Silent Hill [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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A TOWN'S TERRIBLE SECRET IS ABOUT TO REIGNITE A 30 YEAR OLD BATTLE WITH THE ULTIMATE EVIL WHEN A DESPERATE MOTHER COMES TOSILENT HILL INSEARCH OF HER MISSING DAUGHTER.
A lot of movies can be described as "dripping with atmosphere," but in the case of Silent Hill it's literally true. Faithfully adapted from the Konami video games by French director Christophe Gans and Pulp Fiction cowriter Roger Avary (both self-confessed video game addicts), this dark and grisly horror-fest is nothing if not a triumph of cinematography and production design, consisting of a minimal and mostly incoherent plot propped up by a mysterious maze of sets that literally seep, drip, and ooze with the atmospheric evil of past misdeeds. Welcome to the abandoned and perpetually foggy ghost town of Silent Hill, where grey ash falls like snow, a devastating coal-mine fire still burns in a hellish underground, and demons of various shapes and sizes make your worst nightmares seem like a walk in the park. It's here that distressed mother Rose (played by Pitch Black heroine Radha Mitchell) has taken her daughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) in hopes of discovering the source of Sharon's sleepwalking nightmares. What they find instead is a burned-out legacy of unspeakable evil, as Silent Hill's dark secrets are revealed. As opposing denizens of Silent Hill's meta-morphing underworld, Canadian actresses Alice Krige and Deborah Kara Unger seem to be the only ones who recognize this morbid mess as campy comedy; Gans (who established his visual flair with The Brotherhood of the Wolf) and Avary take it far too seriously, and the entire movie is utterly devoid of any emotional hooks or plot logic that would make us care about anything that happens. In crafting a loyal big-screen rendition of Silent Hill and its Playstation sequels, they've forgotten that movies play by a different and more demanding set of rules. As a result, they've made an impressive-looking but ultimately hollow horror film that only Silent Hill game-players can truly appreciate. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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What I am most happy with is that they put in the alley way scene at the start of the movie and actually did an ok job of it. In the game it is a gazillion times scarier but it brought back some good memories. Anyone who has played the first game will always mention that fist part when you hear the sirens go off. every hair stands up and then they just slam you will the worlds scariest soundtrack. Pure genius. Even the camera angles and directions are the same, it actually lifts up over her as she runs past and goes back down from behind her. I loved that.
Speaking of the soundtrack, the tracks include songs from games 1-3 and they are all amazing. you can buy them for all games and bring you deeper into the world. the one thing about the games is the amount of emotion involved. All three games (in particular the 2nd one)has very sad and tragic stories. I am very happy they gave Lisa some screen time because her case actually made me very sad along with many gamers out there. That's how much you care about the characters.
This movie is a fun ride, depending on what you call entertainment. It is a bit twisted and some parts are quite extreme but so is the game so if you don't mind images like nurses with no faces, children with twisted heads and screaming.....you know things like that, then there shouldn't be a problem. Ooh and the barbed wire part...holy moly that had me crossing my legs.
This is still one of my favourite movies.....just for that one quotes...
"To rid the world of this demon - WE MUST BURN THIS CHILD!" - "look at me....im burning"
The extras are quite good, there is a long "making of" feature that shows you all the people that are in the costumes YES THEY ARE ALL ACTED OUT. It is amazing to think that each creature had its own "driver" and actor. I would absolutely recommend buying the dvd to see how this movie was made, especially the part with the nurses. Omg wow so cool. Pyramid head is in here and the "lying creatures" or armless man. SO SO CREEPY!
The entire cast is amazing in this, every single one whether good or bad, they all just added to the whole movie. This movie has a very strong female leading cast. they are a bunch of power houses, every single one. Poor Chris did what he could haha.
Absolutely fantastic movie.
Instead of changing the story from the game the action and gory scenes are played almost exactly as it does in the video game making the whole movie experience quite strange and surreal for anyone who hadn't played the game and scary for a whole load of other reasons, I found the film a little slow at the beginning but once the town of Silent Hill is found the pace picks up.
The story is where a Mother searches for her lost child in the town of Silent Hill, this role is played by Radha Mitchell the town appears to be built on a permanently smouldering coal seam.
The monsters that feature have been directly lifted from the game along with the backgrounds which gives the film another world atmosphere that is both dark and disturbing in equal measure, this is better than your average game to film adoption and has some genuine moments that make the viewer jump.
This DVD is presented in 2:35.1 aspect and has a really well mixed 5.1 surround sound track, and has some interesting special features including a Making of documentary, the original trailer, photo gallery and U.K. T.V. spots.
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