April 22nd, 2006


Silent Motherfucking Hill

So... I saw it, and I'm kind of stunned, I guess.

There's a lot I want to say, but I also don't want to spoil it for anyone. I will say that they did a very good job, in that if you played the games, you will recognize all kinds of details and love the way they've been brought to the big screen. But it will still surprise you, because it's sort of like a "Best Of" reel of the first three silent hill games, with a very different take on the original story. (It does have the most in common with the original Silent Hill, but it uses themes, monsters, locales, visuals, and music from the entire series, and changes many things around.) And it is good in that if you haven't played any of the games, you will just find everything new and probably overwhelming... The most brutal imagery and concepts from all the SH games are in full effect here. Moreso, even.

It makes great use of the Silent Hill cinematic vocabulary. Is that too pretentious? The people who made Silent Hill the game obviously loved Hellraiser and Jacob's ladder and Children Of The Damned, but it's nice to see that, in turning SH back into a movie, they have advanced the state of the art of godawful hellish things. It is beautful and visually stunning, so much so that you can usually forgive it for the bad acting, bad dialog, and the fact that it apologizes for nothing, aside from averting the cinematic perspective slightly away from the "money shot" of whatever terrible thing is happening. (usually in such a way as to make it worse. In a good way, if you like that kind of thing.)

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So I suppose I recommend seeing it on the big screen, if you're going to see it; But be prepared to not be able to watch parts of it if you are sensitive to gore and explict horrible torture and un-fucking-godly violent acts towards women and children.

I would like to see some of the visuals again, but I'm not sure I want to watch the whole thing over right now. I would want to skip certain parts (though I think they are important to the story, so I'm not sure if that's an indictment against it.) I do feel compelled to get it on DVD later, partially so I can skip to the visually amazing parts, and partially because I'm pretty sure it's going to get banned or something.
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