The Creeper is a giant insect that moves with great speed and reacts strongly to light. It appears frequently in Silent Hill, Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill: The Arcade. It also appeared in the Silent Hill film.
In Silent Hill, the Creeper appears as a large, cockroach-like insect with three pairs of legs and two long "antenna" from the back.
In Silent Hill 2, the Creeper is slightly smaller with a stronger green tinge to its body and the two antenna-like tails on its back are absent.
In the film, the Creeper has a horseshoe crab-like appearance with what resembles a human face underneath its head.
In Silent Hill and Silent Hill 2, they attack Harry Mason and James Sunderland by nipping at their ankles. Their small size and flat bodies make them difficult targets, however, both protagonists can stomp on the creatures in order to kill them. As such, they are fairly easy to dispose of, but they are still quite annoying opponents.
There is also a scene in Silent Hill 2 regarding a small room below the Silent Hill Historical Society after picking up a key from the ground. James's flashlight will go out, and the door to the room will lock. After replacing the dead battery in the flashlight with a new battery, Creepers begin to swarm the room. Killing them is pointless as they continuously respawn; James must guess the combination next to the door and escape.
In Silent Hill: The Arcade, Creepers are plentiful. They do not do much damage, but can swarm the player and block their view, requiring them to be shot off the screen. When Pyramid Head appears, he is surrounded by a swarm of hundreds of Creepers. The boss monster Mama spits out Creepers as an attack.
According to the Book of Lost Memories, the Creeper in Silent Hill represents Alessa Gillespie's dislike of insects, with the exception of butterflies. It is possible that there were plenty of insects lurking in the basement of Alchemilla Hospital. In her diary, Lisa Garland states that she has been seeing insects, a possible drug (PTV) withdrawal symptom. It is possible Lisa began to see phantom Creepers.
In Silent Hill 2, the Book of Lost Memories states that it can be assumed that the Creepers are derived mostly from the power of Silent Hill itself, almost as if they are a lingering residue leftover from the events of the first game.
Aside from this, they could also represent the protagonists; small, like insects, compared to the immense power and fear instilled by the town and its many dangerous creatures.
Silent Hill film
Creepers also appear in the Silent Hill film, and are created by the Otherworld, including appearing from the decay wrought by the hands of the janitor, Colin, in Midwich Elementary School's bathroom. Hundreds of them are seen swarming the school, devouring the miners and their clothing. They disintegrate when the Otherworld lifts.
The Creepers have tiny human faces underneath their heads, rather than the mandibles they have in the game. They appear in very large swarms, which can completely cover and consume a person within a short time. These Creepers likely represent the local religious cult, as they swarm over and destroy anything different than themselves and are spawned by corruption, much like the cultists.
According to director Christophe Gans, the Creepers are the memories of people killed by Alessa Gillespie, who are trapped in monstrous insect bodies to punish them for their sins. In a scene in which Red Pyramid stabs through a door at Rose Da Silva and Cybil Bennett, the Creepers represent sperm entering the vagina of a rape victim, a clear reference to Alessa's rape at the hands of the janitor.
For a complete list of images of the Creeper, please visit the Creeper images category.
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