Silent Hill

Trivia: Ironically the evil cult in this film is almost the exact opposite of that from the games. In the games, the cult is a malevolent force, trying to give birth to their dark god, and the burning of Alyssa was part of an ongoing process to help summon it. In this film, they're essentially extremely fanatical Christians who are trying to cleanse what they view as "evil" and "ungodly" and the burning of Alyssa was done because she was seen as "impure" and in need of cleansing by fire.

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Trivia: Director Christophe Gans wanted to use the original soundtrack recordings of Akira Yamaoka's scores from the various "Silent Hill" video games in the film. However, due to a legality issue necessitating the hiring of a Canadian composer for the film, Jeff Danna was selected to serve as the lead credited composer. However, it was later confirmed that he actually composed very little original music for the film, and instead mainly focused on created re-mixes and new recordings of the themes from the video-games, so that he and director Gans could preserve Akira Yamaoka's music and style as much as possible.

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Trivia: The scene in which Rose runs through the alley after waking up from the crash is an (almost) exact duplicate of a scene in the original Silent Hill game.

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Trivia: People on the set would call the armless man "the condom man" because the costume was a two part thing, covering his legs and his upper body. So they put on the upper part by stretching it over his head to his waist.

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Trivia: The girl who played the grey child had to go to the bathroom so much that the crew made a flap in the costume so she could go easier.

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Trivia: Rose's husband Christopher is named after director Christophe Gans. Writer Roger Avery, knowing how personal the film was to Gans, thought it would be fun to name a character after him. He simply added an "r" to "Americanize" his name.

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Trivia: Director Christophe Gans originally didn't want any men in the film whatsoever, as he wanted the movie to be heavily inspired by witchcraft, which is traditionally viewed as being somewhat more feminine. Writer Roger Avery also half-jokingly-half-seriously suggested in an interview that Gans has a "thing" for American women, and wanted to make a film with nothing but women from the US an Canada. The male characters were added into the film as a studio-note, as executives felt it was a bit odd that there were no men in the early drafts of the script.

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Trivia: As a behind the scenes goof, the set decorators labeled one of the storefronts on set "M.T. Rooms" - aka "Empty Rooms." A joke about the fact that the majority of the buildings visible are basically just for show with nothing inside.

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Trivia: In order to show Rose's progression as a character and her increasing desperation, her clothing slowly changes color throughout the film - going from a standard wardrobe of warm colors to a dark, almost blood-red by the time the film is over. Clothing in dozens and dozens of subtly different hues was crafted for the film, with the actress frequently changing wardrobe several times a scene. The changes are so subtle, that they're near-impossible to notice in any given scene.

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Trivia: The film's interpretation of the town of "Silent Hill" is loosely based on the town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, which had to similarly be almost entirely abandoned after an underground coal-fire occurred, which is still burning to this day. People who visit the remains of the town often leave graffiti tags behind that allude to the town being the real-life "Silent Hill." (The words "Welcome to Silent Hill" being particularly popular for people to write on the roads).

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Trivia: Director Chirstophe Gans wanted Cameron Diaz for the role of Officer Cybil Bennett, but a deal could not be reached. Diaz was a fan-favorite for the role in a potential cinematic adaptation since the release of the original game.

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Trivia: Director Christophe Gans was a massive fan of the original video game, and spent five years slowly gaining the film rights from the game's distributor Konami.

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