Yes, we know, all DOOM moments are unforgettable. But some are more unforgettable than others. Here are five of our favorites:
3. The Bathroom of Terror
Mirrors hold a very special place in the horror genre. From Poltergeist to Oculus, a simple reflection has served as a reliable source of terror – and a virtually bottomless well of jump-scares. It’s gotten to the point where consumers of horror media expect something horrible to happen as soon as a mirror appears, and DOOM would never dream of disappointing its audience…
DOOM 3 is the first game in the series released at a time when technology made it possible to show real-time reflections in-game and made very good use of that technology.
Relatively early in the game, a door opens to a grimy, blood-spattered bathroom, lit only by dim and flickering fluorescents. And yes, it has a mirror begging to be peered into. But here, the image that pops up if you happen to look into it isn’t Bloody Mary or Candyman – it’s your own face, corrupted and wasted, accompanied by an absolutely horrifying sound effect that can best be described as “guttural.”
The question is, which is more unforgettable: encountering the mirror itself or the many sleepless nights that followed?