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From Haunted Houses to Zombies: The Most Frightening Scary Horror Games
Do you enjoy the adrenaline rush of being scared out of your wits? Are you a fan of horror movies and looking for a new way to experience fear? Look no further. In this article, we will explore some of the most terrifying scary horror games that will leave you trembling with fear. From haunted houses to zombies, these games will push your limits and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Haunted Houses: A Classic Thrill
If you’re a fan of haunted houses, then horror games that feature eerie mansions or abandoned buildings are sure to provide an exhilarating experience. One such game that comes to mind is “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.” Set in a dilapidated plantation house in rural Louisiana, this game combines atmospheric horror with intense gameplay. As you navigate through dark corridors and solve puzzles, you’ll encounter grotesque creatures and terrifying jump scares that will keep your heart pounding.
Another notable haunted house game is “Amnesia: The Dark Descent.” In this first-person survival horror game, players find themselves trapped inside an ancient castle with no memory of how they got there. With limited resources and a lurking presence that feeds on fear, this game is guaranteed to make even the bravest players feel vulnerable and terrified.
Zombies: A Never-Ending Nightmare
Zombies have been a staple in horror culture for decades, and scary horror games featuring these undead creatures are always popular among thrill-seekers. One standout title in this genre is “The Last of Us.” Set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by infected humans turned into zombies, this action-adventure game blends intense combat with an emotionally gripping storyline. The realistic graphics and immersive gameplay make every encounter with the infected a heart-pounding experience.
For those seeking a more intense zombie experience, “Resident Evil 2” is a must-play. This remake of the classic survival horror game takes players back to Raccoon City, where a zombie outbreak has turned the population into flesh-eating monsters. With its atmospheric setting and relentless undead enemies, this game will keep you on your toes as you fight for survival.
Psychological Horror: A Mind-Bending Challenge
If you prefer horror games that mess with your mind, then psychological horror games are perfect for you. “Silent Hill 2” is often regarded as one of the best examples of this subgenre. As players control James Sunderland through the foggy town of Silent Hill, they unravel a deeply disturbing story filled with symbolism and psychological torment. The game’s haunting atmosphere and psychological twists will leave you questioning reality long after you’ve put down the controller.
Another mind-bending horror experience is “Layers of Fear.” In this first-person exploration game, players step into the shoes of a disturbed painter as they navigate through a constantly changing mansion. Delving into themes of madness and obsession, this game uses clever storytelling and visual trickery to create an unsettling experience that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Survival Horror: Fight or Flight
For those who enjoy intense gameplay and heart-pounding action, survival horror games provide an adrenaline-fueled experience like no other. “Outlast” is a prime example of this genre. Armed only with a camcorder, players must navigate through an abandoned psychiatric hospital filled with deranged inmates. With no means to defend yourself other than hiding or running away, every encounter becomes a tense battle for survival.
Another standout survival horror game is “Alien: Isolation.” Set fifteen years after the events of Ridley Scott’s iconic film “Alien,” players assume the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter as she tries to survive aboard a space station infested by one relentless xenomorph. The game’s AI-driven alien enemy constantly adapts to the player’s actions, making every encounter a nerve-wracking game of cat-and-mouse.
In conclusion, if you’re a fan of being scared senseless, these scary horror games will provide an unforgettable experience. Whether you prefer haunted houses, zombies, psychological torment, or survival challenges, there is a game out there that will cater to your darkest fears. So grab your controller and prepare for a night of terror as you dive into these spine-chilling virtual worlds.
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It’s always fun to imagine living inside of an iconic horror movie house, which is why we always like to report on such locations going up for grabs. The latest, brought to our attention by Variety , is the mansion from William Castle’s original House on Haunted Hill , which was actually also featured in Blade Runner .
The 6,000 square foot house, with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, is located in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood, and it was built in 1924 by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright. The house is highly unique both inside and out, with the exterior being featured in House on Haunted Hill and the interior playing the role of Deckard’s apartment in Blade Runner .
Variety details, “ Positioned high on a .83-acre hillside parcel with cinematic views that sweep over the city, the main residence and guest quarters atop a detached garage — originally designed as a chauffeur’s apartment — together measure somewhat more than 6,000-square-feet with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The landmarked residence has been featured in dozens of films, television shows, fashion shoots and music videos including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twin Peaks and, most famously, 1982’s Blade Runner .”
“ An exceptionally, almost dizzying long interior loggia with a mausoleum-like marble floor links multi-level interior spaces that feature the same textured blocks as the exterior along with delicately geometric leaded glass windows and hardwood floors ,” the site continues. “ The airy living room has a shimmering, mosaic-tiled fireplace and the cathedral-esque dining room offers a soaring, exposed-beam ceiling, another fireplace and a cleverly framed view of the downtown skyline through a frameless corner picture window. There’s also an intimate library, a black and white tiled vintage kitchen restored to functionality and, discretely tucked on a lower level, a games/screening room with open fireplace and curved bar .”
