Every week, we spotlight a kill that we just can’t get enough of. This is Kill of the Week.
Fresh off a revisit, I feel pretty comfortable saying that Christophe Gans’ Silent Hill is one of the best video game adaptations ever made. Granted, it’s a bit too long and deeply convoluted, but the 2006 film is also one of the most nightmarish and gorgeously shot horror films in recent history. It’s pure insanity from start to finish, loaded with moments that are as unforgettable as you could ever hope for a horror movie to be.
Pyramid Head, an iconic villain from the video games, doesn’t get to do all that much in the movie, but holy shit does he make an impact when he decides to strike.
Easily the most unforgettable moment in Silent Hill is the death of Anna, a Brethren member who briefly hangs around with main characters Rose and Cybil. After the alarm sounds and the town begins to turn into a nightmarish hellscape, Rose and Cybil seek refuge inside the church. As for Anna, she’s left out in the cold.
With Pyramid Head.
The big guy picks up Anna with one hand, holding her above his head like she’s an action figure. He then rips off her clothes and then, well, her skin comes next. Pyramid Head grabs hold of Anna’s flesh, twisting and pulling until he rips all of the skin on her body completely off. Naturally, he tosses the skin suit at the church doors.
Legit one of the wildest, most jaw-dropping kills you’ll ever find in a horror movie.