While I was on the phone with my parents today, my mother, who is a teacher, told me she noticed a lot of horror books at the school book fair. She told me she thought horror was making a comeback. While I’ve been spending a lot of time exploring some of the horror video game titles releasing this year, like Visage, I, too, have noticed a horror trend picking up again. To celebrate this hopeful epiphany, I think back to five of the moments in Silent Hill that gave me nightmares for months.

1. Seeing Pyramid Head For The First Time
This is one of those monumental moments in a video game where your bravery is truly challenged. While I hid inside the closet as James Sunderland in Silent Hill 2 and watched this massive demon of Hell, Pyramid Head, rape another creature, it was the single most traumatizing and terrifying scene in Silent Hill. Because at that moment, all I could think about was “Oh my gosh, I’m going to have to fight this thing. Oh my gosh, what am I going to do? Do I have enough health? Enough ammo?” It was a serious feeling of impending doom. And when I saw James shoot at Pyramid Head, I thought, great, this is it. This is when the fight begins. Until, I heard Pyramid Head walked away. I had never felt so much tension or felt so disgusting playing a video game.

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