Silent Hill: Plot analysis

By Shamus
on Oct 24, 2006
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Reading the reviews of Silent Hill on Netflix, it seems that a very large portion of the viewers couldn’t make any sense of the movie at all. The movie didn’t require the viewer to really know or understand any specific backstory (the characters in the movie are all new) but it does help to have a sense for how these stories work and how Silent Hill (the town) operates.

The movie leaves things very open, but below is my own take on it. Massive spoilers follow.


Sometime in the mid 70’s, the town of Silent Hill was a depressed mining community in West Virgina. The town had a major cult / sect / congregation of believers and zealots that were quite strict and fairly harsh. The story is not explicit, but it seems like a large part of the town must have been part of the cult.

Alessa Gilesspe was a young girl (10-ish) who attended the apparently all-girl parochial school. She seemed to be illegitimate. Dahlia, her mother, was raising Alyessa on her own, and refused to identify the father to the increasingly overbearing church elders. It is unclear why they wanted to know this. Perhaps they suspected that the father was a member of their congregation, and they wanted to identify him so they could punish him for adultery / fornication / or general hitting it without the blessing of the elders.

Eventually they concluded that Alessa must be a witch. (I can’t recall what set this off. If anyone remembers please refresh my memory.) The elders decided to “purify” her. The mother wasn’t even sure what this involved, but she didn’t seem to have much choice. Maybe she hoped they would perform some sort of exorcism and leave it at that, and the elders would leave her alone. Dahlia and Alessa were taken to the hotel, Alessa was taken in, and Dahlia was sent away.

It turned out that “purification” had nothing to do with holy water and praying. It was a gool old-fashioned witch burning. Worse, it wasn’t a quick burning, but a slow roasting over hot coals. It was not clear why the cult favored the slower burning, other than the fact they were evil bastards. Alessa was suspended over a fire and roasted alive.

Part way through the ordeal, one of the chains holding her burning contraption in place failed, and hot coals were scattered all over the floor. A fire was started and a lot of the building was burned. The paramedics rescued Alessa in the mayhem (I guess at least some people in the town were not fully loyal to the cult) and she was taken to the hospital.

She was horribly disfigured and in intense pain as she languished in the intensive care unit. Eventually The Devil (or A devil) showed up, and the story gets even more vague. Apparently the devil made a deal with Alessa: “Let me in, and I’ll give you the power to get revenge.” Perhaps it was her youth and innocence that made the deal possible. Perhaps it was something to do with the cult. Whatever it was, she agreed to it and let the devil in.

Shortly after, there was a fire in the coal mine. Poisonous gas erupted and the town had to be evacuated. Many people died. From the outside, it looked like an empty ghost town.

Inside of Silent Hill, Alessa had dragged her enemies into some alternate hell-world copy of Silent Hill. The cult members thought that the Apocalypse had come and the whole world was covered in darkness. For them, it was. They hid in the Church, where their faith would “keep them safe”.

And as it turns out, it did. Alessa could transform the town of Silent Hill into a world of nightmares and darkness which would kill anyone she wished. The problem was that her darkness could not penetrate the church. Their faith really did keep her out.

Thus began a decades long game of cat-and-mouse, where the people would come out of the church in search of food, and Alessa would try to bring the darkness and catch them before they could return. The town would shift between dark Silent Hill (a place of strange fog and the occasional monster) to evil Silent Hill. (A place of pure torment, evil, and darkness.) Birds seemed to sense that the evil was coming a good 30 seconds before the effects were visible to humans, so they took a page from their mining heritage and carried a canary in a cage. When the bird panicked, they would make a run for it.

Meanwhile, in the real world Silent Hill was just a big empty town. There were no people and the fumes from the coal fires made the place too dangerous to live. It is unclear if time passed at the same rate for the cult members trapped in Alessa’s nightmare town, although the story is a bit easier to understand if we think of the nightmare world as more or less timeless. (Otherwise, most cult members should have died of old age, or at the very least be frail and old by now, since most were middle-aged in the mid 70’s.

Back in the real world:

In the mid 90’s a baby was left of the steps of an orphanage. That baby was eventually adopted by Rose and Christopher Da Silva. The girl had nightmares about the town of Silent Hill, although she had never been there. Desperate for a cure (and in order to get the plot going) Rose took their daughter Sharon to Silent Hill in hopes that she could figure out what made the kid so nuts. Rose, Sharon, and a police officer ended up in some sort of crash just outside of Silent Hill in the real world. When they woke up, they were in dark Silent Hill, and there was fog everywhere. Thus begins the movie.

Let’s switch over to Q & A style here:

Q. What was the connection between Alessa and Sharon? Why did they look the same?
A. The movie hinted that Sharon was what was left of the little girl Alessa. Like, the devil sort of displaced the little girl… so she, like appeared as a baby? Or something.

This is the big mystery of the movie, and it doesn’t really make sense to me. Alessa got reincarnated, or recreated, and got another chance at life as a new baby. She was adopted by the De Silvas who named her Sharon. But her connection to Alessa made her a very sick kid. As she drew near the age that Alessa was when she was roasted, she began to have nightmares of Silent Hill.

Q. How did Rose, Sharon, and the police officer manage to cross into dark Silent Hill? Other people came into SH from time to time and were never dragged into Alessa’s version of the town.
A. Several answers are possible:

Perhaps dark SH is a realm of the dead, and the characters all died in the crash. The only problem with this is that Christopher should have found the SUV with their bodies in it if this was the case. The vehicle was sitting idle in the middle of the only road into town, so it doesn’t seem likely that people in the real world would miss it.

They were all knocked out during the crash. Perhaps it was breathing the poisoned fumes of the mines for a long time that pulled them in. Perhaps sleeping in SH is like sleeping in the snow. You can walk around the town for a short period with no ill effects, but going to sleep will pull you in for good.

My guess is that it was simply being in Sharon’s presence that caused them to cross over. Sharon was connected to Alessa, so being with her at night, in Silent Hill, while she was asleep, was what triggered their crossing over.

Q. At the end, why didn’t Rose and Sharon return to the real world? They left Silent Hill, but the darkness was everywhere once they left town.
A. Remember that during the final moments when Alessa was slaughtering all the cultists with her barbed wire tendrils, Rose told Sharon to close her eyes. Sharon peeked, and when she opened her eye the devil (Alessa) was smiling at her. It seems this let the devil in. This seems like a bit of a cheat on the part of the devil, but works if you accept that her deal with Alessa extended to Sharon. With everyone dead, there was nobody left to torment here. Time to move on and cause trouble elsewhere. When they left town, it wasn’t that the darkness was everywhere, it was that it was following them. It was centered on Sharon now. However, Sharon hadn’t been tormented. She wasn’t full of anger and a desire for revenge. There wasn’t anyone she really wanted to hurt. It is unclear what would happen next. Sharon and Rose were trapped in darkness, but it seems like there would be nothing to trigger the evil that they witnessed in Silent Hill.

Also, remember that Rose let the devil into herself before going to the church. She came back out later, but still: That can’t be good for you. It is also possible that they got stuck in darkness because of this.

Q: What happened in the end when Alessa was able to enter the church?
A: In the outside world, 30 years passed between the time the town was emptied and the start of the movie. It’s difficult to know how long it was for the people in the town, since they seemed to be on a different timeline. In any case, Alessa and the cultists played cat-and-mouse for a long time. She wanted to kill them all, but was only able to nab the slow ones.

She needed a way to get into the church. The devil entered Rose (sort of without her consent, although it seemed sort of harmless) and waited. Rose entered the church and was stabbed. It wasn’t until her tainted blood hit the floor that Alessa had a way in. Now we see their policy of burning witches – while evil and sadistic – was actually useful for fending off evil. If they had burned Rose they may well have remained safe.

Seems like a bit of a gamble on the part of the devil, to count on the cultists breaking tradition and spilling blood. Not that it would have cared about Rose, but chances to get into the church must have been few and far between. It could have improved those odds quite a bit by instructing Rose to bleed a bit once inside.

OR:

Perhaps it wasn’t the spilling of blood, but Rose’s own will. Remember that this devil seems to feed off of people’s lust for revenge. It didn’t just show up and start killing people at random. It had to make a deal with an angry child who wanted revenge, and then use her will for revenge. It couldn’t hurt people she didn’t want to hurt, or it couldn’t hurt people unless she had a real grievance against them. It entered Rose, but it didn’t have any power until Rose wanted to kill those cultists herself.

This doesn’t answer all of the questions, but this is how I managed to map the thing out on my own. Other explanations are possible. Your mileage may vary.

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  1. Jessica says:

    Nicholas, you’re assuming the movie has elements of the game- which it does not. As Rose says ‘God is not here’. In other words, there is no god in the movie, so it’s impossible for Rose to be damned. The cultists were in the alternate realms because Alessa brought them there, and Rose is still in the alternate realms because Alessa is forcing her to stay there.

    • J says:

      As Ive Seen Someone Else Say, Not Sure If It Was Jessica Or Someone else.
      Alessa Is Keeping Rose To Herself, The Love She Never Had, The Determination Of Facing Down Monsters And Danger All For Her Daughter, That All Shows The Qualities In People Alessa Aches To Feel.

  2. J says:

    Just Keep In Mind, Silent Hill, The Movie, And Game. Are A Perpetual Mind Fuck, There Is No Answers, Only Speculation And What Things, “Seem”
    To Be.

  3. Shino767 says:

    Some people said that (after a long time her rage manafests in to dark Alesia) but the cop talking to sharons dad said that after he pulled Alesia out if the fire the docters said that alesia did not make it passed the night so that means that dark alisia is not alisia it’s a devil in the form of Alisa not a manafestation of her dark side

    • Jessica says:

      That is incorrect. Alessa never died, as seen by her clearly adult form at the end of the movie. She split her soul and created Dark Alessa, who then pulled her into a world of her own making (the Otherworld). Officer Gucci was *told* that she died, but we know this isn’t true because the woman in the hospital bed is played by an adult actress. Most likely, Alessa simply vanished (as did everyone pulled into her world), and the doctors assumed she had died and been moved in the chaos of evacuating the town due to the coal fire. Either way, we know for a fact Dark Alessa is Alessa’s dark side, and not the devil, because both the actress and director have explained it in interviews.

  4. Joe says:

    I thought that the inhabitants of silent hill died in the fire that they ironially used to kill alessa. Although some survived they fled. The grey silent hill is a metaphor for their purgatory as the people their do not know they are dead. This means that rose, sharon and the officer all died. All in crashes. This is why when we cut back to her husband and the detective the world is more colourful although they are in the same place.

