Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Contains very strong bloody violence and disturbing imagery

Okay, I've missed Halloween but my own compilation of delirious damnation more then compensates.

Before the bandwagon of video game violence was jumped on, much of what I bring escaped the clutches of requiring BBFC certification.

Of course, it's PEGI nowadays.

Please proceed with caution as this is suitable for adults only.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

We begin with action grandaddy Resident Evil 4 and although littered with 'anything goes' death sequences, many were just set to repeat in different circumstances.

In other words - boring.

Wiping the blood from my brow, presenting the perfect pair.

Dr. Salvador was largely successful in depriving Leon of his head.
In the Japanese version, his chainsaw splits from torso down because any depiction of seppuku is illegal.
If bug-like creature Novistador is given an inch, he'll literally take a mile.
Primal Rage (Arcade)
Success for the God of Hunger is aptly demonstrated.
Splatterhouse 2010 (Various)
The reboot of Namco's notorious horror action classic wasn't well received.

However, this tortured soul deserves a mention.
Dead Space 2 (Various)
Failing 'eye surgery' is eminently avoidable but watching Isaac's gruesome demise at least once is irresistible, right?

Come on, don't bullshit a bullshitter.
Mortal Kombat 9 - (Various)
I'd be here all day displaying what the series has to offer so I've whittled it down to just Shang Tsung's 'Bang Bang' fatality.
This is identical to, but just a gorier alternative of Joker's 'Gunshot', as seen in Mortal Kombat vs. DC. Universe.
Lazy, very lazy...
He's got the look of somebody.  Don't tell me...

Oh yeah, I've got IT!


Talk about taking the Pennywise.

Let's pretend we've managed to complete P.T. (Playable Teaser), without succumbing to violent episodes of sheer terror.

The sight of fetus and the sound of baby crying is the least of your worries...
For about 20 relentless minutes (or however long it takes to get the fuck out of dodge), environmental changes and general unpleasantness emotionally imbalance your soul.

Until the purgatory of a terrifying hallway is negotiated, we remain oblivious to the fact we're playing Silent Hills on PS4.

I'm actor Norman Reedus and congratulations, you've just shit your pants.
It's rather like Dark Escape 4D, first-hand experience is paramount.

Sticking fast with the fog engulfed and nightmarish landscape of broken locks.

Dr Fitch in Homecoming.
Having left The Room, Eileen keeps a watchful eye on Henry Townsend.
The once pretty nurse Lisa Garland leaks the red stuff from every orifice in the frustrating and flawed PS1 original. 
In the third instalment (but direct sequel to the first), Heather vomits the deity in fetus form which Claudia ingests and dies.
However, the playable sequence that made me cringe is when 'memory of Alessa' (who later becomes a boss), mimics Heather's every movement as the room begins streaming blood.


Will another outing appear on the silver screen?

Probably not, but like 28 Months Later - I live in hope.

Now for some good old-fashioned gore.

BloodStorm (Arcade)
Bushido Blade (PS1)
Ninja Masters (Neo Geo)
Samurai Shodown IV (Neo Geo)
Snatcher (Mega CD)
Immediately disowning biological disaster The Orn Emperor at birth from Thunderforce VI is a foregone conclusion.


This projectile is used against the player by a boss in Beast Busters: Second Nightmare on SNK's Hyper Neo Geo 64.


Scary, yes?

Listen guys, you can all just Go To Hell.




Followed by Soft & Cuddly.


Acts of torture may look primitive and inoffensive now but when Spectrum ruled supreme, it was anything but.

C64 classic Beyond the Forbidden Forest made its death sequences all the more unsettling because of the scrambled audio that accompanied.



Not bad for 1985.

This is how the original Doom rewarded the persistent.

What the fuck did this animal do to deserve such a horrific demise?
Obviously something pretty bad.
Take a look at this image from Akumajo Dracula on X68000.


This first came in 1993 and served as a remake to the 1986 original, unsurprisingly benefiting from graphical and sound enhancements.

Later released on PS1 in 2001, Castlevania Chronicles featured the untouched remake and an 'arranged' version with superficial design changes.

Anyway, body parts bathing in and protruding from a giant mirror is pretty sick.

Turning horror up to eleven.

Condemned: Criminal Origins (360)
Clive Barker's Jericho (Various)
Laser Ghost (Arcade)
Last Alert (PC Engine CD)
Presumably depicting Jesus Christ, a skull wearing a crown of thorns is just asking for trouble.

Look what the newspaper dragged in.


Yes, Paperboy 64 doesn't read well.

I mean come on.  He should not, I repeat not be depicted as Satan's deformed offspring.

What the FUCK?

Rocking chair and candlelit sacrifice form part of adventures inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder (PC)
Henry's dead wife in Darkness Within 2: The Dark Lineage (PC)
Ethan observing a mutilated corpse in Condemned 2: Bloodshot (Various)
Upon closer examination, the entire sternum has been extracted...
Coming before Loath Nolder, 1995 point and click The Dark Eye wouldn't be possible without Edgar Allen Poe.



This portrait from Amnesia: Dark Descent tops the lot, or does it?


Not quite, as that accolade belongs to Clive Barker's Undying.


These beaten portraits from Bison and Zangief (as seen in the arcade of Super and/or Super Street Fighter II Turbo), display bleeding eyes and twisted agony.


Censored yes, but the feel is somewhat retained in the tepid SNES port of Super.
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh lives and breathes the epitome of controversy.

Here are some light-hearted examples.




Back in the late 80s and early 90s, us men remember Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) for her remarkable pair of assets.

Following on from their own Personal Nightmare, Horrorsoft continued events from the 1988 film of the same name - Mistress of the Dark.

Here are a couple of ways of how one can go the same way as the dodo.



The Jaws of Cerebus didn't hold back.



The sight of boobylicious beauty can only be good but...
...demonic transformation kills any activity in the trouser department.
Elvira: The Arcade Game was a forgettable platform adventure and despite title, was never an arcade game to begin with.

Waxworks concludes gratuitous gore.


Well don't just stand there - give the woman a hand.








Don't have nightmares...

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