Friday was a big day for Silent Hill fans… it was the premiere of the long awaited Silent Hill Revelation 3D trailer!
I’m sure you all have probably watched it by now but if not you can see the full trailer below:
Unfortunately I was busy at work when this trailer was released so I couldn’t really take screens nor could I make this sort of write up earlier. I’m sure I’m terribly late to the party of giving my own thoughts and everyone else has picked apart this trailer by by now! Haha oh well!
With that said, based on what I saw in the trailer I am so excited to see this movie.
Yes, yes… I know the trailer is cheesy. The Silent Hill 2006 trailer definitely conveyed the tone of Silent Hill games better in that regard but even still, I’m giddy about what I saw of Revelation.
Weird, I know…
Despite the 3D gimmick thrown in our faces and the trailer’s horrible use of typography (ugh) I came away with the impression that in the end Revelation will most likely have more in common with Silent Hill 3′s plot than Silent Hill 2006 ever had with the original game. It is this revelation (haha) that has me eagerly anticipating the movie’s release this October.
Here’s my run down of what was shown in the trailer and my impressions on what the scenes could mean.
In the opening scenes we learn Chris (Sean Bean) and Sharon (Adelaide Clemens) Da Silva have been on the run for the last 6 years (side note: the names Harry and Heather Mason are not spoken in this trailer but we do know that they will go by these fake names in the movie). On the run from what? We aren’t told exactly but we do know it has something to do with their past in regards to Silent Hill. What we know for certain from Sharon’s introduction to her new classmates is that they’ve moved 5 times since she was 11. They are on the run from something and right now I’m hoping this is where the cult from the original game will finally make its debut. Harry and Heather in Silent Hill 3 were on the run and in hiding with fake names from crazy cultists and I this will be the case in the movie as well.
It also appears that like her younger self in first movie, Sharon continues to have nightmares about the town, Silent Hill. The town is calling to her once again but this time around its dark Otherworld is able to touch her well beyond the town’s limits. A horrified Sharon experiences the busy hallway of her new school go silent and turn into a dark Otherworld version of its self within a blink of an eye. A patient demon stalks slowly towards her and it’s not until Sharon backs into Vincent (Kit Harington) does the world return to back normal.
Heather has other troubles on her mind besides the sudden world shifting problem. It appears that someone is following her and we finally get a glimpse of Martin Donovan as private detective Douglas Cartland waiting for Sharon outside her school!
A concerned Sharon phones her dad who tells her to hurry home just as he spots a shadow under the front door and that someone is trying to force open by turning the knob. Chris tells Sharon to hurry home and attempts to leave the residence through a back door but is confronted with someone…or something outside as he opens the door.
Vincent walks a grateful Sharon home who discovers that her father is missing. The only clue regarding his disappearance is a cryptic (and oh soooo cheesy looking…) “Come to Silent Hill” with a Halo of the Sun painted in black..(maybe blood?) on a wall. Sharon recognizes the symbol used within the message and grabs a wooden box from a closet with the same seal engraved on the lid. Inside we see there are pieces of paper that look like they say “For Sharon” as well as a metal Seal of Metatron wrapped in cloth that Sharon shows to Vincent.
The trailer jumps forward and we see Vincent and Sharon have made it to Silent Hill. They look on in horror as Jack’s Inn (a location seen in both Silent Hill 2 and 3) peels and rusts around them around them. Vincent is suddenly attack from behind by a creature we’ve never seen before leaving Sharon to explore the foggy town by herself.
Side note: I thought it was pretty awesome that Sharon has room 106 at Jack’s Inn since it’s the same room number Heather and Douglas stayed in during Silent Hill 3
Sharon walks by a “Welcome to Silent Hill” sign similar to the one Rose passed in the first movie. Men in black watch Sharon from the windows above a she travels down what I assume is Nathan Ave. These guys could be members of the cult who may have kept Sharon and her father on the run (if this follows the cult plot of Silent Hill 3)…or just leftovers from Christabella’s congregation in the first movie. At this point we have no way of knowing either way but if they are from Christabella’s congregation I wonder how the heck they survived the massacre in the first movie!
Sharon runs into a familiar face from the first movie, Dahlia Gillespie (Deborah Kara Unger), whom she asks the whereabouts of her father. Before Dahlia can answer however darkness closes in around them and air raid sirens go off as the Otherworld is about to take over once again. Dahlia tells Sharon to get inside (the nearby church maybe?) for safety but Heather runs off instead with the darkness on her nipping at her heels.
Side note here: Several of my friends have pointed out how nice Dahlia looks in the movie and I have to agree. She definitely looks less like a garbage lady now. Could it be she’s no longer a pariah? Does her new finery somehow indict she may now hold a position of power within the community? I look forward to finding out!
It also appears that Sharon and Dahlia are talking near a burning stake. I remember when the set photos taken in March of 2011 were popping up on the internet there were burned corpses still strung up on some of them…I guess all these are set up right outside the church then? Makes sense if the church in Silent Hill continues to burn non believers like they did in the first movie.
The trailer shifts scenes again and we get a glimpse of the clip only those who made it into the Comic Con Revelation panel saw! We see a body wrapped in webbing and a mannequin type monster chase after Sharon and a female which look like the mysterious Suki named and first revealed in Don Carmody’s own set photos!
