I’m a big fan of the Silent Hill series of games for the Playstation consoles which have managed to be creepy and unnerving on a consistent basis so I was both excited and disheartened to see that they were tuning it into a movie. Excited because I think it would make an excellent horror movie, but disheartened because 99.9% of all movies based on video games suck so hard you’ll get a hickey if you watch them.
Well if the new Silent Hill trailer is anything to go by then perhaps this will be part of the .1% that are decent. The trailer seems to show that the movie is sticking relatively close to its video game roots with an opening that is very similar to the opening of the first game though the gender of the protagonist has changed and now it’s a mom in search of her daughter who goes missing in Silent Hill after they’re involved in a traffic accident rather than a father. Not that dad gets left out in this one as he comes in search of them both. The movie will star Radha Mitchell and Sean Bean. Here’s the premise writeup on Yahoo:
- When Rose’s (Mitchell) ill daughter becomes obsessed with a small town called Silent Hill, she takes her there to see a faith healer she hopes might be able to help, only to discover themselves trapped in a strange alternate reality that comes and goes over the town in a dark, forbidding mist. After their disappearance, Rose’s husband Christopher (Bean) heads to the town to try to rescue them, only to also find himself also drifting in-between the monster-filled nightmare world and reality. Rose continues to try to find her daughter in the fog-drenched town, following a shadowy, nearly imperceivable child-like figure in the mist…
The games made excellent use of sound and the ever-present fog to invoke the heebie-jeebies on a regular basis and the movie appears set to do the same. Of course it could end up being a bunch of silly nonsense once it hits the big screen, but at least Uwe Boll isn’t involved and that alone is reason to have some optimism.