Fans of the Silent Hill series know just how important the music is to the series. It’s become almost as iconic as the characters themselves, the signature dissonant screeches and melancholic ambient tones hovering over our senses, much like the fog that never lifts over the town. And now Sumthing has brought five of these soundtracks online. Fans can purchase the Akira Yamaoka-composed Silent Hill: Homecoming, Silent Hill: Origins, and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories as well as Daniel Licht’s scores for Silent Hill: Book Of Memories and Silent Hill: Downpour (which has become one of my favorite soundtracks from the series). Head on over here to purchase the albums or to give them a listen beforehand. READ MORE
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Written by Ryan Peters, @Thrashmarshall
The last decade hasn’t been kind to Silent Hill. The series once shared the spotlight with Resident Evil as the pinnacle of survival horror, praised for being a disturbing approach to the horror genre that produced some of the most memorable gaming experiences of the last generation. Like Resident Evil however, Konami’s longstanding survival horror franchise has seen a steady decline in both quality and audience interest, with purists saying the series has lost its way and newcomers put off by the poor quality of the last few entries. It’s a sad thing to think that the best Silent Hill has had to offer over the last few years has been two lackluster movie adaptations.
We haven’t been receiving many post cards from our favorite foggy resort town — at least not since Book of Memories released last October — so to keep me from experiencing Silent Hill withdrawal I’ve decided to do the impossible. Okay, I suppose ranking every game in Konami’s longstanding survival horror series is far from an impossible feat, but it sure was difficult ranking games I’ve grown up with over the years. Even if all of you violently disagree with me and come at me, torches and pitchforks in hand, this was still worth it, even if it was only to grant me a brief reprieve from the shakes, sweats and fever that come from not at least talking about Silent Hill.
See how I rank each game in this awesome horror franchise after the jump, and feel free to offer your own list in the comments!
From Pan’s Labyrinth and The Orphanage producer Álvaro Augustin and Film Factory Entertainment comes Afterparty, a Spanish horror from director Miguel Larraya. Starring Luis Fernández, Úrsula Corberó, Alicia Sanz, Ana Caldas and Andrea Dueso, “Carlos, a TV star and teen idol, is invited to a wild party packed with girls and excesses of all kinds. The morning after, he wakes up trapped in a sinister house with three girls that he had several encounters with the previous night. With communication cut off and escape impossible, they come to realize that they are not alone in this house and they may never be able to escape.”
Inside you’ll find the sales trailer and art for Homecoming, being sold at this week’s AFM in Santa Monica. Todd Kniss directs the film, “Katie (Jeridan Frye), the prettiest girl in town, returns home after a 20-year absence when her grandmother dies. Staying in the house she grew up in, Katie is forced to face a past she’s tried hard to forget. When Katie was 13, she lost both parents in a car accident for which she feels responsible, a boy she liked was found murdered, and another boy vanished altogether. Ready to put the past behind her and reconnect with her childhood friends, she plans a reunion. Everyone is thrilled to have Katie back, and they settle down in Katie’s old house for a candlelit night of drinking and sharing memories. But one of Katie’s old friends doesn’t want the past unearthed, and will do anything to keep it buried—even if it means stacking up fresh bodies. Katie and her friends are trapped, terrified, and left wondering, who will die next?”
Imagination Worldwide has tapped Michael Guy Ellis for Treehouse, to be penned by Alex Child and Miles Harrington. We’ve landed the AFM sales art and a massive synopsis. Both inside.
“TREEHOUSE is a dark, coming-of-age thriller set in the heartland of rural America. The film follows the journeys of two teenagers, ELIZABETH and KILLIAN, whose lives intersect one cold night in an old treehouse, deep in the forest.
After the sudden disappearance of a local brother and sister, the town of Westlake is put under a curfew by local law enforcement. The annual fair is canceled, much to the annoyance of KILLIAN and CRAWFORD, two brothers attending Bayscout High. They decide to sneak into the woods that night to meet some local girls and shoot off some fireworks.
When their friends do not show up, the two brothers decide to paint the sky. When the fireworks illuminate a structure high up in the trees, they discover a treehouse. Inside it is ELIZABETH whom they recognize from local news reports as the missing sister.
ELIZABETH is badly injured and unable to recall what has happened. All she is able to articulate is that ‘things’ took her little brother. CRAWFORD runs for help, while KILLIAN waits with her. Crawford never returns.
What follows is a nightmare journey into Hell as the “things” within the woods lay siege to the treehouse. It is only a matter of time before the treehouse – their sanctuary – eventually becomes their tomb. ELIZABETH and KILLIAN are forced to find a way out in order to survive and learn the fates of their brothers. Their escape ultimately leads them to a shocking revelation, culminating in a brutal finale with their attackers.”
101 Films has acquired the UK distribution rights to the independent horror film “Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming“. The film is a UK based remake of the 1974 American slasher movie “Silent Night, Bloody Night“. Produced by Andrew Jones and directed by James Plumb of Mad Science Films, the cast of the new version includes Adrienne King, star of the original Friday the 13th. Robert Graham of Independent Moving Pictures and Manish Patel executive produced.
Written by James Plumb and Andrew Jones, the film, “tells the story of Butler House, a mansion that has sat in disarray since the death of it’s owner Wilfred Butler in 1987. Just before Christmas 2012, Wilfred’s grandson Jeffrey and his lawyer appear in the town of Fairwood to negotiate the sale of the property. But an Axe wielding maniac has set up residence in the house, and he doesn’t take kindly to strangers.”
Head inside for the teaser trailer! READ MORE