Having spent as much time working on this film as I did, I can say in terms of the "acting" that like most of X-Strike's productions, this was a cast of mostly untrained actors, having never taken a class or been given any guidance. The reason why it stood out like a sore thumb in Silent Horror was the serious tone to the dialogue. Yes, it was a parody like every X-Strike production so far, but it bordered more on serio-comic than any other film. We really were going for a very realistic, dead pan delivery. RCR works so well because the acting isn't supposed to be good. It's a very broad farce, and the more cheesily the lines are delivered, the bigger the laughs. What was attempted in Silent Horror was a far greater challenge, and all things considered I think it turned out alright.
You singled out Darrin and Tim's characters as being your favorites, which would make sense because they veered more towards melodrama. Steve, Sara, Michelle, and I were trying to be true to the way the lead characters were portrayed in the games, which was usually very calm and collected. I made Mark monotone and un-emotional because that's the way the male leads in the Silent Hill series acted. In hindsight, was it the greatest choice? No, because that doesn't read well and it's lost on most people, which is precisely why no one ever remembers I played Mark in Silent Horror, but they always remember I played Benny in RCR. Comic relief always steals the show.
If Silent Horror was Rory's baby, then I was its surrogate parent. I was ecstatic from the day Rory told me he was writing a Silent Hill parody, and practically begged to play the role of Mark. I reveled in our all-night, toe-numbing, pitch black filming sessions, and was usually the first one to call Rory and say "Rory! SNOW! Let's film!!!" The final product may have fallen short of expectations, but it's entirely possible that expectations were far too high for the money, time, and experience we had at that point. If Rory called me today and told me he wanted to re-shoot Silent Horror, I'd be on a plane tomorrow. And I don't mean for that to take away from the film we produced, because I'm proud of that. I just know that the film would be shorter, sleeker, and more polished.
And I wouldn't have a flabby face.
Silent Horror will always be my favorite X-Strike project.