|Known as||The Boogeyman|
Factory worker (Novel, formerly)
Family Annihilator (Novel)
|Operating Areas||Snohomish County, Washington|
|Starting location||Monroe (Game)|
River Park (Novel)
|Residency||Lincoln State Hospital (formerly)|
|First appearance||Babysitter Bloodbath|
|Voice Actor||Anthony Aroya|
“We have received reports that a mental patient has escaped from Lincoln State hospital. He is considered extremely dangerous, I repeat, do not try and approach any suspicious persons but rather alert your local authorities immediately. The mental patient is Neokalus Burr, he is 38, approximately 6'4", 240 pounds, armed and dangerous. Catching Burr is a top priority. Please contact the Sheriff's Department if you have any information about his current whereabouts. God bless, and stay safe.”
Neokalus Burr is the main antagonist in Babysitter Bloodbath, the game's novelization of the same name, and the intended player character of the cancelled Sanitarium Massacre and A Monster With Eyes Of Ice. He is an expy of Michael Myers, the villain of the slasher horror franchise Halloween.
Neokalus is a towering hulk of a man. Raven-haired, he is clad in a red boiler suit, wears black gloves and grey shoes, dons an undersized pink clown mask, and uses a kitchen knife to kill people. According to radio transmission, he's 38 years old, approximately 6'4" (193 cm) tall, and weighs 240 lbs (108 kg).
Neokalus Burr was a serial home invader, with a long rap sheet of hot-prowl burglary and an uncharacteristic violence against occupants, as well as an extensive record for mental illness, dating back as early as age 16. Declared criminally insane, he was locked away in a sanitarium for a permanent stay.
In the unfinished Sanitarium Massacre, the lore has Burr gunned down by police following a break-in and leads to him being institutionalized for life. After 8 solid years spent in a near-catatonic state, his inner demon resurfaces, causing him to snap, escape his cell and wreak havoc upon the staff with his trusty handy-dandy soulmate-ish butcher's knife.
A Monster With Eyes Of Ice
Another unreleased game, A Monster With Eyes Of Ice, is a direct sequel to Sanitartium Massacre, in which Burr terrorizes the local neighbourhood shortly after leaving the asylum, breaking into homes and slaughtering their residents.
Though not offically recognized, it is very possible that these game serve as prequels to Babysitter Bloodbath, and that Burr preyed upon Sarah just hours after finishing up the massacre at the hospital and possibly while in the midst of a killing spree targeting the surrounding area.
Burr, described as a disturbed patient from a Monroe mental asylum for the last 22 years, is reported over radio as a recent escapee of Lincoln State Hospital, with local residents being urged to stay inside and keep a lookout for suspicious individuals matching his decription. Meanwhile, Burr immediately begins stalking the nearby suburbs, eventually setting his focus on the Johnson house. Inside, local teenager Sarah is babysitting Billy, the son of the household, for the night while his parents are out. Shortly before his arrival, a cryptic phone call reaches the landline, apparently made by Burr to announce his coming.
“Don't lie. Don't lie. The game is up. The demons drag my legs to hell, while you sit in your ivory tower. Don't you judge me. I see all.”
After putting Billy to sleep, Sarah decides to invite over Jack, a boy she had met at the mall, to keep her company and watch a movie. As she goes to help herself to a beer in the kitchen, she hears Burr staking out the home from the backyard and sends Jack to check out the noise, who, although reluctant, steps outside into the darkness, an ear-piercing scream following suit. Alerted by this, Sarah goes after him, finding Jack stabbed to death and skewered to the fence with a screwdriver. Burr then reveals himself and lumbers towards her, knife in hand, following Sarah as she flees back into the house. From there, Burr wanders the rooms looking for her, while she attempts to get the Johnsons' car in working order. Burr ambushes Sarah in the garage as she tries to use the car and the two engage in a face-off. His rampage is put to a halt when Sarah manages to take him down with multiple revolver shots and axe swings, allowing her to escape to the police station with Billy. Sarah is praised for her heroism by Lt. Breaker, before being informed that by the time the authorities arrived, Burr's body was nowhere to be found, meaning she will have to be put under surveillance at the hospital for her safety.
Babysitter Bloodbath: The Book
The 2020 novelization of Babysitter Bloodbath takes numerous creative liberties in fleshing out the story. Amongst these changes, several details contradicting the game's canon background for Burr arise.
- "Neokalus Burr" is renamed to "Neoklaus Burr".
- Before 1960, 22 years prior to the novel's plot, Burr was a married blue-collar worker with kids, living in River Park outside of Monroe, in the very same suburban home the Johnsons now reside in. This retcons his stated age of 38 by the events of Babysitter Bloodbath, as he would have been 16 at the time, too young to have a school-aged child and below the age of marriage in the state of Washington.
- Burr was noted by neither his family nor authorities to have previous signs of mental abnormality.
- Burr's first murder is a familicide, slashing the throat of his wife Pamela and stabbing his young daughter Ginny to death, before cannibalizing his infant son Tommy by biting his entire head off.
- Burr is interned at Monroe State Hospital.
- In October, 1982, Burr is knowingly released by a nurse named Trixie, who had mistakenly believed that Burr could be rehabilitated like other violent offenders. He kills her with his bare hands, slaughters several more orderlies and responding guards, then lights the head office ablaze before escaping.
- Burr reigns free for a whole day instead of a single night and perpetrates over half a dozen murders over the course of 24 hours prior to invading the Johnson residence.
- Burr beats morning jogger Aaron Parsons to death with his flashlight.