    • Jessica says:

      They did not die in the fire. Alessa’s police report states that they all escaped the church, and every person in the alternate realms is shown to have aged 30 years, including Alessa herself. Furthermore, Officer Gucci makes it clear that Cybil’s, Rose’s, and Sharon’s bodies were never found, but the car was found, which means either the writers made a huge continuity error, or the characters survived the crash but were pulled into an alternate reality. The newspapers Chris reads expand on the difference between those who died in the fire and those who were pulled into Alessa’s world further, saying that many of the town’s inhabitants simply vanished, to such an extent that it worried the police. It was theorized that these people may have gone into hiding in the cliffs around the town, but authorities felt this didn’t explain so many people disappearing in one night. Had these people died, their bodies all would have been found, and the newspaper articles would not have mentioned this discrepancy. Rather, the movie goes out of its way to drop hints suggesting that those who die and those who disappear are two different groups of people. To top it off, the director stated in an interview that one does not die in Silent Hill’s alternate realms. The metaphor in the greyness of the fog world seems to be that it represents Alessa’s days before she was burned (which is why the shift to the dark world represents what was done to her physical body), showing a very lonely, isolated place that suggests sadness.

  5. John Little says:

    Ok, so i have been a LONG time fan of silent hill, since i was abut 8 or 9, and i never understood, why the town was the way it is. it just simply “is” there was no explaining, witch always kinda ticked me. or there was but i missed it. like in the games i dont recall there being the devil or anything. All the games were different but the same at the same time. so, could some one explain why the town is all dark and crazy and stuff? plz email me ur answers.. thanks

    • Jessica says:

      This site doesn’t publish your email, AFAIK. In the games, the fog world already existed, but Alessa created the Otherworld. The town was so twisted by her powers that it began to drag people into it and show them their darkness. The movie follows a similar concept, except there’s no evidence the fog world already existed. Alessa created the alternate realms after splitting her soul (she never made a deal with the devil, contrary to popular belief. that little girl is her dark side manifesting itself) and used them to take revenge on the cultists and anyone else she didn’t like.

  6. Angelique says:

    Okay, I saw Silent Hill yesterday for the first time ever.
    But I got confused, so I read every comment on this page.
    It helped me clear up some things, but not all of them.

    First of all;
    I live in belgium, so sorry for the errors,
    & here in belgium they dont know the game silent hill,
    so I dont know what the game is like, so I might be wrong, ALOT.

    Anyway;
    I might have 2 ways of thinking of;
    1) I do think Rose, Sharon & Cybill are dead.
    Cybill died on her cycle.
    Rose & Alessa died during the crash,
    some of you say she only hit her head ‘lightly’ but she was unconsious,
    I think instead of being unconsious, she died. “hitting her head lightly” is enough to get an inside bleeding.
    [Reminder that Sleep artery is there, & when that snaps your dead in a few.]
    Anyways, I think Sharon died during the crash too, being pulled out the car. Or Alessa killed her.
    [I’m not sure what would makes sense more…]
    Might explain, at the end, why they dont see Christoper, & he cant see them.

    Someone said;
    Dead people dont need food.
    Well, dead people cant drive cars either.

    Why I came up with another possible guess;
    Sharon has a connection to Alessa,
    Alessa needed Sharon, for some reason, right?
    Alessa let them in Silent Hill from 30 years ago.
    If Sharon & Rose arent dead, then theyre (in my opinion,) still stuck in the ‘grey’ Silent Hill demention.
    Since Alessa is dead, (or gone/ dissappeared with the others) & she controlled who came in & who went out, so she cant let them out because she aint there anymore.
    So Rose & Sharon are stuck in a timeline from 30 years ago.
    They didnt own the house yet, (perhaps) & so Christoper aint there.
    They might feel eachother, cuz their spirit is there, (just as when they’d be dead)

    For Cibyll, she died, obviously.
    Or she died during her bicycle crash,
    but that wouldnt explain why rose can see her. So thats when Rose died too.
    Or she died when they burned her.
    – wich makes more sense to me. At this part rose is still alive.

    For Sharon being Alessa’s child, I’m still not sure.
    The youngest mother is 5 years, [I have read] so I think its verry much possible Alessa gave birth to Sharon.
    While giving her good soul to her.
    Alessa [devil] kept only her bad side.
    When time was there, Alessa let Sharon in the ‘real world’
    There is not realy an explanation for not ageing, but Alessa didnt aged either, so its pretty possible.
    Sharon is a creation from Alessa, thats sure, but in what way?
    I’m still not sure.

    Oh, & other question;
    I saw someone mentioning Harry, Who’s he?

    Okay so far my way of thinking. (:

    • Jessica says:

      Here’s what happened, as deduced from interviews with the cast and crew, as well as the movie itself.
      After Alessa was burned alive, she began to manifest unnatural powers, which she used to wilt the flowers next to her bed and to burn the nurse. She split her soul and created a double of herself containing the dark side of her soul (Dark Alessa). She was given the choice to do what the good side of her soul dictated (not give in to the hate or take revenge), or to do what her dark side wanted. She chose to take revenge and used her powers to create the fog world and the Otherworld. She then dragged all of the people responsible for her suffering into that world. Contrary to popular belief, no one in the fog world is dead until Alessa or one of her monsters kills them. That’s why they all age 30 years, why Alessa’s police report specifically says they didn’t die in the fire, why neither Cybil’s nor Rose’s bodies could be found, and why the newspaper articles Chris reads further the sharp distinction between those who died and those who got dragged into Alessa’s world. The director himself has stated they’re not dead, so we know they’re definitely not meant to have died.
      21 years after creating Dark Alessa and the alternate dimension, Alessa splits her soul a second time and creates Sharon, who contains the good side of her soul. According to the director, Sharon is meant to symbolically represent God (in that she’s an aspect of Alessa containing her good side) and Dark Alessa is meant to symbolically represent the devil (by virtue of being the dark part of Alessa). Alessa calls Sharon back into Silent Hill so that Rose can help her complete her revenge, among other things. Once she finishes killing the cultists, she recombines her complete soul into Sharon’s body, meaning that Sharon now has all the knowledge and memories of Alessa, as well as both sides of her soul. Since Alessa is the only one who can let people come and go from her world, we know she is purposely holding Rose there. Since it appears Rose is now Alessa’s chosen mother figure, it seems that Alessa wants to be alone with her new mother. That’s why Rose and Chris can’t see each other- because they’re in alternate realities. HTH

      • Angelique says:

        See, about the last part I was right.

        Thanks,
        This makes sense to me :’)

        But I still dont know who harry is?

        • Jessica says:

          Harry Mason is the protagonist of the first Silent Hill game, and is the character Rose is based off of. When they were writing the script, it was decided Harry was too feminine due to constant screaming and fainting, so they made him female. Some interviews also suggest he was made into Rose because the director (who also helped write the final script and who wrote the movie version of all characters except Chris and Gucci in the original treatment) wanted the movie to have a theme of motherhood, comparing all the different types there are (Rose to Sharon, Dahlia to Alessa, Christabella to her flock, etc).

      • StarkRadio says:

        Wow, this is quite the thread. I’ve read thru most of the comments…. and like this one the best.

        Thanks!

      • Angela says:

        Uhm… What happened to dahlia in the end? If alessa finally emerged with Sharon into one being and choose rose as her new ideal mother? Answer please….

        • Jessica says:

          Dahlia was left alone in the Fog World to continue suffering for her sin of not loving Alessa enough to save her when she could have. It appears Alessa no longer cares whether her biological mother lives or dies, or what happens to her in between. Dahlia is in the sequel, so that may very well expand on what happened to her after the end of the first film.

  7. jomari says:

    i get it now thanks for the explanation above

  8. CHAMPos says:

    all very valid points, but there’s one issue no one seems to have noticed; the male policeman who freed alessa from her shackles at the “purifying” ceremony and burnt his hands. fast forward the 30-40 years to present day in the movie and he hasn’t aged a day!

    • Jessica says:

      Officer Gucci *is* supposed to have aged, but the makeup department didn’t do a very good job on him. One of the digital companies states on their website that Gucci was digitally altered to look younger in the flashback scenes, so he’s definitely supposed to have aged.

      • Champos says:

        true, but say he was 20 in the flashback, about as young as possible for a cop. that means he’d have to be at least 50 in present day. And we can all at least agree that was NOT the case.

        • Jessica says:

          Kim Coates was 44 or 45 when they filmed the movie, so he was fairly close to the age they were aiming for. If you notice, Gucci has greying hair in the present scenes and pure black hair in the flashbacks. Christabella has the same problem, in that she’s supposed to be 37 in flashbacks and 67 at the current time. Other than a few wrinkles and a giant streak of white in her hair, she almost doesn’t change at all, but we know she’s supposed to because the actress states she’s seen at two ages thirty years apart. It seems makeup was too busy worrying about painting PH’s buttcheeks to care much about some of the characters. :P

  9. kidchamp says:

    I think that if you have ever read anything about hell, there are several levels and that the souls are in constant torment and constantly feeling pain and being ripped apart. Thus, the cultists, even if they were already dead, would be able to feel physical pain, as their souls were being ripped apart. Just a theory I have. I so love this movie because it is open to so much interpretation. Someone needs to make a sequel!

  10. anthony says:

    I have to make a point that them being dead would not explain that they could open the door to their house at the end and Chris had to close the door. Remember? And if everyone is dead, why would Alessa want to kill dead people? So she can do it again? Silent hill alters reality and alters them with it. And it stays with them which is why at the end they would stay in purgatory, they have presence in and can interact with the world but are not fully there. They are in both dimensions at once.

  11. Phish says:

    I’ve read every post tonight after watching Silent Hill today. My primary reason was because this movie is rather open-ended with the ending, but also very subjective to the viewer. I tend to agree with most comments that involve the statements made by cast and crew.

    Just to add my two cents on certain topics…The whole problem with the time differential should really be null and void, as it seems to be a parallel universe which would mean that it does not abide by the same rules and regulations that the “normal” world would.

    On another note, something that I would like to add to possibly get opinions and comments on would be this: What if Pyramid Man, the bugs, essentially all the evil that was lurking around…nurses to be included, were essentially a defense to keep the evil captive…it just seems odd that there were that many obsticles to overcome, and the idea that she was being kept beneath the surface with the elevator going down many levels….could they have been there to keep individuals from unleashing what was being captive?

    • Jessica says:

      All of the monsters are manifestations of Alessa that are directly controlled by her, as the alternate realities are alos manifestations of her. No one controls the monsters except Alessa, so no, they’re not meant to keep her captive, but rather to stop the cultists from getting to her weak and vulnerable physical body. The reason why Rose has to go through the monsters is because Alessa is testing her, which is also why she makes her stand up to the cultists, willingly descend into the darkness, jump over a large hole, etc.

  12. Daniel says:

    This movie rawks my socks!

