The best adaptation of a horror video game to the screen arrives on Netflix with a dark and nightmarish aesthetic

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In its day, this adaptation of the legendary Konami video game was received with a certain coldness, and it is not for less. The movie inspired by ‘Silent Hill‘, that just arrived on netflix, nailed many of its aesthetic and plot constants, but it didn’t quite match the morbid existential horror that Keiichiro Toyama’s video game oozed. The passage of time, however, has made it possible to value many of the findings of the proposal in their proper measure.

The very interesting director of French origin Christophe Gans (who had signed films as estimable as ‘Crying Freeman’ and ‘The Pact of the Wolves’), accompanied by the screenwriter Roger Avary (Tarantino’s collaborator in films such as ‘Love at close range’ or ‘ Pulp Fiction’) signed an adaptation that distanced itself from the nonchalance with which the jumps from video games to cinema were considered. His great finding is precisely not to be another ‘Mortal Kombat’ or another ‘Resident Evil’.

And they do that with a stupendous replica of the environments and creatures from the original game: from the nurses and Pyramid Head to the game’s haunting opening bars, with the city engulfed in an unearthly mist, it’s all here. ‘Silent Hill’ ends up giving in in its final stretch to the need to give a relatively coherent explanation to the horrors of the town, but even there, when it distances itself the most from the irrational madness of the game, it is much braver than much of the cinema of terror of the time.

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The ‘Silent Hill’ Franchise has never had much luck, other than a few great early sequels of the video game. From there it has become a sort of cursed saga, which thanks to phenomena like ‘PT’, horror fans do not come down from the altar that it deserves. The ‘Silent Hill’ movie, despite its moot points, reminds us why it’s always a dark pleasure to return to the city of mist.

In its day, this adaptation of the legendary Konami video game was received with a certain coldness, and it is…

In its day, this adaptation of the legendary Konami video game was received with a certain coldness, and it is…

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