Trivia / Silent Hill

  • "The Real Silent Hill Experience", a collection of various Silent Hill trivia: [1]. It's a down-to-earth, factual synopsis of every piece of media in the franchise and consequentially clearing up all speculation and inaccuracies residing within the community in regards to the overall story and themes of Silent Hill. Watch the entire three and a half hour long documentary starting with the introduction here. An eye-opening, provocative must-see for all fans of the series and an interesting, clarifying experience for newcomers alike.
    • Despite the Youtube popularity of TRSHE, many fans have pointed out inaccuracies in their theories and a lack of comprehension regarding the plots of newer installments, stemming from not using certain official sources, and a decided bias against all new games and movies. However, any time they feel they missed something or were wrong about something, they have released followup supplementary videos admitting their mistakes or further clarifying things that may have been presented without enough explanation the first time around.
  • Old Shame: On a meta level, the fandom has the Wiki Circumcision Incident. Short version: in late 2015, the Silent Hill wiki saw an admin go crazy to a degree that would rival some of the characters in the games. He became obsessed with the subject of circumcision, treating it as a form of male genital mutilation and part of a Satanic/Illuminati conspiracy, rewriting several major pages to shoehorn in his theories about how the games are about exposing the evil of circumcision and the Powers That Be who support it. When he was called out on his behavior, he doubled down on it and accused the rest of the wiki of being brainwashed, culminating in him demanding that another user (who was a mother) reveal whether or not she had 'mutilated' her son. It got to a point where gaming, horror, and even mainstream media outlets started reporting on just how unhinged the wiki was becoming, leading the admin in question to be stripped of his powers, banned from the site, and all his edits reverted.
  • Shrug of God:
    • The creators are frustratingly coy about which of the endings are canonical. A few of the additional releases only available in Japan do shine some light on things, but real answers are as rare as ampoules. It is canonical, however, that Silent Hill 1, 3, and Origins had good endings - if you count Origins as canonical in the first place, which is frankly impossible - and it's heavily implied that "In Water" was Silent Hill 2's true ending.)
    • Although to many, this simply makes the games more scary, since the games are one of the few instances in media where pretty much everything is symbolic of something. It causes many players to simply speculate even more about the series. Since there is no true answer to many of these questions, it makes the nature of the town that much more unsettling.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda:
    • A persistent rumor abounded about a supposed "Ambulance Ending" in the first game where Harry rampages through Silent Hill Grand Theft Auto style.
    • A common fan art sight gag is to make or draw fake screenshots of the "lost" SH4 UFO Ending. It doesn't have one.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?
    • The actual location of the towns of Silent Hill, South Ashfield, and Shepherd's Glen are somewhat fuzzy, though some of the extra material makes special mention of the founding of the state of Maine.
    • In the movie, Silent Hill is very obviously modeled after Centralia, Pennsylvania, where a long-burning coal fire has caused most of the residents to be relocated elsewhere.
      • The movie version places it in West Virginia.
    • Shattered Memories uses the 49504 zip code of Grand Rapids, Michigan. And yet there's a street-sign right near Harry's car at the start that says Buffalo and Rochester (both Western NY cities) are less than 70 miles East of where the town is. Then again, the sign is laying on the ground in a junkyard.
    • The receipt that kicks off the Kaufmann sidequest in the first game mentions a sales tax of either 6.25% or 6.75%. Not very helpful by itself perhaps, but in conjunction with other evidence, it might tell us something.
    • Many of the cars in Silent Hill 2 and 3 have (admittedly blurry) license plates that resemble Illinois plates.
    • It is supposed to be in New England, and many fan theories have put it in Maine.
    • Wordof God has the following:
      • The official canon for Silent Hill is that it is located in Maine, New England; Maine is the most north-eastern state of the United States of America. Although its precise location was ambiguous for a long time, several hints implied Silent Hill to be in Maine throughout the series.
      • The Japanese publication Book of Lost Memories, as well as the instruction manuals for Silent Hill, Silent Hill Origins and Silent Hill: Homecoming, all have stated that the town is located in New England.
      • In Silent Hill: Homecoming, there is a book shelf which contains information about mining towns of New England in Shepherd's Glen Town Hall.
      • Inside of the liner notes for the Japanese release of Silent Hill 4: The Room's soundtrack, an address is given for Heaven's Night that would have placed it in Maine. The state abbreviation for Maine is "ME".
      • Further information can be found in Silent Hill 3; after Harry Mason left Silent Hill, he and Heather Mason moved to Portland, also sharing its name with Portland, Maine.
      • In addition, Portland is the hometown to Stephen King. The series has many homages to Stephen King such as "Bachman Road", as well as Carrie and Pet Sematary posters.
      • In Hiroyuki Owaku's (scenario writer of the first games in the series) Double Under Dusk, Silent Hill is placed in Maine. The two protagonists, Brian and Lindsay, are from Augusta and Orono, respectively.
      • The Book of Lost Memories' timeline specifically notes "Maine becomes a state."
      • In the trailer of Silent Hill: Downpour, a bus is seen bearing a Maine license plate.
      • Additionally, a road sign bears the Interstate 95 logo, a highway that runs through and ends in Maine.
      • In Downpour, when Murphy Pendleton is about to get on the transfer bus, Anne Cunningham stops him. Her clipboard shows "Maine State Board of Corrections" on it. Interestingly, Stephen King's The Shawshank Redemption is cited as an inspiration for Downpour, and its story is also set in Maine.
      • The Gillespie House is based on the real life Olson House, which is located in Cushing, Maine.
      • In Silent Hill: The Novel, Harry feels he should have been enjoying the "Maine wilderness" with his daughter, rather than searching for her.

The Movie

  • Creator Breakdown: Implied to happen with Jodelle Ferland for her portrayal as Dark Alessa, albeit not permanently nor fatally. It is reported that the writer Roger Avary apologized to Jodelle's parents for any mental trauma she may have incurred from playing the role of Dark Alessa.
  • 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!
  • Throw It In: In the film , Colin flicking his tongue in a disturbingly sexual manner wasn't in the script. The actor playing him did it as a joke in one take, but Christoph Gans liked how it looked, so it was kept in.
  • Uncanny Valley: In the film, the nurses' unsettling movements were achieved by having the dancers/actors perform all the on-screen motions backwards and play them in reverse.
  • Considering the fact that Silent Hill has direct and indirect connections to various names, plot points, reports, and documents, it is unsurprising that Mythology Gags exist in-universe.
  • Travis Grady Cameos
    • A slip of info about him was retroactively added into Silent Hill 2 in the HD collection.
    • Travis drops Alex Shepherd off at his home town in the start of Silent Hill: Homecoming.
    • Travis's truck makes a cameo appearance in Silent Hill: Downpour, although Travis himself is nowhere to be found.
    • In the Silent Hill: Revelation 3D movie Travis makes a cameo in the end of the movie.
  • During the auditions for Silent Hill 2, Guy Cihi's main reason for being there was that his daughter wanted to try to get the role of Laura. Cihi had some background with acting in high school and college, and he became interested in auditioning for a role. Ultimately, he lands the role of voicing James Sunderland, the game's protagonist!
    • Imagine if Cihi's daughter did land the role of Laura. That would add a whole new subtext to the 'Leave' ending!

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