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(2001 Video Game)

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When James is holding the chainsaw and is standing over a body for a few seconds, he holds it over his head and screams out. This is a reference to Ash in the Evil Dead series.
The Pyramid Head monster actually has an eye and a tongue. The eye is barely visible on the front of its head and the tongue sticks out and wiggles when it grabs the player by the neck.
Examining the knife (which has no purpose or use during the entire game) in the inventory increases the chance of the player getting the suicide ending.
The corpse sitting in front of the distorted television set in the apartments is the same character model as James Sunderland. The clothes, body structure and face are the same - The camera is designed so that the player cannot see this, however.
The Pyramid Head monster makes similar grunting noises in gameplay to James Sunderland's pain sounds. It is also the same height.
The Blue Creek apartment building in Silent Hill is a reference to the film Blue Velvet (1986). "Blue", for the movie's title; and "Creek" as a synonym for "River", for the Deep River apartments seen in the film. The apartments in the game are very similar to the look and overall layout of the Deep River apartments in the David Lynch film.
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The Straight-Jacket monster was inspired by the art director seeing an employee at work coming towards him in a hoodie while bobbing around listening to his personal stereo.
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Although not appearing in the game, several deleted scenes can be found in early trailers for the game, including a scene of Pyramid Head dragging a nurse away, and Laura singing "Ring Around the Rosie".
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The facial animations are not motion captured but in fact manually animated.
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Number plates on all cars in the game are from Michigan state.
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Like the first game, the streets are named after authors: Lewis Carroll, 'Lindsey Davis', Thomas Harris, Ruth Rendell, John Sanford, David Wiltse and Andrew Vachss.
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This is the debut of the now iconic character Pyramid Head, which is well known in the horror-otaku community.
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Received an HD "remaster" on March 20th, 2012 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as part of the Silent Hill HD collection. This version was highly criticized for its poor handling with bugs and glitches not in previous versions along with new voice overs, graphical changes, and creative changes. There is an option to use the original voice overs, but even when this option is selected some of the new voices are still used.
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Many of the corpses the player can discover throughout the game are the same character model as the protagonist James. All of them though are so dismembered/bloodly/dirty that they're hardly identifiable or oblique camera angles are used to prevent the player from getting a full view.
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At one point a GameCube version of Silent Hill 2 was in development, but was cancelled early on. Konami was afraid of over-saturating the market seeing as Silent Hill 2 had already been released on the PS2, Xbox, and PC and then released on those platforms a second time via the Director's Cut.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

If the player examimes Mary's letter in their inventory after the fight with Eddie in the pseudo meat locker, they will discover it has become a blank page.
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The now famous Red Pyramid/Pyramid-Head is a representation of James' desire for punishment for killing his wife Mary. The monster is directly tied to James, and the only characters it interacts with are James and Maria (who is a tainted reincarnation of Mary). James watches Red Pyramid kill Maria multiple times to force him to relive and remember his sins. Unfortunately the purpose of the monster wasn't generally understood by many for quite some time, which led to the monster appearing in other Silent Hill media when he shouldn't have since it's purpose and existence is all directly tied to James.
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