SILENT HILL (2006) Reviews and overview

 

Scream Factory is releasing a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on July 9, 2019. New artwork by Devon Whitehead adorns the front cover, while the original artwork will be on the other side.

Special features:

Disc One:

  • HD Master Approved By Director Christophe Gans
  • New Audio Commentary With Cinematographer Dan Laustsen
  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc Two:

  • New Interview With Director Christophe Gans
  • New A Tale Of Two Jodelles – An Interview With Actress Jodelle Ferland
  • New Dance Of The Pyramid – An Interview With Actor Roberto Campanella
  • New Interview With Makeup-Effects Artist Paul Jones
  • Path Of Darkness: The Making of Silent Hill – A Six-Part Documentary
  • The Making Of Silent Hill Vintage Featurette
  • On Set Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Photo Galleries – Still Photos And Posters

‘We’ve been expecting you.’

Silent Hill is a 2006 French-Canadian horror feature film directed by Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf; Necronomicon ‘Part #1: The Drawned’) from a screenplay written by Roger Avary (Mr. Stitch), adapted from Konami’s 1999 video game of the same name. The Davis Films-Konami production stars Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden and Deborah Kara Unger.

Plot:

Following Sharon’s continuous sleepwalking episodes, Rose Da Silva (Radha Mitchell) takes her young daughter to the place only mentioned in her restless dreams: Silent Hill. However, Rose creates a high-speed chase between herself and a female cop that ends in a crash for them both.

When she wakes up, Sharon has disappeared and Rose is at the entrance to the deserted, dream-like town of Silent Hill. Rose is led on a blind search for her beloved daughter and begins to uncover the truth behind the apocalyptic disaster that burned the town thirty years earlier…

Reviews:

“A few of the images are startling, but as Radha Mitchell (a good actress) wanders through a ghost town, searching for her lost daughter as though she was touring an abandoned movie set, Silent Hill is mostly paralyzing in its vagueness.” Entertainment Weekly

” …this entire film is downright confusing and not in an intriguing way […] the best-looking bad film I’ve ever seen.” Film Threat

“It begins as a quest, develops into a ghost-town mystery, devolves into a preposterous cautionary tale about witchcraft and religious fundamentalism, and wraps up like the outrageously overwrought fantasy of a movie nerd obsessed with horror…” The New York Times

“With a running time 30 minutes shorter and a less baffling storyline, Silent Hill might have been a real winner. One can forgive the cheesy dialogue – this is, after all, not Shakespeare – and the predictably gory climax.” Reel Views

Cast and characters:

  • Radha Mitchell … Rose Da Silva – The Darkness; Sacrifice; The Crazies; Rogue; Pitch Black
  • Sean Bean … Christopher Da Silva – Feral; The Frankenstein Chronicles TV series; Silent Hill: Revelation; Black Death; The Hitcher 2007; The Dark 2005
  • Laurie Holden … Cybil Bennett – Pyewacket; The Mist
  • Deborah Kara Unger … Dahlia Gillespie – Jackals; The Hollow; Silent Hill: Revelation 
  • Kim Coates … Officer Thomas Gucci – Ghost Wars TV series; Skinwalkers; The Amityville Curse
  • Tanya Allen … Anna
  • Alice Krige … Christabella – The Little Vampire 3D; Sleepwalkers; Ghost Story
  • Jodelle Ferland … Sharon / Alessa
  • Colleen Williams … Archivist
  • Ron Gabriel … Old Mechanic
  • Eve Crawford … Sister Margaret
  • Derek Ritschel … Young Police Officer
  • Amanda Hiebert … Gas Attendant
  • Nicky Guadagni … Distressed Woman
  • Maxine Dumont … Christabella’s Aide
  • Chris Britton … Adam
  • Stephen R. Hart … Elder
  • Simon Richards … Elder
  • Ian White … Elder
  • Elizabeth Harpur … Congregation
  • Janet Land … Congregation
  • Florence MacGregor … Congregation
  • Lynn Woodman … Congregation
  • Hannah Fleming … School Girl
  • Holly Makarchuk … School Girl
  • Tatiana Haas … School Girl
  • Roberto Campanella … Red Pyramid / Janitor / Colin
  • Michael Cota … Armless Man
  • Yvonne Ng … Grey Child
  • Lorry Ayers … Scarred Older Alessa
  • Emily Lineham … Red Nurse / Dark Nurse
  • Donna Milburn … Slashing Dark Nurse

Filming locations:

Shot from February 2005 on sound sets and on location in Brantford and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Technical details:

125 minutes

Release:

Silent Hill was released on April 21, 2006, and grossed $97.6 million worldwide on an estimated $50 million budget.

Sequel:

Silent Hill: Revelation was released on October 26, 2012.

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