I’m back with more fright night reviews for Halloween. Today it’s time to talk about Silent Hill.
The Silent Hill movie was released in the US 2006. It begins with a young girl named Sharon who is having terrifying nightmares. Her nightmares are of Silent Hill, so her mother Rose decides to take Sharon to the town in order to understand her dreams. In the town, Rose loses her daughter, encounters multiple deformed monsters, and fearful townspeople. It turns out Sharon is Alessa, a young girl who was burned as a sacrifice for the church. Or I should say, Sharon is Alessa’s manifested innocence because the burned Alessa is consumed with hate. Her hate is projected as the darkness of the town, and the creepy creatures of the darkness are physical metaphors of Alessa’s troubled psyche.
Like Kentaro Muira’s Berserk, Silent Hill doesn’t rely on “boo” tactics to scare its audience. Instead the viewers are engulfed with a lonely, foggy atmosphere to lure his audience into uncertainty. The atmosphere is accompanied with the creatures like the dark nurses.
The most nerve-racking moment of this movie is when Rose encounters the dark nurses. Words can’t do this scene justice, so here’s the clip provided by Fenristh.
Silent Hill is one of the few horror films that has an intricate storyline. In my opinion, the Silent Hill movie is the best video game adaptation to date. With that said, there are two moments of the movie that troubled me: the “safety zone” and the ambiguous ending.
Now the members of the religious order including Alessa’s real mother are able to hide in a Church to avoid the terrifying effects of the town. Oddly enough, Alessa is not able to enter this Church, so she stores her spirit in Rose to get the revenge she craves. This leads me to believe that Alessa is evil, and the Church members are the victims. A fan of the series claims that she’s not evil. It’s just that the townspeople’s will was stronger at the moment, and she was unable to break their will. So what is the message here? Those with more will are justified in their actions? What do you all think?
Now the ending! There are many hypotheses to what happens to Rose and Alessa in the last scene. Some say they died. Some say Alessa finally has the mother she desires. Personally, I believe the ending is not a happy one. I think they’re stuck in Silent Hill. They’ll live the rest of their lives in isolation and haze because of Alessa’s selfish desire to spend time with her new mother. But hey! That’s just me.
Regardless of how you view Alessa’s character or the movie’s conclusion, this horror movie stands out from the pack with it’s haunting atmosphere and unique storyline.