WATCH: 7 essential horror video games

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Mar 26, 2021, 9:00 AM EDT (Updated)

With Halloween less than two weeks away, it's the perfect occasion to immerse your fears in the spooky, scary setting of an atmospheric horror video game, with snack bowls brimming with roasted pumpkin seeds and white cheddar popcorn nearby, of course.

Sure, we're familiar with the frights found in gruesome gaming franchises like Alien: Isolation, Dead Rising, The Evil Within, and Dead Island, but where else can we explore more of our phobias with some of the more iconic games of the past 25 years?

For the stout of heart and those who crave the adrenaline rush of survival horror, wander into the weird worlds outlined in our video below. From Gothic Victorian vampire lore and odd underwater cities to outer-space experimentation and virus-infected undead brain-eaters, check out our grisly gathering of seven fear-inducing video games to devour before All Hallow's Eve.

Remember to douse the lights and replenish the candy corn jar before all hell breaks loose!

Additional reporting by Jeff Spry.