Fortunately Silent Hill: Revelation doesn't fall into the torture-gore trap and like its predecessor is has some wonderfully dark styling in it though I did find it just about mediocre in terms of plot, which is a shame as as far as I can remember the first film was actually rather good and its cast contains a few actors who've previously proved their worth. Adelaide Clemens who will soon be very well known for her upcoming role in Baz Luhrman's Great Gatsby is our young blonde protagonist, fathered by a rather strained Sean Bean and accompanied through much of the film by Kit Harington who'll you'll know as Jon Snow from Game of Thrones. Stylistically however the art, makeup and CGI teams have succeeded in once again delivering us a heavily stylized world of darkness with some wonderfully twisted visual elements despite having less than half the budget of the first film. Patrick Tatopoulos - who gave us the Red Pyramid, Grey Children, Nurses and Bugs in the original - and Paul Jones reunited and have conjured some rather wicked creations with the support of a much smaller makeup team - many of whom also worked on the most recent addition to the Resident Evil movie franchise.
It will be no secret to any of you who know me even a fraction that I adore creepy circus imagery so I was delighted at the opening sequence of this film which is set in a seriously macarbe abandoned fairground, populated with abandoned rides scattered amongst the bare skeletons of trees. I especially love that freaky grimy clown faced entrance, would LOVE to make something like that one day!