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I have recently watched Silent Hill again, but I couldn't really understand it's ending. Rose and Sharon seem to be forever trapped within the foggy dimension, but neither of them seems to be really understanding that. They are no longer in Silent Hill, but neither in the "real" world. Sharon seems to be possessed, but the ending is very vague about everything. I have read some opinions on IMDB, but neither was truly answering my question, or I wasn't able to understand. Are the games vital to the understanding of the movie(I have played none of them)?

What happens to the girls at the end of the movie?

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Yes, in the movie, they are in different dimensions. When they go back home and Christopher is in the same room, they cannot see each other. Also the color of the scene is different to suggest that (that is the same chair):

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One theory (I cannot find some backup canon sources) states that they stay there because Alessa doesn't want them to leave. I'll add something if I can find some definite answer to this.

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That's the interpretation I go with as well. The idea is that Alessa and Sharon recombine and become a complete person but because Alessa suffered so much in the real world she would rather stay with her new mom in the world she created and pulled Silent Hill into. Cecil from goodbadflicks has a good video on the movie here: and he uses interviews and commentaries for research. – Sloloem Nov 17 '15 at 17:01

I do not really think that the video game series is vital to the understanding of the movie Silent Hill.

In fact, concerning the Silent Hill games, there are several of them, but they all deal with different stories.

For instance, the 1st game Silent Hill deals with a guy named Harry Mason who searches his adoptive daughter Cheryl after a car accident, while the game Silent Hill 2 talks about James Sunderland who decides to go to Silent Hill town after receiving a letter from his deceased wife Mary.

However, even though all the games have different stories, they still have common things like:

  • the main characters need to survive against a lot of creepy monsters, in a scary alternate dimension (for information, only some game scenarios occur in the town Silent Hill, but not all of them)

  • the player need to solve crazy puzzles

  • short vision range: sometimes when exploring the games, you have thick snow and / or no light (so, the player need to use a flashlight and BOOH! Here comes a creepy monster ;P )

  • ambiguous endings: according to the paths you followed during the games, you can have a "good", "bad", or "joke" (= crazy funny ending which can include UFOs for example) ending.

When playing a given game, you may find some references to another game, but these do not consist in a essential link to continue your quests and to succeed in the game.

When watching the movie, you notice that the adaptation shares similar stuffs coming from the video game series, but the story remains different.

Considering the end of the movie, I think that they wanted to keep this ambiguous feeling and let the spectators decide what would be the ending. So, it would be up to us to decide what happens: they may be still trapped in this hell dimension, or they might be possessed, or they might be trapped in their mind or some kind of nightmare (I think that in one of the video game, there's an ending where you finally understand that the main character was actually insane or in a coma... I will have to check that.

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Have you seen the movie? What is your opinion on the ending? – Dragos Sep 10 '12 at 8:57
@Dragos: Yes I watched the movie a long time ago ^^. For me the child is still possessed and they're trapped in the alternate dimension lol :D. – Littm Sep 10 '12 at 9:02
Are you saying that there can be no explanation, because the team behind it wanted it that way? I was actually hoping for some reasons behind them being trapped there and the possession of the girl. I will keep the question open in order to read other opinions. Thank you! – Dragos Sep 10 '12 at 9:28
Too much irreverent explanation. – Ankit Sharma May 17 '14 at 14:01

As shown in the sequel, they are still trapped in the silent hill dimension because of the cult, which required Sharon (Now called Heather). And it's not any new dimension; they are in the same silent hill dimension.

It's shown in the sequel that Sharon's mother transported her back to the real world through the mirror using an amulet and she herself remains in the silent hill to distract but things doesn't stop there...

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Can you please elaborate on the answer? – Dragos Feb 9 '13 at 17:00
@Dragos its clear from the sequel. See my last edit to my answer. Adding more value to the answer will be a large spoiler. – Ankit Sharma Feb 26 '13 at 12:39

DO you remember the part where? The mother told her daughter to close your eyes? (At the near end) She did not and she saw the demon girl(?). I think she wasn't supposed to see her then boom, because of that they are trapped.

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Any support of you claim? – Ankit Sharma Nov 17 '15 at 10:51

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