  13. A guy who watched the movie yesterday says:

    OK PEOPLE, did none of you notice that when the car crashec in the beginning it turned over, thus forth beign totaly wrecked yes? but when Rose wakes up in ghost silen thill the car is upright, in mitn condition, and the doors are open, whats up with that

    • Jessica says:

      The car is never shown turning over. Rose crashes into the side of the cliff, causing her head to be thrown into the steering wheel. When she wakes up, the passenger door is open because Sharon was sleepwalking and left the car.

  14. MandyMoorbid says:

    I belive Sharon is Alessa’s daughter. Rose asks where is my Sharon and the Reaper (dark side of Alessa) says “She is not yours shes hers” “She whats left of her good side” And Alessa smiles. They darkened the Heart of a innocent child and into the dark she swollowed their hate.. Alessa was anrgy and felt so for everyone.. Because it was even mensioned she Harmed a nurse that was merely curious.. The nurse that still attended to Alessa in the underworld… So Sharon is the only exception to her hatred and anger. Because she is her daughter and reminds her of her innocence. The ending could be many things.. But I do think they are trapped in the underworld. The reaper (dark side of Aless) prob went with(in) Sharon, as Alessa still wanted her daughter and would not let her go, as shes the only reason they wond up in Silent hill to begin with. Alessa spared her mothers life and had to live in that purgatory/underworld with her, So maybe being as how Sharon is Alessa’s child she must remain as well, and being as how Rose still Chose Sharon she has to remain as well. Also maybe being as how the reaper was the dark side of Alessa, and Alessa couldnt travel herself, She had the dark side go back with Sharon to remind Alessa of Her goodness and to be near her daughter.. Or maybe she Wanted a “good mother” and went back with Rose, to create a realm where she has a good life.. Cause when she gos into Sharon, and they walk passed Alessa mother, she giver her a small smerk/yet wierd look.

    • Jessica says:

      Sharon is not Alessa’s daughter. She is another doppelganger of Alessa, a manifestation containing the good side of Alessa’s soul. The director has stated that Alessa exists in 3 bodies: an adult (the burned woman and the original body), and two children who contain the bad (Dark Alessa) and good (Sharon) sides of her soul. At the end of the movie, Sharon and Dark Alessa recombined, creating a full rebirth of Alessa living in the body of Sharon. Both Dark Alessa and Alessa’s adult form disappear after that because they have both ceased to exist outside of Sharon’s body. Alessa gives Dahlia a glare because she’s taunting her for not being a good mother, and reminding her that she now has a better mom. Alessa tested Rose throughout the movie so she could determine if Rose would be a sufficient mother for when her soul recombined and she was put into only one body again. Alessa holds Rose in the alternate realms because that’s her world, and she doesn’t want to leave it. Whether it’s because she’s scared or just selfish isn’t ever stated, but we know she’s willfully holding herself and Rose there because she extends the fog world to Rose’s house and Dahlia specifically says that Alessa controls the door into Silent Hill.

  15. Arko says:

    They cant be dead…that would make little sense. How can a ghost bleed and be torn apart ? It cant. Also Roses car hadnt been found…so what it died too :PP ?
    The only logical explanation for me is that Rose, Sharon, Cybil, and cultists were moved WITH their bodies into Gray Silent Hill.
    That would explain why the bodies werent found…and it also means that they are all alive. If they were ghosts, their bodies would be found in the real world.

    • johnsonvilleburgers says:

      ? the car was found.

      in the 1st third or so, when rose first gets into the school’s main office and gets her flashlight. the camera stops at a position facing a wall of “paintings” that she just looked at, god loyalty(?) home country. on the image to “god” it is of a woman. perhaps implying that clarabante.. effed that up badly, evil cult leader lady, is the god in this world. (get it?)

      and finally, the rest of the comments are awesome. 1UP kinda did not say if silent hill was good or terrible ont heir recent list of bad game-film adaptations, if anyone asks, this is the best way to prove that its a good movie. not just by 1 or 2 people thinking it over and hwo it translates to film, but by a mere hundred sharing their thoughts and figuring out the lil bugs in it to give it a concise feeling of the game, of horror/shock/terror.

      which it did, i was slightly scared the first time i watched it. its a great representation of a game’s true core philosphyas entertainment.

      also, does every dam video game hero in survival horror carry a siny silver zippo lighter? frack…

  16. sean says:

    I’ve read all the posts to date and Jessica’s explanation makes the most sense drawing from facts (what the director and cast say) and interpretation from what we were and weren’t shown in the movie.
    The quote “she is not yours shes hers” “She whats left of her good side” when Rose asks where is my Sharon in some way can be interpreted to mean Sharon is Alessa’s daughter however not in the sense that she gave birth to Sharon biologically. Jessica said that Alessa split her soul and created Dark Alessa and Sharon and i agree so it can be said that Alessa is the mother of both Sharon and Dark Alessa in the sense that she created them.
    Anyhow the main reason i came here was to figure out what was the ending suppose to mean but the best one i’ve read is that complete Alessa/Sharon and Rose are trapped. I havent seen any reference on Alessa being able to send those she brought into the fog world back to the real world.

  17. pixie says:

    what confused me in the story was the deal with the devil. the thing which goes unexplained is that the cult had ‘faith’. how can that ‘faith’ count or have any power at all if they were punishing an innocent child. giving any power to that ‘faith’ means validating the claims made by the cult. i think this is the only flaw in the plot of the story.

    and what intrigues me is the deal with the devil. to get a revenge a deal with the devil had to be made. that throws the general hate-revenge into a no-no category. according to the story one needs the devil to indulge in the hate-revenge. but since the hate-revenge was somehow justified the DARK(of the devil) mixed with the WHITE(of the justice) made a GREY. but then again that makes the story slightly warped.the devil is evil. the evil is the cult. so the cult should be the devil. you see, these are the flaws in the story, nevertheless, it made for a very interesting film and a story worth analysing.

    • Jessica says:

      There is no devil in the movie. Alessa simply became so full of hate that she split into 3 people (the woman in the hospital bed, the evil little girl, and the protagonist’s daughter). It’s meant to show that the cultists’ hate for Alessa turned her into the very monster they had claimed she was all along, by releasing her pent-up psionic powers and giving her a good reason to create an alternate reality and two doubles of herself.

  18. StarkRadio says:

    I have to say I viewed the entire film as being an interpretation of the Tibetan Buddhist’s Bardo, or limbo: (from Wiki) “The Tibetan word Bardo means literally “intermediate state” – also translated as “transitional state” or “in-between state” or “liminal state”. In Sanskrit the concept has the name antarabhāva. It is a concept which arose soon after the Buddha’s passing, with a number of earlier Buddhist groups accepting the existence of such an intermediate state, while other schools rejected it.

    “Used loosely, the term “bardo” refers to the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth. According to Tibetan tradition, after death and before one’s next birth, when one’s consciousness is not connected with a physical body, one experiences a variety of phenomena. These usually follow a particular sequence of degeneration from, just after death, the clearest experiences of reality of which one is spiritually capable to, and up to terrifying hallucinations arising from the impulses of one’s previous unskillful actions. For the prepared and appropriately trained individuals the bardo offers a state of great opportunity for liberation, since transcendental insight may arise with the direct experience of reality, while for others it can become a place of danger as the karmically created hallucinations can impel one into a less than desirable rebirth.”
    Also, the sirens before each manifestation seem to me to also express Tibetan music: horns, chants, bells, drones…..

    Anyway that’s my two cents worth.

    Incredible that this thread is still going after 3+ years! I really enjoyed reading all the comments and various analyses.

    • starkradio says:

      sorry forgot to say, Tibetan Book of The Dead ie Bardo ie their interpretation of what Christians call Limbo.

      I read the Tibetan Book of the Dead years ago and it left a searing mark on my memory. Hence my interpretation.

      all in all, a very good movie made from a video game, which obviously had a helluva writer to begin with!

    • Jessica says:

      But no one in that world is dead, they’re simply trapped. And given that Alessa is able to leave that world at will (we see her do it twice), there’s no requirement that anyone die to move in or out of that world. Other than that, Gans has said it represents Purgatory, with the Otherworld representing Hell and our world representing Heaven. So yeah, you’re mostly right.

  19. JC says:

    Okay… One question.. I’m watching the movie right now, in Denmark, where I Come from… And one thing I still don’t understand, is why the man named Gucci, can interact with Chris and others in the real world, outside silent hill? He never aged since the previews where you see that he is talking with some policemen right after the fire. If he never aged, then why is he still in the real world, and not in SH, like the others.?? He must have been there during the fire.. nevertheless.. maybe his presence is there, outside the dark SH, so he can prevent Chris from following Rose. He is not very helpful and seems like he dislikes Chris’ interfering
    . I think he is put in the outside world, to make sure that no one will interfere or mess up Alessas plans with rose and Sharon. Which I think is brought to SH from her ‘safe place’, to reunite with the dark part of Alessa. (So no, I don’t think she is the child of Alessa, even though it fits well in the story. However. We are specifically told that Sharon is the good side, that remains of Alessa. We are not told either much time went by, before Sharon was left by the doorstep. Do We? I think that Sharon is controlled by Alessa, and that Alessa, like in SH, can control the age of her “other side” Sharon. And at last but not least, I think that the gap of time is caused by Alessa, not wanting to bring Sharon to SH before the time was right.. everyone who was in the power of Alessa, didn’t age. Must be to keep them waiting for there own apocalypse, so they can’t die naturally, but must die in pain, like Alessa did, being “helped” and kept alive by the revenge-craving devil. And Yes, I think it is a devil. Why else would she say “I…. Have many names!”.)

    I hope to get a response. Thank you, and sorry for any spelling mistakes there might be there.. :)

    • Jessica says:

      She’s not the devil, as confirmed by both the director and the actress. She says she has many names because she does. The cult calls her “demon”, “witch”, “sin incarnate”, “devil”. She does metaphorically represent the devil, just as Sharon is meant to represent God, but literally she’s just Alessa’s dark side manifesting itself.
      Officer Gucci does age, and both makeup and digital editing were used to give him more youth in the flashback. He knows nothing of what Alessa is doing, as confirmed by the actor, and is simply keeping Chris away from a dangerous place that could kill him if he goes into the wrong building and stays there too long. He and Sister Margaret don’t like talking about Alessa for the same reason: they’re ashamed. An entire town let a little girl be bullied and harassed for 9 years and did nothing to stop it until it was already too late. That’s some serious guilt right there.
      Sharon is 9 years old, just as she appears to be. It wouldn’t make sense for Alessa to have split her off and just let her linger anywhere before sending her to the Da Silvas, and I’m pretty sure Rose and Chris would have noticed if their kid wasn’t aging.
      I’m not sure what you mean by people under Alessa’s power not aging, since every person shown over a long span of time ages (Eleanor goes from having black hair and no wrinkles to white hair and wrinkles everywhere, Christabella gains wrinkles and a giant streak of white in her hair not present in the flashback, Dahlia goes from youthful and red-headed to old and grey-haired, Gucci goes from jet black hair to having wrinkles and a lighter shade of black to his hair, etc).

