By Jason Venter | 07-30-2012 | 11:00AM
Yahoo! Movies has posted a new two-and-a-half-minute trailer for Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, the fresh take on Silent Hill by Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane and Deathwatch). The trailer has only two and a half minutes to make a good impression, but it does precisely that thanks to some spooky imagery and a plot arc that feels like it was ripped directly out of a game.
As the trailer begins, Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) is introducing herself to the students at a new school she will be attending. She and her father, Harry Mason (Sean Bean, famous for kicking ass in a variety of roles that most recently include the first season of Game of Thrones on HBO), have moved around a lot over the previous six years since Heather was eleven. By her reckoning, the newest town represents their fifth home in that time period.
In the scenes that follow, Heather tries to adjust to her new environment, which distressingly includes hallways with poor lighting and a shambling collection of limbs and torsos that Konami artists favor (perhaps only in her imagination, but it’s a bad omen at best). Her father, meanwhile, is busy getting kidnapped.
When Heather returns home with a friendly new classmate of the male persuasion (Vincent Carter, who is played by Kit Harington), she finds a note on the wall inviting her to “Come to Silent Hill.” It’s an invitation she has no choice but to accept, and a strange medallion allows her to find her way quickly to those familiar streets with that same classmate along for the ride. He’s presumably there just so that Heather has someone to talk to about the scary things she encounters while searching for her father, though the trailer leaves plenty of potential twists appropriately unexplored.
“The darkness is coming,” a mysterious woman tells Heather, when queried about the whereabouts of Harry Mason. “It’s safer to be inside. Run!”
Those words seem like solid advice, but Heather can’t run forever and she can’t count on simple walls for protection from the hell that surrounds her. As snippets of scenes make clear, there’s nowhere safe in Silent Hill, home of ashen skies and foggy streets galore (not to mention a certain slow-moving monster with a pyramid for a head).
Fans of the Silent Hill games were surprised and sometimes even pleased with the quality of the first film, 2006’s Silent Hill. The trailer for the latest installment provides hope that the trend will continue. Late this October, just in time for Halloween, we’ll have our chance to see how everything comes together. Silent Hill is waiting.