Beware: Spoilers within...
Michael J. Bassett's Silent Hill: Revelation 3D has become the latest film to draw back the curtain and offer a sneak peek at its gory contens here at Comic-Con - and it looks freaky as hell.
Bassett brought two clips from the film ("the only PG-13 clips we could find; the rest of it is a really hard R with some terrifying stuff in it." ) and he wasn't wrong. We were as cynical about this film – a long-delayed sequel to the original and slightly underwhelming Christophe Gans film from 2006, based on the successful videogame series – but it looks like Bassett has captured the game's terrifying and surreal flavour. In particular, this is based on Silent Hill 3. "Silent Hill 2 deserves a movie all of its own," laughed Bassett.
The first sequence shows heroine Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) trying to escape the evil clutches of what can only be described as an evil, hideous, mannequin-spider. That is to say, it's a spider composed of the arms, legs and living faces of mannequins that looks like it could be the pet of Pan's Labyrinth's Pale Man.
And the second sequence shows Mason struggling to free hero Vincent Carter (Game Of Thrones' Kit Harrington, making this something of a GoT spin-off, as Sean Bean returns from the first film) from an invidious position: he's strapped to a hospital gurney, and surrounded by frozen statues of faceless, horrible nurses, who are clutching cleavers and rusty-looking knives. And as he moves, they move closer, and closer...
"Is it possible to live up to fan expectations?" mused Bassett, who looks like he's gone a long way towards doing so. "I know there are some proper Silent Hill fans who are immersed in the world and their knowledge surpasses me. But the notion is that this has to be a pure Silent Hill movie. The aesthetic is there, the monsters are there, the backgrounds are there. I want to scare the shit out of you on Halloween. That is my principal job."
We'll find out for sure whether Bassett and co. succeeded when Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (whichwas shot in 3D; something of a revelation itself in these post-conversion times) opens on Halloween. Which, last time we checked, was on October 31.
Oh, and - spoiler warning! - does Sean Bean die in this, continuing what is rapidly becoming a grand tradition? Bassett is being coy. "Yes... and no." Ooh... what could it mean?