  20. JC says:

    Sorry. That was more than one question.. however.. the main one is, what is going on with Gucci.. am I right or totally lost? I’m certainly confused… :)

  21. apox says:

    only thing i dont get is if rose is in the grey silent hill how come christopher got rose’s voice mail

  22. Neil says:

    I just saw part of this movie and was confused. Your comments were helpful in understanding what I missed. Would someone explain why the female cop was burned? Was she slow roasted like the others? I did not read anything that explained why that happened.

    • Jessica says:

      If you’re talking about why Cybil let herself be caught, there are a few theories on that. Unfortunately, the shooting script was never released, and the book is only written in Japanese, so there’s no quick answer to that question. Some of the theories are that she simply got tired, thought she was protecting Rose, or was being influenced by Alessa.
      As to why the cultists burned her, she was helping Rose, whose child was a doppelganger of Alessa. Once the cultists realized Alessa and Sharon were the same person, they assumed a conspiracy to aid Alessa in her revenge on him, and so declared both Rose and Cybil to be witches. They thought Cybil was helping Alessa to kill them faster, in other words.

  23. Matt says:

    Very confusing movie/game. I like it, though. The movie is suspenseful and leaves me longing for more. Be it information or resolution, I think that the movie was successful in creating a “prequal” to a real Silent Hill. Of course, that’s yet to be released.

  24. Louis Schuler says:

    damn, ppl are still talking about this movie in 2011, impressive, this movie was probably the scariest movie i ever saw

  25. sarah says:

    I personally agree with the fact that the monsters that attacked Rose and Cybil were there to test them, but here’s an interesting theory … No one knows who Alessa’s father is, right? And Dahlia seemed to call upon Pyramid Head on the steps of the church. What if Pyramid Head is the father/Dahlia’s husband, and she called upon him to punish Anna for hurting her with stones? Kinda a way-off theory and I don’t personally believe it, but at the same time, it could be. :)

    • Jillian says:

      PH is a creation of Alessa, based off of Alessa’s memory of a painting in the hotel that depicts men in cone hats and tan skirts (a picture of the painting can be found on http://www.welcometosilenthill.com). Also, Dahlia did not summon PH. She merely made the sign of the witch at Anna, since she knew the Otherworld was coming and Anna was in deep shit because of it.

  26. Ryan says:

    Question( well 2 really): What is Pyramid head’s back story & what are the armless monsters that spit acid (The very 1st monster in the movie NOT counting the little girl (Alessa?) supposed to be? I know the ones in the mine are the miners that were killed in the fire. Plus Grey SH is probably suburgatory But if it is why was the SUV taken into SH… UNLESS IT IS THE CAR FROM ONE OF STEPHEN KINGS MOVIES!!!!!!!!! Hahaha jk jk. But really why would it be dragged in to? Email me answers at ryan.eglian2@yahoo.com

    • Jillian says:

      PH is a monster thought up by Alessa after she saw a painting in the hotel depicting men in cone-shaped hats and tan skirts. The painting never made it into the final cut of the film, but it can be seen on the official site (www.Welcometosilenthill.com). The Armless Man is another manifestation of Alessa, probably representing her feeling of being trapped in her own body after the fire. Of course, these things apply to the movie only. The meanings of the same monsters in the game series are quite different.

      Rose’s car now exists in both the Real World and Alessa’s world because Alessa pulled Rose and a copy of her car into the alternate reality, while leaving the real car in the normal reality. Also, they’re not literally in purgatory. The alternate reality is a place created by Alessa that represents her suffering.

      • Andy says:

        What concerns me about the armless men is why they appeared in the Grey SH? I guess it was for the writers convenience so they can make Cybil aware of the dangers and help Rose escape.

        • Jessica says:

          It actually does make sense if you think of the Fog World being a representation of Alessa before the burning, while the Otherworld represents who she became afterwards. Since she was so abused, it makes sense that she had some bad emotions even before she was burned, but not anywhere near as many. Thus, there are only a few monsters in the Fog World, but a ton of them in the Otherworld.

          Also, thanks so much for the kind words! :)

  27. John Ju says:

    I think they were all freaking stupid because the freaking car didnt have any freaking airbags. Only a retard would let their “daughter” that they “love” sit in the front seat when she knew there were no freaking airbags. RETARD! I think if they are dead in the end that they deserved it. On the other hand these directors seriously need to rethink this movie because it did not make any sense at all. Have a nice life demons. or death… Who really knows…?

  28. Someone says:

    Just a side comment here:
    When Rose askes the demon where her daughter is when she reaches the final basement floor room with Alessa’s burned body, the demon says. “It’s not your daughter, it’s hers” and points at Alessa.
    So I believe the movie states that Sharon is the daughter of Alessa

    • Jessica says:

      That’s incorrect. Sharon is not Alessa’s daughter, and the evil girl Rose speaks to is not a demon. Dark Alessa’s responses to Rose both work the same way: first she makes a metaphorical statement (“I have many names”, “She’s not your child, she’s hers”), and then she follows it up by being literal (“I’m the dark part of Alessa”, “The little girl is what’s left of her goodness”). What she’s saying is that she’s the manifestation of the dark side of Alessa’s soul, and Sharon is the manifestation of the good side. This has been confirmed in interviews with both the director and the actress.

  29. M says:

    what is the shit. my head it screwed up.

  30. Ronan LG says:

    Hey so I don’t know if anyone stumbled upon this post, but I found this on yahoo answers and thought it made a lot of sense!
    Here it is:

    There are three different dimensions in the movie**:

    – The real world: What we see up until the car crash outside of Silent Hill; the dimension that Chris and Officer Gucci are in

    – Foggy Silent Hill: A dimension created by Alessa resembling Purgatory; a place of imprisonment for the cultists and a place of refuge from the real world for Alessa

    – Dark Silent Hill, aka – The Otherworld: A dimension created by Alessa resembling Hell; a place of punishment for the cultists inhabited by monsters, a representation of Alessa’s revenge

    **Note – Foggy Silent Hill and Dark Silent Hill are not actually Purgatory and Hell. They’re only Alessa’s versions of them.

    Chris (the father) and Officer Gucci (the cop) don’t experience what Rose and the others do because they are in two different but parallel dimensions. Chris and Officer Gucci are in the real world and Rose, Cybil, Sharon and the cultists are in Alessa’s alternate dimension. That’s why they can be in the same place at the same time and not see each other (e.g. – When Rose runs past Chris and he smells her perfume, and in the end when Rose makes it “home” and Chris can’t see her).

    And contrary to popular belief, Rose and “Sharon” are not dead at the end. Rose and her husband can’t see each other because they’re still in Alessa’s alternate dimension, while Chris is in the real world. Here’s the deal…

    There are three parts of Alessa:

    – Alessa (the burned girl/scarred woman in the oxygen tent)
    – Sharon (Alessa’s good side)
    – Dark Alessa (Alessa’s evil side)

    Sharon and Dark Alessa are basically manifestations of the two sides of Alessa – the good side and the evil side. As for how Alessa created these manifestations and the alternate dimensions (foggy Silent Hill and dark Silent Hill), it can only be assumed that she possessed some kind of supernatural power (as evidenced by the wilted flowers in her hospital room and her hurting the nurse). This, in addition to the fact that she had no father, would obviously lead everyone associated with the cult to call her a witch. Alessa’s power was amplified by her growing hate as she suffered in the hospital after being nearly burned to death by the cult. That being the case, this is what happened:

    1) Dark Alessa does not, in fact, take over or possess Sharon at the church near the end. Dark Alessa (the evil side) simply recombines with Sharon (the good side), creating a new and complete “reincarnation” of Alessa.

    2) Alessa’s “pact” with her evil counterpart (Dark Alessa) that we saw in the flashback not only ensures that she will help her exact her revenge, but that Alessa, after making herself “whole” again, will also have a second chance at life with a new, and surely in her eyes, better, mother: Rose.

    3) And as for the ending:

    Alessa’s plan works – she gets her much deserved revenge on the cultists, Dark Alessa and Sharon recombine and create a newly “reborn” Alessa, and she ends up with Rose (who either isn’t aware or just doesn’t care that this little girl isn’t “her Sharon” anymore) as her new mother. Now with Sharon’s memories of the outside world to work with after reuniting her two halves, Alessa can extend her alternate dimension and create a world just like the one Sharon and Rose lived in, where they can stay forever. In other words, Alessa doesn’t want them to leave her alternate dimension and in her eyes, for good reason. The real world is where Alessa was hurt, abused and humiliated. In the real world, she felt unsafe, unloved and that the people are untrustworthy (especially men, considering that the absence of her father was the source of her torment, in addition to her horrific experience with the school janitor). Alessa wants to live out the rest of her new life with Rose as her new loving mommy in her alternate dimension, where she’s in control and she feels safe. Unfortunately for Rose, this means that she is essentially trapped in Alessa’s alternate dimension indefinitely.

    On a side note from my part, the fact that the producers named the male police officer (the one helping Chris) Thomas Gucci makes me laugh every time! (joking reference to Tamagochi, handheld pocket toys, don’t know why but that’s what it is!)

  31. Olford says:

    WOW.2012 and people still talking about this movie.SH is one of my favourite films and also one of the films i feel i now completely understand(like donnie darko),Except one thing.I read all the posts and couldnt believe no-one had mentioned this.Can someone please explain to me WHY dark/evil alessa cant go into the church????I remember its mentioned about thier faith but surely if god is even concidered in this film then he wouldnt be protecting the cult in the church,and if god isnt concidered in the film(like rose saying theres no god here or something like that)then why cant the evil enter the church.There is a part where alessa says about thier ‘blind faith’ so maybe its a case that the cult had blocked out and lied to themselves so much that they believed thier own lies and continued to while they lived in the dimension they were dragged into and could not be killed or could not die untill they had accepted their wrong doings.I think alessa could have entered but lied as its easy for the cult to deny the truth when its coming from the witch or demon.To the cult they must somehow think they are right,Think about it,they tried to burn the demon girl then the apocolypse came(so they thought)and the demon they tried to burn is trying to kill them but the evil cant get them in church.So to the cult they have done GOD’s work and are continuing to fight evil.whereas rose enters and puts presure on the leader showing her that they are the evil.which then causes the leader of the cult to stab rose that worked as the final strike.she could no longer deny being a sinner after stabbing an innocent infront of everybody which consiquently caused her to come face to face with her demons(and its hard to deny whats staring you in the face.Tell me what ya think.
    I also feel that silent hill isnt only reflecting alessas personal hell but also whoever is in it,I saw someone mention about the monsters with no arms,as in that scene its not just the monsters who have no use of thier arms and i am convinced this is not just coincidence.

