SILENT HILL (2006) Reviews and overview

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‘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.

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…

“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

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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:
2 hour 5 minutes

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


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

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