8 May 2012
The film started with the SH theme and the first noise I heard was that one certain sound: Creepers! (though there weren't any) So in the first seconds I already knew, they'd be using the game's music too. That's promising! Unfortunately the music turned out to be about the only thing I came to like in this film.
Instead of Harry Mason the film introduces us to our female protagonist named Rose that needs to find her daughter Sharon. The intro is pretty much the same as in the game, complete with the dark alley, the siren and the rusting.
The appearance of the first monster in the film, a Grey Child, strangely enough didn't scare me one bit. I really wonder why because usually I'm a big scaredy-cat.
And somewhere around that time Rose already got on my nerves and I knew this wouldn't be as good as I had expected...Cybil looks and acts pretty much as in the games and at least she's not annoying.
The second monster, the Armless Man that is pretty much the Lying Figure from the second game, didn't scare me either. How is that even possible? In SH2 I shrieked at every LF but oh well...
In the Midwhich elementary school Rose comes across a former janitor that chases her, as well as some Creepers
with small human faces. She meets Cybil again and some of the brute cultists that look like the Bogeyman from Silent Hill Downpour (which don't mean well by her though). And then even Pyramid head swings by. Yeah, how logical. That is probably also one of my main point of critique.
It's fine to throw in things from several games even it is based on the 1st but Pyramid Head has to have a reason to be there. He's not just some monster for scaring the characters and viewers. He's a punisher. And in fact, he wasn't even that scary. The way he acted and moved sure was ooc, that part where he ripped the skin of a woman wasn't frightening but just gross, and nobody would be able to put a scracth on him because he's basically invincible until he's not needed anymore, especially not Rose because Pyramid Head obviously didn't derive from her mind. So he was just there to show off I guess. Without his characteristic charm and topless though.
Rose is still one idiotic woman and Alessa is pretty underwhelming and not scary in the scenes when she is supposed to be scary...oookay.
It turns out that in the film the siren actually comes from the church to warn all the other people from the changes to the Otherworld...or something. Doesn't make much sense. I mean are they all really able to see the Otherworld and who are all these people anyway? The Brethren consisting of mere town people shouldn't be that big since they go along with gruesome rituals and must have been the creatures' targets all the time. They also seemed to know "Mr. Traingle-Man" which is even more illogical because of so many reasons I don't even want to know because I'd just throw my hands up in horror again.
The nurses in the hallway were too many for my taste so the effect wasn't that strong on me. At this point they should have used the original sounds and the ost from 2 since these nurses were basically the bubblehead nurses. Although I think they sounded a bit too human.
Alessa's flashback was really well done and creepy as hell, but the Alessa in real life tried a bit too hard for my taste. To me it didn't seem natural but like she wanted to appear scary although she wasn't.
The end was so-so but at least there was some kind of climax. Bit I wasn't impressed very much. I can see that they tried but I guess I'm just too picky. I'm always like that with video game adaptions. Maybe the second will be better though.