Silent Hill

Silent Hill


Reviewed by: John Gallagher

Finally, a horror movie worth bragging about.

Let me tell you a story about a place, a place called Silent Hill. Rose doesn't know what to do with her daughter Sharon. She has tried everything to help her sleepwalking, but nothing seems to work. But that's not the only problem. When Sharon sleeps, she speaks of a place called Silent Hill.

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Against her husband's wishes, Rose takes Sharon to Silent Hill. The town was evacuated years ago and most of it is in ruins after fires, burning under the streets, left it uninhabitable. So why are things still moving in Silent Hill?

Everything about this movie is awesome. The sets are amazing. The town is creepy, with a constant fog over everything. The score adds to the tension with music taken from the Silent Hill games. The sets and score aside, the monsters are the genuine scene-stealers. The burning kids, the things with no arms, the dead nurses with messed up faces will give you nightmares, but it's Pyramid Head who will leave you needing a change of underwear. This guy could give any of the horror icons of the last 20 years a run for their money.

Let's not forget the lead actors, who help take you on this fearful journey through the most haunted fictional place in America. Radha Mitchell is excellent as Rose and Jodelle Ferland will creep you out as Sharon. Laurie Holden plays the poor cop who finds herself chasing Rose into Silent Hill and Deborah Kara Unger is Dahlia Gillespie, who hides her own little secrets in the town that won't stay dead. Unfortunately there is one character to whom I cannot give credit and that is Sean Bean as Rose's husband. Great actor, but his time in this movie is wasted.

Silent Hill captures everything a great horror film should, without falling back on those predict-a-scare moments that have become part of the genre's visual furniture. We have writer Roger Avary (Rules Of Attraction) and director Christophe Gans (Brotherhood Of The Wolf) to thank for that. I beg that Hollywood puts them together again.

This movie needs to be seen to be believed and to Mr Uwe Boll and Mr Paul WS Anderson I say, "Take notice. This is how survival horror should be done."

Reviewed on: 24 Apr 2006
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The singed secrets of a burnt town reveal a terrible haunting.
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Director: Christophe Gans

Writer: Roger Avary

Starring: Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates, Tanya Allen, Alice Krige

Year: 2006

Runtime: 127 minutes

BBFC: 15 - Age Restricted

Country: Japan/US/France


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