    • Jessica says:

      There are 2 possibilities for why Alessa can’t enter the church. It’s possible she was so indoctrinated by the cult’s beliefs while she was growing up that she herself believed God would only stop protecting them if they were truly shown to be sinners. Since the alternate reality is controlled and shaped by Alessa’s own thoughts, this belief would cause a physical barrier to manifest that would stop her from being able to enter the church until the cult exhibits its true evil on an innocent. Much more likely, Dark Alessa wasn’t entirely truthful to Rose, twisting “I don’t want to go in there until these requirements are met” into “I can’t get in there”. Given her knack for metaphorical statements that sound completely different from what she’s actually saying, this makes sense. Alessa may have wanted the cultists to see the monsters they really were before killing them, so that none of them would die thinking they were innocent martyrs. Once they realized they were committing sin on people who didn’t deserve it, then she could show them her body, and force them to understand that they tortured and twisted an innocent child. It’s also possible it was a combination of the 2 ideas working together to stop her.

  32. I know this is years old, but I think I have cracked a little piece of it. If you notice, back in 1970 when the fire first broke out, the lady in the purple dress looked exactly the same as she did in this hell world. I have reason to believe that Sharon and Alessa are the same person, Alessa being the dark side and being dead, stuck in a hell world she had helped create, and Sharon is the good side that is possibly also dead, however she was released by the devil to somehow draw others in to her trap. I don’t know if this is a load of crap but it just seems to make sense from that part. Let me know if anyone is still reading this!

    • Jessica says:

      Christabella (the cult’s priestess) only looks the same due to poor makeup. If you look closely, the character has wrinkles where they weren’t in the flashback, and a giant streak of white in her hair. The actress has also confirmed in interviews that her character is supposed to have aged 30 years between when the fire occurred and the current day. Sharon and Alessa are indeed the same person, as is Dark Alessa (the evil little girl many people mistakenly believe is the devil). Alessa is the original body, Sharon is the manifestation of the good side of her soul, and Dark Alessa is the manifestation of her dark side. Contrary to popular belief, neither Alessa nor any of the people trapped in her world are dead. They all age 30 years, Alessa’s police report states they did not die in the fire, and the director has said in interviews that people don’t die to enter the alternate reality. The alternate world is a reality created by Alessa’s powers that represents who she was before she was burned (the Fog World), and who she became afterwards (the Darkness). Sharon is removed to the real world so that she can find someone to both aid Alessa in her revenge, as well as who can become the mother to Alessa’s full rebirth (when Sharon and Dark Alessa lock eyes, the soul reunites, creating a full “rebirth” of Alessa living in Sharon’s body). The reason she and Rose are still in the Fog World is because Alessa doesn’t want to leave. She has a new body, a new mother, and a new home, so she doesn’t want to jeopardize it by returning to a world that she believes hates her.

  33. Suicidal says:

    Lets just accept it makes no sense and call it a day. I’ve read every post and I’m just as confused as when I started. I’ve lost the will to live

    • Jessica says:

      Lol It’s not that hard once you know what the cast and crew have said. It basically all boils down to: little girl with supernatural powers gets hurt, little girl creates an alternate reality and 2 doubles of herself containing her good and bad sides, little girl kills everyone who hurt her, end of movie.

  34. lan says:

    wow all these plot analysis are really interesting so i decided to give my opinion of what might of happen. I haven’t watch the movie in a while now but remembering as well as i can.
    sharon could have been used as a strategy to accomplish Alyssa’s revenge. yes sharon is the innocent side that was left of allyssa. What i think is that maybe the devils plan of reincarnating sharon later on could have helped with alyssa’s revenge because alyssa couldn’t accomplish the mission of her revenge. Since the cults had a strong faith in their belief of god and that their actions are right they were protected from alyssa’s darkness; if they remain in the church where there are many of them with their distorted faith they would be saved.
    As almost they are in forever denial of their wrong actions. Alyssa could have not been pregnant with the janitor because female reproductive system aren’t developed until twelve or more basically puberty. I think the role of the janitor was to put fuel on fire which tormented the poor innocent girls situation as the victim gone outraged.i still believed that sharon was used as a strategy because she had many scary dreams of the devil alyssa and screaming silent hill which would lead to rose ( a very concern mother who would do whatever it takes to cure her only adopted daughters illness.) bringing her to silent hill.
    I do believe that as mention above by some peoples analysis that sharon was a key to connecting to silent hill. when the unfortunate cop followed rose and sharon to silent hill they both crash because of the devil alyssa doing. ( which means that sharon and rose was needed since the devil alyssa had cause both their deaths.)rose woke up and lost sharon and did what a real loving mother would do; she search for her. The bridge was cut since the devil alyssa has a mission for rose and sharon. Thus rose out of fear tries to avoid getting consumed by the darkness wrath and torture. Luckily sharon met the cop along the bridge both not knowing that they are dead and are lost souls in silent hill; faces the challenge of finding sharon and unexpecting to uncover the truth. waking up in their vehicle made it appear that they had survive from the crash. However the cop cybil is just a bystander who was unfortunate to get caught up in this mystery mission. She later is useful only in helping rose get away to the hellish elevator. Cybil represents the good innocent bystanders that had once helped alyssa from her burning wounds, but would be engulf by the cause of the rage of alyssa’s revenge against the crazy town cults of silent hill. all this darkness and insanity was cause by wrong actions. leading to sadly cybils insignificant heroic death since heroes are engulf by the cults corrupted society. Rose as she descend deeper down the floor which just become more darker and errie because of the nurse and no light. she had found the truth of alyssa’s past. as almost in darkness you shall find the light which she did at the hospital bedroom door. the devil alyssa uses roses love for sharon and manipulates her to agree in helping her helping alyssa. As a more brave and enlightened rose return to the church she tries to reveal the cults shameful act that they had cause to alyssa and she tries to make them repent and accept for what they did. The cults who are in denial did not repent nor felt remorse were shock when their leader christabella had commited the act of murder by stabbing rose and not the usual ritual of burning at the stake had cause blood spill on the church floor which lead to their faiths shattered and alyssa entry way to accomplishing her revenge of a fulfilled blood bath. also dahlia alyssa’s mother was forgiven and not slain but would rather survive and remember how she had never saved her daughter from the corrupted society because she was a weak woman. Probably also the fact she did not love her daughter as much as rose had for sharon. In a way rose had save sharon from her death and darkness. they both return home since the mission is accomplished but they are only souls since the father lived in the real dimension and they were living in the other realm. Basically the ending proves that their dead since the father had close the open door in which mother and child soul had entered the home.
    than again this might just be the way i analyze the movie plot as i was watching the mystery unravel.
    sorry for some grammatical error hope to see more analysis..^_^

    • Jessica says:

      The ending does not prove they’re dead, merely trapped in an alternate reality. The director has stated in interviews that the people in the alternate reality are not dead, and the film goes out of its way to prove that, showing all of the cultists aging, Alessa being played by an adult actress, Alessa’s police report stating the cultists did not die in the fire, Officer Gucci commenting on the lack of bodies, etc.
      Dark Alessa (the evil little girl Alessa makes the deal with) is not the devil, at least not literally. According to interviews with the director, she is meant to symbolically represent the devil, but literally she’s just the dark side of Alessa’s soul manifesting itself.
      The ending of the film involves Dark Alessa (Alessa’s dark side) recombining with Sharon (Alessa’s good side) to create a complete rebirth of Alessa living in one body. Alessa purposely holds Rose trapped in her world because she’s afraid of the real world and doesn’t want to return there. Alessa’s reincarnation will appear in the sequel, Silent Hill: Revelation, under the name Heather Mason.
      There’s really no reason to believe Cybil was accidentally trapped in Alessa’s world. Alessa has full power to let in anyone she wants, and to kick out anyone she wants, so she would not have allowed Cybil to stay if she hadn’t brought her there intentionally to protect Rose. Even if Alessa didn’t want to make the effort to throw out Cybil, she certainly wouldn’t have taken the time to protect her if she didn’t have a use for her (note that Cybil is unconcious through at least one entire Otherworld transformation, she would not have survived this without active intervention from Alessa to keep the monsters away from her).

      • lan says:

        alyssa did not protect the main cast because the monsters were still after them like pyramid head in the factory door. Or the weird babies with their head burning. If they did not have the will to survive im sure they would have died. cybil might have enter the world through chasing sharon and rose; finally crashing at the same spot and time as them which lead to her passing over. since sharon was the key to enter. also i don’t know but your theory could be right if their dead or not. Just to my opinion i would considered them dead since the realm of the dead is just similar as another dimension. also they left silent hill over and invisible bridge over a dead end in which all this had taken place and return home but isn’t fully home. when they got home it was still foggy but the difference is that there wasn’t any hell in which alyssa had brought upon in silent hill. plus that ending where sharon and rose return home; the door was open doesn’t it give you a ghostly feel that they both return home to the father. since the father did not open the door but awaken to find the door open. also ur right about the no bodies theory but to make it less complicated for me to familiarize it to our real world i just related it to being similar to ghost. which the director could have put more emphasize on the body theory and ending. if you ever watch the others it has similar concept of it too. where the ghost don’t know that they are dead. since you just mention about the sequeal i will watch it and find out more. if you said that alyssa had a reincarnation in the sequeal than that would have meant that alyssa had to have die in order to be reincarnated. that is the only way to be reincarnated. there are some scene where rose is running in the parallel universe with chris her husband but both do not see each other. To my opinion your right about the different dimension but to my opinion i believe the dimension is similar to a ghostly realm. sharon,and rose were a strategy to finishing alyssa revenge. also alyssa did not return sharon or rose to their normal world rather she just let them escape silent hills realm where she had finally accomplish her revenge. sharon and rose returning home but still seeing fog could represent them not realizing that they are dead. Or maybe the dead realm is foggy because you don’t know that your dead and you can’t see things clearly like the living realm. Basically the fog distorts your realization of what had happen to you. watch the others it has a similar feel but there were bodies. Also why is the dead end on silent hill still a dead end but sharon and rose pass over it on an invisible bridge wouldn’t that just mean that silent hill is the realm of the dead also. the only thing i don’t get is the aging process of alyssa or maybe she is a demon and not a soul. the towns people were not aging but were dirtied/ filthy just to represent the situation that they have been through for the past several years.

        this is just my opinion there isn’t a right or wrong answer, sometimes movies aren’t always clear for the interpretation of the viewers. in general; believe what you want it to be. ^_^
        this is just to share my opinion i was just wondering if anyone might have similar interpretation or maybe a different interpretation of the movie.

