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Hanged Scratcher
Hangedscratcher
The Hanged Scratcher from Silent Hill
Other names
Sewer Demon
Sewer Creature
Debut
Silent Hill
Other appearances
None
Health
Medium
Locations
Sewers
Weapons
None
Attack methods
Melee

Hanged Scratchers, also called Sewer Demons or Sewer Creatures, are creatures that dwell in the sewers of Silent Hill, appearing in the first game.

Appearance

They resemble green reptilian creatures, although their heads are white. Their claws make a distinctive clicking noise when they walk on hard surfaces that is easily recognized. Their limbs are extremely long and thin, similar to an insect's.

Character

They are known to attack from the ceiling, or from below. Hanged Scratchers attack in groups of two or three and this is when they are most dangerous, as they will surround their prey, making it very difficult for Harry to evade them. This happens quite often, so caution is advised when dealing with them.

Due to the excessive darkness within the sewers and the fact that Harry Mason's radio doesn't work underground, this often results in panic and surprise in the player when they are confronted. On the ground they can move quite swiftly, especially on higher difficulties, and also apply reach and endurance. They also prove quite diligent in pursuing prey once they've caught sight of it. It is best to use the hammer or a firearm on them.

Hanged scratchers key

Three Hanged Scratchers surrounding Harry after he has received the key.

At one point during Harry's first visit to the sewers, the player is lured towards a key, which is needed to progress; however, upon retrieving it, Harry will be ambushed by three of these creatures, although defeating them is optional. During this section of traversing the sewers, the Hanged Scratchers are quicker than normal.

Symbolism

Hanged Scratchers represent the image of a composite of many insect specimens, due to Alessa Gillespie's fear of insects, the only exception being butterflies. Crickets or locusts have the most prevalent resemblance to the Scratchers. They could also represent the way of the Order, sneaking up on and abducting Alessa. This could also explain their persistence when pursuing Harry and how, when they attack, they seem to screech "Let go of me!". [1] The fact that they appear and move very reptillian-esque in nature could be akin to dragons, alluding to Alessa's love for fairytales.

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Characters
Major Characters
Harry Mason - Cheryl Mason - Alessa Gillespie - Dahlia Gillespie - Lisa Garland - Cybil Bennett - Michael Kaufmann
Other Characters
Jodie Mason - Heather Mason - K. Gordon - Greys
Monsters
Air Screamer - Bloodsucker - Creeper - Floatstinger - Grey Child - Groaner - Hanged Scratcher - Incubator - Incubus - Larval Stalker - Mumbler - Night Flutter - Parasite - Puppet Cybil Bennett - Puppet Doctor - Puppet Nurse - Romper - Split Head - Stalker - Twinfeeler - Wormhead
Weapons
Chainsaw - Handgun - Hyper Blaster - Katana - Knife - Pipe - Rifle - Rock Drill - Shotgun - Hammer - Axe
Locations
Alchemilla Hospital - Annie's Bar - Balkan Church - Cafe 5to2 - Central Silent Hill - Gillespie House - Green Lion Antiques - Indian Runner - Lakeside Amusement Park - Levin Street - Lighthouse - Midwich Elementary School - Norman's Motel - Nowhere - Queen Burger - Resort Area - Sewers - Silent Hill Police Station - Silent Hill Town Center - Toluca Lake - Old Silent Hill - Dog House
Terms
Flashlight - Fog World - God - Map - Metatron - Monster - Otherworld - Paradise - PTV - Radio - Real World - Siren - The Order - Manifestation - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending
Archives
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables

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