Silent Hill

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
Silent Hill Movie Poster Image
Grim horror film about missing girl. Not for kids.
  • R
  • 2006
  • 127 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 49 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Nothing you would want your kid to emulate.

Violence

Some of the child's drawings are gruesome (black chalk showing violence to bodies); car and motorcycle accidents; grotesque ghost-like figures who appear variously to be burned/charred, gooey, flayed, misshapen, bloody, and scarred; a cut throat spews blood; a nightmare creature gushes something like acid at the policewoman, whose helmet burns; weapons include guns, a gigantic sword that cuts through doors; penetration and whomping with poles, barbed wire seems sentient, winding around limbs and penetrating bodies.

Sex

References to woman's pregnancy (she won't identify the father); suggestion that a janitor abuses a girl (rendered in a brief visual innuendo, not explicit); villainess suffers barbed wire tentacles going up inside her dress, then splitting her apart.

Language

Several uses of f-word; an s-word, plus repeated uses of "hell," "damn," and "ass."

Consumerism

Coke vending machine at a gas station

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character smokes in the background of a scene.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is too violent for children. The storyline takes the form of a nightmare, so connections between scenes and events are sometimes hard to follow. The town is ostensibly located over an ongoing coalmine fire, and the general mythos has to do with a cult that accuses and burns witches in order to maintain the group's "purity." Characters burn, stab, shoot, and throw rocks at each other; the film includes a couple of vehicle crashes, frequent scenes where the mother and/or her daughter scream in terror. Men in miners' gear appear to threaten Rose, mainly because they look scary in goggles and overalls. Various monsters are misshapen and zombie-like human-types, able to shape-shift in bad-dreamy fashion. The monsters attack with swords, the cop shoots until she's out of ammo and then submits to a dire beating. Characters are burned to death, with skin melting, bubbling, and charring.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 6, 2015
Adult Written byjkauto March 1, 2015

Eerie Horror Game Adaptation

If you like "trippy" films- this is perfect. A film that has created an immensely dark atmosphere for itself and builds upon the creature and characte... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 14, 2010

Disturbing, but pretty good.

I'm actually an 11 year old girl, but in 2006 when I was about 7 I was in love this film! It's kind of strange, but I total understand the whole story... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 7, 2011

perfect for big kids

I think this is a great movie and it could be very confusing and violent but my parents let me watch stuff like this and play games like this but the images can... Continue reading

What's the story?

SILENT HILL follows the nightmarish story of Rose (Radha Mitchell), whose daughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) is a longtime sleepwalker pulled by a mysterious force. Rose takes Sharon to Silent Hill, a coal mining town that appears to be haunting the girl. On the way, they encounter motorcycle cop Cybil (Laurie Holden), who follows Rose and Sharon to Silent Hill. Once there, they confront many misshapen, nightmarish creatures. At last Rose finds the head mistress in town, Christabella (Alice Krige). A self-identified witch-burner, she decides that Rose, Sharon, and anyone else from out of town needs to be burned at the stake. Hordes of folks recite and grab at Rose and Cybil as Christabella chants "We fight the demon," and "We drew a line in the sand." All the while, Rose keeps telling Sharon, "It'll be okay, baby." But it won't.

Is it any good?

Silent Hill is creepy and mostly incoherent. At times the film cuts away to Rose's husband Chris, who's doing his own investigating, in archives and with the help of a police inspector, Gucci (Kim Coates), who has found the wife's Jeep. Gucci tells some spastic story about the town's coal fire, the "hellish" day in 1974, when "people were dying and disappearing." It sounds creepy, but doesn't quite explain how come they're reappearing in the present.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of horror movies, especially among teens. Why do so many people enjoy being scared? Does a movie need to be gory to be scary?

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