- He then breaks into the Hugo home, where he remains until late afternoon, killing Anthony and Erica Hugo, their unnamed son and Erica's sister Catherine. It is here where he makes his phone call to the Johnsons.
- Burr maims and kills neighbourhood watchman Vernon Brown.
- Burr commits vehicular homicide by running over a two-man news crew, Chip Winston and his unnamed cameraman.
- Burr's inner thoughts reveal his motivation for killing to be for excitement and thrill. He is often disappointed when victims don't struggle or put up a weak fight, the implication being that he derives his pleasure out of staring them in their panicked eyes, watching the life fleeting away. In each respective case, he either keeps them alive for a while longer until he evokes the desired reaction out of them or takes especially long to kill them in drawn-out torture, hoping the pain of his victims caused by it can substitute the fear from which he truly gets his satisfaction from.
- Burr is exceedingly brutal in nearly all of his attacks, with many of them being overkills, most notably shown with Jack, who is mutilated far more extensively, having been bisected by the waist rather than simply stabbed to death. Generally, Burr is much less portrayed as only a mindless killing machine, but a sadistic predator, who is cunning and calculating in maximizing the devastation of his carnage.
- Burr is given a reason for specifically choosing the Johnsons' house: He wanted to get the murder weapon he had left there back into his possession, hoping that it'll let him relive the moment he killed his family for future killings, which he planned to test on the current occupants of his former home.
- The clown mask he wears is the one his daughter wore before he murdered her, explaining its ill-fitting proportions.
- Up until his assault on the Johnson home, Burr is actually completely unmasked and kills with whatever weapon or tool he got his hands on. He only takes on the signature mask and knife after retrieving them from the trash bin outside after Sarah there them out, an event that did not occur in the game.
- Burr's arrival at the Johnson house happens sooner than seen in-game, roughly coinciding with Jack's. As such, he listens in on the teens talking about the mask and kitchen knife they found in the crawlspace, which Burr had hidden there for safekeeping before his arrest.
- Burr's athleticism and enormous strength are shown on several occasions. He is regularly described as walking at a pace comparable to most people running, once strangles a woman to death in mere seconds, breaks down a locked door with no difficulty and effortlessly lifts up a bed to its side with one arm.
- While Burr continues to withstand an extraordinary amount of physical punishment, he does show signs of exhaustion and is not left unscathed by Sarah's attempts at subduing him. Throughout the night, he is crushed underneath a heavy cabinet and pierced by glass shards, has his right hand kicked until his fingers swells purple, is shot directly into the torso at close range a total of three times, gets his nose broken, is struck in the back by an axe, splashed with gasoline and finally frontally hit by a speeding car. All manage to temporarily stun him and don't simply scare him away like in the game.
- Similarly of note, when Sarah first brandishes her gun at an approaching Burr, he actually stops in his track for a split second before he continues to lurch forwards, showing that Burr holds some sense of self-preservation and was, if only momentarily, surprised, even frightened by the sight of a gun. It’s also possible that Burr saw through her charade when she didn't immediately fire, quickly deducing that her weapon was unloaded, thus nullifying the threat she would have posed otherwise.
- In addition to Jack, Burr also kills Jill, Sarah's friend who is only heard over the phone in-game, fatally wounding her by stabbing numerous times in two separate attacks and leaving her for dead, once in the parents' bedroom, then on the ground floor by the staircase.
- Sarah's first escape attempt is prevented by the fact, that Burr had sabotaged the engine of her getaway vehicle before entering the premises.
- The only instance in which Burr injures Sarah is when he corners her in the toolshed, deeply slashing her right shoulder.
- The final showdown between Burr and Sarah is much more intense and close up. Burr manages to get the jump on Sarah as she goes for the car and wrestles her to the ground, inching his knife close to her face. Sarah fights Burr off and strikes him in the nose, eliciting a soft, pained groan, notably the only form of vocalization from Burr during the entire night. Burr loses the upper hand when he is brought to the floor by Jill, shooting her would-be-murderer in the back shortly before her demise. In retaliation, Sarah sinks her axe into his shoulder blade before running off. When Burr crawls his way to the garage, Sarah tosses a half-empty jerry can at his face, briefly blinding him. He musters up the strength to stand up and positions himself on the driveway in a last-ditch effort to stop her escape, the axe still embedded in his back, but is mercilessly run down and left on the front lawn, from where he disappears from by the time police arrive.
- When Sarah is rescued by a police patrol, it's revealed that Burr himself was indirectly responsible for alerting them, having unknowingly parked his stolen vehicle on a neighbour's flowerbed, who then called the authorities, who, due to the ongoing manhunt for Burr, respond hours later, when Burr's rampage has already been stopped by Sarah.
- Unknown amount killed during burglaries and asylum breakout
- Neokalus' model is near identical to the Driller Killer, with minor changes.
- The unnamed drill-wielding killer in Minotaur uses his model. It's unclear whether this killer is Neokalus, the Driller Killer or someone else entirely, as the model was used as a place holder.
- In Sanitarium Massacre, Burr can wear various masks. One is remarkably similar to the one the Driller Killer uses, while another is a hockey mask, a reference to Jason Voorhees.
- The title of the cancelled A Monster with Eyes of Ice possibly infers Burr's eye color to be blue, though it is uncertain due to the game's non-canonical nature and conjectural meaning of the name.
- In the novel, his wife and children are named respectively after Pamela Voorhees, Ginny Field and Tommy Jarvis of the Friday The 13th franchise.
- The obscene caller was voiced by Anthony Aroya.
- Lincoln State Hospital is the name of a real-life mental institution, located in Nebraska.