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Michael J. Basset talks his nightmarish vision for Silent Hill 2

11.10.2010

Of all the video games that have the potential to be good movies, I'd say the Silent Hill series stands at the top of the list. The games (most of them) were exercises in atmospheric, psychological horror, and that seems like that would translate to the big screen well.

The first attempt at a SILENT HILL movie got a lot of things right in the visuals department, but as a film it wasn't terribly well made. Michael J. Basset, SOLOMON KANE director, is looking to change that in his follow-up film. What's on deck? Bassett explains via Empire. 

"It's early days, and I'm keeping details of the plot secret for now," he told us, "but it's going to be a sequel to the first film whilst trying to remain true to the plot of game 3, and will also work as a stand-alone movie for people who don't know the series."

"It was a real challenge writing it," he tells us, "and I spent a long time revisiting the games and reading just about every little piece of material I could find on the mythology. Of course, my choices may not please everyone, but the ambition is to give the audience a twisted, intense and terrifying experience, following a really interesting story, anchored by a terrific cast giving great performances. It's more than you get from most horror movies these days, I know, but I figure why not aim high and try to bring a bit of quality back to a genre that's rarely treated with respect?"

Basset goes onto say he loved the look of the original film, and wants to bring back as many team members as he can for the sequel. He does seem to be taking it seriously, and I like what he's saying, but the facts don't lie, video game movies are rarely, if ever, worthwhile, for whatever reason, and it's going to take a miracle for SILENT HILL 2 to break that trend.

Extra Tidbit: Even the original RESIDENT EVIL movie is overrated.
Source: Empire

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6:52PM on 11/10/2010
As far as video games flicks go, Silent Hill was pretty damn good. They should use the story from the 2nd game rather than the 3rd though.
As far as video games flicks go, Silent Hill was pretty damn good. They should use the story from the 2nd game rather than the 3rd though.
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5:11PM on 11/10/2010
Silent Hill 3 was a good game, but I always loved the story of Silent Hill 2. I wish that was a stand alone movie, but with the story of SH3 I hope this movie will be better than the first one.

Extra Tidbit: Resident Evil wasn't overrated, it was pure garbage.
Silent Hill 3 was a good game, but I always loved the story of Silent Hill 2. I wish that was a stand alone movie, but with the story of SH3 I hope this movie will be better than the first one.

Extra Tidbit: Resident Evil wasn't overrated, it was pure garbage.
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4:52PM on 11/10/2010
I love Silent Hill, but hated the movie. I'm skeptical for this but I'm looking forward to it. My greatest video game experience came from Silent Hill 2. That game is a work of art. If they ever get around to making that one I hope they leave it as a separate story line. Give it a subtitle or something.
I love Silent Hill, but hated the movie. I'm skeptical for this but I'm looking forward to it. My greatest video game experience came from Silent Hill 2. That game is a work of art. If they ever get around to making that one I hope they leave it as a separate story line. Give it a subtitle or something.
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2:39PM on 11/10/2010
"Basset goes onto say he loved the look of the original film, and wants to bring back as many team members as he can for the sequel." Bravo!!.. That's what I like to hear. The guy's on the right track.
"Basset goes onto say he loved the look of the original film, and wants to bring back as many team members as he can for the sequel." Bravo!!.. That's what I like to hear. The guy's on the right track.
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12:35PM on 11/10/2010

BRING BACK PYRAMID HEAD!

The first film was great but I can't help but feel it veered alittle off course towards the end. Its by far the most faithful movie adaptation of a video game to date and I can't wait to see what this guy cooks up. I just hope Pyramid Head is back and has alot more to do this time around.
The first film was great but I can't help but feel it veered alittle off course towards the end. Its by far the most faithful movie adaptation of a video game to date and I can't wait to see what this guy cooks up. I just hope Pyramid Head is back and has alot more to do this time around.
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1:26PM on 11/10/2010
While Pyramid Head is the shit he really shouldn't have been in the first movie nor this sequal if they are follwoing 3's storyline.

Pyramid Head is a manifestation from the protagonist of SH2's subconcious and James has nothing to do with Harry's story aside from the locale being Silent Hill.

But in the end PH is the most reconizable thing form the SH games so it's not supriseing he's there even though it doesn't make sense, lol.
While Pyramid Head is the shit he really shouldn't have been in the first movie nor this sequal if they are follwoing 3's storyline.

Pyramid Head is a manifestation from the protagonist of SH2's subconcious and James has nothing to do with Harry's story aside from the locale being Silent Hill.

But in the end PH is the most reconizable thing form the SH games so it's not supriseing he's there even though it doesn't make sense, lol.
1:52PM on 11/10/2010
I definitely see your point but like you said he's one of the most recognizable creatures from the game so it's only natural they use him. Maybe they can change him up and explain that the creatures change depending on who is manifesting them. Like the protagonists project their own memories and horrors onto these creatures making them different for each person. I just think Pyramid Head is too badass to waste. It would be like the Resident Evil movies not having Nemesis (even though they f'ed
I definitely see your point but like you said he's one of the most recognizable creatures from the game so it's only natural they use him. Maybe they can change him up and explain that the creatures change depending on who is manifesting them. Like the protagonists project their own memories and horrors onto these creatures making them different for each person. I just think Pyramid Head is too badass to waste. It would be like the Resident Evil movies not having Nemesis (even though they f'ed him up so bad in RE2)
4:06PM on 11/10/2010
Actually, Pyramid Head is not merely a manifestation of James subconcious. They were, in fact, executioners in the town during it's Civil War days. People always forget this fact and think that PH should remain purely inside SH2, when in fact Pyramid Head is really a combination of James subconsious and the town's spirits using their dark powers to create monsters that seem real. Of course, none of this is outwardly explained, so most people just don't realize it.
Actually, Pyramid Head is not merely a manifestation of James subconcious. They were, in fact, executioners in the town during it's Civil War days. People always forget this fact and think that PH should remain purely inside SH2, when in fact Pyramid Head is really a combination of James subconsious and the town's spirits using their dark powers to create monsters that seem real. Of course, none of this is outwardly explained, so most people just don't realize it.
11:02AM on 11/12/2010
This is true but that fact that outside of the games made after this movie Pyramid head never really showed up in anyone else's story. Yes they were exicutioners way back when and you see this in the painting in i think it was the Historical Society building in SH2. But in the end they are tied to James far more then anything else. Ultimately though there haven't been any other monsters in the game that look a cool as him so they'll use him where ever these days.
This is true but that fact that outside of the games made after this movie Pyramid head never really showed up in anyone else's story. Yes they were exicutioners way back when and you see this in the painting in i think it was the Historical Society building in SH2. But in the end they are tied to James far more then anything else. Ultimately though there haven't been any other monsters in the game that look a cool as him so they'll use him where ever these days.
12:08PM on 11/10/2010

