Ever since then, Sharon (Adelaide Clemens), now on the verge of her 18th birthday, and Christopher have been on the run from the evils of Silent Hill -- although he tells her it's because he killed an a robber when she was a child. Father and daughter have moved from place to place and have changed their names repeatedly -- now known as Heather and Harry -- but that doesn't stop the supernatural forces from finding them. The otherworldly cult members want her to return to help end Alessa's curse, while Alessa wants to ensure she doesn't return. But when the cult kidnaps Harry, Heather learns the truth about her past and is forced into action, teaming with classmate Vincent (Kit Harrington) to return to the mysterious town from her nightmares.
The End Result
The visuals are impressively achieved for a film with a reportedly modest $20 million budget -- although the 3D element adds little besides the obligatory severed body part tossed at the camera -- but like the first movie, they rely too heavily on what's perceived to be "freaky" creature design (if bodily contortions and blank faces are you're thing, you're in luck) with little thought put into creating a truly scary context in which the monsters can thrive. The human characters are perhaps even more one-dimensional, their rigid stature cemented by wooden dialogue and melodramatic acting from leads Clemens and Harrington.
It's disappointing that writer-director Michael J. Bassett's name was attached to this train wreck, as his previous directorial efforts were all enjoyable, from the under-the-radar gems Deathwatch and Wilderness to the long-delayed period horror hybrid Solomon Kane. Given his otherwise stellar track record, I tend to give him a pass for being tasked with making sense of the nonsensical -- including, from what I understand, trying to bridge a film (in Silent Hill) that deviated from the game storyline and one (in Revelation) that skewed back toward it (specifically, the game Silent Hill 3.
- Acting: D- (Embarrassingly stiff and melodramatic.)
- Direction: C (Competent but emotionless and devoid of scares.)
- Script: F (Nonsensical and moronic with stilted dialogue.)
- Gore/Effects: B- (Good effects for the budget; sterile, non-impactful gore.)
- Overall: D (A dumb, confusing shiny bauble of a horror video game adaptation.)
Silent Hill: Revelation is directed by Michael J. Bassett and is rated R by the MPAA for violence and disturbing images, some language and brief nudity. Release date: October 26, 2012.