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Nightmare Fuel / Silent Hill: Homecoming

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  • The whole of the Otherworld hospital. There are barely any enemies in it, but the level itself is enough to give you nightmares.
  • The whole opening of Homecoming is scary as well. You awake to find yourself strapped on a gurney with doctors standing over you. Suddenly the lights go out and the siren begins. The doctors flee, one of them into the hallway opposite to you. Through the flickering lights, the dirty windows and the swinging doors, you hear the sound of something coming... something big. The doctor in the hallway screams and is lifted up by an unseen force. It's pretty obvious who it is now. And you're finally given the option of struggling free from the restraints. Also, on subsequent playthroughs, make a note that A) You're seeing the sacrifices, and B) One of the nurses/doctors looks A LOT like Alex's dad.
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  • The ever-downward dash inside the hellish factory environment Hell Descent. Kilometer upon kilometer of warped steel, industrial fans and roaring furnaces, and creepy dolls of all things. The boss fight at the end comes almost as a relief. Plus, there's almost no monsters in the warped factory creating a sense of being lost in the Otherworld.
  • The bosses in said game are some of the most bizarre and horrifying in the series. Especially considering how the bosses came to be. Such as Sepulcher (boy Buried Alive), Scarlet Fitch (girl dismembered alive), Asphyxia (girl who suffocated) and Amnion (drowned). It's a pretty gruesome story, and the fact they decide to kill their parents, the one who made them that way in the first place, as sacrifices is pretty disturbing, even if it is an act of Pay Evil unto Evil Laser-Guided Karma.
    • The cut-scene shown upon Sepulcher's defeat can be unsettling. The boss collapses into a large hole in the center of the room after their weight breaks it open. Alex wanders over to inspect the hole in what looks like a mix of curiosity and hypnosis and starts passing out, falling into the bottomless chasm like a rag doll. What's puzzling is the game features this chapter as if Alex is in a nightmare about visiting Silent Hill, yet the death of Mayor Bartlet to Sepulcher is implied to have really happened, creating a sense of Alex losing their grip on what's "real".
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  • A majority of the cell walls in the Overlook Penitentiary are littered with the writing of two or three prisoners. A very small amount of the quotes are shown (and explained) here. They seem to overlook the scariest part, though, that being that the same three men write in every. Cell. In the prison. (Despite this probably being a way to reuse the font graphics, the thoughts that come to mind seeing what appears to be the same three men scribbling on numerous cells that the others were supposedly trapped in isn't something you can sleep well with.) And that's along with the creepy notes explaining how they're all suffering.
    "Whoever gets this message, please help! We haven't seen a guard in days. We're hungry... Losing hope... Please help us! We're dying in here" among others.
  • Scarlet's boss battle. To start off, she bites off her father's head while he begs for her forgiveness. And it all goes downhill from there.
  • Lillian Shepherd's death. She is slowly being ripped apart by a crucifix-like machine, and you have to decide whether to shoot her and spare her the pain, or watch her die.
  • Needlers. They're basically a cross between a human, a spider, and a pair of scissors. Before you see them, all you hear is the clinking of metal against metal. Also, look for its head. It's between its legs.
  • Going through the Hell Descent/Nightmare Hospital is pretty freaky, but the worst bit of it had to be finding that doll... "Behind you" indeed.
  • Asphyxia. She's The Human Centipede.
  • After you cut the electricity, you're ready to go running back to the prison, and the game itself leads you there with a lot of monsters, but if you stay in the street outside of the power plant, you will realize that a) The streets of Silent Hill have never been darker — think about that. b) All hell actually broke loose and Schism, Ferals Lurkers, and even the ocassional Smog are out there to get you, and if you don't have the bonus weapon, YOU WILL DIE.
  • The Big Bad of the game is outright heinous. Judge Magaret Holloway reveals her true color as an utterly remorseles Knight Templar who tries to justify her actions of murdering her youngest daughter, Nora, by suffocation. The flashback shows through Nora's perspective, as the poor girl struggling and crying in despair. Her mother, on the other hand, tries to choke her right in front of her flesh and blood. Judge Holloway also shows no empathy mentioning her daughter's death, unlike Mayor Bartlett and Dr. Fitch who both shows remorse and sadness over their actions. She then blames Alex's father for everything due to unable to sacrifice his own son, so she decides to do the work on her own, before trying to use a drill and give Alex a slow demise. Considering Nora's death cause, Fridge Horror ensues when you links Judge Holloway's occupation, Nora's death of suffocation and the noose, which is one of the most notable forms of execution...
  • The infamous "Bogeyman" (or "Judgment") ending crosses this with Gainax Ending. Activated by refusing to save Deputy Wheeler, refusing to forgive Alex's father, and refusing to Mercy Kill Alex's mother, this ending sees Alex captured and "reforged" into one of the Pyramid Head-like Bogeymen monsters in his own right. As pointed out on the Fridge page, this ending is basically earned because Alex has been doing Pyramid Head's job for him... which then raises the question: is this a Karmic Transformation for being a sadistic monster? Or is this, horrifically, Silent Hill's way of thanking or rewarding Alex for his actions?


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