One of the best films I saw in 2015 was Osgood Perkins’ masterful February (read our review), starring Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story”) and Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men,” Carriers), with Lucy Boynton (Miss Porter), James Remar (“Dexter”), and Lauren Holly (Dumb and Dumber).
A24, who released The Witch, acquired this Satanic masterpiece out of the Toronto International Film Festival. retitled to The Blackcoat’s Daughter, Bloody Disgusting learned that you’ll finally be able to see this chilling tale on July 14th, specifically on DirecTV. There’s more release plans to come, but at least you won’t be waiting much longer.
Here’s the new, official synopsis:
“A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, The Blackcoat’s Daughter centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story—that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. The movie suspensefully builds to the moment when the two stories will finally intersect, setting the stage for a shocking and unforgettable climax.”
Principal photography took place in Ottawa on the film written and directed by Osgood Perkins, son of legendary Psycho actor Anthony Perkins.
The Blackcoat’s Daughter is produced by Unbroken Pictures’ Adrienne Biddle and Bryan Bertino (The Strangers), Rob Paris’ Paris Film, Inc. (Everly), Zed Filmworks’ Rob Menzies and Alphonse Ghossein of Go Insane Films. Carissa Buffel and Kevin Matusow are executive producing under their Traveling Picture Show (The Quiet Ones) banner along with 120dB Films’ Peter Graham and Steve Hayes, and Arianne Fraser.
Here’s an international trailer that I would probably avoid watching (spoilers).
French metal band Gojira have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album Magma on June 17th via Roadrunner Records. To give fans a taste of what’s to come, the band has released a stream of the 4th track from the album, “Stranded”, which shows that the band has definitely evolved their sound. There is still a lot of aggressive rage bursting forth but there is also a mature restraint and quiet beauty through the song.
Vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier explains, “We are very excited to release our new album ‘Magma’. We put everything we had into these songs. This album is our flesh and blood.”
A North American tour will be announced on May 2nd. You can pre-order Magma right here.
The Hellraiser series is a topic of a lot of contention here on Bloody-Disgusting. There are some who are extremely passionate about the series and all the entries it has offered. However, there are some, like myself, who feel the series has gone down significantly in quality, even though there is an amazing universe and lore available to pull from. I even went so far as to say the best way of fixing the Hellraiser series is by getting rid of Pinhead. That one definitely drew some ire.
All that aside, I think we can all agree that the premise of the Hellraiser films is really awesome! A malevolent puzzle box that acts as a gateway to Hell and releases the demonic Cenobites to absolutely wreck eternity for those who simply wanted to beat the world record time on a shimmery faux Rubik’s cube? Count me in. But considering that the story truly began with creator Clive Barker’s novella “The Hellbound Heart”, it begs the questions, “What’s different? What was changed?”
Well, the folk over at Cinefix have decided to look into just that and compare “The Hellbound Heart” with Hellraiser. And while there aren’t too many differences, there are enough that the films would’ve been quite different had Barker been 100% faithful to his original story!
Check out the video above and then let us know if you would’ve rather seen Barker keep to the original story or if you’re happy with the way things turned out!
It was announced the other day that Entertainment’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista, will be released worldwide on October 6, 2017.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners), today it was reported that Ana de Armas, one of the sadistic beauties in Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, is co-starring in the followup that begins filming this coming July.
The sequel, set several decades after the original, is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Story details are not being revealed.
Multi-Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (Sicario, Prisoners) will reunite with Villeneuve on the project.
Warner Bros will release the film in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all overseas territories in all media.
Netflix announced that principal photography began yesterday on its feature film Okja in Seoul, South Korea.
From director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host, Mother), Okja is produced by Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company, and stars Tilda Swinton ( Snowpiercer, Doctor Strange, Hail, Caesar!, Moonrise Kingdom), Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Everest) and Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) in a bold, global adventure.
“With Okja I want to show the beauty that can exist between man and animal, and also the horror between them,” said Director Bong.
Okja was written by Bong and Jon Ronson (Frank) and follows Mija (Seohyun An), a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named ‘Okja’.
