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Silent Hill

horror, thrillers

Based on the popular horror game, Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire) and Sean Bean (National Treasure) star in this action thriller about a town possessed by the damned and a mother who must survive it in order to save her forsaken daughter.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Grim horror film about missing girl. Not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is too violent for children. The storyline takes the form of a nightmare, so connections between scenes and events are sometimes hard to follow. The town is ostensibly located over an ongoing coalmine fire, and the general mythos has to do with a cult that accuses and burns witches in order to maintain the group's "purity." Characters burn, stab, shoot, and throw rocks at each other; the film includes a couple of vehicle crashes, frequent scenes where the mother and/or her daughter scream in terror. Men in miners' gear appear to threaten Rose, mainly because they look scary in goggles and overalls. Various monsters are misshapen and zombie-like human-types, able to shape-shift in bad-dreamy fashion. The monsters attack with swords, the cop shoots until she's out of ammo and then submits to a dire beating. Characters are burned to death, with skin melting, bubbling, and charring.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the popularity of horror movies, especially among teens. Why do so many people enjoy being scared? Does a movie need to be gory to be scary?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: although it is rarely if ever jump-out-of-your-seat scary, Silent Hill is an unremittingly creepy municipality of the mind where motherhood, mystery and madness have come home to stay.

- Anton Bitel, Film4, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Stuffed with cheap effects and devoid of tension, this French-Japanese-U.S. co-production contributes exactly zilch to the rich film history of those three nations.

- Bill Gallo, Village Voice, Tuesday, May 2, 2006


- Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I was impressed. Never played the games and the movie was a good plot and interesting characters and great backdrop. Loved it.

- jmanard52, Wednesday, May 23, 2007

3 stars

Staying true to the awesome-ass abandoned city background of the video games, Silent Hill takes it's twisted-as-shit storyline and imagery and sets itself apart from the other supernatural horror films that have come out in the past decade or so. I wasn't sure I'd even like it, but after watching it I thoroughly enjoyed this film.

- middleeasternfilms, Thursday, October 21, 2010

3 stars

Not the greatest of it's kind, but it works well for the type of atmosphere it's trying to accomplish. The visuals are pretty cool and it works well as an action/horror movie with some good characters. The story is interesting and definitely worth your time, it's just not anything amazing. Had this been made a few years earlier it might be different, but as it stands it's sort've sub par to other movies made before. I do like the direction and visuals, which makes it a really fun movie.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, October 12, 2010