The Church is a location in the Silent Hill film, dedicated to the worship of a fanatical cult. Initially, neither the Otherworld nor the Fog World could penetrate into the church; however a portal is opened into the Dark World at the end of the film.
The priestess, Christabella, uses the church as a way to hide from the darkness, and it is considered a "safe" location from the ravages of the alternate dimensions. The church is situated on a hill with a large graveyard studded with Christian crosses in front of it. This suggests the church did not always belong to the cultists, as director Christophe Gans did not want them to be associated with any one religion, and the cultists appear to worship a female deity. Another possibility is that the church was built by the cult before it had seceded from Christianity.
An ornate set of wooden doors opens onto the first floor, which has a long row of candle-lit pews leading up to a circular area with a large painting of the cult's symbol. Several miners’ outfits hang from the ceiling and are used by the cultists when leaving too far from the church to explore the town. A giant painting of a woman being burned alive with the words Domine Deus Omnipotens In Cuius Manu Omnis Victoria Consistit dominates the far wall and reaches from the second floor down the bottom of the first.
The second floor consists of a small balcony area with an abandoned organ and two balconies. Christabella confronts Rose Da Silva there, demanding to know if she believes in God.
As the Dark World falls outside the church, a cultist named Anna is killed by a pyramid-headed monster on the church steps, causing Rose Da Silva and Cybil Bennett to flee into the safety of the church.
The church members, led by Anna's mother, Eleanor, attack the two women, backing off only after Cybil fires her gun into the air. Christabella then appears and comforts Eleanor, before leading the congregation in prayer. Several cultists (most likely the highest ranked) kneel on specific parts of the religious symbol on the floor, and they pray for the disappearance of the Darkness, which fades away after a few minutes. It appears the cultists think that their faith has made the Darkness recede, but the reality is that Alessa Gillespie simply no longer needed it now that Anna was dead and Rose was safely in the church.
Christabella then interrogates Rose and Cybil on how they got to the church and if they believe in God. Christabella tells them a "demon" controls the town and agrees to take them to the demon's lair. The cultists don their mining outfits and then lead Rose and Cybil out of the church.
Later, Christabella and her followers bring Sharon Da Silva, Dahlia Gillespie, and Cybil Bennett back to the church with them. Cybil is tied to a ladder and is burned alive as a witch, for helping Rose in her search for Sharon. After Cybil is killed, Sharon is then tied to a ladder, and the cultists prepare to burn her as well, when Rose appears in the doorway and confronts the congregation.
Rose tells the cultists "the truth" and incenses Christabella, who stabs her with a dagger pulled from beneath her robes. As Rose's blood drips onto the floor, a portal into the Dark World is opened, and Alessa and Dark Alessa rise into the church to take revenge on the cultists for having Alessa burned alive when she was nine years old.
Rose kills one of the cultists as she defends her child, and then unties Sharon and hides her in a corner on the balcony. As Rose implores Sharon to keep her eyes closed, Dark Alessa approaches and a reunion between the good and bad sides of Alessa's soul is implied. Rose then finds herself in a foggy version of the church, and leaves with Sharon/Alessa.
- Domine Deus Omnipotens In Cuius Manu Omnis Victoria Cosistit is part of a prayer, translating as O Lord God Almighty, in your hand all victory rests.
- The woman in the painting is an ancestor of Dahlia, Christabella and Alessa, possibly suggesting that a history of unnatural powers runs within the Gillespie family.
- It has been stated behind-the-scenes that the bystanders' appearances in the church's painting were influenced by actual crew members.
|Rose Da Silva - Christopher Da Silva - Cybil Bennett - Dahlia Gillespie - Thomas Gucci - Anna - Christabella - Sharon Da Silva - Alessa Gillespie - Dark Alessa|
|Sister Margaret - Eleanor - Colin - Lisa Garland - Order Soldier - Jennifer Carroll|
|Pyramid Head - Creeper - Armless Man - Colin - Nurse - Grey Child|
|Bowling Alley - Brahms - Brookhaven Hospital - Church - Da Silva House - Gans County - Grand Hotel - Midwich Elementary School - Nathan Drugs - Sacrificial Chamber - Silent Hill, West Virginia - Toluca County Archives - Toluca County Mining Museum - Toluca County Orphanage - Toluca Lake - Smitty's|
|The Brethren - Monster - Flashlight - Manifestation - Otherworld - Fog World - Real World - Siren - Great Knife - Welcome Sign - Brethren Symbol|