Silent Hill Film Adaptations 🌫️
Release Date, Cast, Plot, Review, Opinions

Silent Hill Movies

Konami initiated the psychological horror franchise after developing and publishing Silent Hill in 1999. Surprisingly, it’s the rare case of being titled exactly in all regions.


Silent Hill explores the darkness and evil side of humanity. Its main focus is exposing how corrupt humanity is, and how we (“humans”) are the true monsters, touching mature topics such as abuse, addiction, depression, trauma, and pain.


The video game series is considered revolutionary for the survival horror genre. Especially those that share the main storyline: burning sacrifice of a girl by the town’s cult in an attempt to provoke the rebirth of God. Instead, it catalyzed Silent Hill’s dark nature.


  • Silent Hill (1999)

  • Silent Hill 2 (2001)

  • Play Novel: Silent Hill (2001)

  • Silent Hill 3 (2003)

  • Silent Hill 4: The Room (2004)

  • Silent Hill: Mobile (2006)

  • Silent Hill: Origins (2007)

  • Silent Hill: The Arcade (2007)

  • Silent Hill: Orphan (2007)

  • Silent Hill: Homecoming (2008)

  • Silent Hill: Orphan 2 (2008)

  • Silent Hill: The Escape (2008)

  • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (2009)

  • Silent Hill: Orphan 3 (2010)

  • Silent Hill: Downpour (2012)

  • Silent Hill HD Collection (2012)

  • Silent Hill: Book of Memories (2012)

  • Silent Hill pachislot (2015)


That being said… Does Silent Hill have a movie?

The success of the series has generated the franchise to expand and include various comics, several spin-off videogames, and two feature films.

Is the Silent Hill movie scary?

Are there good Silent Hill movies?

We’ll answer these and more questions down below.

 

Everything About Silent Hill (2006) Movie

Silent Hill (2006) Movie poster
Source: Konami and Davis Films

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Director Christophe Gans wrote along with Roger Avary and Nicolas Boukhrief the first Silent Hill film adaptation, which was released in theaters on April 21, 2006, with the help of TriStar Pictures. 

While some say it’s based on the first Silent Hill game, the truth is, the film is non-canonical.

Is set in a separate continuity, but in the same universe, because it shares elements (as the soundtrack composed by Akira Yamaoka) from Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3.

Silent Hill (2006) Movie Trailer

 

Development started in the early 2000s with an estimated $50 million budget after Gans explained his plans to Konami. The film grossed $100 million total worldwide with “generally unfavorable reviews”: average rating of 4.8/10 in Rotten Tomatoes and 31/100 on Metacritic.

 

 

Cast and Characters

 
  • Radha Mitchell (Rose Da Silva)

  • Sean Bean (Christopher Da Silva)

  • Laurie Holden (Cybil Bennett)

  • Kim Coates (Officer Thomas Gucci)

  • Tanya Allen (Anna)

  • Alice Krige (Christabella)

  • 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)

  • Roberto Campanella (Red Pyramid / Janitor / Colin)

Plot/Synopsis (What is the story behind the movie Silent Hill?)

 

A loving mother (Rose Da Silva) takes her adopted daughter (Sharon) to Silent Hill, West Virginia to try to solve her sleepwalking condition. A car crash occurs s soon as they arrive which leads to Rose getting knocked unconscious. 

When she awakens, Rose finds her daughter missing in the disturbing fog that covers the town.

Is Silent Hill a true story? Fortunately for everyone involved, it’s not based on a real story.

 

 

Review and Opinions

 

The film’s main flaw is at the same time, its biggest strength. Its dark artwork, creatures, and religiously-driven plot can be enjoyed by many, but it’s clear that it was primarily made for fans with a lot of insider knowledge of the series.

It is very common for spectators to not fully understand what happens, which motivates those who enjoyed the film, to give the games a chance. 

Two main facts could push someone to see this movie: the first is the mix of practical and CGI effects. The second is the stories behind its making, like the burning of the building used for the orphanage and school scenes two years after the premiere.

On the bad side, it’s undeniable that the film is longer than it should. Having many unnecessary scenes (around 30 minutes of them).


Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times“An incredibly good-looking film. Sadly, I didn’t understand the story, because characters were pausing to offer arcane back-stories and historical perspectives and metaphysical insights and occult orientations”.


Don R. Lewis of Film Threat: “This entire film is downright confusing and not in an intriguing way”, calling it “the best-looking bad film I’ve ever seen.”

 

 

Everything About Silent Hills: Revelation + 3D (2012) Movie

Silent Hills Revelation Movie poster
Source: Konami and Davis Films

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Silent Hill: Revelation is a sequel released in the US on October 26, 2012 (Alliance Films) and in France, on 28 November 2012 (Metropolitan Filmexport). As the subtitle indicates, the film was mainly shown in 3D (both theatrically and Blu-ray 3D on compatible devices).

 

Silent Hills: Revelation (2012) Trailer 


While it mostly received negative reviews from critics and fans (2.96/10 average rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 16 out of 100 average score on Metacritic), the film grossed over $56 million worldwide.

A third film has been considered. Director/writer Christophe Gans announced a potential next film on January 31, 2020, and that he was already writing a screenplay with the help of Revelation producer, Victor Hadida. 

This one would explore the backstory of the town itself and other alternative stories from the graphic novels. 

 

 

Cast and Characters

 
  • Adelaide Clemens (Heather Mason / Dark Alessa)

  • Kit Harington (Vincent Cooper)

  • Radha Mitchell (Rose Da Silva)

  • Sean Bean (Christopher Da Silva / Harry Mason)

  • Deborah Kara Unger (Dahlia Gillespie)

  • Carrie-Anne Moss (Claudia Wolf)

  • Malcolm McDowell (Leonard Wolf)

  • Erin Pitt (Sharon Da Silva (young) / Alessa Gillespie (young))

  • Martin Donovan (Douglas Cartland)

  • Heather Marks (Suki)

  • Peter Outerbridge (Travis Grady)

  • Roberto Campanella (Red Pyramid)

  • Rachel Sellan (Mannequin Girl)

  • James Kirchner (Lobotomy)

  • Jefferson Brown (Detective Santini)

  • Liise Keeling (The Missionary)

  • Michael Cota (The Armless Man)

  • Jordan Clark (Robbie the Rabbit)



Plot/Synopsis

Taking place six years after the first film’s events: Heather Mason is drawn to an alternative dimension that only exists in the fictional town of Silent Hill. This occurs right after she discovers on her eighteenth birthday that her presumed identity is false.

Her dreams have become haunted by terrifying visions that include a creepy-looking girl with great resemblance to herself, often wandering around an amusement park. 

 

 

Review and Opinions

Ironically, this film is easier to follow (if compared to the first one, but still a bit complex with long scenes explaining The Order of Valtiel, the Seal of Metratron, and the Halo of the Sun) but the town is visually less attractive, obscuring the audience’s vision with falling ashes.

 

Dennis Harvey of Variety: “Cheaper, cheesier sequel that’s worse than its predecessor on every level (save being a half-hour shorter) and takes no special advantage of the stereoscopic process.”

 

Andy Webster of The New York Times: “Poorly written characters and plot, which he considered “thumbnail sketches at best”, and stated that the film “reduces its human players to plastic action figures in tired genre settings.”

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