The scene showcased above has to be one of the most terrifying cut scenes in survival horror history. And while Resi aficionados often recall that head-turning Spencer Mansion zombie as the series’ most iconic fright, nothing comes close to our first encounter with the second game’s Licker species for me.   

The Resident Evil 2 remake’s reworked version of the familiar slack-tongued beast is, as you might expect, a sight to behold.

Go on, take a look. I’m right behind you, I swear.   

I’m well into the attention to detail here—the Licker’s slithering, uneven tongue; its torn skin and visible tendons, bone and muscle sinew; its overlapping teeth, oversized feet and talons. I’m into it. And I’m petrified. But I wouldn’t want it any other way. 

Here are some more stills, courtesy of Twitter person Nibel:

Furthermore, we already know the RE 2 remake will include Tofu, Hunk and that big bastard alligator—and I’m more on board with every new feature I read on what else is in store. This from Kyle Campbell on how the Resident Evil 2 remake is a gross and truly scary spin on the original’s campy horror is well worth your time.

The Resident Evil 2 remake is due January 29, 2019.