Return to a place of insanity and blood-curdling chills in this shocking sequel to one of the most surreal and gruesome horror films ever created. Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) and her father (Sean Bean) have always tried to stay one step ahead of the malevolent forces intent on their destruction. But on the eve of her 18th birthday, a dangerous revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in a nightmarish landscape forever. Based on the hugely popular video game series and written and directed by Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane), it’s a psychological trip into absolute terror unlike anything you’ve ever known.
I did not in any way expect this sequel to Silent Hill (2006) to be as good as the original, but there was no reason to think it couldn’t at least be a cheesy, b-level horror, with a cute chick and some scary moments. Silent Hill: Revelation, however, is not even that. In fact it’s appalling.
Let’s start with the incomprehensible story, which fails to properly establish that these are the same characters from the first film. They have different names, and one of them was supposed to be trapped in limbo. That part is eventually explained, but not after you’ve been sitting for 10 minutes, wondering if the writer is even aware he’s doing a sequel.
The story is nothing but a long, boring line of disjointed scenes, intercut with dream sequences, and trips to the alternate reality. Add to that some horrible exposition scenes, so clumsy a clown jumping into the frame with a sign would have been more subtle. And why doesn’t anything make any damn sense? Everything seems to contradict the first film, but the plot also lacks any kind of internal logic.
Director Michael J. Bassett, who’s usually quite competent, seems to be completely clueless here. There’s no rhythm in the film, and it’s shot in the most lazy, generic way. It’s often difficult to figure out what’s going on in a scene, because the shots are framed in a weird way or because there’s no proper master shot of new locations.
Finally, what about the most important factor of any horror film… is it scary? Nope. Not even a little bit. Every single “scary” moment in the movie is Adelaide Clemens stepping into a room and then getting attacked from behind, and because of the problems mentioned above I spent most of the time trying to make out what was going on. The only moment even remotely resembling a real shock, is when a Pop-Tart pops out of a toaster during a breakfast scene early in the film. I think it was strawberry flavor.
Audio & Video:
The images are fine. The film has a pleasing look that doesn’t scream digital, and good colors. Now, if only the director and cinematographer knew how to shoot a film properly, we’d be alright.
There are some good, atmospheric surround effects on the soundtrack, unfortunately the sound quality itself is often quite poor. This must be a problem with the original recording. Sounds pretty rough in some places.
Is Universal deliberately trying to get a rise out of me? A 3 minute “a look inside” clip is all we get? Shame on you! This package contains both Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet versions. Unfortunately they all feature the same film.
Silent Hill: Revelation is an incompetent mess. It’s not scary, it doesn’t look good, and and makes little sense. It’s also clumsy, boring, and inferior to the original in every way imaginable. I’m not even going to bother with some sort of “game over” joke. This movie doesn’t deserve it.
Extra Features: F