Faded town memories are all that remains of Centralia, Pennsylvania. The smoke billowed across the surface and entered the air, absorbing the sunlight and making the earth hot. Graffiti is scattered on rough streets and empty streets to commemorate the pain of all life. This barrenness is full of sewage pits and garbage, the result of coal veins burning more than half a century ago. The beautiful neighbourhood is now a trampling playground for tramplers and ghost hunters.
"Welcome to Silent Hill, Pennsylvania," a strange graffiti label reads.
The well-known Pennsylvania had a thriving coal mining industry throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s because it was the birthplace of some of the richest coal deposits in the world. Anthracite is the purest form of coal and is very abundant at the northwestern tip of the state, known by locals as the "coal region". Centralia is one of the many mining-prospering cities in the region. A small, friendly community where people know each other and lock the front door is just a form.
Then, in May 1962, a harmless public service played a game that eventually led to the destruction of Centralia. The city council is planning to extinguish local landfills through controlled incineration to curb the spread of stinky odors to the surrounding area. They hope to finish the work before the Memorial Day ceremony, because the strange researcher's cemetery is just a short walk from the landfill. Following the instructions of the City Council, a voluntary fire company caught fire in the area.
"When most of the paper on the surface of the landfill was gone, firefighters watered it until they could no longer see the flame," David DeKok in Underground Fire Wrote. "They left because they believed the fire had gone out." However, a small part of them endured, smoldering a pile of garbage into the old mine. There, tiny sparks ignited a flaming coal-fired stove below Centralia.
In the ensuing years, centralists will be in pain. No matter how much the town throws into the underground fire, every effort to extinguish the fire is reduced to ashes. Houses are flooded with carbon monoxide, which causes respiratory infections, such as chronic bronchitis. In 1979, the underground fuel tank at the Coddington gas station overheated to 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius). Later in 1981, the ground beneath twelve-year-old Todd Domboski suddenly collapsed, and his life was almost over as no family dragged him out of the sinkhole. The danger is growing, forcing Congress to allocate $ 42 million for relocation. Since most of the houses were pushed up, postal codes were cancelled, and the entire population was removed (except for a few devout keepers), Centralia was no longer. However, the fire itself has been burning to this day.
Centralia's scorching history is exactly what Roger Avary, the screenwriter who won the Academy Award, needs to adapt to Silent Hill.
"Can you tell me the best way to go to Silent Hill?" Radha Mitchell begged a gas station attendant at the film's premiere. The answer made her stop. After the underground coal mine fire turned the town into an abandoned husk, the road to Silent Hill no longer exists. However, her investigative determination has not wavered.
The ashes fell on Rose's cheek, and the sinister mist filled every corner of the empty town. Then an air raid siren sounded, heralding the coming darkness. The empty streets and dilapidated houses melt, and the rusty industrialized alien world of Silent Hill takes center stage. A man in a coal mine costume was crucified.
It turns out that Silent Hill has a history where the locals have all the Old Testament. Thirty years ago, the frantic burning of the witch angered a girl named Alessa (Jodelle Ferland), but the ritual became wrong and lit the coal seam below the town. Residents had to evacuate overnight to avoid being caught in hell. With the help of the Demon Power, Alessa cursed Silent Hill forgotten.
The film is only a vague adaptation of the first Silent Hill game. For example, Rose was the original character created for the movie, as was the entire witch burning story involving Alessa. In the original Silent Hill game (1999), Alessa was the victim of her abusive mother, Dahlia Gillespie, who filled her daughter with demonic gods through a hidden spell. In the film, Deborah Kara Unger is saddened by the torture of Alessa by the church. Dahlia has changed from an opponent in the game to a sympathetic character in the movie. Whitney Chavis, a lover of the "Silent Hill Peak Historical Society," said: "Except for mentioning certain people, places, creatures, and camera angles, this film is completely different from the story." "I am very disappointed that the film was very disappointed in the end."
The film's composer Akira Yamaoka also serves as the film's executive producer. He and Konami both loved Avary's scripts, especially the inspiration for Centralia. "It's all about getting a good theme," Claim Avary on Twitter. "I worked closely with Akira Yamaoka, who enthusiastically supported my Centralia backstory in the movie." Although the dumping fire did not cause nightmares like the witch's burning problem, the story of Centralia's story This is reflected throughout the movie. The arrogant community story is a powerful background for horror movies.
The movie "Silent Hill" was released on April 21, 2006, and it was a big box office. In the United States and Canada, the film debuted, earning $ 106 million worldwide during theater releases. I vividly remember the drama-loving experience, and the audience was shocked when the pyramid head tore the flesh from the victim's bone into pieces. This is not a good movie, but in my teenage years I was happy to see a wide audience that meant a lot to me.
I'm not the only one who likes it. In the years since the film's release, Centralia has become a popular tourist destination for fans. "The number of people coming to Centralia from the Silent Hill is surprising," DeKok wrote in Underground Fire. YouTube is flooded with videos of tourists recording their escape in the central region, with Akira Yamaoka's music often playing in the background. Ripped apart as if they wanted Silent Hill's other world, the pyramid head posing as a photo. In fact, just like Todd Domboski, they are more prone to trouble. The federal government of Pennsylvania issued a warning outside the city limits, but was banned due to a small number of people who actually lived there. But the danger is real. Anthracite is so valuable because it has the highest energy density of any coal, which is why 50 years later, the fire under Centralia is still burning. For many, the siren of the real Silent Hill is too loud to resist. Many of these fans believe that Centralia is the foundation of the entire series, not just the film itself.
Chavez explained: "I believe people think of this movie as a direct adaptation of the first game, which played a big role in the confusion." "Especially since this movie has helped for many years, Multiplayer introduced to the game series. "She continued, with countless catalogs and videos that perpetuated the misunderstanding that the first franchise game, Silent Hill, was inspired by Centralia.
"To be clear, no small town inspired the design of the game (Silent Hill)," Masahiro Ito said, Artistic Director of Twitter's Top Three Games. "To be honest, I'm really tired of this." It's hard to say where the misunderstanding started, but it has been the subject of this topic for years.
Ironically, this chaos also entered the game. Double Helix Games' Silent Hill: Homecoming (2008) eases the burden of portraiture in movies. Ashes fell from the sky, and smokey cracks shrouded the street called Ghost Town, apparently suggesting a fire in an underground coal mine. However, there has never been a fire like this in game specifications. Snow falling from Silent Hill (1999) fell into the ashes of a movie, but nothing more. Just a little different.
Chavez explained: "Even though I don't like the idea that Centralia inspired the town of Silent Hill, I'm still happy that the film exists." "It exposes this beautiful series to more people."
I often wonder if Silent Hill and Centralia will get rid of each other, but this is unlikely. Both are always trapped in an eternal quagmire, and as time goes by, the lines will only continue to blur. However, this may not be a bad thing. The future of Silent Hill still hangs on a question mark, where Centralia keeps memories.