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Top 100 Video Game Moments

Top 100 Video Game Moments
From IGN - December 25, 2017
Chloi Rad

Pyramid Head is undeniably one of the most iconic horror game monsters of all time, despite its mere handful of appearances throughout the Silent Hill series, but not without good reason. The strange and terrifying entity has haunted fans ever since its debut in Silent Hill 2 as protagonist James Sunderlands personal tormentor. Learning the upsetting truth about James during his journey through Silent Hill also casts light on the true nature of Pyramid Head itself, making its official introduction even more disturbing. After catching a glimpse of the red triangle-headed entity behind a barred-off hallway, James later walks right into a room where the creature is assaulting two headless mannequins. James dives into a closet, watching the horror unfold in a scene that parallels a key moment in David Lynchs Blue Velveta nod to a movie that, by no mere coincidence, also explores mens perversion and violence, both potential and fully realized. The encounter is unsettling not just because its unexpectedits also confusing and violating. James isnt the target of the violence in the scene, but its clear that whats happening is a step further than the violence weve committed against those very same mannequin creatures. To see the minor enemies weve already fought several times so easily dominated by another creature feels like an immediate threat, but one that has even deeper psychological implications than we can possibly imagine the first time we see it. It is not until the end of the game that we realize the scene served as a mirror of James' own inner violence, and dark foreshadowing for the reveal to come. Pyramid Head has since had a number of weak cameos outside Silent Hill 2, but it's hard to deny what an impact that first introduction had on both fans and horror games alike.

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