Trailer Bulletin: Silent Hill

From the director of "Brotherhood of the Wolf" and the writer of "The Rules of Attraction," (two criminally underrated flicks in my book) comes the horror game adaptation known as "Silent Hill." And I may be nuts, but based on this teaser trailer, I'm thinking this flick might just be the one to break that "video game movies invariably suck" theory that's been the bane of genre fans for quite a few years now.

"A woman named Rose, desperate to find her child Sharon, finds herself trapped in an alternate dimension as she searches for her daughter in a world of decay inhabited by strange beings. Over the protests of her husband, she flees with her child, heading for an abandoned town to which the child seems drawn. Sharon disappears in the town, and Rose follows what she thinks is her daughter's silhouette into what seems like an alternate reality. It's soon clear this place is not like anywhere she's ever been. It's smothered by fog, inhabited by a variety of strange beings and periodically overcome by a living Darkness that literally transforms everything it touches. Joined by Cybil, a local police officer, Rose searches for her little girl while learning the history of the strange town and realizing that Sharon is just a pawn in a larger game."

Sony will release "Silent Hill," which stars Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, and Deborah Kara Unger, on April 21st.

(Thanks to TwitchFilm for the trailer!)

Comments

Blue Arc

First Last

Must see trailer...

Dec 14 - 05:30 AM

Revil3_04

Jason Martinez

[b]It looks fantastic...[/b]
I can't wait. It looks so much like the game...

Dec 14 - 08:45 AM

RocketPunch

Rocket Punch

As a fan of the series, this is one movie that I am so looking forward to. Lets hope this movie is rated R to retain the badness of the game. If it is PG-13 which it probably will, then its gonna suck!

The trailer is short and it is also the same as their intro to their site: http://www.welcometosilenthill.com

Dec 14 - 10:30 AM

Jeliel≥

DAVE ID

[b]I hope so too[/b]
As a die hard SH game fan and also I thought Brotherhood of the Wolf was a FANTASTIC and underated movie. Let's hope it's a good one. But historicaly VG based movies have sucked and sucked really badly. It has to be R rated IMHO. I wouldn't even show the intro video to SH: The Room to some younger people. And that's how sick it has to be to work for me.

Dec 14 - 11:40 AM

lovelykeira

Ken Schrock

I loved Rules of Attraction and will see anything that Roger Avary touches.

Dec 14 - 01:09 PM

Lary Goddess

Larysia Woropay

I've been waiting a long time for this movie, cuz I'm a total fan of the series, and yeah, judging by the trailer, Gans didn't destroy Silent Hill's atmosphere. Now, with SH as a movie, more people will be able to experience the town as the fans have and both groups can not think it royally sucked ass. Then again, we have to see how Avary has done his part, but I'm sure his role will be quite appreciated. If Gans surprised me this much, then I believe Avary will completely impress me. :D

Dec 14 - 02:50 PM

Rock_The_Luau

Alex Vazquez

I'm interested. Plus, the gritty look it's taking is probably goning to give it an R rating. If not, I'm going to forget this ever happened.

Dec 14 - 04:51 PM

renny2077

Renny Abraham

Thank God they kept this away from Uwe Boll !

Dec 14 - 10:53 PM

StickyKiwi

Kelley Kent

[b]just another horror flic w/ a grainy bleached look[/b]
This teaser focuses so much on the look of the movie (blurred images, much of the frame surrounded by black so it looks you're looking through a peephole, etc) that it's hard to get excited about. Why have these effects become the standard for horror movies now? It's getting repetitive and ineffective.

Also, it's probably a bad sign though that no actual dialogue or acting scenes are shown.

As for the debate over the final rating (PG-13 vs R), it's basically a moot point. The rating is meaningless and doesn't give any indication on the quality of the film, only in the amount of gore that can be shown. But as Jaws proved, you can still have a suspenseful and frightening movie with only a PG rating. You don't need to be bombarded with blood shots in order to create atmosphere.

