You gotta love a good horror game. Not everyone can make it through them, but we all appreciate their existence. It's good to know that if you really, really need to void your bowels, #horror games will be out there. In the dark, waiting, watching.
The 10 Most Pants-Sh*ttingly Scary Moments In Classic Horror Games
For those of you who want to take a walk through the spooky graveyard of the past, we've collected the 10 most terrifying moments in classic horror. We're only including the oldies, so there'll be no recent titles or #ResidentEvil7 spoilers here for you.
10. 'Resident Evil 4' - Doctor Salvador
While #ResidentEvil4 may have abandoned the classic trappings of #SurvivalHorror for a more action packed approach, there was still plenty to scare you in the early parts of the game. In my opinion, nothing quite matches up to Dr. Salvador's appearance in the first major action scene of the game, which comes after barricading yourself in a house to buy time against the hordes of Ganados coming after you. The sheer feeling of terror when you hear that chainsaw revving up and watch the door come down is only matched by discovering that it only takes a single mistake to get yourself decapitated by this nigh-invulnerable psychopath.
9. 'Silent Hill 4' - Meeting Yourself
Silent Hill 4 was an odd turn for the series. Between the invincible ghosts, escort sections and not actually going to the town itself, it confused a lot of fans of the series. There were a lot of questionable ideas, but one addition I did love was the use of Henry's apartment. This first-person space starts as a safe spot between terrifying forays through the mysterious hole in your bathroom wall, but soon turns hostile as strange events and mysterious hauntings plague your apartment.
The most terrifying of them, in my opinion, is coming out into the living room and noticing that the peephole to your front door is bleeding. Looking through the peephole results in coming face to face with your own dead self, who really wants to come in and probably not to tell you about the benefits of the Mormon Church.
8. 'Condemned' - The Mannequins
I've always been a little bit spooked by mannequins, dolls as well. There's just something about their not-quite-human features and blank eyes that always freaked me out.
So when Condemned decided that it would be a good idea to guide me to the next area by surrounding me with terrible mannequins that moved every time I looked away, I needed a change of shorts. I think if you made me complete every objective with mannequins behind me I'd set a speedrun record just to get away from them.
7. 'Resident Evil 3: Nemesis' - Nemesis Learns How To Open A Door
I never found the #ResidentEvil games quite as scary as other survivor horrors. I think it's because I was never particularly afraid of #Zombies. They're so slow, and in the RE series you can pretty much get away by circling around them and going through a door.
Things changed in Resident Evil 3 when I first encountered the Nemesis. As he charged toward me, I ran like a baby and dodged through the first door I could find. Thinking myself safe, I decided to take a look around, which is when I discovered that Nemesis could follow me through doors. There's a reason it's still the most terrifying Resident Evil game to me. That reason is Nemesis.
6. 'Clock Tower: The First Fear' - Scissorman Cometh
The original Clock Tower is without a doubt one of the scariest #AdventureGames of all time. It's a shame it's so hard to get ahold of, because the first appearance of the main antagonist is enough to give most people a heart attack. After wandering around the level for a bit, looking for your friends and encountering a few mild spooks, you'll inevitably stumble upon the murdered body of one of the other girls.
Whichever one you find, you'll also find the Scissorman, a hideous hunchback wielding a giant pair of scissors. I don't know if it's the beautiful pixel graphics or the chilling Suspiria-inspired score, but his first appearance and the deadly chase that follows is right up there with the most frightening moments in #VideoGames.
5. 'Silent Hill' - The Locker
The first time you find the locker in the school area of Silent Hill, it's a standard cat scare. Spooky noise, turns out to be a feline (this is why I'm a dog person). When you return to the same area however, you find the same locker making an unearthly, frantic banging. You already let the cat out, so what could be in there? Slowly you approach the locker, expecting something to jump out at you at any moment. You open it and...
Nothing, just a bunch of blood. You sight in relief, turn around to leave, take two steps and BANG! A god-damn corpse bursts out of a different locker and makes you fall straight out of your chair. Dick move, Konami.
4. 'Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines' - The Ghost Mansion
You'd think that being an immortal creature of the night would make things a bit less scary, right? Well you'd be wrong. The early game sends you on a quest to retrieve an item from an old dilapidated mansion. After facing down gang-bangers, ghouls and vampires, you're feeling pretty confident. Which is when you discover the mansion is haunted to hell and back. Not much that super strength can do against the spirits of the damned.
3. 'System Shock 2' - The Midwives
System Shock 2 is a terrifying game and a big inspiration behind later sci-fi horror titles like Dead Space and BioShock (made by the same developers). There's a lot of spooky enemies—and a few silly ones like psychic monkeys, but the most frightening of all is the midwife. These horribly mutated cyborg women roam the hallways calling out sing-song lullabies and desperate cries for missing children.
If you're not paying enough attention, you might even think they're fellow survivors at first, but running into one of these horrors is enough to dispel any notion they might be friendly as they proceed to attack you from the dark while telling you about how "Babies must sleep." Not cool.
2. 'Fatal Frame' - The Broken Neck Ghost
It's hard to pick a spookiest moment in the Fatal Frame series, but for my money, the sheer simplicity of the broken neck woman is hard to beat. You follow the sound of traditional music to an empty room. After you leave, a spooky soundtrack starts up. Reflexively you raise your camera, only to see nothing in the hallway, which is the moment she chooses to slide into view sideways in all her terrifying glory.
1. 'Silent Hill 2' - Pyramid Head's First Appearance
Silent Hill 2 is still my favorite horror game of all time. It's hard to beat that combination of amazing story, atmosphere and scares. The most famous frightening foe in the game is of course, our old friend Pyramid Head, who's been reused and copied to hell and back in later games.
A lot of people remember that scene as Pyramid Head's iconic scene. You know which one, the one with the weird sexualized mannequin assault. While that scene's unsettling enough, the one that really got me was the very first time you see Pyramid head. You come out of a door into a dark hallway, look around and he's just there, standing on the other side of some bars and staring. I don't think I booked it down a hallway so fast before.
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What are your most terrifying horror game moments? Think I missed a good one? Let us know in the comments!