Even though the usual supernatural threats are gone, both games put the HORROR into Manhunt Survival Horror. Hell, these games are probably scarier BECAUSE the horror isn't supernatural. We may not believe in monsters, but we're all scared of being stalked by some nutjobs in the shadows, who are perfectly willing ( and capable) to brutally butcher us for survival, money, racial hatred, perverted sexual desires, raving insanity or simply because they just love to kill.
Here are some specific examples in the original Manhunt:
The Innocentz is where the game really takes the bloody gloves off - before that point, the gangs were intimidating, but nothing special: the Joisey-accented Hoodz, who are essentially the Generic Guy of the gangs, the southern-fried Skinz, who are still mostly Too Dumb to Live by constantly calling out Cash with ethnic slurs, and the Wardogs, who are more composed of wannabe-Rambos than actual soldiers. But the Innocentz - well, the whole lot of them are Ax-Crazy, Always Chaotic Evil gangsters dressed up as Grim Reapers and Skeletons, and whose taunts seem to combine the worst aspects of Holier Than Thou, and EVILER Than Thou! And the first level with them ends with a mortifying combo of Adult Fear, Tear Jerker, Player Punch, and a flat-out Moral Event Horizon for both the Innocentz gang, and Lionel Starkweather himself: Remember Cash's family? The father, mother, brother and sister who were tied up by the Wardogs, and were used as live bait for Cash? The family members that were all freed, but seemed to vanish without a trace? Well, Starkweather has a videotape showing the answer - they were caught by the Innocentz, and butchered on camera, for no logical motive outside of destroying Cash's one remaining trace of humanity. We don't get to see the whole video, but we do see enough - a randomly selected member of Cash's family is hog-tied to a pillar of the abandoned mall, stripped to their underwear and gagged over the mouth with duct tape. A Babyface member of the Innocentz - oh, did I forgot to mention these guys? The Fat Bastard, possibly pedophiliac guys in Hawaii shirts, and absolutely creepy baby doll masks? - walks up to Cash's relative, and raises his machete to strike. The camera quickly switches to Cash's unblinking face, but the horrified, heartrending scream makes the result obvious. This is made all the worse by Starkweather gloating to Cash that HE was all the family he needed now.
Piggsy. That's all there is to say about him.
And some examples in :
Manhunt 2 The new "Violent" and "Gruesome" executions end up even more nauseating and horrifying than the ones in the original, as they involve sadistically inflicting as much pain on the victim as possible before doing them in. Some of the more Squick- ier examples feature gouging/ripping out eyes, chopping off limbs, decapitation/ blasting the head into bloody chunks, sawing through/ripping off the groin, or simply bludgeoning/impaling the victim to no end, all while they shriek in agony, or disgustingly gurgle and choke on their own blood!
The justification as to why Daniel Lamb does this, while James Earl Cash keeps even his worst kills somewhat quick and clean, probably makes them even worse: Danny is driven to murder by
Leo, who wants nothing more than to be the worst Ax-Crazy Serial Killer in history, and is wiping out any trace of the original Danny to dive him insane, so that Leo can perform a Split Personality Takeover . And even worse, in the Bonus Level Alternate Ending, (which is unlocked by performing enough Violent and Gruesome kills in all the levels), Leo wins! Sexual Deviants, which takes place in a BDSM Club, complete with a "dungeon" that has torture and murder machines ripped straight out of Hostel.
The official trailer for the second game is pretty creepy.