Perhaps this is because the games themselves are so densely packed with creepy symbolism (cue scary children, blood-stained hospital beds and oodles of fog) and the other-worldly atmosphere of a post-industrial Purgatory that all director Christophe Gans had to do was simply copy and paste. The Silent Hill games (there are four of them, with a fifth in production) are far more sophisticated than most, with character-driven plotlines, chilling ambiance and extremely disturbing monsters. With such source material, how could anyone go wrong?
Gans respects the games, and it shows. Rather than attempting to rewrite the games’ rich mythology and replace it with Hollywoodesque bells and whistles, he chose instead to accurately reproduce the nightmarish little town, complete with the hideous creatures that fans of the game know and love so well.
The acting, too, is mostly spot-on. Sean Bean, the only well known actor in the cast performs his minor roll ably, although he seems to be coasting most of the time. Both Radha Mitchell and Laurie Holden are excellent in their demanding roles as desperate mother and courageous police officer respectively, and Jodelle Ferland does a great job of playing the creepy, somnambulant little girl.
The result is a horror film that, for once, has the courage to take itself seriously. There’s none of that tongue-in-cheek self-referential nonsense that turned Wes Craven into a parody of his former self, and no stupid teenagers running around and getting themselves killed to a Nu-Metal soundtrack. This is a creepy, disturbing horror, with unsettling imagery which will stay with you for a bit longer than you might want.
- Chris McEvoy
Finally, a horror film that has the courage to take itself seriously. Who cares if it's based on a computer game? This is scary stuff!
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