Silent Hill movie is a hidden horror gem as good as the games

Silent Hill movie is a hidden horror gem as good as the games

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The Silent Hill video game franchise is finally ready for a real return, with a new game to be announced on Wednesday. This latest series revival also means it’s the perfect time to relive the secretly awesome original Silent Hill movie. While horror seekers and video game fans of 2006 were annoyed that the movie didn’t stay true to its source material, a decade of (mostly) bad Silent Hill entries proved just how good the movie really was.

The film follows Rose Da Silva (Radha Mitchell) and her husband Christopher (Sean Bean), who are concerned about their daughter, Sharon (Jodelle Ferland), and her constant sleepwalking and mumbling about a place called Silent Hill. Finally, desperate for a solution, Rose takes Sharon and seeks Silent Hill for answers. The pair soon find themselves trapped in the haunted ghost town – along with a police officer named Cybil Bennett (Laurie Holden), who tries to prevent them from crossing the city limits and being brought in themselves. Sharon then disappears and sends the two women in search of the girl through Silent Hill, where they encounter some of the most famous monsters from the video game series.

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While the movie’s monsters and blood offers an eerie cinematic trip to gaming’s most famous ghost town, the best part of the Silent Hill film is the metaphor in the center. Director Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf) and screenwriter Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction) devise a story that grapples with the ways men and women might see the world differently, and the way threats against women can go unnoticed by the men around them.

Shortly after Rose and Sharon leave, Christopher follows them, realizing they may be on their way to Silent Hill. When he arrives, he finds only an empty city. For him, Silent Hill is quiet and uncrowded, but it still feels haunted, while for the women it’s a nightmare full of monsters. In the same streets where he sees nothing, they find threats on every corner and prowling every alleyway, in their own horrific dimension that he has no access to. While they are in mortal danger, something he feels but can’t even see or interact with, he’s powerless to help.

Several faceless zombie nurses face a blonde woman in the Silent Hill movie

Image: David Films/Konami

To pull this off, the film often puts its horror aesthetic on a dime. It skilfully changes from a monster action movie, as the characters desperately flee from a new horror (e.g. a herd of undead nurses), to a slow-burning, terror-infused drama as Christopher realizes he may be unable to help. woman at all, or as Rose fears she may have lost her daughter to the horrors of Silent Hill.

None of this makes for a subtle metaphor, but in a movie with monsters like Pyramid Head it probably shouldn’t be. Nonetheless, it’s an effective one—and it’s one that was still largely lost to audiences when the film came out in 2006, an era dominated by post-Saw-sequel “torture porn.” Combine that with the film taking a few creative liberties at a time when the game series was still in its heyday, and it’s no surprise that this remains one of the hidden gems of video game movies.

Silent Hill is available to stream on AMC+ via Prime Video and Fubo TV. It is also available for digital rental or purchase through Amazon and Apple.

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