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6 Of The Scariest Monsters From The ‘Silent Hill’ Series!

I’m happy to announce that this week is Silent Hill Week here on Bloody Disgusting! Why, you ask? The reasons are twofold. First off, why not? Silent Hill is awesome, and it’s a series that’s worth celebrating. Secondly, the original game will see its fifteenth anniversary on Friday, so there’s that too. I’d very much like to kick this off with a look at one of the (many) things that makes this series so unforgettable: the monsters.

Read on for my list of six of the scariest monsters from Silent Hill!

By the way, I’ve omitted boss monsters from this list as I’ll be taking a look at those in a separate feature later this week.

Grey Child (Silent Hill)

Oh yes, the Grey Child. Even it’s name is creepy enough to warrant a mention here. These stab-happy psychopaths were the physical manifestation of Allessa Gillespie’s abusive classmates, who tormented her because she was a little different. Their childlike appearance was so unsettling they were replaced by Mumblers (i.e. headless teddy bears) in the European and Japanese versions of Silent Hill. Apparently, the rest of the world wasn’t ready for twisted demon children that laugh as they stab you to death.

Honorable Mention: Larval Stalker

Lying Figure (Silent Hill 2)

This bizarre baddie is the first thing James encounters in Silent Hill 2, and boy, is it memorable. The Lying Figure (also known as the Armless Man and Condom Man) is the personification of the time James spent in hospitals taking care of his wife. If you can imagine being trapped in a straight jacket made from your own flesh, then you’ll have a decent idea of what these guys go through on a daily basis. It’s no wonder they need to vent some of their frustration — and icky black goo — on the first unfortunate soul that gets within squirting distance. Give me a second while I think about what I just wrote…

Honorable Mention: Mannequin

Insane Cancer (Silent Hill 3)

I’d like to say these guys are the personification of nasty, and they very well could. They have a few possible meanings, from representing the corruption of Silent Hill itself, to the mindset of Alessa, who feels like an unstoppable cancer. Either way, they’re gross. The only name that would’ve been better than “Insane Cancer” is “Cancerous Mass of Bulbous, Pus Filled Tumors,” but I have a feeling that would be just a wee bit too long.

Honorable Mention: Numb Body

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  • Danny-M-Thompson

    Every time I come on BD I end up wanting to play Silent Hill, but it’s far too terrifying to contemplate.

    • Adam Dodd

      DO IT. You know you want to. Nothing bad happens in Silent Hill, you’re totally safe.

    • roberto carlos rojas balarezo

      just play but make sure to finish the games in one go or else…

  • MaryMaria

    Ah man! Those damn Lying Figures from SH2… I remember playing that with a few friends late at night and once we were all done, I had to walk home, in the fog at night (obviously) and next to a forest. Most terrifying walk home, ever. I was just psyching myself out so hard imagining those stupid monsters crawling out from under all the parked cars. Thanks for the nightmares, Team Silent!

    Also, although generally he’s not too freaky, I’d almost add Pyramid Head to the list solely because of one particularly awful scare he gave me when I went down into his lair to get the Great Knife and boom- he was right there. Scared the pants off of all of us!

    • Adam Dodd

      That sounds terrifying. I’m working on a list of the series’ scariest bosses that’ll go live later this week. Pyramid Head will definitely be among them. 😉

      • MaryMaria

        Awesome! Looking forward to it, Adam!

  • Pav

    Great idea Adam. Silent Hill series is an unique milestone of horror gaming.

    • Adam Dodd

      Thanks! Indeed it is. 🙂

  • djblack1313

    i’m not a gamer but the “Twin Victims” sounds awesome! they look creepy as fuck and the fact they scream while charging at you is the icing on the cake.

    DAMN! i wish i could get into gaming. i’m “old” and growing up i was used to (god this is embarrassing. lol) Atari (um, Pitfall anyone?), Qbert, Frogger, etc, lol, where there was just 1 joystick with a red button (for firing guns or jumping). the new games (well “new” to me at least. lol) and the gamepads(?) for them just seem to overwhelming (yes, i’m dumb).

    • Adam Dodd

      I forgot to mention that they scream a baby’s scream when they charge. It’s chilling.

      And I totally had an Atari 2600! Asteroids FTW.

      • djblack1313

        Adam, LOL. i lived for Pitfall, Frogger & Qbert (on any machine or game station or arcade). 🙂

  • joesey

    what i found creepy were those fucken creepy ass things in SH2 swinging around like monkeys in those basement cages. I’m glad they couldn’t get out but they’d cut you if you walked over them. It’s like they crawled up out of hell.

  • YaegerTheArcticWolf

    The needlers were the only reason I needed a trainer to play Homecoming XD

    • Adam Dodd

      I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who had a problem with them!

  • ThunderDragoon

    The Needler was the sole reason I didn’t complete Homecoming. Kept dying in the damn sewers lol.

  • Swinny

    The first three are masterpieces, I can only hope that Hideo Kojima accepts the president of Konami’s offer and makes the next Silent Hill game, over at Kojima Productions, he has ex-Team Silent Members working for him, its a perfect fit! All he needs to do is get Akira Yamaoka back for the music. SH2 is among my favourite games of all time, nothing has captured the feeling of that game since, its one of the best stories ever told, regardless of genre or medium.
    Anyways, great article, I look forward to the rest of them 🙂

    • Adam Dodd

      I agree with all of the above.

  • H4ck3rGirl

    So glad the Twin Victims were mentioned! This monster is often forgotten in ‘scariest monsters’ lists. The way they move and sounds they make are ridiculously scary, especially when they charge at you! SH4 is such an underrated gem, along with Homecoming.

    Great article!

    • Adam Dodd

      Thanks! Pyramid Head and the Nurses always get mentioned, while other deserving monsters are left out. I tried to feature some of those lesser known baddies, because they deserve attention too. 😉

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