Could Aliens Play a Bigger Part in SILENT HILLS?
Every Silent Hill game comes with multiple endings, depending on how you play. Most of those alternate endings include your character witnessing or getting abducted by a UFO. They’re jokes, of course, but that doesn’t mean aliens can’t be a possibility in the franchise…right? Let’s get one thing straight, bringing in little green men in an otherwise supernatural/horror franchise is like bringing in aliens in an Indiana Jones movie: utterly ridiculous and unforgivable! However, now that Guillermo del Toro is involved with Silent Hills, this angle could get a lot more interesting.
If any of you have finished playing P.T., the playable teaser for Silent Hills, then you may remember reaching a point in the game where the mysterious voice on the radio from hell starts speaking in a different language. There are no subtitles. Unless you spoke the language, it all might as well have been gibberish to you.
If the fans are correct (and we’re not dealing with a collection of trolls), the foreign language is Swedish. Some speakers were actually gracious enough to translate for the rest of us. According to one commenter (dimhoLten) on Sir Daidv Gaming’s video, the translation is as follows:
Slut dina ögon.
(Close your eyes.)
Låt dina öron lyssna till radion.
(Let your ears listen in to the radio.)
Hör du min röst?
(Do you hear my voice?)
Kan du höra din egen själs skrik?
(Can you hear the screams of your own soul?)
Låt oss välja: min röst som förtäljer framtiden, eller dina plågade [fog?].
(Let us choose: my voice, which tells the future, or your tormented [struggles?].)
Nå? Vad väljer du?
(Well? What do you choose?)
Du kan välja.
(You can choose.)
Ditt liv. Din framtid!
(Your life. Your future!)
Klok som du är, så kanske du redan upptäckt det.
(Wise as you are, you may already have noticed.)
Då radiodramat från 75 år sedan var sanning.
(As the radio drama from 75 years ago was the truth.)
De är här, på vår jord. Och de övervakar och ser allt.
(They are here, on our Earth. And they oversee and see all.)
Lita ej på nyheterna. Lita ej på polisen. De är redan kontrollerade av dem.
(Don’t trust the news. Don’t trust the police. They are already controlled by them.)
Så har det varit i 75 år nu. Endast [vår mästare?] kan hålla dem.
(So has it been for 75 years now. Only [our master?] can keep them [at bay].)
Du har en rätt. En rätt att bli en av oss. Så välkommen till vår värld.
(You have a right. A right to become one of us. So welcome to our world.)
Mycket snart öppnas portarna till en ny dimension.
(Very soon, the gates to a new dimension will open.)
My communications teacher will be proud of me for remembering what happened 75 years ago: the infamous The War of the Worlds broadcast in 1938 played by Orson Wells and company. Okay, technically now the broadcast was 76 years ago, but you see where I’m going with this. Silent Hill isn’t complete without a little alien twist, and apparently P.T. is no exception. However, this has a more sinister tone than your standard joke ending, don’t you think?
Another connection we (and everyone else) drew in our heads is the involvement of Guillermo del Toro. For the longest time, this guy has wanted to tell a H.P. Lovecraft story. More specifically, he’s wanted to do something with “At the Mountains of Madness.” While he’s still looking to turn that particular story into a movie, it’s understandable that some of Lovecraft’s influence has bled into creating the story for Silent Hills.
Think about it: Lovecraft featured many fear-inducing, mind-blasting terrors in the form of monsters which originally hailed from outer space. Silent Hill could be a version of Arkham, Massachusetts.
As for the numbers 204863 at the end, one gamer claims to have figured that out as well. He or she claims that it’s a Japanese anagram translating to “Look at the bathtub.”