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Monday, January 23, 2006

Silent Hill Movie Set In WV

I saw the trailer for the new Silent Hill movie coming out this April, and noticed something interesting. It's set in Toluca County, West Virginia. That should be interesting to see, since there IS no Toluca County, West Virginia. Ah well, I guess it fits in with the mystery/creepy factor these games all strive for.

I'm actually kind of excited by this movie. I have been ever since I heard about it. I tried to play one of the games once, and since I don't get to play much except after Aradia's off to bed and I'm on nightshift, most of my game time was after midnight in a dark house. Needless to say, I didn't finish the game. They are very creepy, and this is coming from someone who has had their creepy quotient run up through the roof by a horror-buff wife.


  • Funny thing is there is an actual Toluca Lake in LA. Google it up you will find it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:04 PM  

  • How is that funny?

    Been looking forward to this movie for a long time.

    Ever since I started playing the Silent Hill games I've always hoped there'd be a movie, but had that fear that it would be ruined as Residential Evil was...fingers crossed...!

    By Anonymous Moir, at 3:19 PM  

  • Me, too. I love a good scary movie, and Aradia is even more a fan than I am.

    We can only hope.

    By Blogger Coralius, at 5:34 PM  

  • Funny thing is the story is based on Toluca County, which actually is Braxton County, which is Centralia of West Virginia, which is geographically the cneter of West Virginia as well. The name of Toluca County was changed for the mystery of the movie, but actually in fact is Braxton County, West Virginia.
    D-class Ny

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:58 AM  

  • That's amusing, as the lovely Aradia, Coralius's wife, is from Webster county. He's from Mcdowell, I'm from Mercer, and my wife Amberle is from Mingo. All of us at one point or another were made to memorize the counties (thank you Gino's pizza state jigsaw puzzles), so an imaginary one did tend to stick out.

    Now that we know it's supposed to be Braxton, we'll have to find some friends from there to mock.

    By Blogger Ranson, at 8:04 AM  

  • I never really played the Silent Hill Games, but I watched my best friend play Silent Hill 2 Restless Dreams for 6 hours straight, in which she beat it. I didn't think they would actually make a movie out of it. I get scared easily, so I regretted watching her play the game, but I'm looking forward to seeing the movie, even though I'm scared over the game.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:34 PM  

  • All of those games have a creepy quality that I think is going to translate quite well to the screen. Well-done fog is just scary.

    By Blogger Coralius, at 9:46 AM  

  • I have no idea what idiot chose to make an entirely new county in West Virginia. That annoys me because my state has got a very bad, very false reputation for stupid horror stuff made popular by the ENTIRELY FICTIONAL "Wrong Turn."

    By Anonymous crax, at 8:38 PM  

  • Hi Coralius from McDowell. Ran across this looking for some info on Silent Hill. I saw the preview w/my friend Jay and said, "WTF? There IS no Toluca County in WV." He said, "Are you sure?" I nearly had to slap him for his insolence. He'd just better be glad he never "picked me up." ;)Love, Sara Goldfarb from McDowell.

    By Blogger Sara Goldfarb, at 4:09 PM  

  • You know, there are some places in WV that would translate to the screen very well, horror-wise. I'm sure that could be said for any state, but quite frankly, I'd be terrified if a slasher was chasing me through Yukon or Kimball, in McDowell county.

    By Blogger Coralius, at 11:47 AM  

  • I grew up in Kanawha county and quite frankly, the thought of a slasher chasing me through any county in WV, scares the shit out of me. I LOVE scary movies but this looks TOO scary. I'd probably have nightmares for months. Hell, I've already had nightmares about the previews. Anyways, just curious, Coralius, your comment about, "this is coming from someone who has had their creepy quotient run up through the roof by a horror-buff wife." Sounds interesting, care to elaborate??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:44 AM  

  • Sure.

    My wife, who goes by the name Aradia and can be found over at Passionate Reprieve is a huge horror movie buff. If it's vampiric, lycanthropic, ghostly or just plain creepy, she's probably seen it or knows about it.

    And I'm right there with her. We've both learned to suspend disbelief enough to really get a visceral thrill out of a good scary movie. The Ring scared the bejeezus out of us. Heck, The Blair Witch Project is pretty creepy, if you can get around its flaws. The core concept is just plain scary.

    I'm a secular humanist. Aradia isn't far off from one, either. So, I don't believe in real-life woo-woo crap. But the idea that something could come through the wall, under the door, or out of the bushes is scary, even if I know rationally that it probably won't happen. And if you can learn to let go of your "real world" reason for a moment and buy into the reality that the director of a movie or author of a book is trying to create, then you get to experience that fear as if it were reality. It's the best of both worlds: the rush from being scared without the danger of a scary situation.