Joining the cast are acclaimed actors from around the world, including Devon Bostick (The 100), Lily Collins (To The Bone), Byun Heebong (The Host), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook), Yoon Je Moon (Mother), Choi Wooshik (Set Me Free) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead). Okja will be shot in South Korea, Canada and the US, in English and Korean.
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Dooho Choi, Woo-sik Seo and Bong Joon Ho are producers on the film. Okja is a Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company production.
Okja will premiere globally on Netflix in 2017 and will also have a limited day and date theatrical release in the US.
The rage virus from Danny Boyle’s seminal zombie-esque thriller is still running rampant in the streets of London. Plucky Brits are being thrust in the midst of the action as film event specialists Secret Cinema are bringing the movie to life with their latest set spectacle.
Running until the end of May, a disused printing press building has been transformed into a scare attraction climaxing with the most unique way to watch the movie. Participants are instructed to arrive in medical scrubs only to be greeted by army and medical personnel. After being ushered through to a mock medical facility the fun really begins when you get to inhabit prequel elements of the outbreak story as well as following the original celluloid protagonist’s path. The attention to detail is suburb and begs the question – just when are we going to get 28 Months Later? Until that happens this experience happily fills the monkey bite shaped hole left in our existence .
You can sign up for the experience here. It’s only a matter of time before the infection reaches the US border as the Secret Cinema founder has teased their service launching America soon.
Secret cinema America coming to a secret city soon. Tell no one pic.twitter.com/NiJzpwT7Xd
— fabienriggall (@fabienriggall) April 21, 2016
NECA just revealed the astounding “Kenner Ripley,” which is an upgraded version of the toy company’s classic Aliens toy line from 1992.
“Celebrate Alien Day 2016 with a special edition tribute to the classic Kenner Ripley figure from the early ’90s!
“Lt. Ellen Ripley comes with bandolier and smartgun accessories, plus a commemorative reprint of the Dark Horse mini-comic that was included with the original release in 1993.
“The 7-inch scale figure features the likeness of Sigourney Weaver, and has over 25 points of articulation. The blister card packaging is an homage to the classic as well, and features a collectible file card with bio.”
It will be available only in Toys R Us and Hastings stores the week of April 26th, while a super limited number will be available on the Toys R Us website the same day – use necaonline.com/AlienDayRipley to take you there.
The new trailer for Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence is trying to prove it’s more than big set pieces and insane CGI.
Does the sequel, which takes place 20 years later, have heart? The trailer attempts to reconnect characters to the past and even takes a moment of silence to remember Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith).
Yes, there’s still a ton of CGI, which include massive alien ships, new technology (and a Prometheus ripoff), as well as a giant extraterrestrial creature. Oh, and the trailer wouldn’t be complete without a hilariously obvious observation by the great Jeff Goldblum.
“We always knew they were coming back.
After ‘Independence Day’ redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.”
Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe (It Follows), and Sela Ward.
Independence Day: Resurgence invades theaters on June 24th, 2016.
The Cabin In the Woods stoner Fran Kranz will join Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in Sony’s The Dark Tower, says THR.
Based on the Stephen King-penned fantasy series, the film will follow a wandering knight (Elba) who is the last hope of the fallen land of Mid-World. He is charged with finding the Dark Tower while battling his nemesis the Man in Black (McConaughey).
Kranz will play Pimli, the right-hand man of the Man in Black.
A Nightmare On Elm Street Jackie Earle Haley, who just joined AMC’s “Preacher,” was recently cast as Richard Patrick Sayre, “…a menacing humanoid who is the vampire leader and kowtows to no one.”
Nikolaj Arcei is set to direct, with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer set to produce under their Imagine Entertainment banner. King and Erica Huggins also will produce.
The Dark Tower will be released on February 17, 2017.
Indican Pictures new Christian horror film, The Channel, will be in 5 theaters on Friday, April 29, 2016. To help celebrate this limited theatrical release, Indican Pictures has provided Bloody Disgusting with an exclusive look at the film’s poster!
By “Christian” horror film I’m not sure if that means there will be some type of moral or if the movie just deals with Christian themes. I’m very much not a religious person, so either way most references will likely be lost on me.
