By: Pete Phelps
Just as all sequels and franchises do, the follow up to the ultra-creepy “Silent Hill” is banking on the thrill you got from being weirded out from the first movie. “Silent Hill: Revelation” looks like it’s shaping up to bring us more suspense, and sinister, disturbing characters and creatures that its predecessor.
With the “Silent Hill” movies taking their genesis from the “Silent Hill” video games, the ideal setting to announce the release of “Revelation” was the 2012 Comic-Con. Those fortunate enough to attend this year were shown two preview clips of the movie. Attendees were also invited to a question and answer session with writer and director , producer Samuel Hadida and the nightmare-tormented star, Adelaide Clemens. Just enough tantalizing “revelations” were made about the sequel during the panel interview to pique anyone’s interest, fan and non-fan alike:
Success as a Standalone Movie
Writer/director Bassett says “Silent Hill: Revelation” will do well as a standalone movie. He believes that he crafted the story in a manner that won’t leave anyone in the dark if they are unfamiliar with the “Silent Hill” games or haven’t seen the first movie. He also described it as a sequel that’s packed with Easter Eggs and trivia points that devoted fans will pick up on and be pleased to find.
In addition to the gruesome, disturbing nurses in the video clip shown during the panel discussion which can be streamed on IGN.com, Bassett discussed another monster created for “Revelation”: the mannequin monster. Mannequins are creepy in general, but wait until you see this one in action. It carries a hoard of different heads, changing them out as it chases down its victims, moving about in a spider-like way. Speaking of spiders, this mannequin monster spins webs to entrap its prey. Imagine this “Silent Hill” character into a costumes. If you’re looking for ideas for this coming Halloween, you can find some pretty wild Halloween costumes at buycostumes.com, and create your own “Silent Hill”-themed Halloween.
An Odd Twist, From Sharon De Silva Into Heather Mason
In an odd twist, “Revelation” picks up the story of the original character from the first Silent Hill, Sharon De Silva, and transforms her into Heather Mason. Bassett would go no further in divulging the story line, leaving the information as an intriguing tease to arouse further interest in the sequel.
Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights announced the “Silent Hill: Revelation” 3D attraction to open coinciding with the October 26, 2012 release of the movie. Universal promises movie-set quality and the scare of a lifetime for all thrill-seekers visiting their Hollywood and Florida locations.
Who Will Make it Out Alive?
In the open floor portion of the panel, an audience member pointed out that Sean Bean — in the role of Sharon/Heather’s father, Harry Mason/Christopher Da Silva — has a track record of not making it out of his movies alive. When asked by the clever fan if Sean would live through “Revelation”, Bassett responded with the semi answer (or half-revelation): “Yes and no. And you’re going to have to see the movie to find out why that is a completely true answer.”
So will the 3D format enhance or inhibit the overall effect of the movie? Considering 3D is the trend in Hollywood lately, it was most likely insisted upon by the studio. In the end, though, hard-core “Silent Hill” fans will neither be drawn in or stay away because of the format. They’ll be pouring into theaters for the movie they’ve waited over half a decade for.
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D hits theaters October 26th.
About the Author: Pete writes about the entertainment scene on the West Coast. As an LA native, he’s equally frustrated with and thrilled by the growth he sees in LA.