The organ music that plays when Alessa pops out of the hole starts very similar to the briefing music of Katamari Damacy. I was thinking of making a video and replacing the soundtrack with a Katamari coming out of the hole and squashing Cristabella.
My partner & I saw it yesterday & loved it! We had the entire screen to ourselves bar two girls.
Just one little niggle, nothing big:
[spoiler]The mumblers from the alley scene did nothing to frighten or impress me. They were a little too CG'ed for my liking & the look of them didn't feel right.[/spoiler]
I thought everything had its own intriguing feel, it was different and bold to stray from it's original's storyline. I am so glad this film wasn't a carbon copy, its nice to see an old plot get a new treatment but in the process, stayed close to the heart of the games.
The ciematogrophy was stylish! The characters had their own impact on the story, the dialogue was off beat and quirky (which I liked personally, because thats how the games were like for me) and most of all, great symbolism and open endedneess was involved.
I went to go see it on opening night after strugging to get money for tickets due to some unfortunate events that got my original ticket lost. ._. There were a ton of fans (I think). I assume they were since I could hear SH related gossip echoing throughout the theatre. Everyone clapped at the end, and most people stayed for the credits, so I guess everyone loved it just as much as me.
There were just a few things that bothered me, not enough to ruin the movie for me though. Such as:
[spoiler] Not doing much with Lisa, making Dahlia nice instead of evil (although that was kind of neat, makes you feel sorry for her.) and that one scene where Rose crossed that hole to get to what she thought was Cheryl (everyone went "Oh come on" at that part )[/spoiler] just to name a few.
Some of it was a bit rushed BUT I liked the way the monsters looked, especially the nurses, the acting didn't bother me, I enjoyed the new plot even thought it wasn't completely like the game, I do think it's the best game-movie adaptation, and it was worth all the trouble I went through to get a ticket and put my rear into that theatre seat. 4.5 out of 5. Yay for Mr. Gans.
[spoiler] NOOOOOOOO CYBIL! ; ; Why did you have to die!?[/spoiler]
The only thing was the script...Like, you know the part where Rose is at the gas station and asks the clerk how to get to Silent Hill, and she says, something like, the road don't go there no more...O_O; If the road doesn't go there, how does the sign on the road have an arrow pointing to the ROAD to get to Silent Hill? Hmm...
Just saw the movie too. I loved it to bits. When those sirens go off, you just knew it was going to be party-time! Seeinjg Pyramid Head was an absolute treat. I couldn't get enough of him in the film! 9/10.
I think it was a great movie, but it needed improvements.
For example the Janitor scene, it just seemed too rushed. You see him, and many other monster's only once throughout the movie. I can see, as a movie, it wouldn't of been possible to have repeating monsters and what not because the movie would become too long and people who hadn't played the game's would question some of the identical monmster's who had been killed earlier.
Still, great movie.
I just saw it in Italian with my girlfriend. I got most of dialogue (from what I heard about it I'm not missing much anyway) but the big explanations that came at the end were too advanced for me to pick up in a foreign language.
It was better than I expected, but not great. I agree that one of the best things was hearing SH music through cinema speakers, and the sirens too, but I would've liked it if they brought in Akira to score the film from scratch.
Visually it was cool and there were even a few creepy moments, like when we saw the mumblers and that dude/monster in the bathroom (one of my favorite parts).
The plot was nice, I like that it bore similarities to SH1 without being exactly the same. They did their own thing, which was cool. However, I felt the movie lagged in parts, especially between meeting Anna and the big climactic sequence in the church.
My biggest problem, as I expected, was with the monsters. Was it really so important to include all those monsters from the games as a nod to us fans? Most of the time they just appeared ONCE to say "Boo!" and that was it. There was no point to their presence -- and I was not impressed with Pyramid Head, either. He was powerful and did some nasty sh-t, but that's not the same thing as being actually scary (which he was in SH2). The nurse scene was awful, it was completely meaningless and the only reason it was there was to maybe give guys in the audience a hard-on.
I'm glad I saw it, it was worth my 5 euros, but to me it was way too fan-service-y. It's good that it will bring more new fans to the games, but it could never hold a candle to them.
I think the movie was awesome, I love, love, LOVE the visual aspect of the movie, that's most of the reason I bought the DVD. But it felt a bit rushed. Many scenes just felt like it was there to please the fans. It didn't really scare me either, I only felt tense with the first siren, then I ended up paying strong attention to the details instead.
So the plot wasn't the strongest aspect of the movie, but the visuals were, I think that people who were already fans before seeing this movie would appreciate it more. I'm kind of glad for that actually. My friend called me right in the middle of the janitor scene and he asks me "Was Silent Hill a good movie?"....
But when PH came out of nowhere it brought a smile to my face. : )
But I agree with ericfordh's comment a lot. After thinking it over, the monsters don't really appear for a reason. Like in the Silent Hill games, the monsters are so important, they all represent something so specific about the main character, and I think that's what really makes them disturbing. But here it just seemed like they were stopping by to say what's up?! *rips off skin*