|SILENT HILL CHARACTER COMMENTARY
The story from which
the horror originates. Let's take another look at the significance given to the
characters that appear in the game.
||H a r r o l d " H а r r y " M a s о n
Name: Harrold "Harry" Mason
Profile: A writer who lost his wife four
years ago and currently lives with his daughter. He takes Cheryl to
Silent Hill in order to spend a long vacation with her. With the
occurrence of a sudden car accident, he finds himself involved in
When development first began on this project, because of his
role as the doting, dutiful father he was given the name
"Humbert Mason," which was referenced from the protagonist
of Stanley Kubrick's film Lolita. However since this is an
uncommon name, it was changed by the English staff.
Actually, "Harry" was the nickname of the person who named
the character. I thought, "They're the same," but...
| C y b i l B е n e t t
Name: Cybil Benett
Job: Police officer
Profile: A police officer from Brahms, a town adjacent to Silent Hill. Due to a
sudden interruption of correspondence, she comes to Silent Hill to
Her last name is an allusion to Lawrencia Bembenek, a
real-life policewoman who was a murderer. It was slightly
tweaked to sound more generic. The first name calls to mind
both the model Sybil Buck and the action star Sybil Danning.
|| C h е r y l M a s о n
Name: Cheryl Mason
Job: Elementary school student
Profile: Although she is Harry's only daughter, the truth is that they are not
related by blood. It is because of her wishes that the two of them
travel to Silent Hill.
Originally we wanted to call her Dolores for the same
reasons as Harry's character, but this met with fierce
opposition and was rejected. The name originates from Sheryl
Lee, but there is no particular significance.
| L i s а G а r l а n d
Name: Lisa Garland
Profile: A nurse who worked at Alchemilla Hospital. She was charged with
nursing Alessa, who was kept alive even with her severe burns by
means of an incantation.
The name Lisa comes from an actress who
plays a nurse and is a murderer in the movie
Sanguelia. Her last name is borrowed from Judy
Garland, who plays a character in The Wizard of
Oz who has lost her way in a dreamland.
||М i c h a e l K a u f m a n n
Name: Michael Kaufmann
Profile: A doctor who works at Alchemilla
Hospital. Like Harry, he struggles to escape Silent Hill but the
truth is that he is closely connected to the disaster taking place
His name is a combination of the names Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, two Troma Studios producers known for many B-movies such as The Toxic Avenger. There isn't a particularly deep significance.
| A l e s s a G i l l e s p i e
Name: Alessa Gillespie
Profile: A young girl who carries God inside her
body as a result of a ritual conducted seven years ago. Cheryl was
separated when the ritual took place, but in order for the two of them
to return to a single body once again she was called back to Silent
In the initial stages of
development we used the name Asia, which was taken from the
daughter of the Italian film director Dario Argento.
However, because it's an uncommon name, we decided to rename
|| D a h l i a G i l l e s p i e
Name: Dahlia Gillespie
Profile: A mysterious woman who is devoted
to the occult. She conducts a ritual to bring about the coming of
God using Alessa, her real daughter, inflicting extensive
She is the person responsible for setting a series of events that
take place in Silent Hill into motion.
She is named after a former wife of film director Dario Argento. Argento has made many horror movies including Suspiria, and is a master of the genre.
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