Mother is God in the eyes of a child.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
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.
- Adult Fear: 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.
- 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.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: In the Japanese version, Anna Tsuchiya's "Lovin' You" is used.
- Arc Words: "Mother is God in the eyes of a child".
- Asshole Victim: Christabella, her fellow cultists, and Colin.
- 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.
- Chronically Killed Actor: Turned on its head as almost everyone but Sean Bean and Kim Coates dies.
- Creepy Child: Dark Alessa is the most obvious example, but Sharon also has her moments, like when she falls into unconsciousness and starts scribbling in her Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book. 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.
- 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.
- Distaff Counterpart: 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.
- Downer Ending: 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.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: A recurring theme of this movie. See Arc Words.
- Evil Makes You Monstrous: The burned Alessa in the otherworld has become, essentially, a type of demon given over to hate and rage.
- Evil Versus Evil
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Unlike her video game counterpart, Alessa didn't seem to have any particularly dangerous abilities 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 turning an entire town into a living hell.
- Gainax Ending
- Ghibli Hills: Inverted, but technically counts. The backgrounds are absolutely gorgeous, and actually look like what Silent Hill might look like in real life.
- Groin Attack: Christabella gets a gruesome one before she is ripped in half, courtesy of Alessa's barbed wire.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Cybil.
- I Have Many Names: Alessa's Dark Side tells this to Rose.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Thomas Gucci.
- 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
- Kids Are Cruel: Alessa's classmates.
- Literal Split Personality: Alessa is split into three beings: her adult body, her good side (Sharon), and her dark side (Dark Alessa).
- Marionette Motion: The nurses.
- Meanwhile, Back at the...: 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.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Dahlia
- No Mouth: This poster.◊
- Not a Zombie: 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.
- Pipe Pain: The Gas Mask Mooks are armed with pipes to fight any monsters they come across.
- 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.
- Single-Issue Wonk: There are droves of people who condemn the movie as garbage simply because they made Harry Mason a female for the film.
- Sinister Scraping Sound: Pyramid Head again.
- 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.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: "Did you see that Alessa was a good little girl?" "They should have known better than to hurt her so badly."
- Vasquez Always Dies: Cybil.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Pyramid Head.
- Walking Wasteland: Colin the Janitor. He tries to walk...
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Pyramid Head shows up during the school scenes and is last seen skinning Anna and is never mentioned again.
- Would Hurt a Child: The cultists. The entire plot of the film is set off by their past decision to burn Alessa, and after discovering Sharon, they tie her to a ladder and attempt to burn her alive as well.