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Silent Hill: Revelation 3D Trailer Discussion
Being a huge fan of the Silent Hill games, the second one being my all time favorite, and the first film I was beyond ecstatic to see the release this past friday of the first theatrical trailer for the new film Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (shot in real 3D, not post-conversion). It's been a long six years since we've known that a sequel was going to be made, and now the October 26th 2012 release date will soon be upon us. The trailer isn't the first footage shown of the film, since there were two clips previewed at this years San Diego Comic Con, but it is the most extensive. Out of the two clips that were shown only one of them is available online, which you can watch at the end of the article. The trailer provides us with a better view on the story and what we can expect from the film.
The new film is said to follow Heather Mason, played by Adelaide Clemens (X-Men Origins: Wolverine),and her father, played by Sean Bean who reprises his role in the film, who have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever (www.Comingsoon.net). Deborah Kara Unger also reprises her role as Dahlia Gillespie, mother of Alessa. Newcomers to the series include Carrie-Anne Moss(The Matrix) as Claudia Wolf, Malcolm McDowell (Halloween) as Leonard Wolf, and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as Vincent. Check out the trailer below.
Theatrical Trailer for Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
The trailer opens up showing us a couple of quick glances of two of the films monsters, the Bubble Head Nurse and Pyramid head, who appears to have taken on a larger role in this film than in the previous one. The next shot shows a scene which appears to be Dark Alessa from the first film destroying what looks to be Silent Hill. It seems like it could be one of Heather's dreams, haunting her. We are then introduced to both Heather and her father as she wakes up from the supposed nightmare featuring Dark Alessa. Following that we are shown Heather in her newest high-school (she's been in and out of various schools for many years) until she has a hallucination/vision of a creature, known to the games as the Lying Figure or Straight Jacket Man. We are then introduced to Vincent who appears to be a classmate of hers, but I have a feeling there is a little more to him then what we are shown. Next we are given a glimpse of what looks to be Douglas Cartland, a detective in the third Silent Hill game. From here things seem to go downhill pretty fast.
Heather then gets home, finds that her father is missing and a message written in blood telling her to "Come to Silent Hill". Next to the message is a symbol that Heather recognizes, the Halo of the Sun. This symbol was an important aspect of the third game as well as the metal disc Heather finds, the Seal of Metatron. The world degrades around her, Vincent is taken and Heather ends up in Silent Hill. After meeting Dahlia a siren begins to sounds, signaling the changing of dimensions, from the regular Silent Hill world to the nightmare world. We are then introduced to the Mannequin monster as it seems to come after Heather in a warehouse. We are then shown a series of scenes: Heather talking to Leonard Wolf about the Seal, Heather running toward a Carnival, more Dark Alessa, Pyramid Head in what looks like a prison hallway, Dahlia telling Heather she has been chosen to kill the monster, another shot of Pyramid Head turning gears on what looks like a carousel and a shot of Heather and Vincent hiding from people in black hoods and robes which is probably The Order.
Following this we are shown a quick montage of clips showing that Heather's father is still alive, the carousel on fire and shots from the Bubble Head Nurse clip that is at the bottom of this article. The trailer ends with Pyramid Head slicing his giant sword through the screen. I feel that the trailer hits all the right notes in bringing the world of Silent Hill, as well as the third game, to life. It's hard to know exactly how the movie will be based off of the trailer, but what we are shown here seems very promising.
The first film, directed by Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf), follows a mother and her young daughter as they venture into the town of Silent Hill, after the young daughter repeatedly cries out the name of the town while sleepwalking. When a mysterious girl steps out in front of their car the mother, Rose, swerves to avoid hitting her and crashes the car. Upon waking up she finds that her daughter is gone and she is now in the town of Silent Hill. She heads into town in search of her daughter but much to her dismay she encounters hideous creatures, a religious cult and a town that seems to jump dimensions.
The first film was not well received by critics garnering only 29% on Rotten Tomatoes. The one thing critics all agreed on were that the visuals and set design were fantastic. Fans of video games series seemed to enjoy the film although many felt that the film started off strong, delivering the look and feel of the Silent Hill games, but then as the film progressed it began to make quite a few miss-steps.
With the mixed reception of the first film, fans of the series may be a little bit more cautious with the new film looming close to its theatrical release. Michael J. Basset tries to set those fears and worries aside, telling the Hollywood Reporter "You’ve got to make a sequel that’s better than the original...I wanted to make a movie that was more scary, more intense." Although we won't know exactly how the film is going to be until we are seated in the theater watching the movie ourselves, this gives us a lot of hope.
The first TV spot for Silent Hill: Revelation 3D has premiered featuring some new footage spliced between footage already seen from the theatrical trailer. More and more TV spots will probably hit the internet between now and the release of the movie, incorporating both new and old footage in each one. Hopefully the marketing department doesn't spoil too much of the movie in the commercials like so many others. Check out the new TV spot below!
The new TV spot featured some new footage in the beginning of Heather having visions, or possibly premonitions, of things. She first sees a homeless man with a very Silent Hill like disfigured face. We are then shown a shot of Heather and Vincent, supposedly walking home, and Heather sees a group of people flickering in and out of reality (at least that's what it seems). These figures look like the same people from the the end of the TV spot, as well as the theatrical trailer known as The Order. There are then a few more recycled shot, some with new, unimportant dialogue playing over them, and a shot of Vincent telling Heather that she shouldn't go to Silent Hill. If only he knew how right he was.
We are then shown a shot of Heather putting a key into a lock and opening some large door. No sure what's behind the door, but the whole "using a key and unlocking a mysterious door" brings back old memories from the games. A few more recycled clips go by, and a new one with Dahlia telling Heather she shouldn't be there, until we get to a new shot of Leonard. It sounds like he is shouting "You must be destroyed", but to whom? I don't believe he would be shouting that at Heather, but I guess all we can do is speculate for now. At the end we get an awesome shot of what looks like fire arching to right, and another awesome shot of Pyramid Head swinging his gigantic sword at an unknown person.
The new footage of the movie looks fantastic, and I couldn't be anymore excited for its release. Fans of Silent Hill and horror films alike should be looking forward to its release, being able to head back into the world of Silent Hill. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D comes out October 26th 2012.