The Silent Hill series of survival-horror games has always been full of unique, terrifying monsters that go bump in the dark.
The creatures of Silent Hill weren’t just visually terrifying, it was the psychological horror themes and concepts behind the creatures that made them extra unsettling.
Each creature had a rhyme or reason for existence, the Jungian manifestations of some unresolved turmoil within the protagonist.
Let’s take a look at 6 of the most terrifying enemies encountered in the Silent Hill series.
Appearing in every Silent Hill game with alterations between games, the nurse is one of the most memorable enemies. They slash the “sexy nurse” trope to ribbons, and the player too if you aren’t careful.
Their physical appearance slightly changes between games, depending on psychological aspects of the protagonist. The nurses in Silent Hill 1 were deformed and monstrous, with parasites on their back that represented how Lisa Garland saw them as puppets of the cult.
Silent Hill 2 nurses were a bit more provocative and scantily dressed, representing James Sunderland’s guilt and sexual deprivation over his terminally ill wife.
Nurses continued to appear in the Silent Hill series, a staple of the series like the undead in Resident Evil and zombie games, and it’s always a bit unsettling when a group of siren-figured, knife-wielding nurses surround the player for a bit of unwanted surgical operation.
Robbie the Rabbit
Although he never actually attacks the player, Robbie the Rabbit’s appearance in various locations throughout the Silent Hill series is always a bit startling. You’ll just be walking along, exploring dark and gruesome scenery, and suddenly there’s Robbie the Rabbit sitting on a bench, blood smeared across his furry mouth.
It’s never explained exactly what Robbie represents, though fans speculate he’s an element of the town itself, an ever-present pair of eyes watching the player’s movements.
It’s possible that Robbie the Rabbit served as a bit of inspiration for the animatronics in Five Nights at Freddy’s, a viral browser game released in 2014. There are plenty of great horror games you can find if you play .io games in your browser.
A pair of conjoined twin heads on giant walking arms that skitter towards the player like a spider in pursuit of prey? Yeah, I might have shrieked the first few times I encountered these things in Silent Hill 4: The Room.
Like other enemies in Silent Hill 4, the twins represent victims of serial killer Walter Sullivan, brought back in monstrous form in Walter’s Otherworld. Billy and Miriam Locane were children murdered by Walter. However unlike Walter’s other victims, the twins do not appear as ghosts, but as an actual monstrous creature.
Scarlet is the second boss monster in Silent Hill: Homecoming, and not only is her design terrifying, her backstory is even more horrifying. Her own father dismembered her alive in a ritualistic sacrifice.
In monster form, Scarlet appears as a spider-like porcelain doll, but as you damage her, the porcelain chips away to reveal needle-like teeth and flesh under all that porcelain. She’s also incredibly strong and fast, making fighting her a real nightmare.
The Lying Figure appears as a humanoid figure wearing what appears to be a straight jacket or body bag. They shamble towards the player, writhing and squirming in agony, and are pretty slow while walking.
If you knock them down though, they’ll skitter towards you with surprising speed, which is quite startling as they rapidly snake towards the player.
You can’t outrun them either once they’re slithering on the ground, so it’s best to flee them while they’re standing up.
Silent Hill P.T. was a playable teaser demo of the cancelled Silent Hills, and is the stuff of legends. Konami brought on Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro to direct it, and the playable teaser released on PS4 consoles was critically acclaimed.
Unfortunately Hideo Kojima and Konami had a very nasty public breakup, and we never got to see a finished version of Silent Hills. Rumours constantly float around that Konami and Kojima may finally get around to patching things up and develop a new Silent Hill game.
But fans who played the P.T. demo on PS4 will tell you that the ghost Lisa who haunts the endlessly looping hallway the player is trapped in is hands down the scariest enemy in the entire Silent Hill series.
– Katie Greene, Author