HALLOWEEN’ING Day 19: Silent Hill

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As survival horror video games go, the first installment in the long-running Silent Hill franchise was something of an innovator when it was released in 1999. This one was different, as it relied less on the big monster horror elements (though they were there as well), and really went for the psychological style of horror. The atmosphere, the world-building mythos that borrows heavily from Lovecraft and the movie Jacob’s Ladder, the music cues and visuals, along with a story that messes with your mind…this game gets under your skin and stays there long after you’ve shut off the Playstation.

I’ve had the pleasure of playing the game while visiting some friends in Denver years ago. I’ve seen copies of the original Playstation game going for over $100 on Amazon and Ebay, though; if you’re like me, that’s a bit much to own and play the game. Instead, there are many Let’s Play videos of this game if you just want to watch the story unfold, the one I’m recommending is Cyborcat’s Game Den play-thru. Mainly because she’s awesome and on my YouTube list. Nepotism? I’m not sure if that’s the correct term to use…

CYBORCAT’S GAME DEN

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Movie Review: SILENT HILL Revelation

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Silent-Hill-Revelation-3D-motion-poster-300x512Universal Pictures

2012

R

 

“Never build on an ancient Indian burial ground! I thought everybody knew that.”

Silent Hill: Revelation was a sequel I was surprised saw the light of day. I knew they were planning one, but I wasn’t exactly clamoring for a follow-up to the 20__ original movie based on the uber-creepy survival horror game. Matter of fact, I wasn’t even aware it was even released until I happened to see the title on the marquee of the second-run theater in Omaha one afternoon. Still, it wasn’t until almost a year later, when it popped up on Netflix Streaming, when I finally watched the sequel that so far has received rather negative reviews, and I had low expectations for to begin with.

I have to admit that Silent Hill: Revelation was a pretty decent horror movie on an atmospheric level – the visuals and effects lent a very palpable Lovecraftian tone to everything, along with the music cues and photography. The story, I guess is based on the third Silent Hill game, but since I’ve only played the first game a long time ago, I couldn’t really tell you how that went. There are some callbacks to the first movie, the more glaring one being the attempt to explain how Sharron made it back from being trapped in the foggy alternate dimension at the end of the first movie. At least we only suffered through one scene with a bad child actor, there. Speaking of the acting, it’s about as what you would expect – wooden, melodramatic and rather boring. Everyone’s either mopey, brooding, or – in the case of the religious wackos that populate Silent Hill – over-the-top melodramatic. There’s a scene early on where Sharron explains to a class full of your typical catty high school classmates that she’s just a loner and emo chick (not in those exact words, mind you), don’t remember my name, typical angsty drama from your typical stereotypical world of modern teenage whatever, that made me groan out loud and shake my head in fear of the acting that was to come.

So, basically Silent Hill: Revelation has some really good effects and atmosphere, hampered with mediocre-at-best acting and a ham-fisted script. In other words, more of the same from the first movie. Good for a rental, glad I didn’t spend the money for the movie theater on this one.