Resident Evil series
From [[xref:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf0EpML-AWM|the very first frame of FMV]] that opens Resident Evil 1, Capcom’s survival horror series has trodden a fine line between scary and pants. There’s only so much dread a zombie can muster when faced with gaping plot holes, wooden acting and misplaced racism (yeah, [[artnid:326185|we went there]]).
It wouldn’t be so bad if the games were conscious homages to B-grade horror, but we’re actually supposed to take this stuff seriously -- just look at the humour-free movie adaptations for proof. And therein lies the true horror: series creator Shinji Mikami doesn’t even realise
he’s being cheesy. In his demented brain, these games are tense, tightly-constructed thrillers.
Also, who could forget Barry's infamous line from the first game: "Jill, here's a lockpick. It might be handy if you, the master of unlocking, take it with you." Truly this is the worst line of dialogue in the history of spoken language.