Home > Silent Hill: Revelation - 6 > Silent Hill: Revelation – 6

Silent Hill: Revelation – 6

Director – Michael J. Bassett

Cast – Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Malcolm McDowell, Martin Donovan, Deborah Kara Unger, Roberto Campanella, Erin Pitt, Peter Outerbridge, Heather Marks

Release Year – 2012

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Silent Hill is one of the most notable titles in the horror genre thanks to its huge video game success, and following in the footsteps of Resident Evil and Doom, Silent Hill was released as a feature film in 2006. Easily one of the best of the year and #65 in my Top 100 Horror films of the Decade (2000-2009) list, I was pretty stoked when I first learned that there would be another film added to the franchise. Tragedy struck right away though as writer Robert Avary, who wrote the Silent Hill film, was jailed and the studio had to rely on a still relatively unknown Michael J. Basset (Wilderness, Deathwatch) to write and direct the sequel. While Basset’s writing is a bit weak and is in direct relation to the film’s faults, his direction is great and results in supreme levels of horror that I was not expecting in this flawed but more-enjoyable-than-it-should-be effort.

Throughout her life Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens; No One Lives, The Great Gatsby) and her father Harry have been on the run from dangerous forces that Heather does not fully understand. It is the eve of her 18th birthday and Heather’s constant nightmares of her father being taken from her by grotesque creatures become reality. There is only one way she can bring him back, and that is to travel to the one place he told her never to go to, Silent Hill. Little does she know, Silent Hill has always been a destiny for her, and she will not only learn what she has been running from since her earliest memories, but her true identity as well.

I really was not sure if I would enjoy this film very much after numerous film critics bashed it, which is a big reason why it took me 10 months to finally give it a watch. The story takes off quickly, allowing us a view into the haunting and stressful life Heather leads. She is constantly bombarded by nightmares associated with Silent Hill – two words she has learned to fear throughout her life. Her earliest memories of her mother, Rose, are muddy and do not consist of what happened when Heather was a child (the events of Silent Hill), and to her knowledge her mother was killed in a car accident, when in reality her mother is still stuck in Silent Hill and in contact with her father. When her 18th birthday approaches she is alerted of the dark forces that are after her, a small army of those loyal to Silent Hill known as The Order, and when they take her father the journey begins. The first act moves quickly after a short introduction and never relents until Heather escapes the creatures pursuing her and reaches Silent Hill. The horror does not halt when this second acts begins though, with much more creature and Red Pyramid action consuming the screen for the remainder of the film. The background story behind Heather’s association with Silent Hill is a decent one, but it is during this second act that the screenplay begins to crumble to its faults. The dialogue is silly and so are the revelations, and I believe this is the biggest reasons behind the negative reviews from the film industries top “critics”. The third act fares better than the second, giving us more action that also results in more cheese, and also climaxes in the same somber and sad tone as its predecessor.

Michael Basset’s direction was much better than his story, and it is because of his direction that I actually enjoyed this flick. From the get-go he throws us into awesome and gloomy atmosphere the set the tone for the rest of the film, and his positive execution of the horror early on stayed on par for the rest of the experience. I was so very glad to see that the extreme majority of creature and gore action came to us via live-action, practical effects, with CGI reserved for the scenes that would have been impossible to film otherwise. The acting performances did suffer at times, making it obvious that filmmakers did not skimp on the SFX but did skimp on talent, but this was not a major concern for me. This makes for the first Michael Basset film I have seen that I did not thoroughly enjoy, but I was glad to see this talented filmmaker given the opportunity to make a feature film and at least prove his direction of horror films is worthy of future efforts.

Overall, Silent Hill: Revelation is a decent horror film that is nowhere near as bad as other “critics” made it out to be. The story is a mediocre one that does not offer much to intrigue the viewer but it does consist of a massive amount of horror, and Basset’s direction of this horror is fierce. The decision to employ live-action FX is a big reason behind my enjoyment of this experience, which is one I would say is worthwhile if you do not have anything else to watch.

Rating: 6/10

…Additional Stills…

  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: