VIDEO: Silent Hill (2006)

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With Silent Hill: Revelation 3D currently in theaters, Cecil takes a look back at the first film, and explains in great detail why it’s one of his all-time favorites. 

[Note from Cecil: This was a departure from my usual format, and a very difficult episode to make for a few reasons, one of which being the hurricane. I decided to focus on the facts of the film and did very little comedy. The Silent Hill franchise is one of my most favorite things on the planet, so I wanted to give it special treatment. Hope you enjoy.]

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  • Russell Brin (Facebook Sux)

    I agree with you, I did enjoy this movie, and a lot of it was the stunning cinematography and set design.  Of video game adaptations, I’d consider this #1 with Legend of Chun Li (yes I really did like that movie) and DOA also being good video adaptations.  Mortal Kombat would be on the list had it had more gore, since lets face it, that was part of the games appeal more than the story really.  Resident Evil also was pretty good, just not to the level of the other three.

    Street Fighter has been lampooned to death, the Uwe Boll movies ridiculed insanely and no one wanted a Battleship movie…but there are still some good movies out there based on video games, and they should be applauded, not appalled that they exist.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I was with you up until Chun-Li lol.

      The first Mortal Kombat was a blast but I still wish they went R. However, they did go about as far with the violence as the rating would allow. I love the Resident evil movies. (and the games as well) I don’t mind the departure from the game story it still keeps the spirit of them alive. Although, I would have enjoyed seeing the Romero script. However, chances are it would have ended up being just the one movie and not the franchise it is now.

      Street Fighter is hilarious. Uwe Boll movies commit the biggest cinematic sin…they are boring. I don’t understand given the subject matter that he can manage to make these things so lifeless, especially with the talent involved! His movies on paper look like they would be great fodder to just goof on but most of the time they are just empty. I love bad movies but his movies are just horrible and borderline unwatchable.

      I still can’t believe they actually made Battleship.

      • MephLord

        Well, I’m a fan of Kristen Kreuk (who I completely overlooked as being a great choice to play Greer Grant Nelson if Marvel ever decided to make a Tigra or West Coast Avengers movie), and always thought Michael Clarke Duncan was the PERFECT Balrog, and Tabu was pretty good as Vega.  If it didn’t have the Street Fighter name attached to it, it probably would’ve been better received as a stand alone movie.  Obviously an actress like Zhang Ziyi would’ve been a better choice to play Chun Li, since she looks more the part.

        Fun story about Uwe Boll: the movie Postal, based on the video game was being played at a theatre where I used to live, and my friend at the time thought we should go watch since there was a Q&A afterwards.  It was pretty interesting he intentionally makes low budget bad movies because the German government pretty much subsidizes the entire project to build up their film industry.  And video game movies on shoestring budgets ALWAYS turn a profit, so he always gets work.  Although I shook the guys hand afterwards I never got to ask the question I wanted to ask: Why Penny Phang isn’t in more of his movies since she was the best part of House of the Dead (in deleted scene of the movie she played Tyranny).

        And yes, not even Liam Neeson and Rhianna can save a sinking Battleship.

  • DamonD

    I think it’s very well done, up until they reach the church. Then all the attempt at spooky isolation and atmosphere just disappears up the wazoo, in favour of cult ramblings, exposition dumps and the Incredible Dying Cybil.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Well, they had to ramp up everything to the end. I like it fine, they had to give at least some explaination. I thought it was pretty brutal the way they roasted Cybil.

  • Sofie Liv

    I usually don’t watch these kinds of movies, and obviously skipped this one.. but you know what, you made me want to give it a watch! 

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      You should check it out! The director wanted to make it “disturbing not disgusting” so there is an element of beauty within all this horrific stuff. Its more of a mystery than horror film.

      • Sofie Liv

         Well, that is how I like it!

        It’s exactly as I said it to Yulia the other day. “Well, a movie like Viy does appeal to me, thanks for showing me it, I really did like it, the thing is, I actually do like the horror that seems gothic and fascinating, some-thing that may be unsettling, but stick to you long after because of the atmopshere and its own weird beauty, I do not like things that are gross just for the sake of being gross, and goes for provoking an reaction by its audience by just showing gross stuff, I never liked that sort of thing and I never will, even though I like that other stuff a lot.”

        And yeah.. this movie does looks like the exact sort of thing that actually genuinely does appeak to me! :)

  • I think the fog was a good way of disguising the hardware limitations of the ps1 as well as adding to the game’s overall feel. Other games on the same system had a foggy background for no other reason bu disguising the limitations and it’s jarring when structures just pop up out of nowhere and it’s still apparent in Silent Hill but it’s not for nothing. Bit of exclusive video game trivia is which isn’t usually the way it works on this site (save Roland of course) but we’re all nerds right? Trivia’s a big thing round here.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Yep. I read an article, I think it was in PSN, that spoke about how they were looking at ways to hide the pop in. The fog was great for concealing the hardware limitations of the old PS1 but it ended up working so well it stayed a staple of the series. Hard to think of how it would have looked without it.

  • Hmm…well, I guess I’ll check this one out. *Shrug*

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

       Yes you should!

  • Dennis Fischer

    So what to you think of Mr. Gans’ other movies, the first third of NECRONOMICON and, of course, BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF?

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

       He only did one of the segments in Necronomicon but I remember enjoying it. (haven’t seen in a while) Brotherhood of the Wolf and Crying Freeman are outstanding.

    • Cristiona

      He did part of Necronomicon?  Neat.  I remember that scaring the pants off me (well, mostly just the third story).

  • edharris1178

    Good stuff, I really dug the film.  It’s pretty hard to freak me out with a movie but this one did give me the chills in a few spots.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks! It is one of the most atmospheric movies I’ve ever seen. I’d be curious to see an adaptation of Amnesia The Dark Decent.

  • Earthbound_X

    Wow, you really love this movie, I think it’s really good myself, but it has it’s flaws of course.

    It’s easily the best video game movie so far. Too bad I hear the second one is just terrible.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I saw the sequel a the other week and I didn’t think it was all that bad. They did a decent job of covering the 3rd game, which it was based on. The effects were good but you could tell they didn’t have the budget of the first one. (they only had 20 million) They did retcon things a bit to try and shoehorn in some explanations but overall I enjoyed it. I was also very happy that the 3D wasn’t overdone. I watched the non 3D version and actually forgot there was supposed to be any in there, with the exception of one part towards the end where something flew out at the screen. I can’t stand the influx of 3D movies we had for a while there where every 5 minutes something is flailing at the audience. Takes me right out of the picture.

  • Steve Rumney

    I don’t normally hunt down movies I see in reviews but you’ve sold me on Silent Hill. Well done sir, you’ve succeeded at your job.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Awesome thanks!

  • Magdalen

    I am a long time hater of this movie, and damn it- you make some good points. Good show.