Did the main characters (Rose, Sharon & Cybil) die in the beginning of the film?

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Did the main characters (Rose, Sharon & Cybil) die in the beginning of the film?

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Having the characters, especially Rose, die at the beginning of the film negates the purpose of bringing her to Silent Hill in the first place: Alessa appears to need a living host to gain access to the Church. With reference to the end of the film, it’s safe to say Cybil is dead, and that Sharon has ceased to exist in a manner of speaking, but the question remains with regards to Rose. To this question, in talking about possibly using her in a sequel, director Christophe Gans seems to be giving an affirmative ‘no’: “There is a very interesting phenomenon in “Silent Hill” : You don’t die. It’s a zone between life and the death. One does not die, but one is subjected to a metamorphosis. If one day I make a Silent Hill 2 following on this one, I will address this metamorphosis.*” Given that he qualified his statement by saying “You don’t die”, it is probably safe to assume that he did not intend it to be taken as traditional a transformation as death into a typical afterlife (Heaven, Hel