The sequel to the first Silent Hill movie has been a long time coming, but today a full length trailer has been released for the first time. This Halloween, we’ll get a look at the next part of the Silent Hill story – but it is going to be an epic, or like the first movie, fall a little flat on the delivery? Let’s take a look at this latest effort of the Silent Hill franchise.
I for one am glad they entitled it “Revelation 3D” rather than “2” because I know a whole bunch of fans who would be super pissed if it was called such and there were no James, Mary, or Maria, if you know what I mean. Am I happy about the 3D? Eh, everything’s in 3D these days – you can’t fight that massive a trend. So, instead, let’s look at the contents of the trailer.
First, let’s tackle the controversial points. While it’s nice we still got our detective, no mall, really? No subway level? It wasn’t the most loved levels in the game but we already did school-other-world last movie – it could have been really interesting. We also get a new character named Suki – I don’t even want to touch that with a 30-foot-pole. Also, spoiler alert, why isn’t Harry dead??? And why does it seem like Heather is super toned down in the personality department? The best part of her character was that she had the strongest backbones and quick-witted sarcasm we didn’t get with all the wishy-washy lead characters in the other original 4 games. And, I hoped I had heard it wrong but I don’t think I did – Vincent becomes Heather’s little friend/companion throughout the film. Way to kill the lonely, crushing atmosphere already. I’m not going to chalk this up to having a man protecting the poor, innocent girl, cause I know this film franchise knows better. But God, Vincent’s got no swag, he looks like a punk-scene kid, or something the 90s coughed back out.
On the plus side of things, like the first movie, it look cleanly edited and well designed, having good quality special effects. They kept the same Silent Hill music which is good – no more rock themes for the love of God. The film seems to follow in tone of the previous film, which is god for people who liked the first movie, but it’s also looks and feels dirtier, creepier. The monsters, besides Pyramid Head and the nurses, look creatively designed, not exactly the same as those from the original game, but certainly still as disturbing. We’ve even got Lakeside Amusement Park in here, which is a surprise for me as I thought that would be too hard to pull together. Maybe a Robbie the Rabbit cameo? We also get Claudia, which gets the movie huge points, especially if we get “that” mind-blowing line of dialogue in there (My fellow Silent Hill fans know the one I mean *wink wink*)
So am I excited for this movie? Yes, and no. Yes, cause it at least looks decent. And no because, well, video adaptations don’t always work out in cinematic form. For now, I’m planning to go check it out, if only to sate my curiosity and see how this project turned out. I hope it’s good because I love this franchise and I want it to grow in scope and popularity. I just hope they tried to stay true to the game…