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Most horror films of today try too hard to scare you through gore, or by using screamer moments. Silent Hill attempts to do neither of those, instead it presents its monsters right in front of the characters making the viewers feel creep-ed out. Most of the monsters are bizarre, and are so creatively made to make viewers feel uncomfortable, that watching them really makes the hairs on the back of your neck rise. Besides these eerie monsters the movie has a decent plot. A married couple decides to adopt a child who has a problem sleeping. In fact she sleep walks, and while doing so keeps getting herself into dangerous situations, all the while screaming of a place called Silent Hill. The mother wants to take her child to this town called Silent Hill, but the father is against it. In the end the mother ends up taking her child to Silent Hill when things start going very wrong, the child gets lost, and periodically the town starts turning into a decrepit hell. This is where the plot actually takes off. The mother of the girl is not only trying to find out where her adopted child went, but also what goes on in the town, that makes it turn into hell. The movie is based off of the original video games, so the downside is that anyone who has played the older games will catch on pretty quickly and preemptively already know whats going on. The visual effects in this movie are stunning at the very least, the actors play they're characters very well, and the plot is something different compared to other horrors. The ending is a little controversial and many people will be turned off by it, because it leaves the viewers with a feeling of hopelessness for the characters.
Creative when considering it has been put into a movie, but the old video games the movie was based off of have done it first.
Visual Effects 10/10
Top Notch, nuff said.
Actors play their roles very well, I just couldn't shake the feeling that some unimportant characters dragged the movie down.
Horror Rating 7/10
Like I said, the movie isn't horror in the sense that a mass murderer is killing people with violent ways, that show lots of gore.
Scary Rating 7/10
The movie gets scary half way through, but as I described the monster it manages not to present any real surprises. With that being said, the movie finds its own creative ways of scaring the viewers.
Eerie Rating 10/10
Very very eerie. Definitely a hair raising experience.
I am a gamer who has played through the first 3 Silent Hill games that concern the visuals and plot within this moive. With that in mind, I can say that only the part where Rose (Radha Mitchell) first enters the town and chases the girl into the alleyway is exactly true to the first game. When I recognized the alleyway (from the same exact camera angles as in the game, bravo!) and knew that "the darkness" was coming, I literally got the same chills when I heard that air siren sound as when I first played the game! Unfourtunatley, this was the only clearly recognizable scene from the games, as the whole rest of the moive is a sloppy mismash of areas, monsters and plots from mostly the first and third games (note: the first is the beginning of the true mythology and the third is the direct sequel to that story, NOT the second game!). Most core elements of the first game's plot are used but some are reversed. For instance in the first game Dahlia is the villian, having knowingly burned her child Alessa and then forcibly possessing her with the soul of a powerful demon. In the movie that is totally changed as Dahlia is portrayed as a victim of the cult group that burned the girls. This cult, led by the fanatic Claudia, is part of the third game's plot which concerns the then teenage Alessa (real name is Cheryl being the same girl as in the first game) This strange hybrid of plots from two games really destroys any comprehension for the non-gamer and is a real letdown for the gamers who hoped to see the original plot transformed into a movie. The only bonus from this style is that music form all three games was used for the soundtrack (VERY cool!) and the cool monsters form the second game, like the spitting thing and Pyramid Head, are included, which if they had directly followed the first game couldn't have been there. I still think for the sake of a intelligent, coherent plot (which is a big part of what makes the games so interesting) that this "experimental" style of scripting should have given way to either a direct version of the first game or at least a condensed version of the entire plot from games one and three. I understand that the crew must have been stoked that Konami let them have such free liscense with all the various plots and monsters, but trying to use every plot and every monster from three games in one approx 2 hour moive can only lead to the result we got here: confusion. The graphics of the alternate reality were AWESOME, so I know they had the technical ability to take on any of the scences from the complete plots of the first or third game, and so could have really made the game into a big screen movie w/o compromising any details. As for some of the scripted diolague, I agree some of it was stilted at times, but I blame that mainly on the person who wrote this cut and paste script, NOT the actors. Anyone who has seen Pitch Black and the first two Lord of the Rings movies knows that Radha Mitchell and Sean Bean are great actors, capable of any role handed to them. One other thing that was true to the games was the use of sudden, viscreal violence and realistic gore instead of constant blood and guts. The bloody action has the effect it is meant to, to startle and disturb rather than to try and just gross us out. So overall, top marks for the corect use of violence and surreal imagery and for the actors who were victims of a poor script, and for the use of almost 100% game music for the soundtrack!
