Original Cast Members Will Return for ‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 19th, 2013 at 12:35 pm,

Last week, up-and-comers Adelaide Clemens (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) were announced as the leads in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D – the long-gestating follow-up to Christophe Gans’ 2006 adaptation of Konami’s popular video game series.

Although the original Silent Hill received mixed reception from critics, many fans praised how meticulously Gans had translated the atmosphere of the games onto the big screen. There was talk that he might reunite with screenwriter Roger Avary for a sequel, but those plans never materialized and the project languished in development hell for several years.

Back in November, Silent Hill 2 was given a new lease on life when Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane) was brought on board to write and direct the film. It was also confirmed that the plot would borrow heavily from the third game in the series – an entry whose narrative was deeply intertwined with the events of the first game.

Despite several notable changes, the original Silent Hill stuck fairly close to the premise of that first game – which led many to wonder just how strong a connection Silent Hill: Revelation 3D would share with its predecessor. It looks like we have our answer…

Davis Films has just announced that Silent Hill cast members Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, and Deborah Kara Unger will reunite for the sequel – and it sounds like Bassett couldn’t be happier to include them:

“It wouldn’t be the same without some of the original Silent Hill cast. Sean, Radha and Deborah’s return will certainly thrill fans of the franchise and compliment Revelations stars Adelaide and Kit.”

Cinematographer Maxime Alexandre (The Crazies) adds that the technology being utilized for the film might make for a more harrowing experience than anything presented in the first film:

“With the most advanced technology available, in particular the lighter, smaller and more flexible 3D Red Epic, we are able to take audiences deeper in the world of Silent Hill than they ever dreamed possible. Devotees will finally be able to enter this realm along side of Heather, Vincent, Harry and Rose and experience the psychological horror and the fear of the unknown with them.”

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Radha Mitchell returns in ‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’

Speaking of devotees – did you notice that Bean’s character is referred to as Harry and not Christopher? To me, details like that indicate that Bassett has done his homework and that he’s carefully juggling the continuity established in the first film with the mythology of the games.

The above photo of Heather coming face to face with Rose also implies that the returning Silent Hill cast members won’t simply appear in exposition-laden flashbacks (although Unger’s presence makes it a pretty safe bet that there will probably be a few). I’m a fan of all three actors and can’t wait to see how they factor into Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.

Despite my familiarity with the video game series, I’m optimistic that Bassett will still be able to throw fans a few curve balls. To be honest, the third game was one of my least favorite entries in the series and I still think that a stand-alone follow-up might have been a better direction to go in – but I’ll try and reserve judgment until we get a better look at how Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is shaping up.

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  1. Great news Chris

    I definitely agree that the 3rd game was one of the weakest…the series hasn’t been the same since the 2nd game (the best of the series)…the new game also strays from the formula (especially troubling/exciting is that Akira won’t be doing the soundtrack and will be replaced by Licht of Dexter fame, could be good)

    Anyway, I’m very interested how this is a direct sequel to the first. Who’s the main girl and how is she connected to the original characters?

    It will be interesting to see the world transformations in 3D as well as Pyramid head (they have to bring him back!!!). I hear amazing things about the Red cameras.

    • It’s impossible for me to even think about SH without hearing Akira’s music. As for Pyramid Head, it’s sort of interesting how his popularity has led to him turning up in subsequent games and the movie. It seemed like all of the monsters from SH2 were meant to be unique to James and his experience.

      *** SPOILERS AHEAD – Do not read the rest of this comment if you aren’t familiar with the storyline of the game Silent Hill 3 ***

      As for the main character in Revelation, I think most fans will rightly assume that she’s the older version of Sharon – Rose & Christopher’s daughter from the first film. That probably won’t be too significant a reveal, though. Just reading the synopsis and seeing that Mitchell and Bean are back sort of connects those dots.

      *** END SPOILERS ***

      On a somewhat related note, I’ve finally gotten around to playing Shattered Memories and it’s interesting to see a new take on the original story. It’s nowhere near as disappointing as Homecoming was. But yeah, SH3 was really where it felt like the series was running out of steam. Which is why I sort of like the departure they took with SH4 (even though I know most fans don’t like that one much either).

      Regardless, Bassett is working with a lot of the same crew from the first movie so it should be interesting to see how this pans out.

      • Great info!

        So if Sharon is the protagonist, how did she get out of the “dream world” (the ending in SH1 movie had them trapped)? What am I missing?

        Pyramidhead was very much connected to James but I like how they incorporated him in the later games (the first time I played SH2 and saw the first Pyramid head scene in the apartment, I got so freaked out that I didn’t play the game for 2+ years)

        Haven’t played Homecoming but I liked Shattered Memories and loved the concept of SH4 but couldn’t get into it. I really couldn’t connect with anything in the 3rd game, “running out of steam” indeed.

        Too bad we won’t get to see Cybil again, pure eye candy :)

        • Yeah, that’s what originally confused me about them using SH3 as a template – the way it’s tied to the first game. I think I may have even mentioned in one of my earlier articles on this film how the ending of the first SH movie was going to make it difficult to connect the sequel to it.

          That’s what I meant by that juggling act between the film continuity and the mythology of the games. Hopefully they’ve come up with a clever way of making this work.

          And I agree about Pyramid Head’s first appearance in SH2 – one of my most memorable gaming moments hands down! My jaw dropped and I was like, “What… is… happening…” LOL.

          • I agree, Chris. The ending of the movie, ie adoptive mother and father existing in separate universes, will make it difficult to connect a sequel to it but, to risk sounding pretentious, “it’s the right thing to do!”

            Actually I am looking forward to seeing how this film comes out. I won’t be waiting for the critics’ evaluations.

            Will it be a fair sequel to the first? Will it make sense? That is the question.

            • The ending of the first movie was fairly ambiguous. I always kind Of thought that the Sharon who was with Rose in the end was still the Dark Sharon/entity masquerading as her daughter so as to have a loving mother, as evil little girls in horror movies are want to have. If this is so, then Heather could b the good Sharon returned, which we don’t see in the end of the first one because she is unconscious in her room and the father hasn’t found her there yet, or something to that effect. Not a hard problem to overcome at all in Horror movie logic/conventions, not to mention the abstract insanity that is any Silent Hill plot

  2. Huge fan of the Silent Hill games and liked the first movie. Can’t wait to see what this one will bring!

    • Same.

  3. I liked the first movie too, it had some good scares and captured the tension of the game perfectly, hopefully with this news of the cast returning (Sean Bean is always awesome) this sequel could actually turn out pretty well.

  4. I’m really looking forward to this. The first movie was quite enjoyable and surprising in many ways. although my one gripe would be the cheesy scary little girl scares. It was great to see that they didn’t pull any punches in the physical gore department or the physiological terror that is the silent hill universe.
    Glad to hear that the new director is keeping the source material close to the movie.