Silent Hill (2006)
Silent Hill DCP Inc. (Sony)


Written by Christophe Gans, based on the game series by Konami
Horror Directed by Christophe Gans
Budget $50,000,000 Starring Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden

The Silent Hill franchise was being held tight by Konami in the wake of the bad video game adaptations (looking at you Tomb Raider) that had been going on in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Christophe Gans had been trying to get the rights to this film from Konami for five years before finally succeeding by sending a video interview of his plans for the film to Konami. The film was picked up by Sony and was shot on sound sets and on location in Brantford, Ontario in 2005.

In a desperate attempt to cure her strange behavior and night terrors, Rose takes her daughter Sharon on a road trip to an abandoned town named Silent Hill. Christopher, played by Sean Bean, is Rose's husband and he is not supportive of taking Sharon to Silent Hill, and instead he believes that she needs to see more doctors.

The empty streets of Silent Hill.
Survivors take refuge in the church.

While driving on the highway at night something causes Rose to crash her vehicle and she blacks out after smashing her head into the steering wheel, and when she wakes up it is light out and Sharon is gone. Rose starts walking down the foggy road and heads into Silent Hill on foot.

The film follows the point of view of Rose as she makes her way through the world of Silent Hill searching for Sharon and uncovering the horrible history of the town along the way. There is an interesting subplot with Christopher and Officer Thomas Gucci, who is played by Kim Coates.

Christopher searching for Rose.
The infamous bathroom scene.

Rose and Cybil Bennett.

This movie has some extremely disturbing imagery. You will see a flayed and crucified body hung up by barbed wire, living people who have their bodies sliced up by barbed wire, being ripped in half and crushed while alive. There is a popular scene with deformed nurses clicking and popping their joints around and slashing each other with knives.

The amount of visual effects in this film is staggering because nearly every scene has either digital fog, ashes, decaying walls, bugs, or fire.

There are scenes of the film which follow the video game so exactly that it is nearly identical down to the camera angels and lighting effects. In fact, other than when “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash is playing on the jukebox, every piece of music in the film comes directly from the game. Because of contract obligations which required a Canadian soundtrack, the Konami Silent Hill game soundtrack was remixed.

The film did well at the box office and nearly doubled the $50,000 budget. Mainstream film critics hated it because they felt it was too confusing, too violent, and did not guide the viewer with enough direction about what exactly was going on. Silent Hill is something of a cult classic among horror fans, and is highly regarded as the most faithful video game movie adaptation ever created.

Violence in Silent Hill is graphic because the camera does not cut away quickly.

Jodelle Ferland as Alessa Gillespie.
Colin the Janitor.

Pyramid Head.
Metal Horns of rebuking evil.

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