The immersive nature of virtual reality has proven to be good at a lot of different things, but the one thing it's exceptional at is terrifying the the living hell out of you.
Creaky doors, wind-like whispers and soul-crushing dread are perfectly at home in a VR experience. There's no better time to experience true horror than around Halloween, when celebrating terror by dressing up and eating lots of candy is all the rage. Now, you can strap on your Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or PlayStation VR too.
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So if you're dying to wrap yourself in a blanket of spooky VR games for the night, whether you're alone in the dark or celebrating at a Halloween party, read on for our favorite terribly wonderful horror experiences.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Still probably the largest VR game of them all, as the entire game is playable in VR, Resident Evil 7 will place you in a scenario familiar to horror fans: You're stuck in a house with a bunch of cannibalistic psychos in the middle of nowhere. You'll have to crouch, run and hide as you try to escape the family home with limited resources. Resident evil, indeed.
Platform: PlayStation VR
This experience is a nice complement to one of the more popular pieces of horror of the year, the new movie adaptation of Stephen King's IT. It puts you right into some of the best sequences of the movie, including from the eyes of poor, adorable Georgie in the opening to the sewers. Yes, that means going face to face with Pennywise the Dancing Clown. You'll float too.
Platforms: YouTube 360, Google Cardboard, Facebook 360, Samsung Gear VR, Jaunt VR
Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul
The Paranormal Activity franchise was immersive enough in cinematic form, ushering in an era of found footage movies. Take the franchise to VR with The Lost Soul for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR and you have one of the most terrifying VR experiences out there. You'll get a flashlight to explore a home in a quiet neighborhood, but soon enough the terror that lives in the house turns its sights toward you. Good luck.
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR
Stranger Things VR
The mornings may be for coffee and contemplation, but Halloween 2017 is for VR and Stranger Things. What better way to get ready to binge season 2 than to scare yourself silly with the VR experience, which puts you into one of the more iconic scenes from the first season.
Platforms: Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR
Affected: The Manor
Affected is one of the original horror VR experiences, debuting as a demo for the Oculus Rift DK1 back in the day. More recently, it's been completely remastered for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive after having a successful run on Gear VR. You'll explore a manor, experiencing unfolding events and making choices that'll lead to one of four alternate endings.
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, Daydream View
Five Night at Freddy's
This one is good for parties. BlackBox TV created a challenge that replicates the popular game. You sit around watching a whole bunch of 360 video as the tension slowly ramps up and Freddy starts showing up, ready to haunt the heck out of you.
Platforms: Google Cardboard and YouTube 360
A Chair in a Room
This horrific experience takes advantage of Vive's room-scale technology to adapt to your play area. If you've got a small room, you get teleportation. If you have a bigger area, you get to walk around a little more on this terrifying journey through the gothic world of the deep south. Your hauntings grow stronger as you piece together what happened to you, and the only thing to keep you sane is your medication.
Platform: HTC Vive, Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR
The Conjuring 2 - Experience Enfield
Consider this a sampling of what to expect when you settle down for the night, turn off all the lights and decide to watch The Conjuring 2. You'll get a nice preview of many of the scares in the movie, but they're all different enough that they all remain unspoiled. Seriously, it's hard not to want to watch, or re-watch, the movie after seeing this.
Platforms: YouTube 360, Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
A spinoff of the critically acclaimed Until Dawn, Rush of Blood takes you to a creepy amusement park where you're stuck on creepy rollercoasters as you shoot terrifying things. Like clowns. And psychos in strange masks. You may start shooting targets on a rollercoaster, but you'll end hoping that the ride will just stop so you can take a breath.
Platform: PlayStation VR
Happy Death Day 360
Let's pay homage to the slasher movie, shall we? This one follows a birthday girl who is streaming her party in 360. Turns out someone close to her is trying to murder her, and each time she dies she comes back to life. It's pretty fun, in a terrible sort of way, to see how they change things up every time she wakes up - but the interesting bit here is that you can go back and try to figure out who killed her. Get your detective hat on.
Platforms: YouTube 360, Google Cardboard
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