Following a near-death experience in a car crash, teenager Cassie Stevens finds herself haunted by a shadowy figure…something which has apparently followed her back from the other side of death. As these visions escalate, Cassie’s sanity teeters on a breakdown and her only hope is a skeptical priest, who himself harbors doubts about her sanity. Will she break free from the living nightmare that torments her, or will she succumb to the darkness that seeks her soul for cheating death?
Directed by Tom Lewis
Starring: Kristen Stephenson Pino, Nick Clark, Andrew Olson, Jared Boghosian, Carol Anne Watts, Corrin Evans, Myron Natwick, Larrs Jackson
Infinitap Games is bringing an enhanced version of Matt Gilgenbach’s 2014 horror game Neverending Nightmares to the PS4 and PS Vita on May 3 in North America and May 4 in Europe. Inspired by its creator’s battle with obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, this surreal is about as psychological as psychological horror can get.
“Through eliciting feelings of darkness and despair and drawing on strong metaphorical undertones, I’m seeking to express my feelings of struggling with mental illness through the game,” explains Gilgenbach in a post on the PlayStation Blog. “While the story isn’t autobiographical, the feelings in the game very much are. Everything in the game was designed to recreate the feelings and thoughts I experienced at my darkest point in my mental health struggles.”
It’s a very personal project that also works as a satisfying and often very frightening horror game. It’s an easy one to recommend, especially with the various upgrades that have been made since the PC release. Neverending Nightmares targets 1080p/60fps on PS4, 60fps on the Vita, and features an improved branching narrative and cross-buy support, all for for $14.99. They’re also giving PlayStation Plus members a 20% discount for the first two weeks following its release.
In this exclusive clip from Peter A. Dowling’s thriller Sacrifice, heading to New York theaters and VOD on April 29th via IFC, Radha Mitchell (Rogue, The Darkness, Pitch Black, Silent Hill) uncovers a freshly sacrificed body that sets her off to investigate a mysterious cult.
“Disturbing secrets lie buried in the bogs of a remote island in this spellbinding thriller. Shortly after surgeon Tora Hamilton (Radha Mitchell) moves with her husband (Rupert Graves) to the Shetland Islands – 100 miles off the coast of Scotland – she makes an unnerving discovery: the body of a young woman with strange symbols carved into her flesh and her heart ripped out. When what at first appears to be the remains of a victim of an ancient ritual turns out to be a fresh corpse, Tora is plunged into a dangerous mystery that may be connected to the dark myths of the island’s folklore.”
Rupert Graves (The Madness of King George, V For Vendetta, Made in Dagenham) also stars.
Earlier this week we told you that Paramount hopes Rings, their long-gestured sequel to The Ring and The Ring Two, will become an annual Halloween event.
Gore Verbinski’s 2002 The Ring, starring Naomi Watts as a journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it, was a remake of Hideo Nakata’s Japanese Ringu (1998). I still consider it to be one of the scariest and most unnerving horror films ever made.
And while The Ring was one of the most successful horror films ever here in the States, the Ringu franchise was also huge in its native land. It started the “J-horror” craze, and is responsible for the birth of the 2000 made-for-TV movie Ju-On, which would also get a U.S. remake in 2004 (the film was produced by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House, and its success is one of the reasons we never saw Ash vs. Freddy vs. Jason) under the moniker The Grudge.
While both franchises centered around a curse and feature a super scary evil spirit, they were inherently different stories, but had equal the spooks. I’m unsure which is bigger, but there are way more sequels to Ju-On than that of Ringu.
We’re pretty excited for Rings to reignite the franchise here in the States this coming October, but there’s a primer coming out of Japan on June 18th.
As previously reported, after a brilliant April Fool’s Day joke went viral, Kadokawa and NBCUniversal Japan have joined forces for the ultimate J-horror battle: Sadako vs Kayako.
Grotesque director Koji Shiraishi is behind the camera with Mizuki Yamamoto caught in the middle of the two battling horror icons.
We’ve already seen a teaser trailer, but now have a full-length version to go along with a handful of awesome screengrabs.