My guess is that Silent Hill will be on-par with BoogeyMan and Darkness Falls, which are by far the worst "horror" movies of this or any decade.

Dec 15 - 12:37 PM

lovelykeira

Ken Schrock

Yea BoogeyMan is probably my least favorite movie of the year, it sucked. I doubt that this will be that bad. As for Jaws if it was a new film being released I promise you that it would not get a PG rating.

Dec 16 - 01:23 PM

jrdamwijk

John Pellham

[b]Looking forward to it[/b]
I'm actually pretty hopeful that this will turn out good. We'll see, but to those that just assume it will be bad, why is that? Good director and good writer usually equal a good film

Dec 15 - 03:46 PM

lovelykeira

Ken Schrock

Yea BoogeyMan is probably my least favorite movie of the year, it sucked. I doubt that this will be that bad. As for Jaws if it was a new film being released I promise you that it would not get a PG rating.

Dec 16 - 01:23 PM

slavesandbulldozers

chris eoff

Very well done teaser, I loved how they used that piece of music from the game at the beginning. Looks great!

Dec 17 - 09:33 AM

crazydiamond

alistair henshall

im not a gamer, but it does look preety interesting, the dude that did rules of attraction wrote the screenplay i guess, rules of attraction sucked big time tho.

Dec 20 - 06:50 AM

ParanoidAndroid

jeremiah brookes

[b]from game to film[/b]
Looks decent. First, anytime you adapt a book to film or a game to film you lose something. First you usually lose the original fans. Second you lose the mystery, the mystique. I've been playing the games since Silent Hill on PS and I have to say that the teaser at least follows the look of the games. Yes, the whole film grain thing has been overused but it fits into the marred, deteriorated look of Silent Hill. I don't think it's used for redundant reasons. I don't believe this film will be well received, no matter how good it is. Even if it is faithful to the source material one important element is missing. The games have always had a sense of lonlieness and have drawn upon that with long periods of time without charcter interaction or dialogue. The most frieghtening parts of the game are when nothing happens at all but you hear things in the distant background. That type of interaction is the main difference between the game and the film. I'll sit and control the character for 2 hours with little to nothing happening and be scared half out of my seat but would be bored and frustrated if that were the film.

The major problem with adapting this game is the desire to take it too far. The emphasis doesn't need to be blood for the sake of blood. The drama and amtosphere along with the music should really outweigh the gore. Fear and gore do not always go together. Far too often comedy and gore are more closely related (Evil Dead). The movie will work well if it's a mixture of the above elements but with a heavier emphasis on the emptiness, the sadness, confusion, and mystery of the games.

Dec 20 - 08:39 AM

analogminority

ron dirusso

I don't think an emphasis on the emptiness will be much of a problem. In an interview with writer of the film I saw at IGNFilmforce...

"...it became a very difficult script for the studio to accept. We had long passages with no dialogue. Christophe wanted to ensure that when we wanted to have dialogue, we wrote it big. But for the most part, much of the movie is a silent film - we wanted it to be full of silence. So there are scenes where Rose is just wandering through Silent Hill."

http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/658/658291p1.html

That interview right there got me excited, now that I see they have the look of the game to go with it, I really can't wait.

Dec 20 - 01:31 PM

analogminority

ron dirusso

I don't think an emphasis on the emptiness will be much of a problem. In an interview with writer of the film I saw at IGNFilmforce...

"...it became a very difficult script for the studio to accept. We had long passages with no dialogue. Christophe wanted to ensure that when we wanted to have dialogue, we wrote it big. But for the most part, much of the movie is a silent film - we wanted it to be full of silence. So there are scenes where Rose is just wandering through Silent Hill."

http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/658/658291p1.html

That interview right there got me excited, now that I see they have the look of the game to go with it, I really can't wait.

Dec 20 - 01:31 PM

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