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Closer
Closer
A Closer from Silent Hill 3
Other names
None
Debut
Silent Hill 3
Other appearances
Among the Damned
Health
Medium-high
Locations
Central Square Shopping Center
Hazel Street Station
Brookhaven Hospital
Lakeside Amusement Park
Chapel
Weapons
None
Attack methods
Strikes with arms

The Closer is a common monster found in Silent Hill 3. Excluding Heather Mason's dream sequence, this is the first type of monster she encounters. It is seen in a clothing store as it feeds on a corpse. Heather shoots it to death as it approaches her.

Appearance

Its brownish body seems to mock the female form, as its entire face resembles a pair of lips; it seems to be wearing a mini-skirt. The Closer is a tall, menacing creature, with thick, all-encompassing arms. Some sections of the creature's arms seem to be stitched together and bandaged up. The Closer's lips rotate and twitch with no relent, emanating a wet, disturbing sound.

In the Order's chapel, Closers become infested with animated, dark globs moving along their skin, and are also notably faster.

The Closer shares similar characteristics of the Mandarin. According to Masahiro Ito, the reason they look similar is because the Mandarin was one of the most underrated monsters of Silent Hill 2. His intentions by them both having similar designs was to imply that their appearance was not just dependent on person, but that the power of Silent Hill also had some input on the "design" of the monsters.[1]

Character

Closers move slowly, but their massive size and reach make them very dangerous, as is their tendency to appear in tight spaces that prevent Heather from getting around them unscathed. They attack by hitting Heather with their club-like arms or extending a blade-like bone fragment from the tips of their arms, something that throws Heather back and, especially without the Bulletproof Vest, can drain most of her health. They emit a series of grunts and groans when Heather is nearby.

Following Brookhaven Hospital, the Closers become significantly more dangerous. If the player gets too close in an attempt to attack them, they will defend themselves by swinging their arms in a circle around them, knocking Heather back.

Symbolism

The Closer is a manifestation of Alessa Gillespie's memories of her mother's abuse, hence the enlarged arms. The Closer's arms also seem to resemble punching bags, further alluding to Heather's repressed memories of being abused. Its name is derived from its ability to obstruct a path with its huge body. It is also similar to one of the monsters Alessa used to draw when she was young.

It could be a distorted interpretation of real people: mall shoppers. It is reminiscent of a figure holding a shopping bag in each hand. This is supported by the fact that it first appears in the Central Square Shopping Center. Its mouth is the most prominent feature on the face, possibly reflecting the idea that mall shoppers talk too much.

There is a running theme of maternity and femininity in Silent Hill 3 and many of its monsters due to the central conflict of the game centering on impregnation in the the Order's attempts to force Heather to birth their god. The Closer's face can be thought of to look like labia (vaginal lips), which correlates with this theme. Also connecting the Closer to the theme of impregnation or maternity is the sounds it will emit when fallen; the Closer will make very loud moaning noises, all the while writhing about on the floor. This can be seen as reminiscent of sexual intercourse.

Trivia

  • If the game code is hacked and the gore is removed from the corpse that the first Closer is eating, the corpse is revealed to be a modified model of Angela Orosco.
  • Akira Yamaoka, the sound director for the series, took the sounds of a rhinoceros and digitally altered them to create the sounds of the Closer.
  • The "outfit" the Closer wears is similar to the dress that Alessa Gillespie wore in Silent Hill.
  • A drawing of the Closer is in a corner of Alessa's room, near the locked door leading to the final boss fight.
  • The message "南無妙法蓮華経" is written on the top of the Closer's head, which literally translates as "like Lotus Sutra". [1]
  • The Closer has unused animations showing it to be able to climb to higher areas with the nail-like extensions that protrude from its arms.

References

  1. Masahiro Ito, Twitter

Gallery

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Characters
Major Characters
Heather Mason - Douglas Cartland - Vincent Smith - Claudia Wolf
Other Characters
Harry Mason - Alessa Gillespie - Leonard Wolf - Stanley Coleman - Lisa Garland - Jennifer Carroll - Joseph Schreiber - James Sunderland - Greys - Happy Birthday Caller - Danny - Confessor - Greys - Robbie the Rabbit
Weapons
Beam Saber - Flamethrower - Handgun - Katana - Knife - Maul - Pipe - Shotgun - Stun Gun - Submachine Gun - Unlimited Submachine Gun
Monsters
Closer - Double Head - Glutton - God - Insane Cancer - Leonard Wolf - Memory of Alessa - Missionary - Monster in Locker - Numb Body - Nurse - Pendulum - Scraper - Sewer Monster - Slurper - Split Worm - Valtiel
Locations
Borley Haunted Mansion - Brookhaven Hospital - Central Square Shopping Center - Chapel - Construction Site - Daisy Villa Apartments - Happy Burger - Hazel Street Station - Heaven's Night - Hilltop Center - Jacks Inn - KMN Auto Parts - Lakeside Amusement Park - Last Drop Cafe - Underpass
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - God - Map - Metatron - Monster - Otherworld - Paradise - PTV - Radio - Real World - The Order - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun
Archives
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Limited Edition Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables
v · e · d
Characters
Aaron - Dahlia - Jason - Leo
Monsters
Faceless Monster - Ceiling Monster - Closer - Multi-Headed Monster - Bladed Monster - Canine Monster
Locations
Borley Haunted Mansion - Silent Hill - Sanctuary - Lakeside Amusement Park
Terms
Fog World - Monster - Otherworld - Real World
Creators
Scott Ciencin - Shaun Thomas

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