Probably, I'm not sure. At least someone decided to discuss about the subject instead of writing stuff like "OMG they suck even more up close" or "they didn't had originality" (that lack of originality could be said for TS too).
No offense guys but I wanted to discuss about that because it confuses me, not make another "lets mock Downpour" thread.
I actually think it has something to do with Charlie and his death. The wide open mouths could symbolize the boy's screaming before his death. The boy screaming his fathers name, and it's in a way, burned into Murphy's mind. The ones with the mouths that are bound up in a way, could symbolize something to do with his death once again.
And yes, the eyes do actually symbolize something. The wide open eyes on the Prisoners actually symbolize the administration of intravitreal injections, which can force creepy smiles such as the ones seen on the Prisoners. Usually everything placed on the creatures of Silent Hill have symbolism and meaning.
Well, they were supposed to represent the same Prisoners from the riots at the Prison. Prisoners are often seen with tattoos, whether they symbolize the "gang" they're a part of, or something meaningful to them. They're Prisoners, so tattoos are expected. As for the head gear and barbed wire, they could represent him feeling trapped from his time spent in prison. Barbed wire seems to be frequently seen at Prisons (the barbed wire fences that encloses grounds), these fences kept him inside, not letting him go out into the outside world. These barbed wire fences probably made him feel trapped, thus them being incorporated into his manifestations of Prisoners (which do represent parts of himself as well). The metal gear is hard to say really, but I know there is a significance to it. Just because we don't know, doesn't mean it isn't there. It could represent another form of him feeling trapped and controlled while in prison.
Someone else here has probably come up with a good theory regarding them
captain crowbar wrote:I just don't think they actually convey anything more than what you see on the surface. I think someone in the art department just thought it was scary.
I dunno, it would seem like a huge coincidence that every enemy has some sort of "mouth damage". I know what the one on Screamer is. It's called a Glasgow smile. It's a wound that results from slashing a person's face from the edges of the mouth to the ears. It leaves the scare that makes the victim appear to be smiling.
AND, based on what WhiteClaudia said
WhiteClaudia wrote: The wide open eyes on the Prisoners actually symbolize the administration of intravitreal injections, which can force creepy smiles such as the ones seen on the Prisoners. Usually everything placed on the creatures of Silent Hill have symbolism and meaning.
I think we're onto something here.
Btw. Prisoners also act like the prison guards during the last part, at least the Prisoner Juggernaut.
The one on the doll probably has something to do with blowjobs. Or deceit. Those dolls are rather tricky and deceiving.
Honestly I don't think the mouths have anything to do with anything, but an idea might be Sewell's deception. A "speak no evil" sort of deal with the doll. Iunno, just talking outta my ass, maybe you can do something with that idea.