If we're speaking horror movies, this here is an all-time favorite. Before the movie I never really played any of the games it's based on (I did start up the game the movie was based on and saw through the intro sequence, but then it crashed so that doesn't count) or anything else, I didn't know anything about Silent Hill. I don't know who told me about the movie or if I stumbled upon it somewhere online, maybe I watched the trailer (it was a few years back now), but I'm happy I watched it. It wasn't one of the scariest movies I've seen, but it was eerie in its own way, the whole post-apocalyptic ghost-world (I won't say more than that, might spoil it for you people), the town being forgotten, the bridge into nowhere, the darkness creeping in... all of those things built up an atmosphere no other movie I know has.
Like I said if you're looking for horror movies you might want to keep looking, but if you want a movie that really builds up the tension and has a dream(in a nightmarish way)like atmosphere unlike any other, check this out. Expect some intense gore too, but those occasions are rare. I think the best thing to compare this to would be the Resident Evil 4 game. The atmosphere is kind of similar, but not really.
The piano music really adds to the creepiness. There's no orchestral music, just a really catchy piano only melody, alternated with really ambient music when things are getting dreamy and heavy (yet still very simple) industrial music when things start getting dark. All of this really adds to the setting. Some scenes could've been left out, they seem just a bit unreal (not in the good overall creepy way), like when the mother and daughter are sitting under a tree and the little girl's meowing and the fields are green and the clouds blue and everything is untrue. But still, maybe the real ghastly atmosphere wouldn't kick-in with the same effect without some scenes like this, maybe it's part of the balance.
The story starts with the little girl sleepwalking, speaking about a place called "Silent Hill". They decide to go there, and the ghost story starts. Or is it a ghost story? It's surreal to the say the least, it's different from anything else, it's a class of it's own, and though the main actor doesn't always do a perfect performance the others make up for it pretty well. Especially Sean Bean, his voice is perfect for the part (obviously digitally enhanced or studio recorded), everyone plays their part perfectly.
This is probably the only real ghost movie I've seen, wait, scratch that, I just recalled a ton of ghost movies I've watched, but like I said this one is in a class of it's own. It's not just ghosts. The credits probably the best part, made like a music video, and one of the best ones I've seen too. The ending bides for a new start, but what if this really is the end?
Anyhow, you better watch the movie if you haven't seen it yet, and long for the sequel like I do. ;)
rated 4/5: fo shizzle