It looks as if both stories are seemingly separated, at least until the two spirits come across the same victim in the final shot (it reminds me of Monica Keena’s scene in Freddy vs. Jason). The coolest shot is that of Kayako being choked by Sadako’s famous hair, although the trailer loses its power with an awful Japanese pop song playing over much of the footage.
Ju-On: The Final, billed as the final Ju-On, opened in Japan last June, while Sam Raimi is producing a re-remake here in the States.
We have a new survival horror game to look forward to, and it involves the creators of Kholat.
Husk is a first-person collaborative effort that’s being co-developed for PC by UndeadScout and IMGN.PRO. It’s set in the fictional town of Shivercliff — a town I would absolutely move to, just to have Shivercliff in my address — which sort of sounds like some a tourist-eating Devil’s Triangle disguised as Bright Falls. See, there’s a page on the town’s website that opens with a vague tease of the possibility that something might keep you from leaving Shivercliff by calling it “a place you’ll never want to leave…” That sounds nice, you might say. That’s a town you might want to buy a gift shop snow globe from to remember it by, perhaps.
I recommend saving your $3.00, or whatever snow globes cost these days, because that ambiguity transforms into something sinister by the end, where Shivercliff becomes “a place you will not be able to leave.” Is the town cut off from the world somehow, like Silent Hill, or is its invitation for us to be the “next big plot twist” in the lives of its complex locals a euphemism for their inflicting violent murder upon us?
Find out when Husk releases, whenever that is! Until then, enjoy some screens.
The European fantasy/horror film Tale of Tales was recently released on DirecTV and is getting a limited theatrical run tomorrow. But for those of you want a little sneak peek into the film, a new clip has been released and can be seen above.
“Sea monsters, monarchs, ogres and sorcerers. Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly star in this breathtaking Baroque fantasy from the visionary director of “Gomorrah.” “Tale of Tales” is based on 3 spellbinding stories of magic and the macabre by 17th-century folklorist Giambattista Basile. It unleashes a barrage of mind-bogglingly gorgeous and fantastical imagery as it brings to life the (mis)adventures of 3 kings. In the kingdom of Darkwood, the King (John C. Reilly) and his Queen (Salma Hayek) attempt to conceive a child through very unusual means. Meanwhile, in Highhills, the none-too-bright monarch (Toby Jones) marries off his daughter to brutal ogre while developing a strange obsession with breeding a giant flea. The sex-obsessed crown of Strongcliff (Vincent Cassel) is in for a shock when the woman he falls in love with is not quite what she seems. This intoxicating cinematic spectacle is full of surreal surprises, and a journey into the dark heart of fairy tales.”
Tale of Tales stars Selma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, and John C. Reilly. It was directed by Matteo Garrone and features music by Alexandre Desplat.
STX Entertainment has announced that they will be moving their horror film The Bye Bye Man once again. Originally, the movie was supposed to come out this October. Then the studio bumped it up to June 3rd, which delighted many excited viewers. However, the current move is sure to upset a few people as the new released date is December 9th, just in time for the holiday wave.
The studio did this because the June date put the film against the summer blockbuster Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, explains Deadline. The new date is wide open and doesn’t have any competition, as of yet.
“Set in 1990s Wisconsin, when three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping The Bye Bye Man’s existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.”
Bye Bye Man stars Doug Jones, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Faye Dunaway and is directed by Stacy Title.
The status of Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 is something of a mystery. When announced, it was the hot ticket. Then, Ridley Scott decided to move forward with a sequel to Prometheus, a film now titled Alien: Covenant. That event seemingly brought the filming of Blomkamp’s Alien film to a grinding halt.
But now new news has been released and it comes directly from the mouth of Ellen Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver.
Well, I *think* it is. Ridley asked Neill NOT to make our Alien til after Prometheus 2. He (Ridley) wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it’s an AMAZING script, and Neill and I are REALLY excited about doing it. We’re doing other things until we can get going on that. I’d be really surprised if we DIDN’T do it, because it’s such a great script, and we love working together. So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait.
This information comes from Weaver’s appearance at VMware and the quote comes from Aggressive Comix.
