Supernatural horror thriller Silent Hill (2006) made up for its wafer-thin, based-on-a-video-game plot by conjuring up a palpably otherworldly atmosphere and some strikingly imaginative monsters. The demon-haunted West Virginia town of Silent Hill still gives the creeps in belated film sequel Silent Hill: Revelation, but the story is even weaker than before. The lost child sought by Radha Mitchell’s desperate mother in the original movie is now a feisty teenager (played by Aussie actress Adelaide Clemens), but when she returns to the spooky town to rescue her adoptive father (Sean Bean) her quest proves to be only fitfully exciting and scary – mostly because the action stops every few minutes for yet another character to deliver reams of boring exposition to fill out the story’s convoluted mythology. Martin Donovan, Deborah Kara Unger and Malcolm McDowell are among the briefly glimpsed co-stars delivering snatches of backstory.
Released on Blu-ray & DVD by Lionsgate UK on Monday 18th March.
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