Carrie-Anne Moss & Malcolm McDowell Join ‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 10:26 pm,

Christophe Gans’ 2006 adaptation of the popular video game series Silent Hill may not have been a perfect film, but it did an incredibly admirable job of translating the spirit of its source material to the big screen. It also earned enough money to warrant interest in a follow-up and now writer/director Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane) will take audiences back to the titular town in his upcoming sequel – Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.

When production began just under a month ago, it was revealed that Adelaide Clemens (Mad Max: Fury Road) had landed the lead role of Heather Mason and that Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) would co-star as Vincent. The following week, we learned that Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, and Deborah Kara Unger were also on board and would be reprising their roles from the first Silent Hill.

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D borrows the crux of its story from the video game Silent Hill 3, so the characters mentioned in the latest casting announcement should come as no surprise. Davis Films has confirmed that Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) will play the film’s antagonist, Claudia Black, and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) will play her abusive father, Leonard.

In the game, Claudia is an incredibly memorable adversary who knows the truth about Heather’s past and is responsible for drawing her back to the town of Silent Hill. I know Moss might not seem like an obvious choice to fans of the games, but I think this is actually a pretty inspired decision – particularly because Claudia isn’t as outright malevolent as Christabella (the first film’s villain). There’s a tragic aspect to her that I think Moss will be able to capture perfectly.

Producer Samuel Hadida says of Moss:

“Carrie has displayed her enormous talent across all genres – from The Matrix Trilogy to Memento – and we are delighted for her to join the world of Silent Hill. She will certainly bring a new level of excitement to fans of the videogame franchise.”

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Claudia Wolf as she appears in the game ‘Silent Hill 3′.

Claudia’s past is somewhat ambiguous, but it’s indicated that she suffered a great deal of abuse at the hands of her father, Leonard (McDowell). Her troubled past is deeply tied to her nefarious plans for Heather (Clemens). Leonard Black also appears in the game Silent Hill 3, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t played it – let’s just say that he looks nothing like Malcolm McDowell.

McDowell’s involvement indicates that the role of Leonard may have been slightly expanded and that there could be more to Claudia’s back story than what Heather hears from Vincent (Harington). Bassett is excited to have the legendary actor on board and believes that he’ll go above and beyond what’s required of him:

“Malcolm is quite simply an icon of modern cinema and I’ve been a fan since I was a teenager when I managed to see A Clockwork Orange. He has an amazing ability to bring new and unexpected dimensions to his characters and I know he will bring something unique and disturbing to Silent Hill.”

I’ve mentioned before that I think Bassett probably has more than a few tricks up his sleeve when it comes to Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. Despite using the third game as a template, it sounds like there will be enough deviations to keep even the savviest of fans on their toes.

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Vincent (Kit Harington) and Heather (Adelaide Clemens) in ‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’

The first Silent Hill made some significant changes to the game’s mythology and it sounds like the sequel is attempting to honor both interpretations while simultaneously branching off into some new territory. Solomon Kane is still unavailable here in the U.S. so I’m not really all that familiar with Bassett’s work. However, I do get the impression that he has a genuine love for the source material and that this is a passion project for him.

I’m still a fan of the first Silent Hill movie and I love what Gans managed to accomplish, but I think Roger Avary’s script did him no favors. The third act of that film is a mess – particularly when it grinds to a halt right before the climax so that Alessa can deliver all of the exposition that could have been slowly revealed piece by piece in the preceding hour and a half.

It was still an unbelievably unique horror film, though and I’d love to see this franchise continue beyond this latest installment. If Silent Hill: Revelation 3D manages to move along at a better pace with a more focused narrative, I think the potential for further stories set in this universe would be undeniable.

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  1. Loved the game. Can’t wait for the movie.

  2. Did you see the first one Nautius, it was really pretty damn good!

    I’ll have to wait for this on dvd as I don’t see the 3D films. :)

    • Agreed, the first one was awesome.

    • Yeah I have to admit the first film isnt half bad at all, easily the best video game to film adaptation, and everything I hear about this sequel sounds great, it seems more in keeping with the games story but also carries on the story from the first film. Very clever.

      • gotta agree with you 100% on it being the best video game to film adaptation DrSam. They did a wonderful job of really capturing the feel of the silent hill world. Super excited to see what’s going to happen with this new one.

  3. people spend hard working money on this type of stuff? 12 a ticket for 2 hours of garbage? nah nah

  4. Never played the games. Liked the first movie. The scenes in the school basement with those nurses and triangle head dude. Creepy.

  5. Very good casting! It seems we may be getting a new winner to the best video game adaptation!

    I’m loving the dedication and respect to the source material they are showing! Not like some other VG to movie adaptations (looking at you O’Rusell)

  6. I really liked the first movie, besides its flaws and deviation from the source material. Ive been hoping for a sequel for sometime. I am definitely a survival horror fan and I think SH3 was the best game of the series. Although I’m not familiar with Adelaide Clemens, I think she has a great look to play Heather. And although I think Malcolm McDowell has been unduly degraded to B-star status, he still is one of my favorite actors. I just hope they bring Robbie the Rabbit with them to the big screen. : )

  7. I am so glad that there is a sequel to silent hill the movie! Specially when Kit Harrington was added to the cast… he is so adorable, perfectly handsome! And so is Sean Bean… he’s a sexy daddy! love them both!