[Editorial] My Ongoing Fear of Video Game Spiders

Hello. I’m Daryl Baxter, and I’ve had a fear of spiders in video games since I was six years old.

There’s many out there who have a phobia, whether it’s snakes, cockroaches, or even a type of sponge if you look hard enough on YouTube. Fear and phobias can be found in many forms. For me, it’s in the medium of video-games, and the animation of arachnids, where it spurs paranoia, discomfort, and panic in any game I play that they feature in.

Since I was asked to write this, I’ve been trying to think of the point in time of where it all began.

I then realized it wasn’t exactly a spider that started it.  It was a Facehugger in Alien Trilogy for the PlayStation. We were lucky back then, where small CRT TV Screens were the norm for most of us. We only had to experience that Facehugger crawling up, and covering the screen in fuzzy-vision. Still, the stuff of nightmares seeing this.

This was only the first level. But for a game whose atmosphere is dark, dim, and quiet, seeing something small crawl across in the distance, disappearing from view, then suddenly seeing it cover your whole field of vision, it was a nasty surprise for my six-year-old self. If that wasn’t bad enough, there was also a level towards the end where it was the Queen’s lair, and many, many eggs, ready to hatch.

After that, there are two other games that sealed it.

Tomb Raider II was a great game in 1997 and still is. But there’s a section towards the end of the game, at the Temple of Xian level, where you would face a cave. This cave would feature huge white spiders, alongside some crawling out of cocoons, and as an added treat, the section would be pitch black. Alongside composer Nathan McCree’s sudden stabs of music, just to add to the terror, you’d only see these creepy-crawlies as the lights of 1996 shaders would flicker and flash as you’d fire the twin pistols, or as you lit up a flare. Delightful. I had other people complete that section for me so I could finish the game.

This fear then blossomed with Resident Evil, the second entry particularly.

I would look for the cursed word of ‘spider’ in magazine guides before I’d play the game itself. Then once I’d spotted it, I’d try to forget what I’d previously read so I wouldn’t spoil myself with what else was to come in the game.

I’d then try to prepare myself as I was close to the fabled sewers section. As soon as I reached them with Leon, I closed my eyes and just, ran. I could hear the thudding steps of those eight legs throughout, and randomly holding down the R1 + Square to fire off the shotgun.

It really didn’t help that if one was killed, smaller spiders would then appear, with the sound ongoing. What also was a treat were the fabled camera angles of what was a staple of the first generation of the games. They were always at a fixed angle, so if one crawled into a particular place, you’d have a full view of one covering the screen, harking back to the nightmares of Alien Trilogy.

This would repeat in my favorite of the Resident Evil games, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, where you would come across giant spiders in a clock tower during the second half of the game. Even though I’d later replay this on a PSP, a much smaller screen, I’d still be incredibly uncomfortable at the site (and sound) of those jittering legs.

The Resident Evil series is a great time, and the games fulfill their job of being ‘Survival Horror’. It’s not necessarily the jump-scares that people are scared by, it can be just the look of the enemies themselves and how they move, and that’s how it’s been for me for the last twenty years with its depiction of arachnids.

But there have been other times where eight-legged freaks creeped me out. Even on a 2D side-scroller such as Spider-Man on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, there was a hidden side-boss of a spider-slayer; a robotic large spider which you’d have to destroy with blue and yellow bombs. You may be thinking that as this was a cartoony, 2D Platformer, surely it wouldn’t be that much of an issue, but unfortunately, it was!

Again, it harkens back to the movements. This made it so creepy to me, I made sure not to approach the floor where it presided as much as possible after that.

It sounds somewhat tragic reading it back, and perhaps it appears so to you as well reader, but I think it’s unique. Unique in the fact that a medium such as video-games can bring this feeling to me, and how the efforts to mimic a real-life arachnid, more by its animations than its look, is telling, even for the original PlayStation generation.

With the remake of Resident Evil 2, all I’m currently thinking about is how those sewer-dwelling spiders will look on a 4K television, while forgetting all the other incredible moments such as the start of the game, the police station, and fighting Birkin.

Fantasm Media Releases Fantasm Presents #2: Linnea Quigley

•Linnea is the Queen of Scream Queens! And our newest issue, Fantasm Presents #2: Linnea Quigley, is all about her •Read about her amazing career and hear what some of her favorite co-stars and directors have to say about this beauty •Two special variant covers limited to 100 copies each Do you wanna party? It’s …

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Trivial Pursuit: Horror Movie Edition – game

Trivial Pursuit Horror Movie Edition is a 2018 game by USAopoly that allows players to test their knowledge of 100 years of horror via 600 questions on cards.

Question categories include: Monster, Gore/Disturbing, Psychological, Paranormal, Slasher, and International.

  • Test your knowledge of 100 years of class horror films
  • Experience the thrill of your favorite psychological thrillers, epic monsters, and paranormal events
  • 600 riveting questions about the following categories: Monster, Gore/Disturbing/ Psychological,Paranormal, Slasher, and International
  • Includes 100 cards, Die, Wedge Packaging and Rules
  • 2+ players
  • Ages 17+
  • 60 minutes play time









Trivial Pursuit Horror Movie Edition is available at

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Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel Opens its Doors this September 14th on Digital Platforms!

After the overwhelming success of HELL HOUSE LLC since its release in 2016, fans have been clamoring to know if and when writer and director Stephen Cognetti would be following up this critically acclaimed found footage horror film with a sequel, this September. Now, here it is – HELL HOUSE LLC II –THE ABADDON HOTEL. …

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DEAD NIGHT on UK DVD October 8th

Following its European Premiere at Arrow Video FrightFest 2018, STUDIOCANAL announces that DEAD NIGHT will be arriving on DVD and Digital Download 8 October 2018 – just in time for Halloween!

James, his wife Casey, their two kids Jessica and Jason, and sick friend Becky head to a remote cabin in Oregon for a weekend trip. When James ventures into the dark forest looking for firewood, he

BAD SAMARITAN coming to UK DVD October

One bad night – one bad decision – can haunt you forever, as Misfits and Mute star Robert Sheehan goes up against Jessica Jones and Doctor Who star David Tennant, here on sensationally nasty form, in a white-knuckle home invasion thriller from the producers of Independence Day.

Struggling photographer Sean Falco (Sheehan), who funds his lifestyle with a sideline in burglary, thinks he has

Burt Reynolds Passed Away Before Filming his Part for ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

We’ve been keeping our eyes on Quentin Tarantino’s next project, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, currently filming in Los Angeles. Though not about Charles Manson and The Manson Family murders specifically, it includes characters based on many of the real-life participants and victims of the cult’s murderous rampage. The cast is a whos-who of A-Listers, including Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, and Margot Robbie among many others.

Unfortunately, the recent passing of cinematic legend Burt Reynolds last Thursday means that one part will have to be recast. He was retained to play George Spahn, the real-life owner of a dilapidated ranch once used to film westerns where The Manson Family lived during their reign of terror. Reynolds’ niece Nancy Lee Hess told THR:

“My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino, and the amazing cast that was assembled.”

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No word on who Tarantino will recast in the important supporting role. Whoever gets the part, there will always be a tinge of sadness over the fact that Reynolds most certainly would have been amazing. As for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the film is still targeting a July 26th, 2019 release date. We’ll keep you posted as additional details emerge.

A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.

What are some of your favorite memories of Burt Reynolds? Are you excited to check out Once Upon a Time in Hollywood next summer? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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