RE

The first RE movie, and actually the entire series, is horrible. I remember going to see the first one when it came out and expecting what appeared to be a kick ass zombie movie with lots of guns. No such thing. The one scene with some serious firearms-on-zombie action was boring. I understand the whole 'well the game is more like..' but I don't want to hear that shite. Just deliver a good movie that I don't need to have played anything beforehand.
The first RE movie, and actually the entire series, is horrible. I remember going to see the first one when it came out and expecting what appeared to be a kick ass zombie movie with lots of guns. No such thing. The one scene with some serious firearms-on-zombie action was boring. I understand the whole 'well the game is more like..' but I don't want to hear that shite. Just deliver a good movie that I don't need to have played anything beforehand.
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1:23PM on 11/10/2010
Are you mental? It's supposed to be an adaption of the game. It's going to be similar tone to the game. If you don't like that it wasn't action packed then that's your opinion but if you think it sucks cause it wasn't what you "wanted" it to be then that just sucks for you i guess.
Are you mental? It's supposed to be an adaption of the game. It's going to be similar tone to the game. If you don't like that it wasn't action packed then that's your opinion but if you think it sucks cause it wasn't what you "wanted" it to be then that just sucks for you i guess.
12:01PM on 11/10/2010

besides the acting

I thought 1 was pretty damn good, if they do SH 2 right i hope to god they will then make "Silent Hill: The Room" a movie. that's one horror game PERFECT for 3D
I thought 1 was pretty damn good, if they do SH 2 right i hope to god they will then make "Silent Hill: The Room" a movie. that's one horror game PERFECT for 3D
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11:59AM on 11/10/2010
Stay faithful to the games and I'm all for it. Hopefully the acting is improved in this one.
Stay faithful to the games and I'm all for it. Hopefully the acting is improved in this one.
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11:53AM on 11/10/2010
All this talk of a sequel, is getting me interested in going out and seeing the first one.
All this talk of a sequel, is getting me interested in going out and seeing the first one.
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1:19PM on 11/10/2010
IT was a nice visual treat. Not sure if you're a fan of the games but there's some great stuff that they transitioned over to film. The story could be better but what can ya do?
IT was a nice visual treat. Not sure if you're a fan of the games but there's some great stuff that they transitioned over to film. The story could be better but what can ya do?
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11:52AM on 11/10/2010

hmmm

It will be interesting what he does with the story. He says he want's to stay close to SH3 which is good as that is the game that continues the story from the first. But with the changes made to the first stroy in the first movie things don't line up so well.

Frankly in the first one i would have much prefered having Rhada and Sean's character rolls reversed and have stayed closer to the story.

If they realyl want to do a stand alone then they need to adapt SH2 as that was pretty much a
It will be interesting what he does with the story. He says he want's to stay close to SH3 which is good as that is the game that continues the story from the first. But with the changes made to the first stroy in the first movie things don't line up so well.

Frankly in the first one i would have much prefered having Rhada and Sean's character rolls reversed and have stayed closer to the story.

If they realyl want to do a stand alone then they need to adapt SH2 as that was pretty much a stand alone game but in the realm of Silent Hill. Also it was the best ofhte series :D
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1:35PM on 11/10/2010
In the first one, Sean Bean's character was greatly expanded via late reshoot, because the studio wanted a male lead and didn't believe in a sole female lead for an horror movie !!
In the first one, Sean Bean's character was greatly expanded via late reshoot, because the studio wanted a male lead and didn't believe in a sole female lead for an horror movie !!
10:58AM on 11/12/2010
I was never sure of the reasoning behind changing the lead to a female character from a male one. Maybe something to do with motherhood and it being more believeable that a mother would go through all this for their child more then a father would?
I was never sure of the reasoning behind changing the lead to a female character from a male one. Maybe something to do with motherhood and it being more believeable that a mother would go through all this for their child more then a father would?
11:49AM on 11/10/2010

I'm looking forward to this sequel

I thought the Silent Hill movie has been the best video game based film thus far, but I'll admit that isn't saying a whole lot. But the film is a guilty pleasure I love and I always recommend it to friends, especially horror fans X)
I thought the Silent Hill movie has been the best video game based film thus far, but I'll admit that isn't saying a whole lot. But the film is a guilty pleasure I love and I always recommend it to friends, especially horror fans X)
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11:34AM on 11/10/2010
I finally just saw the first this summer and now I'm so excited for this!
I finally just saw the first this summer and now I'm so excited for this!
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11:32AM on 11/10/2010
This is one thing that deserves a sequel, hopefully it's just as good as the first.
This is one thing that deserves a sequel, hopefully it's just as good as the first.
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