Written by Brittany Vincent, @MolotovCupcake
Total darkness shrouds you. Armed with only a flashlight, a trembling beam of light guides you as the world you once knew crumbles away into something more sinister. The ambient silence from your dying radio roars to a deafening buzz, and suddenly you’re no longer yourself. Fear has overtaken you, transformed you into some sort of inhuman being, one that has no qualms about burying an axe into the skull of wretched creatures that roam the landscape to ensure your survival. Because nothing else matters now other than escaping the personal hell rising up around you. You reach for a rusted pipe, the only viable weapon in your vicinity, and trudge forward into the abyss.
This is your life now. This is Silent Hill.
Written by T. Blake Braddy, @blakebraddy
We’ve all been there. Crummy place in a not-so-great part of town. Food and clothes everywhere. That one annoying neighbor, and that hot one. Chains on the door. Blood in the tub. Holes leading to dreamworld dimensions. Demon babies crying from inside the walls.
College was a weird time for all of us, I’m sure.
Written by Vikki Blake, @_vixx
There’s a reason why we still bang on about Silent Hill 2.
Almost fifteen years have passed since we first stepped into James Sunderland’s heavy footsteps and peered at that bloodstain through the fog, and we’re still obsessing over the intricacies of his journey, as though deconstructing the individual parts of this game might offer up the secrets of its oh-so-terrifying alchemy.
When I think of Silent Hill, the words that immediately come to mind are cute, adorable, charming, and maybe even delightful. This little guy personifies all of the above, and if I could, I’d buy an army of them so I could smother them with affection.
Now, in case he doesn’t look all that familiar — I wouldn’t blame you if you reside in the States — this is the Mumbler, found in the original Silent Hill. This monster replaced the Grey Children in the Japanese and European releases, which, by the way, turns fifteen tomorrow (the reason behind our week-long Silent Hill extravaganza). Read on to see him in all his high-resolution glory!
This is a bit of a random pull, I know, but Silent Hill Week inspired me to return to Silent Hill 3. This series is brimming with strange unlockables, easter eggs, and bonus content — a startling majority of which I’ve forgotten how to find — but one of my favorites is the third game’s Sewer Fairy. Her colorful, ethereal presence is a strange thing to see in the game’s gritty, dangerous world. If you’re honest with her, she’ll gift you with a gold and solver pipe. They’re largely useless, but for me, the opportunity to meet a mystical spirit is the real reward.
If you never played Silent Hill 3, or didn’t meet the Sewer Fairy when you did, feel free to watch the video I have waiting after the jump. I’d also love to hear what your favorite weird moment from the series has been (so far).
I love a good trailer. It’s usually our first impression of the game, so it’s essentially the game’s handshake. Some trailers have given us firm grips that don’t last too long or not long enough, while others have had hands that were cold and clammy, like they just left the bathroom and only barely dried their hands.
Since the goal of this special Silent Hill Week event is to celebrate the original Silent Hill, I thought we’d take a look at its amazing E3 1998 trailer. The trailer, which you can watch after the jump, is decidedly in the former group. It’s a fantastic, creepy trailer backed by a fantastic track from series composer Akira Yamaoka. It also shows gameplay footage — a rare thing these days — and lets us know what we’re in for without revealing too much.
Read on to check it out!
I remember playing the first Silent Hill game very clearly. I remember the hairs standing up on the back of my neck and refusing to come down. I remember handing the controller to my friend to watch him play a bit and the second the controller left my hand I grabbed a baseball bat because I was so afraid of whatever was beyond my peripheral vision. I knew there wasn’t anything there. But that didn’t stop me from feeling like I was being watched, no…hunted from just beyond the shadows of my darkest imagination.
With this being Silent Hill Week on Bloody-Disgusting in honor of the 15th anniversary of Silent Hill, I wanted to focus on my love of the game’s soundtrack, composed by the wildly inventive and ever fascinating Akira Yamaoka.
Now, I know that I’ve written a retro review of the Silent Hill 1 soundtrack (which you can read here). But this article isn’t a review. It’s a visit to an old friend. It’s me heading back into the fog and the rust to appreciate the phantasmagorical beauty that only a town like Silent Hill could offer. Please, join me if you dare. READ MORE
It’s no secret that Silent Hill is a series that’s brought us some terrifying monsters, many of which we’ve seen transition to the world of cosplay. Of the many Silent Hill creatures that get the cosplay treatment, the iconic Nurse is by far the most popular of the bunch. I’ve seen so many people tackle it, yet none have done it as successfully as this. I would swear this cosplayer stumbled off the set of the latest movie. Pictures after the jump!
This glorious work of art was posted on our Facebook a few weeks back, but it’s just too good not to share again with all of you. In case you missed it the first time around — or would like to see it again — I’d very much like to introduce you to Poohramid Head. See him in his high-res glory after the break!
Now this is a happy coincidence. Today marks the beginning of our descent into the seedy Otherworld in our first ever Silent Hill Week, and it just so happens that a crowd-funding project for a fan film called Silent Hill Requiem kicked off yesterday. The Internet works in mysterious ways, I think.
We get so many fan films for other series, from Resident Evil to The Last of Us, but rarely do we see one inspired by Konami’s longstanding survival horror franchise. Requiem aims to remedy that by turning this into a feature-length film. More after the break!
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!