos
Movies: Kyros
Movies: Blacula and Underworld

All of these bloodsuckers (and their mini-logos) have been added to the GFX Generator, where you can make your own screens and graphics, including one with that new Dracula’s lair background based on the original Castlevania.

You know, that’s a lot of vampires and tomorrow’s the last day for the DangerTerrorHorrorThon. I really hope someone shows up to make sure these nosferatu MF’ers don’t get out of control…

previous parts of the DTHT: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4

The original Castlevania turned 30 years old earlier this year, when I promised that you’d see more new tributes to that series during the DangerTerrorHorrorThon. Yesterday’s update featured a new sprite of Richter Belmont, but it’s time to pay homage to the original game.

Custom Sprites
CastleVania: Darkwing Bat Phantom Bat, Frankenstein (the Creature), Fish Man, Flea Man & Hunchback (redone) and Medusa Heads (redone)

The new sprites and a new background based on CastleVania Stage 5 have been added to the new GFX Generator, which you can use to make pics like the one near the top of this post.

If you think the DangerTerrorHorrorThon is done with you today, you better think again. There will be yet another installment tonight to satisfy your ghoulish appetites.


previous parts: part 1

edit: mislabeled the Phantom Bat as Darkwing Bat (I was using the SotN sprites as extra reference), now fixed.

Here’s today’s batch of newness:

Custom Sprites
Movies: El/Eleven from Stranger Things, Trash from the Return of the Living Dead and Frank Stewart from the WNUF Halloween Special. Yes, I know Stranger Things isn’t a movie, but it’s on that page for now.
Castlevania: Richter Belmont (original outfit)
Vanillaware: Sorceress (resprited and MUCH better)
Other Games: Julie (Zombies Ate My Neighbors) in her select screen pose
Marvel: Ghost Rider in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 stance

Mini-logos
– Movies: the Return of the Living Dead, Frank Stewart
– Television: Stranger Things
– Vanillaware (new!): Vanillaware and Dragon’s Crown logo

All of the new sprites and mini-logos were added to the new GFX Generator, which you can use to make pics like the one near the top of this post. I also added a “horror” character list so you can easily find horror characters to build your own nightmares.

The madness continues tomorrow with even more sprites!


“We’ll be right back.”

So I went to make the above quick pic for Castlevania’s 30th anniversary (using the GFX Generator, of course) and noticed something odd. Sypha and Grant weren’t in the Konami section and the Belmont character didn’t have the Trevor sprite I’d made a while ago. All those things have been fixed now. While I was at it, I’ve uploaded the latest version of the GFX Generator engine with a few fixes here and there (some shadows look a bit off, but I’ll work on that) and the character switcher on the preview page:

Thanks to the way I wrote the new engine, I can add more things to that last-minute modifier section in future updates. Sorry for not having more new Castlevania sprites for today (the anniversary snuck up on me), but I think most of you know you’ll be getting some about a month from now.

Last, but not least, multiple pixel donations from Tonner Topper (thank you!) were added to the Sprite Rips and Sprite Edit Pack pages. Anyone looking for CPS2 bg effects should check out those custom packs on the Sprite Rips page!

That’s not the only thing going on here this week, though! Come back in a few days for an…


… early Christmas.

edit: as more proof that I work on this site when I’m half-asleep, I mistakenly had Topper’s name as Tonner when this was originally posted. I’m very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very sorry for messing up on that and it’s now fixed.

To everyone who has checked out the site back in the days of Vs. Mode fights and Minus World madness (the site section, not the completely different website), those who just visited for the first time today and every party person who falls somewhere in between, thank you for stopping by and making these sixteen pixel-packed years fly by. Get ready for multiple days of anniversary updates, starting with a seven-sprite kickoff!


Custom Sprites:
Capcom: Protoman (with variant)
Konami: Sledge (Vendetta/Crime Fighters 2)
– – Castlevania: Trevor Belmont, Sypha (SotN Cape up variant of the earlier sprite)
IREM: Straw from Ninja Baseball Bat Man
Taito: Sayo-chan (a.k.a. Pocky) from Kiki Kai Kai, Zeke from Zoo Keeper (both in-game and cabinet art styles)
Sega: Sonic the Hedgehog… decided to start running right as I clicked on the GFX Generator screenshot maker. See, that’s just rude. Maybe someone told him Protoman was the coolest person in the pic or perhaps he was scared off by the Zoo Keeper. Don’t worry, this isn’t the only update this week, so let’s see if I can get him to slow down for another sprite before the anniversary updates are done.

All sprites were added to the aforementioned GFX Generators (the old GroupShot and Vs generators).

Halloween is here and there’s a bonus surprise in the Halloween DangerTerrorHorrorThon wrap-up! Let’s see all the new things that appeared this week…

Custom Sprites:
Capcom: Zombie (Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts versions)
Castlevania: Simon Belmont (new CV1 NES stance from last year’s Trevor sprite & improved taunt), Grant Danasty, Carmilla (Rondo of Blood)
– – Konami: Silent Hill Nurse
Namco: Biggy Man (Splatterhouse)
Nintendo: Medusa (classic, big)
Wayforward: Rottytops
Games (other): Julie and Zeke (Zombies Ate My Neighbors), the Pumpkin boss from Monster Party.
DC Comics: Solomon Grundy (uploaded on a Monday)
Movies: Tarman (Return of the Living Dead), Chucky, Michael Myers/The Shape, Ghostface (Scream), Leatherface
NES-like 32×16 and 32×3: Altered Beast werewolf

Mini-logos:
Capcom: Ghosts ‘n Goblins
Konami: Silent Hill (movie)
LucasArts: Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Movies: Chucky, Leatherface, Scream, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (thanks to Christopher B. for the Atari 2600 idea)

All fighting size custom sprites and mini-logos have been added to the GFX Generators so you can use them to make your own spooky fake screenshots and pixel graphics!

Don’t forget that I still have that Horror legend vs. screen print in the ScrollBoss Shop for $6 + S&H!


BTW: The Chucky sprite and his portrait in that print come from the same linework, but at different sizes.

I was a bit cryptic in Friday’s update on whether the theme was over. Well, I had one more sprite to make. Ladies, gentlemen and screwheads, meet Ash Williams.


Be sure to check out VGJunk’s Halloween Spooktacular reviews, including today’s review of Capcom’s Vampire Savior! You’ll find a lot of far more obscure games lurking in his Halloween tag, so roll through it to find new picks for your own Halloween game list.

JustinGameDesign made a fun group of 8-bit sprites for the spooky season, with characters from a wide array of sources. He even put them into a nice deviantART gallery so you can see them all in the same spot!


NOW I’m done with the Halloween updates. Happy Halloween!