    It takes a good imagination to project yourself into those kinds of worlds, and if you're a very visual person, it's especially hard to do with most books, but it's sooooo worth it.

    Is that enough elaboration? Or do you want more? 'Cause I'm a long-winded guy when you get me on a topic I'm passionate about.

    By Blogger Coralius, at 12:27 PM  

  • I was BORN and RAISED in WEST VIRGINIA 62 years ago . There is NO such county in WVa with that name.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:50 PM  

  • Ummm....did you read the original post, there, tater-bug?

    By Blogger Coralius, at 5:00 PM  

  • What the hells the point in making games based in different places about the same crap and why would you make up a a whole county in a place you dont know shit about and make a dumb movie there. In a made up county. This movie better be good or this director must be a complete idiot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:38 PM  

  • Well, as far as I know, all the Silent Hill games are based in the same place, Silent Hill. As to it being in West Virginia, well, until this movie came out, that had never been confirmed, but the fans sort of worked out where it was based on different details of the game. I doubt the makers of the original Silent Hill said, "Hey, lets put our game in West Virginia!"

    No, most likely, what happened was that the details that came out about the town over the course of four games and at least one comic book series that I know of all seem to point to it being in West Virginia.

    As to the made-up county part, well, that's the name of the county that the town is in, in-game, so it would be kind of odd to put it in Braxton in the movie, right?

    As to whether the movie's any good or not, well, we'll see, won't we?

    By Blogger Coralius, at 10:57 AM  

  • well i know where its based its based on a town called centralia its a town where an underground coal mine caught fire and has been burning underground for 10 years its a complete ghost town except for about 5 people who refuse to move. anyway look it up on google or somthing to find out the whole story its supposed to be hell on earth im going there to see what its about the grounds supposed to be collapseing around it and every thing the cut off all the main roads just like in the games the only way to get there is old twisty turning dirt roads which adds to the scaryness and the area code was erased and deleted so it baisicly dosent exist any more. oh and countless people have gone missing but most people say the ground cracked benteath them and the fell into the fire and the methan gas which would kill you instanly so if your going to check this place out be carfull remeber
    centralia pensilvana yes not west virgina

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:27 PM  

  • Well, all I can find on Centralia, WV is this article on Wikipedia. I know it's a real town, though. Here's the article:


    The Centralia, Pennsylvania place seems to be real, as well. If you google it, there are some disturbing photos to be foun.d

    By Blogger Coralius, at 2:40 AM  

  • maybe you people should spend less time worry about these silly little things and leave the house once in a while. Freaks!

    Love ya, from WV

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:55 PM  

  • Hey, we're not the ones who read through the entire comments section of a three month old post. And you call us freaks!?!

    By Blogger Coralius, at 4:09 AM  

  • the movie was great, i dont know how i stumbled onto your page, but i highly recomend it.

    i think i googled information on toulca county and yours was the first to popup.

    *plays This Protector by the white stripes*

    By Blogger Favian G, at 9:47 PM  

  • Yeah, we're not sure how that whole Google thing happened. It's one of those deep mysteries of the universe, I guess.

    *plays Isn't Life Strange? by the Moody Blues*

    By Blogger Coralius, at 8:45 AM  

  • 'ENTIRELY FICTIONAL "Wrong Turn."'

    I don't get angry over stuff like that any more. I saw Wrong Turn and laughed my butt off through the whole thing. And, I'm in Monongalia Co where I'ved lived for a very long time. Hey, on my road, we have the ghost of Nellie who haunts passersby on dark, dreary, foggy nights.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:43 PM  

  • Have you ever seen Nellie? I, personally, am a big skeptic, but I'm curious.

    By Blogger Coralius, at 12:41 AM  

  • actually I know theres no such thing as Toluca County in West Virginia because it the was just a code name for it because the real county name is Braxton County because it use to be called Toluca county and that whole area is no place place to mess around with am i not trying to scare you or anything but there are other spots all over West Va I suggest you stay away from but im not going to get into anymore because theres a reason for all of this.

    for proof of the change in county's heres one site but there are alot of others out there>>>>>


    I was born in West Virginia so i know alot of things about the state but i don't like sharing some of it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:35 AM  

  • In the words of a great man: "You're a loony."

    West Virginia is not a spooky place, because there ARE no spooky places. Not the way you mean. If you think there are, then you're gullible, at best. I, too, am from West Virginia, and yes, when I was growing up there, I bought into the whole spooky mountain mystique.

    And then I grew up.

    By Blogger Coralius, at 8:47 PM  

  • another interesting fact is that the movie uses Centralia PA for sorce matirial, and there is, as I'm sure you know, A Centralia in WV.

    By Anonymous Damien, at 4:47 AM  

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