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

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Twin Victims (Silent Hill 4)

I’ve been pretty harsh toward Silent Hill 4 in the past, but much like my feelings toward Homecoming, I’ve grown to respect it over the years. One of the things it got right was its arsenal of nightmarish monsters. This game had one in particular that stuck with me many years after I played it, and that was the Twin Victims (or Doublehead). These guys were essentially two twin baby heads which sat upon a gargantuan legless frame that was carried by two long arms ending in hands that were just too big. Too big. The best part? They f**king screamed at you when they charged.

They’re also the only reason I haven’t returned to this game after beating it back in 2004.

Ghost (Silent Hill 4)

Okay, maybe they’re not the only reason.

Much to the dismay of many fans, The Room introduced Ghosts. They were conceptually creepy, as they looked much like humans, if we floated through the air in weird poses, groaning and draining the life from anyone who ventured too close (roughly within squirting distance). The frustration came from their inability to die. They are ghosts, after all. The only way to be rid of them was by using special items, like the saint medallion and holy candle, which temporarily kept them at bay.

Needler (Silent Hill: Homecoming)

These freaky bastards have the best symbolism, in my opinion. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, apparently, the Needlers are meant to symbolize childbirth. If you look at them, they do resemble someone who’s in the process of pooing out a baby (I never paid much attention in health class). I guess the Otherworld morphed the stirrups into hellish blades because, why not?

For some reason I always had a rough time fighting these things. It looks like I’m in the minority here, but I just could not get at their sides long enough to deal any real damage. This made every encounter with them ridiculously frustrating for me.

Honorable Mention: Siam

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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. ;)