The mansion was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1994 but was subsequently restored, at great expense to its most recent owner. The current price tag? A staggering $23 million .
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In other words, if you blinked during this moment, you likely missed a glimpse of Lamashtu ( Lize Johnston ), the actual culprit responsible.
Nelson recently told Polygon in an interview, “You see [Lamashtu] very abstractly in the final exorcism. But we did an entire head-to-toe prosthetic suit, harness, wings, horns, a full realization of Lamashtu, which I’m very, very proud of and was very difficult. It was five and a half hours of makeup in, about an hour and a half makeup out, including a 12-hour shoot day.”
Not only is it a shame to barely see Nelson and Van Dyke’s work on screen, but the mythology behind the entity also feels wasted in The Exorcist: Believer .
In folklore, Lamashtu was a female demon that terrorized women during childbirth. Newborns were counted among her favorite foods. Aside from being a menace to pregnant women, Lamashtu also happened to be Pazuzu’s rival. The Met describes Pazuzu as the protective shield and defense against the vile Lamashtu.
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The Haunting (1999) [REVIEW]
Sometimes you need to revisit things that you might have enjoyed when you were 14 years younger. Sometimes you need to watch PG-13 horror to guarantee that you won’t see too many boobs or gore. Sometimes you need to remember a time where Lili Taylor would be the star of a big budget haunted house movie directed by Jan de Bont. SOMETIMES ALL THESE THINGS HAPPEN AT ONCE! Things were really confusing in 1999 for a variety of reasons, but one reason was that both The Haunting was released, which was a remake of the 1963 film of the same name, and a remake of 1959 film The House on Haunted Hill was also released. WHAT THE HELL, GUYS?! They’re both remakes and they both have “haunt” in the name?! How am I supposed to keep these two straight! Well, with one being rated R and one being PG-13, it made it a little easier to know which one I was going to see in theaters. The joke is that I wasn’t 17 yet, get it? Maybe it was because I was a chicken shit person who wasn’t 17 yeat, but I remember being mildly creeped out when I saw this movie in theaters, despite ALL of the scares coming from CGI. I guess it’s time to see if something that entertained me when I was 14 can entertain me today!
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After her mother passes away, Eleanor ( Lili Taylor ) is offered an opportunity to participate in a sleep study in a giant mansion. She accepts and meets Theo ( Catherine Zeta-Jones ) and Luke ( Owen Wilson ) who also agree to participate in Dr. David Marrow’s ( Liam Neeson ) experiment, even if it means being chained in at the mansion. The subjects aren’t told about the ghost stories of the supposed haunted house, but that doesn’t prevent them for experiencing strange things. When the subjects of the research start exploring the house, they find out that the guy who owned the house tried to have a large family but his wife couldn’t pop them out successfully, so he remarried and just killed kids who worked in a factory and buried their bones in his fireplace. He had spirit children all around him! Eleanor also learns that she is a descendant of this jerk’s second wife and that it was a spirit that got her involved in the sleep study! Whoa! Crazy! The spooky shit intensifies and Luke gets his head chopped off by a giant metal lion and I guess Lily gets the spirit of the previous home owner to come after her, but she leads him to a spirit door? Or something? And he gets sucked into it to go down to Hell? Eleanor dies in the process but then we see the ghosts of the little kids bringing her up to Heaven! Good job! Theo and Dr. Marrow then wait for the gates to be unchained so they can walk towards other movies that get better reviews and make them superstars.
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I’m sure plenty of people have memories of this movie being terrible, but come on guys, it’s not THAT bad. Okay, well, it is BAD, but I’ve seen plenty worse. The plot isn’t all that bad, which might be why we’ve seen similar plots in horror movies for decades upon decades. The characters were at least mildly watered-down from other similar, more cartoonish stereotypes we see in movies like these, and the entire cast are generally pretty decent actors. I think the biggest complaint, which is a valid one, was that there isn’t really any tension being built in the film that isn’t completely reliant on CGI. I really don’t remember a single special effect that was achieved practically, and in 1999, people were really excited about what computers could do so Jan de Bont went WAY overboard with showing what computers could do instead of what computers should do. If this movie was made a few decades prior, the effects would have been kind of cheesy and silly, but it would’ve given a little bit of heart to a movie like that. Instead, all of these characters just run around reacting to things that clearly weren’t there while the audience doesn’t connect with any of the imagery that’s intended to be “scary” and everything feels just really shallow and sterile. There’s a reason why gimmicky movies like this or Thirteen Ghosts don’t really work that well as remakes, because you’re completely removing the thing that made the originals entertaining. Yes, it’s a classic ghost story which we’ve seen reinvented and tweaked time and time again over the decades, so it’s not absolutely terrible, but unless you have a thing for a somewhat bisexual Catherine Zeta-Jones, this movie’s not worth a second viewing. Although, I guess saying “bisexual Catherine Zeta-Jones” will interest you, but you also have Owen Wilson attacking a painting with a candlestick.
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