resident Evil is perhaps best known for re-popularizing zombies in the media, but die-hard fans know the franchise is full of other monsters that have terrified gamers and moviegoers alike over the franchise’s quarter-century existence. From undead animals to cybernetic monstrosities, there seems to be no limit to REpenchant for creative enemy creations.
That’s why we’ve put together this list celebrating six of the scariest resident Evil monsters in honor of Netflix’s new adaptation. After all, horror franchises are only as good as their monstrous antagonists, and this is a series that has plenty of gory. and disgusting creatures to choose from.
While this list is obviously based on personal opinion, there are a few rules. First, we’ll only include one monster per game to keep things fair. We’ll also avoid boss characters because that would make the roster too predictable (I mean, how many times are you ready to see Mr. X and Lisa Trevor appear in these articles?)
As usual, be sure to comment below if you think we missed a particularly creepy biohazard. And if you’re a survival horror fan, I also recommend checking out our list of the scariest. silent Hill monsters.
Now on the scariest list resident Evil monsters…
6. Crimson Heads (Resident Evil Remake – 2002)
On the surface, the RE The remake’s Crimson Heads may look like a simple palette swap of your usual zombies, but it’s the added gameplay complexity that makes these blood-stained enemies truly scary. A mutation caused by improper elimination of undead, these creatures are considered an early stage of a Licker and are faster and stronger than normal zombies.
The possibility of encountering Crimson Heads in the late game also creates a kind of resource management paranoia, as players are forced to decide which zombie corpses to burn and which to face again later. If this horrible dilemma doesn’t scream “survival horror,” I don’t know what does.
5. Leeches (Resident Evil: Outbreak – 2003)
A scarier evolution of Leech-based enemies from Evil resident 0this disgusting mass of silent worms is made even scarier by its backstory, which explains why leeches share a collective consciousness and puppet their victims like dying zombies.
Hard to kill and even harder to watch (although easily distracted by blood bags), these recurring enemies are more than a little irritating, but you’re still likely to feel sorry for the human victims trapped beneath. their horrible exterior.
4. Lickers (Resident Evil 2 – 1998/2019)
Perhaps the most obvious entry on this list, Lickers are one of the franchise’s most iconic creatures with their skinless exterior and prehensile tongue. In fact, the only reason they don’t rank higher is that they’re a bit too popular for their own good, with the monster suffering from overexposure in multiple games and adaptations.
Either way, there’s no discussion resident Evil not to mention the mindless horrors that roam the streets of Raccoon City, just waiting for players to make too much noise. Scary both visually and mechanically, these creatures are a perfect example of why the series has been giving gamers nightmares for so many years.
3. Executioner (Resident Evil 5 – 2009)
RE5 may get a bad rep for its over-emphasis on action, but I’d say it has several examples of legitimately thrilling daylight horror – especially if played with a friend. However, some of the game’s best moments feature a recurring enemy known simply as “The Executioner”.
The most humanoid monster on this list, The Executioner stands out for his cenobite demeanor and slasher villain demeanor, his oversized ax making him a formidable foe. He also has the distinction of showing up for an admittedly cool “boss fight” in RE: Beyondwhere Milla Jovovich killed the creature by shooting it with coins, mimicking how the enemy would drop golden loot when defeated in-game. A pair of monsters would also appear in RE: Punishmentwith slightly less exciting results.
2. Varcolac (Resident Evil: Village 2021)
Werewolves, vampires and haunted dolls, oh my! SUBJECT: Village may have been criticized for straying from the show’s traditional sci-fi aesthetic, but there’s no denying that these advanced forms of Lycans were a particularly intimidating foe, although there were only five in the game.
They may look like a From Software creation, but the Vârcolaci fit right into the franchise’s established lore, being the result of manic genetic splicing rather than a supernatural curse. Personally, I think the scariest part of their design is the recognizable human face that remains beneath the beastly features of the monster.
1. Regenerator/Iron Maiden (Resident Evil 4 – 2005)
Resident Evil 4 is often remembered as the time when the franchise began to favor action elements over traditional survival horror, but that doesn’t mean the experience isn’t full of schlocky terror. From the menacing Dr. Salvador and his roaring chainsaw to the bizarre Garradores, the game still has many scary enemies. That being said, the Regenerators take the cake as the most disturbing monster in the game (and possibly the franchise).
A pale humanoid with unnatural body movements and the supernatural ability to regenerate damaged body parts if their internal parasites aren’t eliminated, the Regenerador is pretty gruesome on its own. However, we’re also including the Iron Maiden variant as it’s technically the same monster with an added (deadly) twist.
All RE4 buff knows shit is about to hit the proverbial fan when you encounter one of these things during the game’s Island Lab segment, so we can’t wait to see what Capcom does with the iconic creatures in the upcoming remake .