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Since this is a game that helped inspire the Resident Evil series and other Survival Horror games, this is inevitable. Five people fighting for their lives as they are trapped in a haunted house full of evil spirits and monsters. Can they get out of there alive?


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    The video game 
  • The game is considered the true father of the Survival Horror genre. Aside from its history, it's one of the only RPGs where the death of any character is permanent and, for some reason, the horror genre seems amplified on an 8-bit system. The atmosphere doesn't get any better as the game goes along. For one thing, healing is limited in the game. Despite Random Encounters and most other RPG conventions, there are no inns to rest, and no healing items dropped by random creatures. Skeletons and eternally dying victims (torn in half) will talk (or, more accurately, scream) to you.
  • Then there's Yamamura, the mysterious groundskeeper and your only other ally. When you approach Mamiya's room, you're repulsed by a barrier, and Yamamura steps in to help... and his skin melts off. Graphically.
  • The death scenes can invoke this because the female characters lie in their own blood unconscious while the male characters are bisected. A reminder of why considerate planning is needed in battles and puzzles instead of rushing into them.
  • Some rooms in the mansion have blue ice on the floor. If you step on it without the Pick, you'll become separated from the rest of the team and slide down to the bottom of the screen. You'll usually be swept onto some spikes, but in a couple places you'll be swept onto piles of dead(?) bodies. Spikes and bodies both cause 10 HP of damage for every couple of seconds you're standing on them, but it's hard to decide which is worse...

    The film 
  • Taguchi's fate. When he gets caught in the mansion's deadly shadow, it melts his hips and thighs, leaving behind two bloody calves. Taguchi ends up crawling on the floor, dragging behind a very gruesome stump.
  • Yamamura, the mysterious groundskeeper, dies trying to keep Emi from being possessed by Lady Mamiya. His skin and muscles slowly melt and end up as a gross pile beneath his feet. Even his skeleton collapses into an undefinable mess.
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    The videogame and film 
  • There is one moment of true horror that stands out: the incinerator in the basement. The matron of the mansion went insane after her baby died in the incinerator. She started killing other children to give her child a playmate. In the game, you learn all this through the frescoes in the house. After making it through the basement where you find the skeletons of the children, you come to the room with the incinerator where it all started. Walking closer to it, you hear the child burning to death, screaming for mother. In the movie, Yamamura gives the backstory to Akiko and Kazuo. Although the incinerator doesn't contain the screams of the child, it does have a lot of ash everywhere... the ashes of the children, perhaps?
  • Lady Mamiya's final form. A woman with the right side of her face burnt, spindly arms, and lots of tumor-like bumps covering her and forming a massive hunchback. The movie reveals these bumps to be the spirits of the children she burned alive as they start forming crying faces.

    The webcomic 
This comic is more than 100 chapters of almost nonstop Nightmare Fuel, but even within all of that these moments stick out as the most terrifying parts of a terrifying story.