From what I can see of the monster it looks similar to Scarlett from Silent Hill Homecoming: both are large, move like spiders and are made of doll type materials. But unlike Scarlett, who is just an enlarged porcelain doll, this new monster is made from a mishmash of limbs and heads of several store mannequins. I wonder if this scene has any connection to the filming of the styrofoam head that fell off a shelf over and over again mentioned in an interview Don Camody? I still have my fingers crossed that the scene mentioned in that interview may still be a homage to the infamous decapitating mannequin scare in Silent Hill 3.
The scene changes again to Sharon holding a golden glowing seal of Metatron. She says the seal is a key and asks a very human looking Leonard Wolf (Malcolm McDowell) what it unlocks. Leonard replies that it unlocks the “true nature of things.” I am left wondering if we will see his monster form in this movie.
We see a variety of quick shots at this point:
-Sharon running into Lakeside Amusement park
-Dark Alessa walking through Silent Hill and destroying everything in her path
-Lots of arms reaching out of prison cells with Pyramid Head swinging a giant axe down to maybe strike Sharon who we saw moments before on the floor.
The trailer cuts back to Dahlia on the streets of Silent Hill
telling Sharon she was “chosen to destroy the demon” (actually this might be a trailer editing trick as it doesn’t look like Dahlia is actually speaking this line and it was dubbed over. Maybe it’s really a line by Claudia?) and it cuts to an amusing shot of Pyramid Head turning the gears to run the carousel at Lakeside. I can just imagine that he only took that job because times are tough with the economic crisis and all. I bet he was laid off from his stalking and punishment gig and had to take any job he could get! (Haha)
Is he the demon Dahlia is referring to? I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure she’s referring to Dark Alessa that we saw in scenes prior reeking havoc on the foggy streets of Silent Hill.
Next Vincent and Sharon duck behind a booth in Lakeside Amusement Park to avoid detection from a group of cloaked and masked people. With all those buckles it look like these guys got Square Enix character designer,Tetsuya Nomura, to design their robes!
I kid, I kid but there is something pretty amazing that’s really easy to miss in this scene unless you are looking at this trailer frame by frame.
When Vincent and Sharon duck down you can see clearly behind them a large bloody mouthed ROBBIE THE RABBIT MASCOT lying prone behind them! So it appears that not only will we see him as a stuffed doll prize hanging in the booths but as an actual mascot as well (even if it’s just lying prone the background).
(At least I think it is a mascot…it could just be a really big stuffed prize…)
so…yes ROBBIE THE RABBIT MASCOT FROM SILENT HILL 3 IS IN THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!
Above is a pretty accurate rendition of how I reacted when I noticed the Robbie Mascot
There are more quick flashes of other scenes: Christopher alive and chained to a large statue of Valtiel and calling out to Sharon.
- Vincent wheeled into a hospital by two men (I think miner garb we saw in the first movie and seen in this Revelation set picture) to room full of Bubblehead nurses that was saw in the Comic Con nurses attack clip.
- A spinning carousel surrounded by both a ring of fire and people (the cult? Maybe a bunch of hooded guys with all the buckles?).
- Sharon aiming a gun to shoot. (HELL YES!)
- A chained Leonard Wolf falling/flying backwards away from Sharon.
- A close up of Dark Alessa on the burning carousel with Sharon screaming at her to “GO TO HELL!”
- Claudia Wolf (Carrie Anne Moss) and Sharon both touching the Seal of Metatron with a chained Chris behind them. While grasping the seal Claudia’s white dress peels away to reveal a black dress underneath (just like her character design in Silent Hill 3. The key is most likely showing her true form to Sharon.
-Vincent and Sharon running down a corridor.
- Close up of Sharon on the burning carousel.
- A man reaches out through the prison bars and chokes Sharon.
- A scared Sharon crab walks backwards on the burning carousel.
- Pyramid Head wields his knife and then BAM the movie logo!
So that’s the trailer!
I was so excited to see locations, items and what appeared to be plot points from Silent Hill 3 that I was able to look past the cheesy in your face “Hey the movie is in 3D ya’ll!” (Did I mention it is in 3D! 3D! 3D?!) quality I know made other fans really disappointed.
But I look at it like this: Michael J Bassett did not cut this trailer and stated he was only peripherally involved in the trailer making process. The movie probably looks more like a PG-13 teen horror because of the limitation on what they could and could not show in a green-band trailer.
Bassett said at Comic Con that this movie was a hard R I’m pretty sure this means there will be plenty of scares we can look forward to they just couldn’t show to a general audience. Don’t forget Open Roads also has to get the general public interested in this film. Bassett even said on his blog there were elements he was surprised test better with a general audience:
So I’m thinking all the action shots were in there because “boring” and moody atmosphere shots of the town probably didn’t go over so well.
With all that said I do have some concerns of my own regarding the movie. For one thing there’s no mention or even a hint in the trailer that Sharon/Heather has a god fetus inside her. I’m thinking now that this plot point of Silent Hill 3 was most likely scrapped… Unless they plan on it being a surprise when we watch the movie. This has made worried because the god fetus inside Heather was a big focus and motivation for Claudia within the game. What’s Claudia’s motivation now that there’s no god to birth? Is she working with Dark Alessa?
Also I’m not sure if it’s just me but a lot of thee cgi effects seemed pretty obvious to me…like I could tell when Sharon was walking past a green screen and not a real location. It just didn’t seem as polished as say Harry Potter or Dark Knight Rises? You know I probably shouldn’t nitpick on this sort of thing, I really don’t know what I’m talking about XD Besides it’s not like it looks like Birdemic or anything.
So What did you guys think of the trailer? Let me know in the comments!