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...And just hand one a chainsaw and watch it go - it's like a kid with a new toy on Christmas morning! It makes this old man's heart swell to think that I could bring that kind of joy into the world.

The House of the Dead Sega Saturn manual.

Type C-1, named Samson (サムソン, Samuson?), is an obese humanoid creature who wields a chainsaw. He is an enemy in The House of the Dead, its 2021 remake, and House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn.

Produced by genetic engineer Dr. Curien and his associate Thornheart, Samson was used to help orchestrate humanity-threatening incidents worldwide. He is a strong adversary and can deflect gunfire with his chainsaw.

Samson is related to the C-type creatures Bentley (ベントレー, Bentorē?) and Burner (バーナー, Bānā?), as well as a third variant named Samson Jr. (サムソン・ジュニア, Samuson junia?). Burner and Samson Jr. behave identical to Samson.


1998 Curien Mansion incident

Main article: The House of the Dead (1996 video game)

Samson and the three other D-type creatures were originally developed by the late genetic engineer Dr. Curien, then research director of the DBR Corporation. Having gone insane due to various reasons, Curien released the creatures in his mansion to murder his attack his own research team. AMS agents Thomas Rogan and G killed the creatures and ultimately foiled Curien's plan.[1]


Main article: House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn

Years after Curien's death, his associate Thornheart reproduced Samson and several other of the scientist's creatures as part of a plan named "Noah's Ark". Thornheart, the owner of Scarecrow Manor, released the creatures upon guests of a dinner party. The threat was dispatched by AMS agents Kate Green and Ryan Taylor.[2]


Samson is an obese humanoid who wears overalls and carries a chainsaw. He wears black polished shoes. In the first game he is shown as balding, shirtless, and bearded wheres in House of the Dead:Scarlet Dawn, he wears a hunting cap, an overgrown flannel shirt, and is clean-shaven.


In The House of the Dead, his right arm can be blasted off; without his chainsaw, he will attempt to shoulder tackle the player. He dies faster with two headshots.

In contrast, he cannot be dismembered in House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn. His health pool is large to where he can withstand over two headshots before dying.

Related creatures

Since Samson's creation, other similar creatures have been produced.

Image Name Description
Bentley (ベントレー, Bentorē?) The second iteration of Samson. Instead of a chainsaw, he attacks by throwing barrels and shoulder tackling. He appears in both The House of the Dead and House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn.
Burner (バーナー, Bānā?) The third iteration of Samson found exclusively in the third chapter of The House of the Dead. He is shirtless, wears blue jeans, and has various burns all over his body. He has a knight-like muzzle over his mouth. While covering part of his face, it does not protect him from head shots if aimed above this. He wields a blowtorch and tends to be slower than his predecessors. He most often appears in groups of his fellow kind. His behavior is otherwise the same as Samson's.
Samson Jr. (サムソン・ジュニア, Samuson junia?) The fourth and currently final iteration of Samson. He appears exclusively in House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn. He behaves like Simon but wears an armored apron; only headshots can damage him.


  • In October 2020, Samson from the original House of the Dead was ranked fourth in Sega's "Top 5 Scary Moments in Sega Games" list. His sudden appearances and revving chainsaw were seen as startling.[3]


The House of the Dead

Concept artwork

Official artwork

The House of the Dead 2


House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn

Official artwork


  1. The House of the Dead
  2. House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn
  3. "TOP 5 SCARY MOMENTS IN SEGA GAMES" (English). SEGA (October 30, 2020). Retrieved on January 20, 2021.
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