Don’t think that everything is said about Silent Hill. All of us who had the opportunity to play this horror sequel, we were left with many questions. That, over time have been answered but here are 5 true facts of Silent Hill, which it is forbidden to forget.
Silent Hill is a survival horror video game for the PlayStation published by Konami and developed by Team Silent, a group in Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo. The first installment in the Silent Hill series, the game was released in North America and Europe in February 1999 and in Japan in March 1999.
As you might already know, the game follows Harry Mason as he searches for his missing adopted daughter in the eponymous fictional American town of Silent Hill; stumbling upon a cult conducting a ritual to revive a deity it worships, he discovers her true origin. Five game endings are possible, depending on actions taken by the player, including one joke ending.
Today we are going to talk about 5 mind blowing facts you probably didn’t know about Silent Hill.
Symbolism and psychology are used in The Silent Hill series. The town of Silent Hill attracts its visitors by drawing upon their psyche, eventually creating an “otherworld,” a twisting of reality that demonstrates delusions and elements of their subconscious minds, varying from character to character.
This is especially true in the case of Silent Hill 2’s primary character James Sunderland, the town that he explores is influenced by him. His wife had a three-year-long illness so, many of the monsters that roam the town are a symbol of his guilt, the wish for punishment, and the fact that James ceased to exist after he comes to terms with the fact that he killed his wife Mary, to some extent to end her suffering and partially out of resentment and frustration.
James was aware of Mary’s terminal illness, which was thought to be cancer, often James would read medical textbooks, hoping, and trying to search for something that will help her. Throughout her last days alive, Mary would treat James abusively and had become physically repulsive, so one moment she would be ordering him to leave and then begging him for comfort the next. The knowledge of her terminal illness caused her to become angry and to hurt her loved ones, particularly James, and it pained him to visit her in the hospital.
“I was weak. That’s why I needed you… Needed someone to punish me for my sins…”
—James Sunderland, Silent Hill 2
Pyramid Head originally appears in Silent Hill 2 but has also made other appearances in Silent Hill: Origins, Silent Hill: Homecoming, and Silent Hill: Downpour. He has an unseen face that is covered by a metal pyramid and is a vicious executioner.
If we are to believe that the entire game is in James’ head due to the emotional stress caused by his wife’s death, this could explain how Pyramid Head suddenly materializes out of thin air when James and Maria enter the basement of the Brookhaven Hospital.
Lets’ say that the entire story is just in James’ head, it is not that irrational to think that Pyramid Head just appears in the basement of the hospital because of his mental state. I understand that really this is just a game, but under the assumption that the world which the game is set in has the same laws of physics as ours, there is no physical mechanism which could cause Pyramid Head to just appear like that.
Dahlia Gillespie only had one child, Alessa Gillespie. There is a certain cult known as the Order and Dahlia was a spiritualistic medium for the cult. Order was established in Silent Hill, Maine’s underworld.
Ever since Alessa was young Dahlia started to force her religion onto her daughter and Alessa was brainwashed into her mother’s cult and its beliefs and ideas.
There is a secret church in the town hotel that Alessa is taken to since she is a witch Alessa is burned alive. While the ceremony was being performed, the pit of burning coals is overturned, and causes the church to set on fire.
Alessa has a need for revenge on the cultists who burned her alive so Dark Alessa was created which is the manifestation of the dark side of Alessa’s soul. It took thirty years for Alessa’s revenge to be completed and during that time Dark Alessa watched over and protected Alessa’s vulnerable physical body.
Following Alessa Gillespie’s abuse that was endured from her mother and the Order, Silent Hill transformed. Its grotesque changes were a release of Alessa’s awesome psychic powers, the stagnant grey fog covering the town an eternal presence of Alessa’s dissatisfaction.
Due to the Order’s ugly schemes this was the first result, the torturing of a young girl creating the twisted landscape of Silent Hill as it presently stands. There is a place that is born of the same manipulation, the Otherworld which exists as Silent Hill’s hell which is a mirror dimension of madness and bloodshed.
You may not believe it, but this terrifying town did exist. Now the name is not Silent Hill of course, but it is Centralia, and it is in Pennsylvania. In the years of the XIX century is when the city grew due to the abundance of anthracite, which is a 95% pure coal, and it was extracted in extremely large quantities until the end of the century. During its golden age, Centralia was home to over 2.000 inhabitants, in May of 1962 there was a horrible and lethal accident that had forever changed their fate…what had happened was the coal-vein suddenly caught fire, causing the underground to blow up everywhere, and no matter how many attempts or how hard people tried to put the fire out nothing would prevail.
“This was a world where no human could live, hotter than the planet Mercury, its atmosphere as poisonous as Saturn’s. At the heart of the fire, temperatures easily exceeded 1,000 degrees. Lethal clouds of carbon monoxide and other gases swirled through the rock chambers.” – David DeKok (1986)
There have been investigations to find out what the real cause of the fire was but unfortunately the real causes of the fire are yet unknown. There was a disused deposit where burning wastes where inserted and supposedly that is how the fire was started. What is certain is that the consequences were disastrous. The city was covered by clouds of ashes and smoke, the trees died, the asphalt melt and everywhere formed cracks and craters. In the subsequent years, the population had drastically gone down. There was a thermometer inserted into the ground in 1979 to check the levels of gasoline of a malfunctioning station and to everyone’s surprise the temperature was 77.8°C. Then in 1981 a boy who was only twelve years old had fallen in a 150-foot chasm which had suddenly opened under his feet, the boy did survive, thanks to his brother’s help.
What does Centralia look like today? Well, you could say it looks like a ghost town since the population now is only about ten people. Most of the buildings have been torn down and dangerous carbon monoxide flows out from some of the cracks in the road. There is fire underneath Centralia that is still active till today, and it is estimated it will be for hundreds of years. Its tragic fate turned it into a gloomy and sadly instructive touristic attraction.
Silent Hill: Homecoming has a second boss monster which is Scarlet. Dr. Martin Fitch had murdered his daughter and it seems that Scarlet is the manifestation of the guilt the doctor has for murdering her, while she was still alive the doctor had mutilated her as a sacrifice to sustain the agreement with the Order and their god; since Dr. Fitch had been “speaking” to Scarlet and praying to be with her, it is thought that she may even be Scarlet herself reincarnated, especially since she seems more emotionally and behaviorally intelligent than the monsters associated with the other children, but this is unproven.
When Fitch had offered Scarlet as a s sacrifice by mutilating her, this is very noticeable with Scarlet creature’s doll form which shows the vulgar form of her joints. It is also possible that how Scarlet appears is associated with how Dr. Fitch saw his daughter. Depending on the option that Alex Shepherd will choose while speaking with him, Dr. Fitch will describe his daughter’s hands as “pure as porcelain”, an expensive and exceptionally fine substance. Despite murdering his daughter, Dr. Fitch made sure that it was known just how much he cherished his daughter. In a similar way, porcelain dolls are commonly thought of as being extremely expensive and rare antiques, often irreplaceable due to being so unique.