[[quoteright:344:[[SilentHill http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/DarkWorld.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:344:[[BlatantLies A relaxing place to visit.]]]]

->''Mother is God in the eyes of a child.''

'''''Silent Hill''''' is a film adaptation of ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'', from the French director [[Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf Christophe Gans]] and Canadian writer Creator/RogerAvary, which also draws inspiration from several other ''Franchise/SilentHill'' games (notably ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', due to the film's usage of Pyramid Head).

Rose Da Silva's (Radha Mitchell) adopted daughter Sharon (Creator/JodelleFerland) is plagued by nightmares in which she repeatedly shrieks about a town named "Silent Hill". Hoping to find some answers, Rose takes Sharon to Silent Hill, but she [[FrightDeathtrap crashes her car]] on the way, and soon finds herself amidst a cult that want to get their hands on Sharon for their own nefarious purposes. And things keep [[FromBadToWorse getting worse]] from there...

A sequel film based (mostly) on ''SilentHill3'' -- ''Film/SilentHillRevelation3D'' -- was released on October 26th, 2012. It was directed by Michael J. Basset and follows the adventures of Sharon some years later.
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!!Tropes specific to this movie:

* ActionPrologue: The film opens with Rose screaming for Sharon as she and Christopher frantically race to find their sleepwalking daughter before she gets hurt. Rose ''barely'' reaches her in time to tackle her to safety before she steps off a cliff.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Here, Dahlia is a tragic victim of circumstance who couldn't stop the cult from [[spoiler: taking Alessa and burning her nearly to death]]. In the source material, Dahlia is a senior member of the cult and did the horrible deed ''herself''.
* AdultFear: First, your daughter is suffering from nightmares and nearly sleepwalks off a cliff. Then, you're searching for her desperately in a dark place full of monsters, and there's a crazy cult that wants to burn her at the stake.
* AndIMustScream: Hung over coals. Not hot enough to set you ablaze, but just enough to literally cook your skin while people stand around and watch. Eeek. Alessa survives this. [[spoiler:Cybil doesn't.]]
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: In the Japanese version, Music/{{Anna Tsuchiya}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FVMfRugQNM "Lovin' You"]] is used.
* ArcWords: "Mother is God in the eyes of a child".
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Christabella, her fellow cultists, and Colin.]]
* TheBadGuyWins: It's debatable whether [[spoiler: Alessa is really ''the'' "bad guy" considering that the people she's fighting are the film's BiggerBad, but she's definitely not morally innocuous given her willingness to harm the innocent, and her actions lead directly to the DownerEnding mentioned below]].
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler: Alessa is behind all of the horrible things that go bump in the night in Silent Hill, but she's only created her nightmare world to punish the cultists who attempted to kill her]].
* BilingualBonus: The Latin above the mural in the church says "O Lord God Almighty, in whose hand all victory rests." [[spoiler:In the end, Christabella and her fellow cultists are far from victorious.]]
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Christabella and her cultists see the world in black and white, refusing to understand how horrible their own deeds are or that the hellish stae of the world they live in is their own fault.
* BodyHorror: Most of the monsters that appear are pretty horrific although they are all based on the video game monsters save Colin the Janitor - who it is hinted either [[spoiler: molested or raped Alessa]] leading to him now being strung up by barbed wire, tying his legs to his head, more barbed wire going ''into his eyes'', and he is forced to crawl around on his hands and genitals.
** The fate of Christabella and the cult members is grisly.
** Alessa's massive burn trauma.
* BurnTheWitch: Essentially the cult's modus operandi. [[spoiler: Originally used on Alessa, sparking the events of the movie]], and then used on pretty much everyone else [[spoiler: because it worked ''so well'' the first time]].
* CanonImmigrant: The transformation effect from when the world transits to another plane of reality was used in games after the film's release.
* ChronicallyKilledActor: Turned on its head as [[spoiler: almost everyone but Sean Bean and Kim Coates dies.]]
* CreepyChild: Dark Alessa is the most obvious example, but Sharon also has her moments, like when she falls into unconsciousness and starts scribbling in her NightmareFuelColoringBook. [[spoiler: The combined Alessa/Sharon at the end of the movie isn't quite as overtly frightening as Dark Alessa, but she's subtly disturbing in her own way]].
* CreepyCockroach: Or rather, cockroach-like monsters with screaming human faces on their underside.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Cybil is very graphically burned alive, gasping for her mother. Also, Christabella and the cultists.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: The hospital sequence with Alessa and Dark Alessa likely symbolically represents this, although Dark Alessa is not actually the devil.
** [[spoiler: To save her daughter, Rose lets Dark Alessa hitch a ride inside her body into the church, knowing she'll slaughter the cultists.]]
*** [[spoiler: This sequence is actually far more likely to represent the Virgin Mary being impregnated by the Holy Ghost, given the several connections between Rose and the Virgin Mary made throughout the film, including an image engraved on her necklace.]]
* DistaffCounterpart: Rose to Harry; the director changed the main character's gender because he felt like the main character of the video game was very feminine already because he cared about his daughter enough to look for her.
** He also felt Silent Hill was a matriarchal world, and wanted to hold true to that theme.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Rose is stuck in the Silent Hill version of her home while her husband is not. They are literally in the same room at the same time but in different worlds.]]
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: A recurring theme of this movie. See ArcWords.
* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: [[spoiler:The burned Alessa in the otherworld has become, essentially, a type of demon given over to hate and rage.]]
* EvilVersusEvil
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Unlike her video game counterpart, Alessa didn't seem to have any particularly dangerous abilities [[spoiler: before being burned alive]]. An early deleted scene may have showed her controlling butterflies to make them move in an unusual pattern, but there's a big difference between that and [[spoiler: turning an entire town into a living hell]].
* GainaxEnding
* GhibliHills: Inverted, but technically counts. The backgrounds are absolutely ''gorgeous,'' and actually look like what Silent Hill might look like in real life.
* GroinAttack: [[spoiler:Christabella gets a gruesome one before she is ripped in half, courtesy of Alessa's barbed wire.]]
* TheHeavy: Sure, it turns out that [[spoiler: she's just a little girl who was seriously abused and then nearly killed by religious fanatics]], but throughout most of the movie, [[spoiler: Alessa Gillespie is undeniably the primary antagonist, and even after the end she still continues to cause trouble]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Cybil.]]
* IHaveManyNames: Alessa's Dark Side tells this to Rose.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Thomas Gucci.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Although Christopher's decision to have Sharon institutionalized comes across as harsh, Sharon had just sleepwalked out of their house, past a busy highway, and nearly off a cliff before they found her. Her parents' behavior suggests that it's not the first time she sleepwalked into a dangerous situation, and it's hardly like they would have left the doors unlocked. Institutions are built and actively monitored to keep patients from wandering at night.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Christabella as well as most of the people inside the Church get torn into pieces from the inside by demonic barbed wires controlled by the very child whose life they had turned into a living hell all those years ago]]
* KidsAreCruel: Alessa's classmates.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: [[spoiler: Alessa is split into three beings: her adult body, her good side (Sharon), and her dark side (Dark Alessa).]]
* MarionetteMotion: The nurses.
* MeanwhileBackAtThe: To contrast the Dark World with the regular version, Rose's husband is shown wandering the same (non-Dark) parts of Silent Hill as Rose.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Dahlia]]
* NoMouth: [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/57/Silent_hill.jpg This poster.]]
* NotAZombie: Cybil tries to get a zombie-like creature to lie down by waving her gun at it.
** Made worse by the fact that it doesn't even look vaguely human.
* PipePain: The GasMaskMooks are armed with pipes to fight any monsters they come across.
* RealPlaceBackground: Some of the outdoors scenes were shot in the downtown section of Brantford, Ontario. A local joke is that all the set dressers had to do was add garbage cans and ask everyone to leave for a few days.
* ReligionOfEvil: The cultists lead by Christabella follow what seems to be a twisted version of Manichaeism dominated by BlackAndWhiteInsanity and obsessive about purity, with no trace of love, compassion or forgiveness.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Quite a bit of it, since this is a SilentHill movie. Most obvious is the fact that Rose's dress slowly changes from a soft blue to a deep, blood red as the movie progresses. The differing worlds and most of the characters also carry metaphorical comparisons to Christian beliefs, and Dahlia represents Cassandra from Greek mythology.
* ShadowArchetype: Dahlia to Rose. Both love their daughters [[spoiler: who are technically the same person]], and both (to varying degrees unwittingly) brought them to the cult, but where Dahlia was weaker and only managed to fetch the police too late, Rose personally ''fights'' to save her daughter before they can burn her alive,[[spoiler: even if it means helping Alessa's dark side to kill the cultists.]]
* ShamingTheMob: Attempted by [[spoiler: Rose, who fails to keep the mob from nearly killing her, but does cause them recognize subconsciously that they've done something wrong. Given that their sense of self-righteousness is all that's keeping the chaos outside from getting into their church, this is all that it takes to stop them ''permanently'']].
* SingleIssueWonk: There are droves of people who condemn the movie as garbage simply because [[GenderFlip they made Harry Mason a female]] for the film. The incredibly sexist excuse the film makers used to defend that choice, being that they didn't consider Harry to be strong or manly enough to be male, certainly doesn't help.
* SinisterScrapingSound: Pyramid Head again.
* StupidSacrifice: [[spoiler: Cybil. Rather than get into the elevator with Rose, she stays behind to ostensibly hold off the cultists...except there's very little the cultists could do to stop the elevator once the door was closed.]]
* TrailersAlwaysLie: In one part of the previews for the movie it showed Alessa saying in a demonic voice "I am the reaper." She does say it, just in her regular speaking voice.
* TreacherousSpiritChase: Rose is spurred further into the obviously treacherous town by fleeting sightings of [[spoiler:Alessa, who looks identical to her missing daughter Sharon.]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: "Did you see that Alessa was a good little girl?" "[[spoiler:They should have known better than to hurt her so badly.]]"
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler: Cybil]].
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Pyramid Head.
* WalkingWasteland: Colin the Janitor. He ''tries'' to walk...
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Pyramid Head shows up during the school scenes and is last seen [[spoiler:skinning Anna]] and is never mentioned again.
* WouldHurtAChild: The cultists. [[spoiler: The entire plot of the film is set off by their past decision to burn Alessa]], and after [[spoiler: discovering Sharon, they tie her to a ladder and attempt to burn her alive as well]].