Silent Hill: Revelation 3D



Muddled horror sequel is nightmarishly violent.
  • Review Date: October 26, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable

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.

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 (Solomon Kane) 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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 26, 2012
DVD release date:February 12, 2013
Cast:Adelaide Clemens, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kit Harington, Sean Bean
Director:Michael J. Bassett
Studio:Open Road Films
Run time:94 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violence and disturbing images, some language and brief nudity

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Teen, 17 years old Written bybobbyray March 3, 2013


Weird movie....couple of f words not to bad...the only thing of worry is the violence....very graphic... It says there is brief nudity....but it's because you see some naked mannequins and a women's breast for a brief second in the same scene...recommend you see the first one or you will be very confused!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old February 15, 2013

looks bad to me

havent seen it but it looks intense
What other families should know
Too much violence
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 other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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