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6 Terrifying Uses Of Mannequins In Horror Games!

Silent Hill

The Silent Hill series is perhaps best known for its unusual monsters, some of which could be classified as mannequin, or mannequin adjacent. One scene from Silent Hill 2 really stands out where iconic villain Pyramid Head rapes one of the mannequin creatures that only a few rooms prior had been trying their best to bludgeon James’s face in with their blunt limbs. It’s weird, more than a little unnerving and wholly unforgettable, but just in case you somehow did manage to forget it, feel free to experience the scene again in the above video.


Speaking of Silent Hill, Insanity, or Insanidade, is easily one of the scariest indie horror games I’ve ever played, right up there with the likes of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. This is partly due to the obvious influence Konami’s legendary survival horror series had on the game, and particularly so with the monsters you encounter.

In it, you’re tasked with exploring a series of levels that get progressively more difficult and/or more terrifying. In this video — part two in a series of three — you see me at my worst, after the game had successfully managed to wear down my already fragile psyche.

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  • Pav

    When i first time played Condemned manequins realy scared the shit out of me – this is the most disturbing and scary moment in game ever (Condemned is absolute cult for me)

    • Adam Dodd

      Completely agree – that series is horrifying. I wish it would’ve found a big enough audience to get us a third game.

      • Pav

        Mistake was that they did not released C2 for PC where the game would have bigger audience – i wish they do that even today.

        • Pav

          How about an open “We want Condemned back” petition with (let me say 5000 signatures) that could be sent to SEGA or Monolith? What do you think Adam?

          • Adam Dodd

            I see a petition that was started in Nov 2012 with a little under 300 signatures accumulated so far. It might be better to just add to that.

    • MaliceinWhateverland

      Can’t agree with you more. I remember
      seeing them get closer and closer,
      & I couldn’t get out of there
      quick enough! Definitely an
      awesome series. Wish they
      had done more with them.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Ju-on: The Grudge has a really creepy mannequin level. In one part, you can hear a bunch of mumbling and when you turn the corner, it gets quiet and all you see are mannequins staring at you. There’s also a lot of things you hear that sound like the heads are turning or that one is walking after you. Anyways, great list, Adam! I voted on Insanity because that is easily the scariest game, in my opinion, on the list.

    • Adam Dodd

      I never played Ju-On, but the game definitely looked creepy. Maybe I’ll include it in a ‘part 2’

  • Roth

    As ThunderDragoon mentioned, JU-ON The Grudge has one. Coincidentally, in similar fashion, there’s one featured in Fatal Frame IV where the mannequin turns its head to look at you. Here’s a video of that scene:

    My pick goes to Condemned this round though.

  • Pav

    I didn’t know that this petition already exist. Probably not many people know that (From Nov 2012 only 300 signatures?).

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