Obviously, this is huge news as it means that Blomkamp’s Alien is still very much in the cards and not cancelled indefinitely as we previously thought. That being said, no concrete filming dates have been set nor is there an anticipated release date. All we can do is sit back and wait.
Some horror movies end with a question so big, they never fade away, instead becoming a mystery that the community will go above and beyond to try and solve. Horror is a big culprit of leaving us on a cliffhanger with questions unanswered. After all, sequels have to be made, right?
One of the big horror endings is John Carpenter’s The Thing, which leaves us observing the tense back-and-forth between Kurt Russell’s MacReady and Keith David’s Childs. Viewers have been trying to figure out if either one of them was a “thing” even since the movie first hit theaters and the topic still resonates with people.
YouTuber Zombater has created an interesting fan theory that takes a scene from the movie, one in which MacReady is playing chess against a computer, and used that as the foundation for an interesting take on the film’s ending. It posits that MacReady is free from the alien biological threat but that Childs may very well be the “thing” in human form.
Check it out above and let us know your thoughts on the ending to The Thing!
Evil exists. It genuinely does. We can try to laugh it off or undermine it, but evil very much exists and is constantly all around all of us. It is said the average human will walk by three serial killers in their lifetime. Just that fact alone should open your eyes to the evil in the world. All I am saying is that if there is a spiritual war going on right now in the world, maybe the bad guy is winning. Maybe the big-bad is getting closer and closer than any of us have ever imagined. It is with that thought in mind I offer you a slow and guided journey through six chilling portrayals of Satan in cinema, the one place that dares show us what the “beast” may actually look like and how it would potentially sound.
If you are easily scared or overly spiritual, I do not recommend reading this list, as it is said he can smell weak people from miles away. I would hate for this piece to be an “in” for him, so do not read on if you are not spiritually strong.
Just kidding. It’s just an article. Read on, regardless.
Also please note the lack of “Black Phillip” from The Witch was intentional, as we never see his final form.
Okay, read on my little lambs, read on… But beware of spoilers!Tim Curry as The Darkness in Legend
Start with the best, and this Ridley Scott film easily has the best cinematic Satan ever put on film. Exactly how a child’s mind would imagine the Devil, Darkness is bright red, with MASSIVE, onyx horns branching out from either side of his skull. His voice sounds like it comes from belly of hell, itself, deep and overpowering. Dark and unforgettable, like Satan should be.
But Darkness was more than that. Tim Curry transformed so much for this role. You cannot see him or hear him, which is the mark of an unforgettable performance.
Hell (pun intended), I would put this performance up there with Ledger’s Joker. It is THAT haunting and unforgettable, and sets a great tone for the rest of the list.Robert De Niro as The Devil in Angel Heart
For the few of you who may not know, let me warn you now. This 1987 movie starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro and Lisa Bonet (who was still a Cosby kid at the time) will all sorts of f*ck you up. I won’t spoil any of the twists or turns here, but will talk a bit about how eerily De Niro (yes, THAT De Niro) portrays Satan.
First off, gone are the obvious traits of the above mentioned devil, replaced by a man in a suit who looks and sounds worldly. He has a heavy air of wisdom and darkness about him. Yet, he has long, well kept hair and is very well dressed. The only real clue early on are those sharp fingernails. Again, a small touch but one that works brilliantly here.
So if you think De Niro is scary in all his gangster movies, you should give him a shot as the Devil.
He is not a Satan you will soon forget.Viggo Mortensen as The Devil in Prophecy
Prophecy was a good movie with a good cast, though few seem to recognize that. Walken and Mortensen both standing out for their performances as fallen angels but it was Mortensen who stole the show as the Devil himself. He played a nice mix in between pure hellfire and self contained intensity.
Well dressed and well spoken (which seems to be a theme with Satan), what makes this performance so unforgettable is the exchange he has with Walken’s Gabriel before tearing out Walken’s heart and eating it.
Seriously, if you have not seen that scene, it just might be included in clip above.Jack Nicholson as The Devil in The Witches of Eastwick
Jack may play over the top sometimes, but people need to understand, sometimes over the top works. His role as Satan in The Witches of Eastwick was a perfect example of a performance where larger than life and over the top were necessary.