Silent Hill gets an average rating for its numerous plot holes and unanswered questions. Taking horror movies for what they are you can't really ask too much of them in the way of rational thought, BUT.. you can at least expect them to make some kind of sense. Silent Hill leaves a lot to stuff for you to just "Judge Ito" and forget about - keep right on going. The acting is bland and quite shallow too. Because of these things, the movie only gets an average rating. There are just too many questions.
What makes Silent Hill something to remember is its the fantastic scenery of a the ghost town Silent Hill, West Virginia. The scenes are definitely spooky, and they keep you locked into the mystery of the movie. Not only is the scenery in the city spooky, but so is when the "paint" is peeled back from every corner and crevis revealing an AWSOME portrayal of Hell. Woah, some of these images are downright gruesome! If you have never imagined or dreamt of the pit downstairs, this could be kinda close to it. These images are not for the kiddos, or sensitive adults.
As far as I've read, the movie sticks pretty close to the video game, and even without playing it you can tell that it was derived from a game of some sort. I want to give the movie a bette rating because of its awsome imagery, but I can't just because of its numerous plot holes, unanswered questions and a slim story line. Why does everything fall back to religious fanatics? And why does the protagonist overlook (and accept into her) the evil of the enemy to defeat the religious fanatics? I guess just like the Nazi's, everyone wants to see them get their due. And the witch had her daughter, so I guess she had to appease the witch to get her daughter back, but it didn't look like she was appeasing her. And what about the bird in the cage? .. AAAAAAGGGHHH!! I'm thinking about this too much!!! See what this movie does to you? Ha ha, Enjoy!
Silent Hill is an atmospheric and dramatic horror film which may be a bit too "grown up" for many of the gamers who make up it's core audience. If you're expecting babes, boobs, zombies and explosions, go rent one of the many woefully bad Resident Evil movies.
Fans of the game series will notice that the town of Silent Hill is lovingly recreated here, complete with many of the monsters made (in)famous by the game. Monsters like the Patient and Nurse demons and the mysterious, monstrous Pyramid Head make memorable appearances. But the worst villains seem to be the humans, who bring down their own damnation on themselves in the name of fighting evil.
Is Silent Hill perfect? No. There are some glaring plot holes and inconsistencies for the careful viewer to ponder. The scenes in the "real" world aren't as important as the filmmakers seemed to think.
Music from the Silent Hill game series is folded into the movie soundtrack, including some truly haunting melodies.
On Blu-Ray this film looks as good (or better) than it did in the theaters. With a 1080p HDTV, you'll get the full impact of Blu-Ray.
To sum up, Silent Hill is a movie that has many elements of psychological horror and a nightmarish quality that viewers won't soon forget.
I really enjoyed the Playstation 2 Silent Hill 3 video game from years back. It was a dark & creepy horror game of puzzles and action, especially when played at night and in the darkness with the surround sound turned up. This method really pulled me into the game environment and made me feel creepy with a constant urge to keep my character turning around, never knowing what’s lurking behind. It was a blast. So naturally, I was excited about the Silent Hill movie adaptation.
The film was not at all what I had expected but still a creative and enjoyable experience nonetheless. Silent Hill is not a real shocker or what I would consider a nightmare maker but it does a fine job of maintaining that dark creepiness synonymous to the original game and does pull you into its world with some unique special effects. I also noticed the music of the Silent Hill 3 game soundtrack was present in the movie which is a delight even though in such short sequences. At any rate, I enjoyed the Silent Hill film enough to spend the extra cash on the Blu-Ray version. The sound quality is exceptional and the uncompressed 5.1 PCM audio is available if your Blu-Ray player supports this feature. In terms of the picture quality, you might want to save your money however. The edition does not hold up to the Blu-Ray standards of quality by any means (excluding the audio). I noticed a lot of picture blemishes and other nuisances that were a great disappointment and detracted from full enjoyment. Had I known to the real degree of lacking picture quality, I would have stuck with my original DVD copy and avoided the costly Blu-Ray edition. But I had to see for myself and I can definitely validate the picture shortcomings of BD with the complaints of other reviewers. And if you are looking for all those extras that usually come with Blu-Ray Discs, forget about it. Silent Hill has none to offer except for 3 movie previews.
So if you enjoy horror films and special effects or any of the Silent Hill video games, then Silent Hill is definitely a great choice. As for the media format, if you want exceptional picture quality I would cross my fingers and patiently wait for a hopeful re-mastered Blu-Ray edition (such was done with The Fifth Element, a huge improvement over the first Blu-Ray edition). But if money is of no object, then by all means, buy the current Silent Hill Blu-Ray. You’ll at least get to enjoy the excellent audio track as aforementioned. Otherwise, the standard edition DVD would be the way to go. And that’s my 2 cents!