Silent Hill is Based on a Real Town and it's as Creepy as You'd Expect

10/13/2016

The entire landscape of Centralia, Pennsylvania is ominous and foreboding. Buckling streets and driveways lead to nowhere but vacant lots. Smoke from underground coal fires rises from cracks in the littered streets. The sickening smell of sulfur hangs in the air. Almost every home in the old mining town has been razed or abandoned. A ghost town in its own right, it's as close to the real-life counterpart of the fictional Silent Hill as you can get. The film's writer, Roger Avary, heard stories of this terrifying town growing up.

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Centralia used to be home to over a thousand people, but a mammoth maze of underground coal mines caught fire in 1962. The destructive blaze opened sinkholes in the road large enough to swallow cars. All but a small handful of stubborn residents moved away. Experts say there's enough coal underground to fuel this nightmarish fire for another 250 years.

Adding to the sinister aesthetic of dilapidated buildings, warped roadways, and constant smoke - Centralia is thought to be haunted. Visitors claim they hear voices warning them to leave, and see figures walking downtown that disappear into nowhere. The ghost of dead coal miners, perhaps?

These creepy photos of Centralia, Pennsylvania that might make you think twice about visiting.

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Flickr/Lyndi & Jason


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Flickr/erin_m

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Flickr/Lyndi & Jason
drive-in
Flickr/Peter & Laila

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Flickr/erin_m

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Flickr/Peter & Laila


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Flickr/Dennis

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Flickr/Peter & Laila


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