Return to a place of insanity and blood-curdling chills in this shocking sequel to among the most surreal and gruesome horror movies ever created. Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) and her daddy (Sean Bean) have actually always attempted to stay one step ahead of the malicious forces intent on their damage. On the eve of her 18th birthday, a harmful discovery leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in a horrible landscape permanently. Based upon the extremely popular computer game series and composed and directed by Michael J. Bassett (Deathwatch), it's a mental trip into outright horror unlike anything you've ever understood.
At a time when the horror category was trending to minimalist Blair Witchisms, 2006's computer game adjustment Silent Hill stood out as a well obvious in-your-face shock, blending some remarkably nasty animal impacts with an upsetting dream logic created to keep the audience in a constant state of wobble. (To take a quote from drive-in film maven Joe Bob Briggs, it was a motion picture where definitely anything could occur at any time.) Quiet Hill: Revelation, as suggested in the subhead, aims to unlock some of the secret surrounding the franchise, a move that unfortunately dissolves much of the previous installment's operatic, Dario Argento-inspired vibe. That said, even if it cannot reproduce the original's unnervingly oogy surrealism, it still retains enough of the source product's grotty what-the-heck-was-that essence to require a watch. Making a valiant effort at combining the third video game of the series with the plotline of the very first film (original heroine Radha Mitchell makes an eyeblink cameo), the story follows a teenage woman (Adelaide Clemens) on the run with her daddy (the returning Sean Bean) while haunted by memories of the titular haunted town. When her dad disappears, she should return to Silent Hill to face her worries, most of which take the type of gloppy latex creatures. Writer-director Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane) has assembled an intriguingly strange cast to occupy his freak show, with respected folks such as Malcolm McDowell, Martin Donovan, and a nearly indistinguishable Carrie-Anne Moss all diving into the weirdness with gusto. (Game of Thrones fans ought to note that Kit Harington, a.k.a. Jon Snow, likewise makes an unusual beardless appearance.) The scenes where things aren't exuding out of the walls show to be rather flat, with dialogue that falls below the level of even most video game adjustments. Luckily, nevertheless, Bassett's film shows far more successful when trotting out the monsters, with the freaky nurses and Giant Pyramid Heads from the original sharing the stage with some deserving new critters, most notably a showstopping Aracno-Mannequin thing that delivers a welcome dosage of nightmare fuel. For those tired of the briefly glimpsed horrors of found video, they ought to discover that this performs, huge as life and twice as awful. -- Andrew Wright
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Run Time: 95
Release Date: 2/25/2014