“Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” cast explains why the video game adaptation works

Silent Hill Revelation 3D

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“Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” opens today and seemingly kicks off a new wave of video game movies. Movie studios are snapping video game properties up like crazy, so it will be interesting to see whether audiences embrace this new sequel from director Michael J. Bassett.

It’s been six years since “Silent Hill” first hit theaters, and that film offered up a slightly different take on the game while still staying true to its core horror theme. This time around, Bassett was brought on to both write and direct the project and it’s clear from talking to him that he’s a fan of the series.

“[It’s] so rich in mythology that there’s lots and lots of things to explore there, but more than anything it’s lie what’s the natural progression from a little girl’s story in the first movie to where we go with it,” he told IFC on the “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” premiere red carpet. “What I loved is that this story is about a daughter, and the first movie is a mother trying to find her daughter, so I think there’s a sort of symmetry here.”

“Revelation” takes place about five or six years after the events of “Silent Hill” and is based on the “Silent Hill 3” video game. In it, Heather (Adelaide Clemens), formerly known as Sharon in the first movie, must find her missing father (Sean Bean). Her quest draws her into the world of Silent Hill, where she must face off against such terrifying creatures as deformed nurses, Red Pyramid, and even her dark incarnation, Alessa.

Fans have recognized from the beginning how similar Clemens looks to Heather in the game, and that connection seems to be one of the strong points of the movie. It’s clear from that element that Bassett is doing his best to honor the “Silent Hill” series.

“I think that’s what got me the role,” Clemens told us. “Yeah, I look like the girl in the game.”

In the past, Clemens has recounted the way producer Samuel Hadida followed her around the 2011 Sundance Film Festival until she agreed to his movie. We asked him for his take on the story when we caught up with him at the premiere.

“I saw a young lady looking like one of the characters of the movie, like Heather, and I said, ‘She looks like Heather,'” Hadida said. “I just followed her and I said, ‘You see this [game] cover? It looks like that you are the same person of this cover, so I want you to come in LA and meet the director and try to see if you can be in the movie,’ and she says to me, ‘What’s happening? I don’t understand. What are you talking about?'”

He continued, “She was just looking [like Heather]. It’s like if you see the ghost of Silent Hill going to you, and I say maybe she’s going to bring me to somebody else. I was very excited.”

If Clemens’ Heather is very similar to the character in the game, then Kit Harington’s Vincent is the opposite. Bassett drastically changed who and why Vincent was in “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” from his role in “Silent Hill 3,” to the point that Harington couldn’t talk about his role on the red carpet and was discouraged from playing the game at all.

“My lips are sealed. I can’t say much, but he’s a character who has a change of heart, and that’s all I can say. He was an interesting guy to play. He’s got a lot of secrets he has to hide throughout the film,” Harington teased. “It’s fair to say I didn’t [do research] because I was told not to by the director and because it differs, my character differs, so I was told not to play the game, which was a relief for me because I get scared in those things.”

It remains to be seen if fans will appreciate the movie, but it at least has one supporter: “Silent Hill” video game producer Tomm Hulett. He had already seen the film by the time we caught up with him, and it has received his stamp of approval.

“I think it does really well, actually,” he told IFC. “The first movie was a little different from the game, which is fine because it’s a movie, they can do their own thing, but this movie not just is a sequel to that but it also brings it back to the games a little bit too, so the really serious fans who kind of want it to be exactly like the game, they’ll find more in this movie that rings true to what they’re looking for, I think.”

At least fans can expect the 3D to be good. Bassett said that not a frame of the movie was post-converted because he feels it’s important to capture the depth 3D can film while you’re shooting a scene. Though he concedes that there are some drawbacks to using 3D, he has become a full-hearted fan of the medium.

“If you’re making a movie about other worlds, then 3D is a great way of engaging the audience in that world,” he said. “I think what it does bring is an otherworldliness, and it benefits a movie like ‘Silent Hill’ enormously.”

So what else should viewers look forward to? Clemens teased us with her two favorite elements of the film.

“I think the nurses are really cool, I think you’ll have fun there,” she said with a smile. “And Jon Snow’s there too, so it’s kind of amazing.”

“Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” is out in theaters today, October 26.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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