        • Jessica says:

          Alessa does indeed protect Rose and Cybil from the monsters at multiple points throughout the film. She is the only reason Cybil wouldn’t have been killed while she was passed out during the first Otherworld shift, she lifted the darkness as soon as the Grey Children began to overtake Rose, and she again changed to the Fog World when Pyramid Head got too close for comfort. She sent her monsters after Rose on purpose to test her love for Sharon and to harden her for the task of facing the only thing Alessa couldn’t control – the cultists. That’s why she specifically leads Rose right to the monsters, but makes sure to shift the worlds before any real harm can be done.
          Yes, it can be said that the alternate reality is similar to being a land of the dead since it’s so disconnected from the real world – but it’s also true that literally no one who lives in that world is dead, as proven by Alessa’s police report, the aging of the cultists, and interviews with the director who has specifically said “You do not die”. Either way, these are people who are trapped against their will in an entirely different world. The reason why the bridge reappears is because Alessa had been using her own memories to control the size and shape of the Fog World previously, but once she recombined with Sharon she gained her memories as well. There’s also the fact that she had no reason to expand it while she was still focusing solely on killing the cultists.
          When I said “reincarnation”, I was referring to the little girl that Rose takes home with her at the end of the first movie. Sharon can technically be seen as a reincarnation of Alessa because hers is a new physical form of Alessa, which initially only contains Alessa’s good side, but later comes to house the complete union of Sharon/Alessa/Dark Alessa. In the sequel, this new version of Alessa has somehow returned home to Chris after having repressed her memories of her life as Alessa. The pair go on the run, and change their names to Harry and Heather Mason. Why Sharon/Alessa fled her world and repressed her memories will be revealed when the film releases this October. So in answer to whether Alessa had to die to create a reincarnation, no, she did not. She simply cast aside her old body and took up residence in Sharon.
          The Fog World’s appearance is based on 2 things: A) that’s what it looks like in the game series the film is based on, and B) it represents who Alessa was before she was burned (confused, lost, abandoned). The Fog World is who she was, the shift between the worlds is the degrading of her body and soul caused by the fire, and the Otherworld is who she became.
          The townspeople do indeed age, as does Alessa. Alessa is not a demon and never has been, she’s simply a child who was gifted with tremendous psionic powers for unknown reasons (the witch in the church painting has been confirmed as an ancestor of Alessa, suggesting that these powers are hereditary). She did not die in the fire and aged accordingly in the following years. Similarly, Dahlia changes from a vibrant redhead to having grey hair and wrinkles, Christabella’s hair gains huge streaks of white, and Eleanor (Anna’s mother) goes from jet black hair to white hair. Alice Krige (Christabella’s actress) has stated in interviews that her character ages 30 years during the film.
          I would have to disagree about there being no right or wrong answer, but that is because I’m an ardent supporter of Word of God – the idea that whatever a creator says is true about their work is fact. So I base everything off of what can be proven by the people who made the film. :)

  35. Patrick Bertino says:

    I haven’t read all of these posts and don’t know if this issue I’m about to write has been covered, but please correct me if someone has already covered the topics I’m about to discuss. Responses to this post are encouraged.

    I’m taking a simpler outlook on the movie and it’s double/hidden meanings that Christopher Gans or the screenplay writer may have thrown in there to get these important messages across. I’m not sure if these ideas are presented in the games as I have only beaten Silent Hill 2 which didn’t touch on religion really.

    First of all, I love the Silent Hill movie and the games that I’ve played. The anchor points for the movie plot is the video game story lines, but there are new hidden meanings in the movie as well which is what makes the Silent Hill movie stand out as its own original movie. Quite frankly, it pisses me off a little that I haven’t seen any posts about what I’m going to write in many other forums I’ve looked at regarding the screenplay/synopsis of the Silent Hill film.

    Basically, the cult represents organized, fundamentalist religion and it’s control over the world (especially in America, as S.H. is in America). Rose played the role of the truth seeker or maybe the agnostic or questioner of their fundamentalist cult/religion. When Rose said,”your faith brings death,” she/the writer was saying that their controlling religion is a lie, hints “brings death.” The writer was also saying through her that organized fundamentalist religion (Catholicism in this case)is the cause of countless deaths through wars, most of which are fought b/c of religion. She was saying their faith brings death, meaning how they force their religion on everyone until it comes to death through wars)if goes that far. I don’t think they were necessarily pointing fingers at Catholics, but there had to be a religion to use to put there point across. Rose also said something to the head cult woman,”kill whoever gets in your way.” That’s not an exact quote but she is saying that they just shun and in this case kill (which the head cult lady tried to kill rose and was also behind burning Alessa and leaving her for dead)the person who questions their faith and way of life . This is a strong message in the movie and probably the most important one that I think gets overlooked by the Silent Hill fan base/community. S.H. fans need to ponder what I’m saying and watch the movie again to take notice of this if needed. There are also biblical versus which highlight this point like,”the foes of the righteous will be condemned.” Which is saying the corrupt religous leaders will be put in their place for their wrongdoings and so forth.

  36. Angela says:

    Silent Hill games really gives me the creep out of me. The Movie and games are sensational, it gives our minds something to think of whether what really happened in the end of the movie/ about the origin of Sharon/ Cheryl. I just hope the writers of the game itself can give us answers in our ” conclusions” since they are the ones who started this major/ epic game. I just wish that Cybil survived at least and Rose and Sharon came back to the real- world.

  37. Em says:

    Maybe the plot doesn’t wrap up nicely and fit in a neat little package because it IS supposed to be a nightmarish world? The only character left on screen in the end is Chris when he wakes up on his couch. Everything could’ve been his nightmare… characters included. Calling out for his “wife” or “daughter” could’ve been the leftover “foggy” feeling after awakening from a dream.

  38. Sumit Rawat says:

    when christopher goes to the church, why that nun says ” the story isnt of hers alone, but all of us’???

  39. J. P.McFarlane says:

    It is a good example in this movie of where the good and evil are being pulled apart and one not knowing truly which at times is the good side or the opposite. Sometimes it has been appearing the good had to understand the evil and attack this evil as a mirror of itself.
    I think this movie has a good stage presenting this constant battle between the forces always at work.

  40. IcyFrozen says:

    Let me float a theory here.

    Alessa is dying in the hospital from severe burns. A demon visits her. Basically it says, it typical demon fashion, ‘lets make a deal’. It says ‘you’ll get your revenge and you’ll live long enough to see it’. Thats basically what the demon offers her in the movie, the problem with it being that it also could be understood to mean that once you’ve got your revenge, your done.

    Now I think its a demon and not simply a dark side of Alessa because it refers to itself as ‘having many names’ which is a traditional demon statement. Demons, in biblical theory, lack the singular identity and personality thereof, that we understand. This demon becomes the ‘Dark Alessa’ facilitating and guiding Alessa in her torment and revenge against the zealots. I think the Demon is meant to be the embodyment of divine justice, that if your evil then your fate is decided not by the merciful god and angels but by the demons. The Zealots however use their blind faith and conviction as a shield to the demon, who is still trumped by its own nature. Like how you can’t start a fire underwater, its nature simply cannot allow it to deal with the faith of the cult. So they play the forementioned cat and mouse game with Alessa trying to slowly extract vengeance. In truth the burned Alessa is the darkside of Alessa and Sharon the light side.

    The demon, after making the deal with Alessa starts the fire which ignites the coal mines, making the town uninhabitable. Now theres a curious bit that somehow the cult is left in Silent Hill and the innocent bystanders, rom Alessa’s point of view, escape and with the knowledge that Silent Hill must remain abandoned. They all seemed to be a little too aware that of the goings on in Silent Hill didn’t they? I suspect that somehow, possibly the demon itself, they were made aware that the cultists were getting their karmatic justice.

    The Demon, again being trumped by ‘goodliness’, has to get rid of the ‘good side’ of Alessa in order to work with her. Remember she is essentially an innoccent who has been corrupted by whats been done to her, but still an innocent. The demon therefore takes her good side, incarnates it as a seperate being and removes it from the equation by taking it out of the Hell, I suspect this is part of the demons plan in the long term.

    When the child gets to be about the age that Alessa was when the horrific events of her youth happened, the good side of her, now named Sharon, begins to have ‘flash backs’ of her youth in the previous life. Basically shadows begin to leak through. Rose and Sharon go to Silent Hill to investigate these dreams.

    Now when the good side returns to the hell, the Demon sees it as a possible means of ending the stalemate or perhaps its just inevitable that the two sides will seek each other out. Before the demon can use its powers to enter the church, Rose first causes the cultists to question their faith. There was no apocalpyse. Their being controlled through fear. They are wrong. As such their faith wavers momentarily and they begin to see the slightest possability of them being wrong. This slight bit of doubt allows the demon to use its power inside Rose to manifest inside the church, breaking or circumventing their protective barrier, which would logically then become increasingly easier as their fear shatters their remaining faith entirely.

    So at the end, Alessa rises up and kills her tormentors. The deal is complete and in theory her life ends. This can also explain why Dahlia is left alive, if the demon is simply balancing the equation the fact that she didn’t know or intentionally surrender her daughter to torture and death would prevent the demon from harming her. Now that would mean both Alessa and her good side Sharon both die or cease to exist or go to hell or whatever the demon’s endgame is. But that also leads to a problem, demon’s probally arent big on playing fair and the game ending. So it assumes the identity of Sharon, inhabitting the form now vacated.

    Theres a few reason to see this as a solution. The first being Sharons behaviour after Rose wakes up. Shes notable different. When Rose wakes up, Sharon is awake and staring. She shoots her ‘grandmother’ a very knowing glance that the real Sharon wouldnt know to do, as her parentage was never revealed to her. She runs from her mother to the SUV, which is pretty odd for a girl whose experienced what she has at this point. Finally this explains why they never leave the foggy half-life of Silent Hill, because thats the demons realm. It doesnt exist outside, in the real world. Remember the flowers in the hospital and the plants outside in Silent Hill? All withered and dead but the flora outside the house in the husbands moments was green and lush? Its close enough to the real world to allow minor, haunting, like effects like opening a door or being ‘sensed’ but still not in contact. Rose doesnt seem to react possibly for the same reason the cultists didn’t realize that they were trapped. Once you choose to believe something it becomes hard not to and Rose wants so badly to have her daughter home safe that she’s unable to realize the truth. Just as the cultists deluded themselves into the believe that there was an apocalypse which destroyed the world, she chooses to believe that everything is fine. Possable the demons own powers of deception or persuassion help with this.

