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Silent Hill: Revelation Director Opens Up On Movie’s Failings; “It Was a Nightmare Dance”

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Silent Hill: Revelation director MJ Bassett has spoken in-depth about the failings of the sequel. Silent Hill is one of the most iconic video game horror franchises, but fans have had a rough time the last five years. 2012’s Silent Hill: Downpour is currently the last entry in the main series, and while it added some interesting mechanics it was nowhere near as terrifying as earlier entries.

Fans later had their hearts broken by the cancellation of Silent Hills, a sequel that would have teamed Metal Gear Solid director Hideo Kojima, Guillermo del Toro and Norman Reedus. A terrifying demo dubbed P.T. was released for the game and became an instant classic, but a falling out between Kojima and publisher Konami caused the game’s cancellation in 2015. On the bright side, all three men have reunited for Kojima’s next game Death Stranding.

The final disappointment was Silent Hill: Revelation. The movie is a direct sequel to Christophe Gans Silent Hill, which is cited as one of the best video game adaptations to date. Gans recreated the look and feel of the games and the movie featured beautiful sets, cinematography and camerawork, with some memorable scenes of horror too. That said, it was hampered by clunky dialogue, a needlessly complicated story and a worthless Sean Bean subplot.

When Gans opted not to return, MJ Bassett (previously credited as Michael) was hired to write and direct. In addition to being a fan of the games, her previous work on Deathwatch and Solomon Kane showed a flair for both psychological horror and working with monsters, so it seemed like a natural fit. Unfortunately being tasked with making a direct sequel, an adaptation of the third game, a movie that would satisfy gamers AND something accessible to a wider audience proved too much of a balancing act.

Trying to merge the conflicting storylines of the original movie and the third game made the story even messier. It retconned huge chunks of the first movie and even created an icky plothole whereby the main characters – played by Adelaide Clemens and Kit Harrington – are love interests who don’t appear to realize they’re actually cousins. Outside of a handful of positives – such as Clemens lead performance and an unnerving mannequin creature – the movie is pretty poor. While Silent Hill: Revelation just about turned a profit, it was critically lambasted and roundly hated by the fanbase.

Bassett got honest about Revelation on a recent episode of The Movie Crypt, admitting to the film’s faults and describing the type of movie she wishes she’d made. When asked by Adam Green if there was any project she knew wasn’t working, one movie leapt instantly to mind.

Well it’s Silent Hill for me, isn’t it? You know I went into it trying to make a certain kind of film and it just didn’t work. It didn’t fall together, pieces didn’t fall together, and that was partly me trying to second guess what my producer wanted. We’d made Solomon Kane together. You know, so I really loved this guy and I wanted to make a movie he liked. With Kane, it was like that’s my movie, it was like “Fuck you I know how to make this movie,” and I’m going to argue with you and I’m going to get what I wanted.

With Silent Hill I felt it was much more a collaboration, and by the way, I wrote it and directed it, so its failings are my failings. But in hindsight, I should have fought for a more personal kind of vision for it. But I couldn’t satisfy the gamers, I couldn’t satisfy the audience, it was one or the other.

Silent Hill: Revelation came smack dab in the middle of the whole 3D fad, and she wasn’t a fan of working in the format.

And then they made me shoot it in 3D, which is a horrifying format, I despise it! Two cameras, the whole thing. You couldn’t move the damn camera; you couldn’t put it in interesting places.

Bassett also admits she went into the project knowing it didn’t feel right and should have fought to make a darker, less audience-friendly movie.

I can claim all these things now, I mean at the time you have to go “This is a great movie,” and you do all the press and you say how great it is. There’s a point where you feel your heart sinking a little bit. You go “I’ve just not got it right,” and I kind of know where it went wrong, but it went wrong so far back up the road. When I should have been saying these things, and fighting for this thing, and making it this more personal, tense, sexual, less accessible movie.

Later on in the podcast, she also answered a fan question about the difficulties involved with adapting a well-known game.

With Silent Hill the mistake I made, I think, was trying to be too true to the game plots. You know, it’s a valuable piece of material, the game owners own it, if you start fucking around with their canon they’ll come and get you. Game fans will come and get you.

I like the games. So I wanted to make a game story, but that’s the mistake, it should have been the games are the games and the movies are the movies.

So with Silent Hill I had to make a sequel to the movie, so I had to take all Christophe’s story that he baked into it, but he deviated from the game, [so I] try and get back to the game and then make it accessible for a mainstream audience. It was just a nightmare dance and I couldn’t do it, so I’m very sorry to everyone who didn’t like the movie.

It’s clear watching Silent Hill: Revelation that Bassett had a lot of love for the property, but she never seemed to get a handle on the type of movie she wanted to make. If she’d been allowed to make something that deviated from the previous movie and games, it may have turned out to be a cool little horror movie. That said, her honestly on the movie’s faults and the impact it had on her career is refreshing. The whole MJ Bassett Movie Crypt interview with is great, so be sure to check it out.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 152 – Cloverfield Paradox & The Ritual

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Last week Netflix shocked the world by not only releasing a new trailer for Cloverfield Paradox during the Superbowl, but announcing the film would be available to stream right after the game. In a move no one saw coming, Netflix shook the film industry to it’s very core. A few days later, Netflix quietly released horror festival darling: The Ritual.

Hold on to your Higgs Boson, because this week we’ve got a double header for ya, and we’re not talking about that “world’s largest gummy worm” in your mom’s nightstand. Why was one film marketed during the biggest sporting event of the year, and why was one quietly snuck in like a pinky in your pooper? Tune in a find out!

Meet me at the waterfront after the social for the Who Goes There Podcast episode 152!

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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray

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A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?



After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.

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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!

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Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.

Nice!

On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.

Enjoy!

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