Though the movie centers around Satan’s attempted seduction of three women (who just so happen to be witches, who then put a spell on him, because movies), it is Jack who shines with the above scene being a perfect example. “Or did he do it to us ON PURPOSE???!!!” Classic Jack and one of celluloid Satan’s best lines.
A scary Devil but also damn if he is not funny and spot on. I feel like this Devil should have a podcast. I would listen.Al Pacino as the Devil in The Devil’s Advocate
Where many actors go for subtle when they portray the angel of darkness, Pacino goes the other way. He starts out like a successful “every man”, but across the course of the movie his true intent (and origin) become more and more obvious.
What makes this performance stand out is, you can tell with most of the entries on this list that playing something so remarkably evil was, well, exhausting on them. Thing with Pacino is, he seems like he is eating it up. Having fun, if I may? Louder, more passionate, more convincing, more manipulative, and just overall more Pacino, if you have not seen this on-screen version of Lucifer, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
And man, that ending makes it even more worth it.Rosalinda Celentano as The Devil in The Passion of the Christ
As I was researching this list, I found a strange trend. Satan is very rarely portrayed as anything but a white man. Was a bit relieved to recall that the Devil was played by a woman in the extremely infamous The Passion of the Christ, by the ever-angry Mel Gibson. Whether he was making some sort of veiled statement with the choice or not, we have no idea, but cinematically, she worked very effectively.
From the lack of eyebrows to the weird, mutant, midget she carried (hey, no one said I was P.C), there was a deep, dark, unsettling energy to her that just brought everyone to a standstill the few times we got to see her on-screen (which wasn’t enough, frankly). But the Devil as a woman? That is something I can get 100% behind.
So who is YOUR favorite cinematic Satan (Peter Stormare?) Hit us up in comments and let us know. Enough good ideas and we will do a follow-up, written by Satan himself!
Ten years ago today, director Christophe Gans’ vision of Silent Hill came to theaters and presented us with what might very well be the most faithful video game-to-film adaptation ever churned out. While the film didn’t do insanely well, earning nearly $100 million against a $50 million budget, it was praised for its atmosphere, set design, and visuals, all of which are crucial when it comes to a Silent Hill title.
As many of you know, my love for the Silent Hill games is pretty high up there. I’ve played every game (except for Book of Memories and that’s because I don’t own a Vita) multiple times so that I could earn each ending. At one point, my collection of Silent Hill music in my iTunes library could be played from beginning to end, without any repeats, for several days. I could go on and on about my love of the series but I want to focus on Gans’ film for now because it really was a special moment for me the day it came out.
Ever since the first Silent Hill game came out in 1999, I’d been wanting a film adaptation. Something about the game and its story, no matter how convoluted and messy it got, seemed perfect for the silver screen. After all, here was a game that was inspired and influenced by the likes of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, and many more of horror’s greatest authors, all of whom I’d read many times in the years leading up to the game.
When the movie was announced, I was beyond excited. I was still young enough to have boundless enthusiasm and loads of wide-eyed optimism, especially when they stated that Gans was going to direct. Having been a big fan of Brotherhood of the Wolf, I felt like this was going to be a faithful recreation of the town that gave me so many delicious nightmares. And you know what? While not flawless, it gave me everything I could’ve wanted and more.
You see, for me I knew that doing a shot-for-shot recreation of the game was out of the question. What I wanted was a lot of practical FX (check), a creepy and exciting atmosphere (check), beautiful music (check), and an ending that was more in line with the game than some BS Hollywood nonsense (check). Yeah, some of the dialogue was kinda corny and the story a bit too nonsensical, but that’s what the game is all about. And while a few people complained about the runtime – which, at over two hours, is long for a movie of its kind – I saw it as more time to spend in that industrial nightmare.
I’m not saying this movie is perfect, because it’s clearly not. But I saw this movie twice on opening day and another two or three times before it left the theaters. I love this movie, I love this franchise, and I’m thrilled that there’s a chance for me to talk about the movie.
Just don’t expect anything like this from me when it comes to the sequel.