Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Muddled horror sequel is nightmarishly violent.
  • R
  • 2012
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 7 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A teen girl learns some very tough lessons about her unusual (supernatural) life and still manages to keep a positive outlook, working hard to find solutions. But the movie's plot is very muddled/complex, and it's difficult to know exactly what the problems and solutions are.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The heroine is a brave teen girl who has the courage and strength to go looking for her missing father in a scary place (a place she's been forbidden to go), as well as take on more and more treacherous tasks to help save the day. But she has a stubborn streak and is reluctant to ask others for help or let others get close to her.


Extreme fantasy/horror violence, with lots of nightmarish images -- i.e. characters with no faces, creepy monsters, etc. Characters are shot and stabbed, with spurts of blood. Many human arms are severed in one sequence, and in other sequences, fingers and heads are severed, and a human victim's flesh is sliced from his chest. In a brief nightmare sequence, a teen girl is on fire, and in a quick flashback, a boy's chest is shown carved up and bleeding. Also some fighting, with weapons.


One female victim is shown topless while lying on a table (just before she's turned into a mannequin). The two teen leads share a brief scene of flirting.


Language includes a few uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "hell," "oh my God," and "Jesus," used as an exclamation.


Facebook is mentioned a few times, including the phrase "f--k Facebook." Twitter is also mentioned once.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is the sequel to 2006's Silent Hill and that both films are based on popular video games. The original dealt with the disturbing disappearance of a young girl; that character has now grown into a brave and resourceful teen. There's lots of strong fantasy/horror violence, including nightmarish imagery (characters with no faces and other creepy things) and blood and gore (particularly severed limbs and heads). Language includes a few uses of both "f--k" and "s--t," and a topless woman is shown for a few moments in one scene, though otherwise -- except for some mild teen flirting -- sex and sexual innuendo aren't really issues.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCodyHH May 26, 2020


Excellent carry on to the series and was a joy to watch for nothing bad day about this great film.
Adult Written byAmericanplaya217 April 6, 2013

Okay movie but worth the DVD and 3D

The movie was a little disappointing due to the ending, but overall it was different, creative and compelling. The movie is okay and its a one time watch. There... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 25, 2021

this sucks. (Please read)

The silent hill games are much better than the movies. The movies are a cheap knock off. Play the games. Don't watch the movies.
Teen, 14 years old Written byHaithamB November 9, 2013

Moviegoer 14: Silent Hill Revelation

Nothing compared to the first. Somehow entertaining although senseless and dumb.

What's the story?

Some years after the events of Silent Hill, the central young girl has now grown into a teen who goes by the name of Heather (Adelaide Clemens). She and her adoptive father (Sean Bean) have kept moving, supposedly to keep away from the evil forces in Silent Hill, which are constantly searching for Heather. When her father disappears, Heather decides to ignore all warnings and return. She learns that if she finds the other half of a mystical amulet, she could have the power to change things for good. But first, she must navigate a terrifying city full of horrors -- and even if she saves the day, there's no guaranteeing that she'll survive.

Is it any good?

Writer/director Michael J. Bassett takes the helm for this sequel to 2006's Silent Hill, and though his direction is better than Christophe Gans' was, his writing is worse than Roger Avary's. SILENT HILL: REVELATION is filled with an astounding array of character and set designs, ranging from creepy stuffed bunnies at a carnival to more insidious creatures with blank faces covered in stitching. Some of Bassett's imagery seems lifted directly out of a nightmare -- or perhaps an especially ghastly museum exhibit.

Unfortunately, the writing is so weak and comes up so short that all the striking imagery amounts to practically nothing. It begins as the heroine has a nightmare wherein she's told: "You can never defeat me," followed by "don't go back to Silent Hill." Well, should she, or shouldn't she? Things don't improve from there; whenever characters speak to one another, they seem to be trying to explain the plot -- which only gets more complicated and more nonsensical -- out loud. It never becomes clear.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Silent Hill: Revelation's violence. How does its impact compare to what you've seen in other horror movies? What about in other, more realistic films?

  • Are the movie's images like nightmares? How so? Is the movie scary? How do those images contribute to the overall tone/feel?

  • What's the appeal of horror movies? Why can it be fun to be scared?

  • Is the main character a role model for teen girls? What are her positive qualities? Her iffier ones?

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