Silent Hill pinball

The renaissance of pinball

The pinball machine in Cafe 5to2 is modeled after Williams Electronics’ Medieval Madness. Great table, by the way.


Silent Hill 7-11

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Hell can wait, come to Eight

A convenience store simple called Eight looks a lot like 7-Eleven. Too bad you can’t have a foggy Slurpee.


Silent Hill streets

End of the road

Every street in Silent Hill is named after a famous author. Here they are, in no particular order:

  • Richard Bachman, pen name of Stephen King (The Running Man, Thinner)
  • Carl Sagan (Cosmos, Contact)
  • Robert Bloch (Psycho, American Gothic)
  • Michael Crichton (The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park)
  • Dean Koontz (Watchers, Phantoms)
  • Ira Levin (Rosemary’s Baby, Sliver)
  • Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, A Stir of Echoes)
  • Francis Paul Wilson (The Keep, Reborn)
  • Ray Bradbury (The Martian Chronicles, It Came from Outer Space)
  • Jack Finney (The Body Snatchers, Time and Again)
  • Dan Simmons (Hyperion, Ilium)
  • John Sandford (Rules of Prey, The Fool’s Run)

Silent Hill cola

Gotta have it

The citizens of Silent Hill can’t tell the difference between Coca-Cola and Pepsi either.


Silent Hill music

Harmony of dissonance

Inside Cafe 5to2 you can see posters of the British band Portishead. Composer Akira Yamaoka is clearly a big fan of theirs. Listen to this song and tell me what Silent Hill track it reminds you of.

A park bench has a poster with the words “Gangusta Paradise.” This could be a reference to the song “Gangsta’s Paradise” from the movie Dangerous Minds. Coolio in Silent Hill … now that would be frightening.