While Christophe Gans’ Silent Hill is certainly one of the better video-game adaptations out there, Silent Hill: Revelations did its best to shatter any hopes of a successful movie series based on Konami’s legendary survival-horror franchise. Konami itself seems to have abandoned these games, having canceled Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro’s proposed revival of the series, leaving us with no sign of future visits to that dreadfully foggy town.
However, fans of Silent Hill‘s unique brand of surreal horror are in for a treat, as Gareth Morgan’s long-awaited fan-film, Silent Hill Requiem, is finally out! The film was crowd-funded back in 2014, but underwent several post-production delays due to the extremely limited budget and complex visual effects.
I was lucky enough to check it out beforehand, and the movie serves as an extremely faithful adaptation and expansion of the first three games, with several nods to the series’ long and nightmarish history. While the film relies a bit too much on fan-service and could have been trimmed to a more palatable runtime, it’s still a must-watch for fans of the franchise. Hell, it certainly does a lot more with just a handful of actors and a green screen than Hollywood did with several million dollars.
It’s likely that Konami themselves don’t harbor as much love for the Silent Hill brand as this little passion project does, so that alone makes it worth a watch.
The first 13 minutes of the film are free to watch on Youtube, but Gareth is also working on a Silent Hill Web-Series (which you can support here, earning yourself a copy of Silent Hill: Requiem in the process), and another fan-film based on the Splatterhouse games.
Silent Hill fans may have had to deal with more than their fair share of disappointment in the past, but rest assured that Requiem is not one of them.