  • The comic is kicked off when Hyun's parents and sister are killed in a car accident and Hyun is left with barely enough money to support himself for a year. The sheer suddenness of it all is Adult Fear at its worst, and by the end of the first chapter Hyun is alone (since no other family would take him), isolated in a bare apartment, and ready to commit suicide.
  • The intro to the monsters:
    • The girl next door starts making noise, so Hyun goes next door to find a package full of ramen noodles eaten through completely. The door is slightly ajar so Hyun looks inside... just in time to see a monsterised arm reaching for one last pack of noodles and grabbing it away.
    • Hyun gets freaked out and goes back to his room, at which point the girl buzzes him and asks for food. Upon being denied, she starts cursing, screaming, stretching her face to terrifying proportions, until she hears noise upstairs, gets excited at the prospect of "food", and goes after it.
  • The two groups receive a very hands on experience with the first monsters.
    • The blind monster is the first monster encountered by the upper floors. Emaciated with bark-like skin, as soon as it hears a noise it extends an arm, at which point the arm grows branches like trees to completely destroy any room they're in. Also, it's missing the top half of its head. Hyun is almost killed by this monster three times in rapid succession before it loses interest and leaves him alone.
      • Flashbacks reveal that Jayhun was the one to decapitate the man who would become the blind monster after realizing that the man intended to murder everyone in the building, only to be shocked upon realizing that the monster continued to walk around like nothing happened.
    • The tongue monster is the lower group's introduction to the monsters. Seok Kim opens the shutter to let the group out, at which point a monster, who is eight feet tall with a lightbulb shaped head, walks in. It then sprouts a tongue from its throat, which attacks a man and drains the blood from its body. It's only due to some quick thinking on Wook and Hyuk's part that only one person died.
  • Hearing noise, Hyun opens his window and sees a man leaving his children behind to find supplies. Before Hyun or the man can react, a monster on the ground sees them and its head grows all the way to their room to stare at them, freaking the man out so much that he falls to his death, traumatizing his children. Hyun almost becomes the monster's next victim before Dusik Hahn shoots the monster in the neck, decapitating it. Hyun takes a deep breath, and then the monster continues to walk away as though nothing's wrong.
  • While rescuing the kids, Hyun encounters Beefcake, the Logical Extreme of Dumb Muscle. Almost hitting the ceiling with muscles that would make The Incredible Hulk jealous, this monster is obsessed with getting "protein" by eating everyone it sees, including, as Hyun realizes while hiding from it, dead bodies. This monster's sheer refusal to take any slight against it and the fact that it actually is revealed to be smarter than expected means that Beefcake is a recurring enemy that the survivors are rightfully terrified of.
  • The backstory behind the fast monster. Originally a tenant of the building, the man grew jealous of one of his competitors and murdered him out of a desire to be the fastest long before succumbing to his infection. While Hyun shows some sympathy for the monsters he encounters, considering his own infection, he curses the man just before tricking it to its death, disgusted with what people are capable of even without the infection.
  • Every single thing about the tentacle monster is absolutely horrifying.
    • To start, it keeps shouting variants of the phrase "I will survive" or "I want to live", emphasizing the fact that as horrible as these monsters are, most of them used to be people who just wanted to go about their lives.
    • It's carried upside down by a mess of tentacles on its back, which it also uses to attack anyone it encounters and destroy dead bodies it comes across. Everywhere it goes, death and gore are the only things left in its wake.
    • At one point, Hyun gets trapped by it and gets a look at it upside down, only to realize that the monster is smiling. It's only thanks to Seop Ahn and Yuri's intervention that he doesn't get completely destroyed on the spot.
    • After multiple fights with it, Hyun finally gets close enough to it to stab with his electrified staff. Instead of killing it like it does to the other monsters, this monster instead evolves and gains both rock-like skin and more sturdy limbs, turning him into a spider looking hunk of rock that the survivors have absolutely no chance against.
  • The union of the upper and lower floor groups should be a source of comfort, if it weren't for the fact that, as Hyuk reveals, Hyun is one of several monster infected trying to hide their symptoms, meaning there is no true safety in the building.
  • The security guard. Dear god, the security guard.
    • For a start, the guard went insane long before he became infected, to the point that when he became infected his biggest desire was to murder all of the tenants of the apartment. How does he originally plan on going about this? He got in the elevator with a gas can, fully ready to burn the entire building down. If he wasn't so heavy that he had to leave it behind and if the power hadn't gone out, he very well could've murdered everyone in the building.
    • When he does return, it's revealed that he became a monster. He reveals this by quietly exiting the elevator, walking up to the nearest person, reminding her of the time she gave him raw fish, and then cutting her in half with a saw. He's so inhumanly strong and his skin is so tough that he then proceeds to kill several people, ending his spree by smashing Jayhun's face to a bloody pulp. Luckily for that last part, it's a Gory Discretion Shot, but even the little bit that we do see is nauseating.
    • The guard actually puts up so much of a fight that the group has to trick him into getting fed to the tongue monster outside the building. Not only does this create the Fridge Horror that the monster has been standing outside the building waiting for something to happen for at least two weeks, but the scene itself is brutal as the guard's life force is drained from his body slowly before he finally dies for good.
    • After his death, the survivors realize why he was so strong: he had already killed several people and absorbed their bodies into his own.
  • When Yuri runs out of inhalers, the group decides to head to a nearby hospital. Dusik and Hyuk are able to prepare a car that should be able to survive outside, complete with armored panels and flamethrowers in the front. They clear out the parking garage and leave. All is well... for about three seconds, at which point Beefcake shows up and wrecks the car before it even makes it out of the parking lot.
    • The following fight is absolutely terrifying. The group has absolutely no chance against Beefcake in any way and they know it, so the fight is just a battle of attrition to try to weaken him enough to repair the car and burn him. Unfortunately, Seop Ahn pushes Hyun out of the way of an attack and gets completely pulverized in the process. It almost counts as a Gory Discretion Shot because so little of him is left after he's hit.
    • At one point, Hyun discovers the corpse of the father that fell to his death a few weeks prior. He discovers this because he's launched face first into the corpse's decomposing head, giving us a very nice closeup of the body.
    • After a while, Jisu decides to get serious about the fight and pulls out Jayhun's sword. Unfortunately, Beefcake recognizes it from the last time it was used against him, and all that happens instead is he flies into even more of an Unstoppable Rage than he was already in.
    • Then finally, out of nowhere, a bus appears and rams Beefcake until he stays down, at which point the group can finally burn the corpse. The group celebrates and goes to greet their rescuers... except for Wook, who finally reveals his past as a police officer and says that that's a prison bus, and he recognizes all of the people inside as criminals.

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