...the true story behind Silent Hill
? They must mean Centralia, Pennsylvania... which of course, was only the inspiration for one small aspect of the film adaptation. I wonder if they'll even bother to mention it's based on a game?
I did, however, come across this bit of bull on some blog around Halloween a few years ago:
The True Story Behind Silent Hill
The 2006 horror film Silent Hill has earned a reputation as a frightening, if somewhat incoherent, cinematic shocker. What most people don't know is that it was inspired by a true story. While the film is set in the fictional mining town of Silent Hill, West Virginia, the actual events occurred in a real-life mining town hundreds of miles from West Virginia – Silent Glen, Utah. Similarly to the movie's Silent Hill, Silent Glen was known for its coal mining, and suffered a devastating fire that forced the town's evacuation.
Silent Hill's fire occurred in the mid-1970s, but the actual fire in Silent Glen was much more recent, occurring in 1986. The Silent Glen fire began in a local bakery and spread through the town, eventually working its way down into exposed mine shafts where the fire still burns to this day. The vast majority of townspeople were able to escape, and only three dead bodies were discovered, all near the fire's starting point in the bakery.
The story of Silent Hill actually combines two different real-life tragedies from the history of Silent Glen. The most obvious is the fire, but there is another component of the story that goes back further. In the fall of 1954, a 7-year-old girl named Anna Wilson was found severely beaten in an alleyway next to the town's church. She was kept alive in a local hospital just long enough to accuse members of the church of attacking her for being a child born to an unmarried mother. There was an investigation and the priest of the church, Christopher Garret, was suspended from his duties for several months although no criminal charges were ever pressed.
In the film Silent Hill, the little girl is named Alessa Gillespie. The town's church is portrayed as a pseudo-Christian cult which accuses Alessa of being a witch due to her demonstration of psychic abilities, as well as the fact that her mother was unmarried when Alessa was born. Christopher Garret is portrayed as a female cult leader named Christabella, who is actually Alessa's aunt. The film links the two real-world events when Christabella's cult attempts to burn Alessa alive for being a witch, but Alessa interferes with her psychic powers and starts the fire that eventually spread through the town and into the coal mines.
One seemingly minor fact about the Silent Glen fire is turned into a major plot point in the movie. Although only three dead bodies were found, the count of missing peoples was around twenty. It was assumed that the missing bodies were either somewhere deep within the mines, or had been burnt down to nothing but ash. Although the film is quite confusing at this point, it appears to imply that all of the missing people were actually trapped in some bizarre alternate dimension or purgatory created by Alessa's vengeful soul, perhaps in cooperation with the devil. This dimension is the main setting of the film, and host to an entirely fabricated story involving a doppelganger of Alessa, and her adoptive mother trying to find her.
Of course, searching for "Silent Glen, Utah" comes up with nothing, and I can't find the post or even the blog anymore - I just saved this because I thought it was funny. I especially love how the author had no idea what was going on in the movie. I wonder if the people behind this feature picked up on these "facts"