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(2006), R [R*] (1hr 57min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
April 25, 2005
48 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), R [R*]

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Silent Hill DCP Inc., TriStar Pictures, Davis-Films, Konami Corporation Ltd., Metalworks Studios
Distribution (US): TriStar Pictures
Director(s): Christophe Gans
Producer(s): Don Carmody, Samuel Hadida, Victor Hadida, Deb LeFaive, Andrew Mason
Written by: Roger Avary
Cinematography/Camera: Dan Laustsen
Music: Jeff Danna, Akira Yamaoka
Film Editing: Sébastien Prangère
Casting: Deirdre Bowen
Production Design: Carol Spier
Art Direction: Elinor Rose Galbraith, James McAteer
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

In this video game to big screen adaptation, nightmares make life miserable for Sharon Da Silva (Jodelle Ferland), adopted daughter of Christopher (Sean Bean) and Rose (Radha Mitchell) Da Silva. One nightmare led Sharon to sleep walk to the edge of a cliff. Sharon's father believes that medication, psychiatry and hospitalization will help her overcome her nightmares and somnambulism. But mom differs. Mom thinks what will help is a visit to the location in Sharon's nightmares - the old abandoned mining town of Silent Hill, Taluca County.

Rose decides to take Sharon to Silent Hill but is involved in a car wreck along the way. Rose swerved to avoid hitting a girl who ran in front of her. When Rose regains consciousness as Brahams police officer Cybil Bennett (Laurie Holden) arrives, Sharon is gone. Rose is not willing to remain under non custodial arrest and speeds off to get to Silent Hill in search of Sharon.

Silent Hill has been abandoned for 30 years. The coal mine under it caught fire and has been burning since. The town is enveloped in a fog of falling ash. The way the story oozes into a child-centered plot makes one think there might have been a massive fire in Silent Hill which killed many children and that the ash falling is from 30 years ago.

Silent Hill is an eerie town of decrepit and run-down buildings still standing and usable, but one can almost smell the pong of dank and musty air. As Rose continues her search for Sharon, what is left of the town inhabitants make themselves known. Some of the inhabitants Rose greets are dead - walking dead. They all live - er - exist in the twilight caused by the ever present fog of falling ash and periods of strange darkness. It is during the periods of darkness the town becomes alive with the dead, the not-so-dead and the living, at least what appears to be living. Maybe it is Borg(tm) living. The Borg Queen of Star Trek: First Contact, Alice Krige is Christabella, "queen of the undead" in this film.

While the film utters fewer profane words and displays less sexually oriented behaviors than might be expected of an R-rated film, it takes up the slack in gore, violence and unholy matters.

This film presents such violence as slowly cooking a woman with heat from flames, a woman being ripped apart as her niece dances in the rain of blood from her body halves and human incineration. [1 Cor. 15:33]

The foul language is bad enough with almost a 50-50 mix of three/four letter words and the most foul of the foul words. [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17] But the unholy content of this film numerically exceeds the assaults of foul language by leaps and bounds. So many times the "queen of the dead" and others abuse Scriptural and faith doctrines to excuse their "witch hunt" activities and thus make a mockery of God and His Word. [Gal. 6:7, Heb. 10:29]

If you should consider renting this film (I say renting since it has taken us so long to get this report out that the film is no longer showing at theaters), please consider strongly the listing of findings in the Findings/Scoring section of this report.


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  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Gal. 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
  • Heb. 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite [insult] unto the Spirit of grace?

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Silent Hill (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • child in perilous position
  • near suicide of a child
  • illegal flight to avoid police
  • reckless driving with endangerment of a child
  • vehicular violence
  • demon attack - spewing acid
  • gunfire killing of a demon, graphic
  • remains of torture murder
  • assault to abduct and additional assaults
  • bugs eating human-like beings
  • burn gore, repeatedly
  • witch hunt proceedings
  • slowly cooking woman in heat from flames
  • human incineration
  • seared body, twice
  • order to burn to death
  • blade impalement, graphic
  • attempt to burn child
  • woman ripped apart with a girl dancing in the blood raining from her aunt's body halves
  • bullet blast gore, graphic
  • assault with huge blade
  • breaking and entering
  • painting of burning at stake
  • child aflame
  • flesh ripped from bones - full body
  • beating gore of varying intensities
  • neck slicing gore, repeatedly
  • many skewered with snakes of barbed wire

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • eight uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • six uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lust for burning, including of a witch

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • adult in underwear
  • below navel skin threatening exposure of that which follows
  • child lying between her mother's legs against mother's crotch
  • reference to pedophilia
  • full nudity
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and five without
  • impossible change in scenery
  • mockery of the Cross
  • evil drawings by a child
  • demon "undead" children walking on coals
  • demon-like beings, frequent
  • a wall pealing, oozing, bubbling, crawling, bleeding, decaying
  • abuse of Scriptural doctrine, frequent
  • ritual torture
  • unholy events, many
  • demon possession, repeatedly
  • a child as the reaper
  • child demanding revenge
  • "God is not here"
  • unholy healing
  • demon commanding bugs
  • walking dead, repeatedly
  • witchcraft

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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