Check out the IMDB listing for Silent Hill. There is a lot of strange stuff going on here.
Kim Coates, who played the officer with the burned hands, apparently ALSO played Henry Townshend in the same movie? I don’t remember any character going by that name. Furthermore, that’s the name of the main character from Silent Hill 4: The Room.
Tanya Allen played someone named “Anna”, which is fine, but she’s also credited with playing Pyramid Head?!? We get a good look at ‘ol Pyramid Head in the movie, and he’s obviously a beefy, bare-chested grim reaper. He never, ever speaks, so she’s not the voice actor behind him. So what’s the deal here? Did she perform the motion-capture for the CGI? I can’t imagine any other explanation.
Roberto Campanella is credited as Red Pyramid/Janitor/Colin. Now, we know who the janitor was. He’s the guy who was the corpse which was bent backwards, bound in barbed wire, and hung over a toilet. But who is Red Pyramid? That would have to be the same thing as Pyramid Head. But he’s too tall and lanky to have played the part. So two people are both credited for playing a part that they couldn’t have played, and that same part went by two different names.
Christopher Britton played Eddie Dombrowski. I don’t remember seeing a character that looked like him in the film, unless he was one of the unnamed members of the cult. Eddie Dombrowski was also the name of one of the characters in Silent Hill 2, but that Eddie was quite fat and looked nothing like Britton.
The memorable quotes page lists dialog for Pyramid Head?!? Apparently at some point he says, “Filth and lies!” Hmmmm. I wonder who the movie is calling Pyramid Head?
Alice Krige played Christabella, the cult leader. (Note that she also played the Borg Queen in one of the Trek movies). They also credit her as playing Valtiel The Yellow God. What? I’m pretty sure that if anyone like that showed up I’d remember them.
UPDATE: I think it’s plain that Eddie and Henry are just homage to the games, similar to the way they had “Dr. Carmack” in the Doom movie. This still doesn’t sort out the Red Pyramid / Pyramid Head confusion. The official site lists Pyramid Head as Red Pyramid. If you go to the wallpapers section you’ll see a desktop wallpaper with Pyramid Head under the heading “Red Pyramid”.
So who the heck is “Pyramid Head” in the movie, and how was he / she / it played by a woman, and why did it have speaking lines?
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