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Comic-Con 2012 Movies: Silent Hill Revelation 3D

While Comic-Con has been knocking out high-profile announcements left and right from the likes of Marvel and Warner Bros, Open Road Films, along with director Michael J. Bassett and star Adelaide Clemens, quietly made an impression by peeling back the layers of their upcoming Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, the sequel to the 2006 film.

The synopsis making the rounds online is that Heather Mason (Clemens) and her father (Sean Bean, of the first film) 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.

In other words, "Revelation" is the adaptation of arguably the most popular "Silent Hill" game, Silent Hill 3.

While not a total box-office disaster, the first film did not perform on the level of say, the "Resident Evil" series, just barely making a profit while leaving critics and fans a touch underwhelmed. Hoping to incite new interest and share his love for the series, Bassett presented two clips to the audience, quipping they were "the only PG-13 clips we could find; the rest of it is a really hard R with some terrifying stuff in it."

The first sequence shows heroine Heather trying to escape what is described as a mannequin-spider with multiple heads/faces. Without going into too many details, it sounds right at home in the "Silent Hill" canon, though not exactly a classic creature from the games like Pyramid Head.

Speaking of classics, the Nurses played a big part in Bassett's second clip, depicting a character named Vincent (Kit Harrington, apparently landing the part before Game of Thrones exploded into pop culture) tied to a gurney while surrounded by Nurses, each of which is hold knives and cleavers. The more he moves, the closer they get.

"I know there are some proper 'Silent Hill' fans who are immersed in the world and their knowledge surpasses me. But the notion is that this has to be a pure 'Silent Hill' movie. The aesthetic is there, the monsters are there, the backgrounds are there. I want to scare the shit out of you on Halloween. That is my principal job," said Bassett.

One detail he points out was the green screen for this sequel was minimized (unlike the first film which felt almost entirely CG) and that it was shot using 3D cameras rather than post-converted.

Time will tell if "Revelation" can bring the "Silent Hill" series into the film fold, but Bassett and company have a lot of pushing to do to get the general public's attention by Halloween. With no trailer or promotional material making the rounds yet and a lackluster first film, we'll have to wait and see if "Revelation" is worth a second trip into the fog of Silent Hill.

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is scheduled for Halloween.


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