In the pantheon of video game adaptations, 2006’s Silent Hill is easily one of the more reputable. Creepy, well-shot but not necessarily memorable, the film bypassed lukewarm reviews to make almost $100 million in the States. Given such numbers, it’s surprising how long it has taken for Silent Hill: Revelation to rear its Pyramid Head.
“For years, Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever.”
Fans of the original, or the long-running game series, are advised to temper their expectations. Christophe Gans, who brought a sharp eye to the earlier picture, isn’t returning to the director’s chair; passing the reigns to Michael J. Bassett (Deathwatch, Solomon Kane). Radha Mitchell and Sean Bean are back, joined by Carrie-Anne Moss and Malcolm McDowell. Cynicism aside, that’s quite a cast.
The Sony film will be released in 3D sometime next year.