    If you want to get biblical the demons sub-realm could be called Purgatory a place between life and death where the living wait to be judged or resolved. Which means the Dahlia, although not being ‘reaped’ by the demon, would still be left in the ghostly Silent Hill forever. Rose similarly is trapped possibly because of some of the things she did in Silent Hill (making a deal with a demon, getting possessed, killing a cultist etc)

    • Jessica says:

      Both the director and the actress have specifically stated that Dark Alessa is the dark side of Alessa manifesting itself, with the director even going so far as to say that people who insist on thinking she’s a demon are forcing a Judeao-Christian interpretation onto her that is incorrect. The truth is that Alessa was a powerful telepath, and that the pain from the burning allowed her to manifest the dark side of her own soul and create her own version of hell. Everything supernatural that happens in the movie is caused by Alessa’s own powers. 21 years later, Alessa splits her soul again and creates Sharon using the good side of her soul (no, she did not give birth to her. Sharon is Dahlia’s daughter, not her granddaughter). She intentionally has her sent out into the real world so that Sharon can find a new mother. When the time is right, Dark Alessa begins to appear in Sharon’s dreams, making her sleepwalk into dangerous situations so that Rose will take Sharon back to Silent Hill. The sleepwalking is entirely an intentional move, because Alessa wants to test Rose’s commitment to Sharon and bring them to the town. Once they arrive, Alessa puts into motion a plan that continuously tests Rose’s love for Sharon, so that Rose will eventually be able to stand up to the cult. The reason why Alessa and Dark Alessa can’t enter the church is because they want a moral victory over Christabella and the cult, which they cannot have if the cultists die thinking they’re innocent martyrs.
      Once their plan is complete, the various parts of Alessa merge into Sharon’s body, so that Sharon becomes the complete Alessa (this was confirmed by the director in the Blu-Ray commentary). She keeps Rose trapped in the alternate reality because she wants her to keep her new mother to herself.

      • Andy says:

        Alessa stated that she couldn’t enter the church because their faith actually protected them. I agree with IcyFrozen explanation in that. Rose made them doubtful of their faith so Alessa got the chance. It does make sense what you said, but for me it makes more sense what IcyFrozen said.

    • Thepudking says:

      I just watched the movie again. I really like this theory even if it contradicts things from the director and cast. The whole “known by many names” made me think devil/evil/demon not necessarily a representation of her evil side. At the end when Sharon/Alessa ran to the car she clearly wanted out and wanted to move on to her new life with her now proven “real” mother.

      I really like and enjoyed figuring out the symbolism of the different monsters.
      The smoldering kids: could be the miners but I thought there were the girls that tormented young Alessa. They burned as she burned.
      The armless/acid dude: could be Colin, holding her down and raping her. The acid like sperm.
      The pyramid head: could also be Colin or her father, certainly the embodiment of masculinity. Phallic head and sword with his beetle/sperm minions. The scene where he attacks Rose and Cybil is clearly a sex or rape allegory.
      The nurses: stripped of their beauty, left to fumble in the dark, armed with needle type instruments they now kill instead of heal.
      Alessa’s nurse: her eyes are taken for her curiosity but allowed to keep her beauty for taking care of her.
      Colin: no subtext there. He gets to spend he days where he raped, dragging his genitals along the ground as punishment.

      Great movie with many layers to dissect.

  41. Nookleer says:

    Ok. I’ve read all the possible story ideas and frankly, I’m more than a little shocked.

    I’ve always had a fundamental understanding of Silent Hill that I thought was “the right answer” but no one here has mentioned it. I was pretty certain I had researched it, but maybe I’m just buggin.

    It goes something like this:

    Silent Hill is actually the site for a much older drama. Some sort of spirit or being composed of nightmares was sealed away long ago by having pieces of it cast around a wide area. Due to the long term activities of a cult in the area, this “being” wakes enough to use the real life pain of a nightmare life to fuel it’s call. To this end:

    • All of the games and movies happen at about the same time.
    • The instant the host in pain accepts the power, several things happen:
    a. Everyone involved in the “nightmare”, for weal or woe, in a certain radius immediately falls unconscious as their minds are torn into the nightmare “realm”. In the real world, their bodies are usually caught in fires, permanently trapping them in the realm with nowhere to escape.
    b. The “goodness” of each victim is cast away, possibly in order to prevent the host from repenting. These fragments bind to the missing pieces of the “being” and are given life, usually as foundlings.
    c. when this child becomes the age of the victim, it tries to return, a bridge between the nightmare and reality, dragging with them people that loved them.
    d. Anyone going to sleep or falling unconscious – or dying – in this radius is drawn into the nightmare. Because of the difference of speed between dreams and reality, much more time passes inside than out, allowing the body to survive a while, as in the case of one of the games.

    • that said, the mother, daughter and subsequent police officer, possibly due to the influence of the “fragment” child, crash and are knocked unconscious (or more likely, in this case, died.) They were always trapped in the nightmare.
    • now the nightmare realm is a place of pure willpower. This is why the church people, psychotic but totally unified, could resist being consumed by revenge. They believed they were still completely alive (which is why they ate, but notice they really never found enough food for that many people). For that same reason, the mother was able to not only interfere with the cultists, but keep her child distinct from the greater being. She isn’t defeating it, but she IS buying time during which it will not waken.

    Don’t know where I got this from but if I made it up, dayum I’m good.

  42. ashli says:

    alright, my only question thats still unanswered, why does dahlia age but the cultist dont in the fog world???

    • Jessica says:

      The cultists do age. Christabella gains wrinkles and a giant streak of white in her hair, her assistant’s hair doubles in length and his face grows more gaunt, and Eleanor goes from having black hair in the flashback to white hair when Rose meets her.

  43. Nookleer says:

    Also keep in mind that no one that was “already there” was actually alive in the most common sense.

    They had all been pulled into the Nowhere and were not subject to normal physics. They wouldn’t even really know if 30 years had passed.

  44. Rockndudette says:

    As far as I know they all died in the crash. So when they felt SH they were still in the after life, but left the hell SH. But they are making another movie and there is another teenage girl that has the nightmares of SH too. Soooooo I’m back to square one.

    • Jessica says:

      Nope, they didn’t die in the crash. They were just pulled into an alternate reality. That’s one of the very few things the sequel actually gets right.

    • Courteney says:

      The girl in Silent Hill Revelations is Sharon when she is older i think! I remember Rose managed to send Sharon back to sean/john was it? Anyways Rose‘s husband got his daughter back and I think in the new film, older Sharon is getting these nightmares of SH again because she is being called back by Alessa :) hope i helped :)

      • Jessica says:

        She gets the dreams in the sequel because Alessa wants her to stay away from Silent Hill. It’s another example of how little the writer of Revelation actually understood about the first movie.

  45. Courteney says:

    Rose, Sharon and Cybil(Policewoman) went to Silent Hill during the night and Rose‘s husband and the police Man went during the day. Me and my friends have concluded that if you go to Silent Hill the night you are trapped there kinda but if you go during the day you are safe and can leave without getting hurt :) Hope i helped :)

    • Jessica says:

      The hour has nothing at all to do with whether a person ends up trapped. Alessa is the only deciding factor, because only she can allow people to enter or leave her world. Chris and the cop aren’t allowed in because Alessa doesn’t want them in her world, whereas she needs Rose and Sharon to complete her revenge plot. Cybil gets pulled in to act as a protector to Rose. Alessa can bring anyone into her world at any time of the day or night, and can also release them whenever she wants.

  46. Patrick says:

    I must say i strongly disagree with you when it comes to how they passed into the “Gray SH” i’m watchinh the movie as i write, and for me it seems that the crash killed her. You mention that the only reason this couldn’t be the solution was because the dad of Sharon didn’t find the crashed car which should’ve been in the middle of the road. This is not entirely true. As he arrives at the bridge officers are already at the site telling him the car looks like it wasn’t in an accident. But as we find out later in the story, people of “real life SH” is hiding something. The truth is, in other words, never told. I believe the people i the church is already dead, their destiny is already decided. And in the end when sharon and the mom returns home they are still trapped in “the gray” – they are still dead
    I like the rest of the interpretation and i agree with most of it… But for me it strongly seems like this is what really happens :) peace

    • Jessica says:

      The director has stated they’re not dead, all the townspeople and Alessa age, Gucci twice explains that there is a difference between those who die in the fire and those who disappear, the newspaper article Chris reads also mentions vast quantities of missing people, and Anna is young enough that she was likely born in the alternate reality. So yeah, there is WAY more evidence they’re not dead than just the lack of a car. Also, there is no logical reason to believe Gucci would cover up the disappearance of Rose and Sharon, and actor Kim Coates has stated that Gucci doesn’t know anything about what’s really happening in Silent Hill.

  47. Anthosnerf says:

    I think the cultists considered Alessa corrupted with sin because she was perhaps raped. It showed a scene in the movie where the janitor was looking at her very creepily and along with screams from Alessa,

    • Jessica says:

      She was considered corrupted from long before the rape. The catalyst for her burning was that she was born out of wedlock, and was thus considered “sin incarnate”. That’s why Christabella calls Alessa “the sin” and Dahlia “the sinner”.

      • Kenneth says:

        You’re one amazing person Jessica! I’ve been tracking this blog for the last 3 years now and I really admire the fact that you take the trouble of reading through every single post and replying to almost all of them trying to make people understand. Its nice! :)

      • Kenneth says:

        You’re one amazing person Jessica! I’ve been tracking this blog for the last 3 years now and I really admire the fact that you take the trouble of reading through every single post and replying to almost all of them trying to make people understand. Its nice! :)

      • Jessica says:

        Thanks! I’m a huge fan of the movie, and I love talking about it. :)

        • Andy says:

          yes! I loved the movie at first. I came to this blog and HATED because I thought it was bad written but thanks to you, I almost completely understand the movie now. Thanks Jessica, you have a fan ;)

  48. maddiideakin says:

    Sharon is NOT a daughter from allesa and the janitor, Colin. She is simply a remake of allesa (the good part of her reborn)
    as for the janitor, he sexually abused her and is now made to suffer in the dark silent hill.
    As for rose being stuck in the in the fog, the foggy silent hill is a purgatory. she is stuck their simply because she died entering silent hill during the crash (same as cybil) which the dark side of Allesa planned as you can see her right before they crash.

    • Jessica says:

      The Fog World does indeed symbolically represent Purgatory (just as the Otherworld represents Hell and the real world represents Heaven), however, it is not literally a realm related to Christianity. It is Alessa’s world, her vision of Purgatory, created by her to punish the cultists. Rose did not die when she entered the Fog World, nor is anybody else there dead. That’s why all of the cultists age 30 years and Alessa grows into an adult woman with healed burns. Rose can’t leave the Fog World because Alessa doesn’t want her to. From Alessa’s viewpoint, she now has a new body, a new home and a new mother, and she doesn’t want anyone to ruin it. It goes back to Dahlia’s statement at the start of the film: “Only the dark one opens and closes the door to Silent Hill”.

