Silent Hill is a film adaptation of Silent Hill 1, from the French director Christophe Gans and Canadian writer Roger Avary, which also draws inspiration from several other Silent Hill games (notably Silent Hill 2, due to the film's usage of Pyramid Head).Rose Da Silva's (Radha Mitchell) adopted daughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) 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 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 getting worse from there...A sequel film based (mostly) on Silent Hill 3 — Silent Hill: Revelation 3D — was released on October 26th, 2012. It was directed by Michael J. Basset and follows the adventures of Sharon some years later.
Tropes specific to this movie:
Action Prologue: 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.
And I Must Scream: 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. Cybil doesn't.
Bilingual Bonus: The Latin above the mural in the church says "O Lord God Almighty, in whose hand all victory rests." In the end, Christabella and her fellow cultists are far from victorious.
Body Horror: 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 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.
Burn the Witch!: Essentially the cult's modus operandi. Originally used on Alessa, sparking the events of the movie, and then used on pretty much everyone else because it worked so well the first time.
Canon Immigrant: The transformation effect from when the world transits to another plane of reality was used in games after the film's release.
Creepy Cockroach: Or rather, cockroach-like monsters with screaming human faces on their underside.
Cruel and Unusual Death: Cybil is very graphically burned alive, gasping for her mother. Also, Christabella and the cultists.
Deal with the Devil: The hospital sequence with Alessa and Dark Alessa likely symbolically represents this, although Dark Alessa is not actually the devil.
To save her daughter, Rose lets Dark Alessa hitch a ride inside her body into the church, knowing she'll slaughter the cultists.
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.
Doing It for the Art: Every monster in the movie is a person inside a suit, with some CGI effects added afterwards. Unfortunately many people ended up thinking them as shoddy CGI, due to their unnatural movements, which in fact are the result of the skill of their actors, and unusual camera techniques in shooting them; for example, the bubble-head nurses were choreographed doing their movements backwards, and the film was then reversed for the effect.
Executive Meddling: A fairly bizarre example. Sean Bean was cast as Christopher because the studio felt that they needed a male presence in the film, hence why his scenes often seem so disconnected to the main story and they rarely overlap. Ironically, if they simply had kept Harry as the main protagonist and not changed him into the Rose character, this wouldn't have even been a problem at all!
Jerkass Has a Point: 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.
Karmic Death: 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
Real Place Background: 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.
Rule of Symbolism: Quite a bit of it, since this is a Silent Hill 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.
Shadow Archetype: Dahlia to Rose. Both love their daughters 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, even if it means helping Alessa's dark side to kill the cultists.
Stupid Sacrifice: 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.
Trailers Always Lie: 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.
Treacherous Spirit Chase: Rose is spurred further into the obviously treacherous town by fleeting sightings of Alessa, who looks identical to her missing daughter Sharon.