Yesterday, I watched the above video. It is the first I have seen of the upcoming Silent Hill film, so I was quite interested to see what it heralded.
As a bit of background, I’m a huge Silent Hill fan. For the most part, this consists of replaying the second and third games over and over, and wincing every time a new game is released. It’s a hard life, being a fan.
To me, the video games Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 are two of the best examples of horror I know. They are, to me and to a great many others, genuinely scary. Playing them as a kid, I was always scared out of my mind and it was that feeling to which I became addicted, and which led me into the horror world proper.
I still don’t know what it is about them that does it so perfectly for me. Something in the atmosphere, the pace, the way it doesn’t rush in and go for the jugular. In both, you spend a good deal of time wandering around before jumping at shadows before you even see a slaving nasty. It creates an incredibly effective sense of being lost and alone with something that doesn’t like you much, and is toying with you.
Like I said, two of the best examples of horror I know.
And then there’s the film. I don’t know what to think of it really. If it wasn’t billed as Silent Hill then it would probably have been a good horror film. But the title to me carries higher responsibilities. And whilst it wasn’t bad as horror films go, it was a bit of a mess. Particularly Sean Bean’s scenes, where he was basically tasked with twiddling his thumbs as a side plot.
But, and I’m a little wary of saying this, but the trailer for its sequel Silent Hill Revelations. Yes, Pyramid Head and the zombie nurses make their usual seemingly-obligatory incongruous appearances, but Sean Bean appears to have a bigger role. And it looks like it’s heavily based on the plot of Silent Hill 3. Which is always good.
I never underestimate the potential for Hollywood to cock up a good thing, but I’m sort of looking forward to this. After the mess when I wanted to watch a horror film last Autumn, I think I’ll take this.