  49. Alexander says:

    Sharon is not the daughter of Alessa,she is the good side of Alessa. Rose and Sharon is not dead in the end,they are still trapped in the fog world.

    Watch Silent Hill:Revelation,the movie explains so many things… But there’s something i don’t understand.Sharon is only 9/10 years old,but the Dark Alessa took Sharon to the orphanage in mid’s 70… I’m kinda confuse here..

  50. Dragon says:

    I just stumbled on to this page by accident. WOW! 7+ YEARS this has been debated here. I’m a fan of the games and I must say to really get anything out of it you should play in the dark all alone and immerse yourself in the whole thing. I also love the movies but while they are based on the games they stand completely alone. I’v seen several good ideas but I think Jessica has the best grasp of things. My point to add is this, like any good nightmare it doesn’t have to make sense to our world of reality. Silent Hill simply IS. Accept it and enjoy the RUSH. You’re trapped here too! Unpleasant dreams!

  51. Lewy says:

    You are all confusing the story line of the game with the movie…

    The acutual LEGITIMENT story of Silent Hill is the story of the game, the movie although it takes allot of the original story into consideration is NOT the original story! Colin does not even exist in the Silent Hill series (the Game series)! He is a product of the movie, although I happen to like the idea this argunment does NOT MAKE SENCE.

    Silent Hill is emotionally controversial !
    Everyone has there own interpritation of different things and sometimes there is more than one right answer.

    Taking the GAME SERIES into consideration, NOT the MOVIE, the girl is NOT Colin’s child, she is the result of a split soul. Colin DOES NOT EXIST IN THE GAME SERIES.

    There is Alessa, Alessa is the normal Alessa, she is the same girl lying on the hospital bed, simply ALESSA

    There is dark Alessa, this Alessa is simply a representation of original Alessa’s hatred, she is ‘not’ satan or the devil.. You can see her as a dark being who is a willing vessel for Alessa’s hatred.

    Then there is good Alessa, who then becomes Heather Mason in Silent Hill; Retribution. Heather is the goodness that was left inside Alessa as the demon clearly states in the movie! “I am the dark part of Alessa” It can’t be any clearer! The demon also states that Heather is the goodness of Alessa, we don’t know wheather Heather is the result of Colin raping Alessa or if Alessa manipulated her supinatural powers to conjer the goodness into a new born baby, the movie does NOT SPECIFY THAT.

    So let me run this bu you all again.

    POSSIBILITIES –

    A) Alessa was raped by Collin, Alessa gave birth to Heather as a result and Heather was taken outside Silent Hill to an orphinage to live a life.

    or

    B) Heather is simply a new born that Alessa manipulated the good half of her soul into so it could be “free and have life”.

    None of you are right or wrong, the movies do not specify it.
    My god.

    The movies are all that matter in this argunment, Colin did NOT EXIST in the original games! -_-

    Those are the three Alessa’s…

    Jesus christ.

    • Jessica says:

      I don’t think anyone should ever try to argue film canon using the game canon or vice versa. We do know for a fact what Sharon is because the director/co-writer has repeatedly and explicitly explained it. She is the manifestation of the good side of Alessa’s soul, willed into being by Alessa’s powers. She is not Alessa’s daughter.

  52. Ziusudra says:

    I have two major issues with this movie as a movie (as opposed to as a Silent Hill story with which I have other issues.)

    The first is: Rose, Cybil, Dahlia, Sharon, Alessa, and Christabella; an all female cast. So, the Sean Bean and Kim Coates characters are shoe-horned in. All because the director (inexplicably) thought having a man go through all this for his adopted daughter was less believable than a woman doing so.

    The other is: the movie starts out showing the viewer what is happening but then abruptly shifts to a long winded exposition. The last thing that should be in any movie, much less a Silent Hill movie, is long-winded exposition. Yet we get Alessa Explains It All.

    Personally, I just pretend that Dark Water is a Silent Hill movie.

  53. Jay says:

    I don’t know if I’m the only one who interpreted this scene this way, but the part where Cybil and Rose bar the door from Pyramid Head and all the roaches/insects looked like one big metaphor for sex to me.

    Two women take shelter in a warm, dark, safe place where they can catch their breath and relax for a moment, and suddenly and enormous, phallic object penetrates through the safe door {what I see as the hymen} over and over again, ruining their sense of safety and comfort. Then thousands of sperm-shaped creatures crawl in through the wound in the door, invading the “womb”. Pyramid Head, to me, is raw masculinity and sexual violence. He’s sort of known as a rapist in the game, doing some questionable things with struggling mannequins in Silent Hill 2. I think his sword was meant to be very phallic and represent sexual frustration. The fact that he has no face makes him like this physical embodiment of raging testosterone, with the bulging, veiny muscles and all that.

    I dunno, I’m probably crazy, but that’s what I got from it. Maybe it’s because I watched Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon too many times in which Leslie talks about sexual symbolism, especially taking shelter in a womb-like structure, in horror movies.

  54. MasterDiablo says:

    I’m just now jumping into this conversation, but I wanted to point out something. Read “The Divine Comedy”, then watch the relatively-recent “Dante’s Inferno” (the animated movie based on the game…or, just play the game and pay attention to the story). Apply the logic found there into SH.

  55. Noobivore says:

    Hey All,

    So, it’s 2015: let’s keep this going!

    First, I want to give huge props to this Plot Analysis of Silent Hills 1-4. If you’ve enjoyed this discussion, you’ll love this read.

    Anyway, I want to specifically address the ending (with Rose looking completely zonked out, and the world being all grey), which will also indirectly touch on whether everyone was dead. The ending was, far and away, my favorite part of this movie, since it’s So non-standard by Hollywood standards, and since there’s so much that can be read into it, especially if armed with knowledge of the SH Lore.

    In that plot analysis, the guy points to all the various notes you find around the world, as well as some of the settings you encounter. Basically, the idea put forth is that people DO get sucked into the Dark SH (which the author posits is basically an internal, mental world, given physical presence by the crazy town of Silent Hill), and they (may) remain alive. However, should someone die in that world, their “psychic” energy basically gets absorbed and strengthens the world. An upshot here is they also live “mementos” or a “mark” on the world (hence the notes you find).

    I mention this because it is my opinion that Rose actually dies in that Church, along with the cultists (and most likely also Sharon). By doing so, she basically leaves an “imprint” of herself, along with some of her memories. If so, her odd, basically non-responsive behavior could be because she’s literally just a construct…a shadow of the true Rose. Further, when they arrive at the house, all she does is sit on the couch and basically “turn off” while the ‘Sharon’ being (I won’t touch on her nature here) runs off to play…the Rose we see at the end is just a construct created (or possibly retained?) by Alessa/Sharon, for her own happiness. She has no other purpose in this world.

    Also, you’ll note that the camera shots of them leaving Silent Hill are very similar shots of them heading into SH, including heading up to the house. True, this is just good cinematography, but it could also be significant memories of Alessa/Sharon (perhaps she slept for most of the trip, and the shots we see are when she’s awake?). This also explains why they can interact with the house door at the end…the house has been recreated from the “energy” of Rose, absorbed when she died in the Church.

    To quickly address a couple other questions:
    – This would imply Cheryl and Rose are still alive after the crash, as are (most likely) the cultists.
    – In terms of Alessa’s not gaining access to the church, assuming the world is an extension of her ‘mental world’, it would likely make sense that she’s got some barriers to entry when it came to the church and its cult, considering the mystical/terrible hoodoo they threw her away.
    – Alternatively, running with the “psychic power” concept, and considering the whole “power of faith” concept, it’s entirely possible their combined faith (read: mental strength) was sufficient to hold her out.

    Obviously, I’m a huge fan of the SH continuity, loved the comments here, and just wanted to contribute to the convo!

    • Noobivore says:

      EDIT: So, that article I linked has apparently been updated since I last read it! It actually contains an analysis of this very movie…I’ve no idea what it says, so that might be worth checking out specifically for this thread. Cheers!

  56. megan says:

    With there being “3 different worlds” as most of you say it still doesn’t make sense because if in the real world it’s 30 years later how can the police officer be alive and look the exact same. He was the one who took Alessa down from where she was burned. This is the part that confuses me. I also don’t understand why they woke up in another world. If all the people were dead after burning in the fire like the movie states. Then maybe as some of you stated the world was a world of the dead and Rose, Sharon, and the cop did actually die in the wreck. And that’s why they didn’t go back to the real world. However then how can the cop die again when she is burned. I guess she can die again because the demons or cult people themselves are still able to bring there hell on someone else. Or maybe it’s because she was innocent and when she died this time she went to heaven. Not the hell that they still live in with the demon “bad” version of Alessa in control. This might be why Rose doesn’t wake up. The demon still had control over Alessa and will forever but Alessa doesn’t mind now because her vengeance is complete but the good part of Alessa still needs love and care and that’s why rose and her are stuck in a non hell is but yet still not reality world. Feel free to fill me in on your thoughts.

    • Jessica says:

      The alternate reality is not a land of the dead. Every single person in there is brought in alive by Alessa. No one can return to the real world because only Alessa can open and close the door into her world, and she doesn’t want them to leave. The cop does indeed age quite a bit, going from youthful with black hair to a wrinkled face with salt and pepper hair. All the cultists and Alessa also age. The “demon” *is* Alessa. When Sharon (the good side of Alessa) locked eyes with her own dark side, Alessa’s complete soul was reunited into Sharon’s physical body. She remains in the alternate reality with Rose because she doesn’t want to leave, since she now has a mother who truly loves her, in a place where no one can hurt her.

  57. Jan says:

    How come Sharon was able to leave the evil or purgatory silent hill and Rose was not ?
    On Silent hill 2, Sharon is with her adopted father while Rose is still missing

  58. Kenneth says:

    It’s 2016 and the blog is still alive! 10 years since the movie got released. And Jessica still seems to be around! This is amazing!

  59. Yania says:

    Lol I’m from 2017 I just love this discussion from 2006 to 2016 lol I’m in love with you guys and silent hill

  60. Joshua says:

    I know I am EXTREMELY late, but I think I have an answer. Sharon could be alessa daughter. It said in the movie that someone before rose tried to go to silent hill, and they killed their kid right? Maybe they was the first Sharon reincarnation and they failed. Then Sharon was born again they kept trying until rose completed the mission or whatever. But it was only a two year difference of rose going and the people before her so that might not be right… Idk

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