Director Michael Bassett Talks Silent Hill: Revelation; Comic-Con Clip Released
07.16.12 by Ryan
Open Road Films is clearly an intelligent and intuitive company, scheduling their panel after the one for Django Unchained and before Warner Bros.' panel for The Hobbit, Man of Steel and Pacific Rim. The line for Hall H that day was the longest of the entire convention, with many either lining up at dawn or sleeping overnight. Therefore, Open Road got a packed house for their panel presentation, which included a look at their upcoming sequel, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.
The follow-up to 2006's Silent Hill, writer/director Michael J. Bassett based Revelation on Silent Hill 3, Konami's 2003 video game sequel. In an interview with Dread Central, Bassett revealed that audiences don't need to see original to understand the sequel. "People who are new to it will totally get it," said the director. "Even though there are some recognizable faces too. Sean Bean is back."
While the first movie borrowed elements from several of the games in Konami's franchise, Bassett decided to base Revelation on the third game because it's "the only logical one that carries on the story from the first movie."
It's the game that explains why they have to go back to Silent Hill. The other games are fantastic and would make good movies in their own right. And if this one is a hit maybe we'll do one of those.
The "3D" in the title is no accident. Bassett shot the sequel in the increasingly omnipresent format, and told Screen Crave why he decided to shoot that way.
The reason I agreed to do it is to give a sense of being immersed in the world. And everybody talks about this now. You want to look through a window, not have a “reach out and get you [moment].” I absolutely do reach out and get you a couple of times. And unashamedly, to be honest. Because it’s a horror movie. And now everybody talks about Silent Hill, the games, as these sophisticated things, but their job is to scare you. And they do do that. Sometimes they do these disgusting and unashamed things, more freaky things, 'cause they’re manipulating you to be frightened. And that's o.k. And… You know, a 3-D Silent Hill game would be fantastic! Konami should really think about that.
But it’s what 3-D gives you. It gives you an immersion which you can’t get any other way. Y’know, and I think that’s what makes it… Hopefully we’ve done it in a successful way.
You can judge for yourself whether Bassett has succeeded or not. During the panel, two clips from Revelation were shown, and IGN has already released one of them online. In the clip, Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens), the protagonist of the movie and Bean's daughter, tries to rescue Vincent (Kit Harington) from a collection of faceless nurses.
Revelation sees the return of Silent Hill actors Radha Mitchell and Deborah Kara Unger. Carrie-Anne Moss and Malcolm McDowell co-star as antagonists Claudia and Leonard Wolf.