SILENT HILL: From Console to Big Screen

Inspired by the cult 1980’s video game, the nostalgic tribute to creature features from the 1950'sIT CAME FROM THE DESERT will make its Texas premiere on Wednesday, May 23 at Flix BrewhouseIt features rival motocross heroes and heroines, kegger parties in the desert, secret underground military bases, romantic insecurities... and of course giant ants.

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I won't stay silent about this unappreciated gem!

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Our next Orbiter is coming up and has the programmers at OWA all a-twitter discussing video games that have been adapted into movies. Is there a curse? Are there any good ones? What's your guilty pleasure? I haven't seen RAMPAGE yet, but it looks entertaining. A flawless piece of cinema? Probably not. Fun? Likely. 

However, the video game-turned-feature film I am focusing on is a little more sinister than some kaiju-and-King Kong knockoff action flick. I'm going to talk about one of my favorite horror films: SILENT HILL.

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The first SILENT HILL video game came out in 1999 created by Konami and has spurred several video game sequels and films. While the graphics haven't held up to what we are used to now, they were cutting edge at the time. The voice acting was a little hokey, like so many 90s games, but it still manages to be a compelling psychological survival horror game with RESIDENT EVIL-style gameplay. You explore the town of Silent Hill solving puzzles and encountering monsters while trying to locate your lost daughter, Cheryl.   

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The SILENT HILL movie came out in 2006 and is probably one of the few video game-to-film adaptations that perfectly recreated the vibe and ambience of the source material. The music for the film's soundtrack was pulled directly from the video game, and it is amazingly composed by Akira Yamaoki. The film features the acting talents of Sean Bean (GAME OF THRONES, LOTR), Radha Mitchell (FINDING NEVERLAND, PITCH BLACK), Jodelle Ferland (DARK MATTER, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS), and Laurie Holden (WALKING DEAD). Cheryl's name is changed to Sharon for the film and instead of her father, her mother is attempting to locate her. Besides those two changes, things unfold similarly to the game plotwise. The monsters are surreal and terrifying, and the world has its own twisted rules to abide by to survive. A civil defense siren goes off to warn that the already eerie town of Silent Hill is about to mutate and shed to reveal the more hellish landscape of an alternate dimension called the 'Otherworld." Even if you haven't played the game, SILENT HILL holds up fine on its own as a horror film. This is my pick for best video game turned film.

P.S. I am crossing my fingers for a decent THE LAST OF US movie. My vote goes for John Krasinski to direct it. Who would play Joel? Sorry...this is another blog post altogether...