Rose cannot accept the medical diagnosis that her daughter, who suffers nightmarish trances in which she refers to the town of Silent Hill, is going insane. Over the protests of her husband, she flees with her child, Sharon, to Silent Hill seeking answers for her daughters condition. It is revealed that the town had been evacuated thirty years earlier due to an unstoppable (and still burning) underground coal fire, and that Sharon was likely born there. A local motorcycle cop named Sybil ends up pursuing Rose and Sharon into the outskirts of the abandoned and cordoned off town on a rainy night, where they suffer simultaneous wipe-outs and black out. Rose awakens to find that everything is lit by an unearthly, luminous mist and that her daughter is gone from her SUV. Following what she thinks is her daughters silhouette all over town, Rose is lured to a group of horrific creatures and blacks out again to the sound of a wailing emergency-alert siren--just as the creatures have gotten a good grip on her...
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This is the worst movie I've seen in a long time possibly EVER! What the heck even went ON in the movie? It's pretty bad when you'regoing to see a scary movie and half the people in the theater areLAUGHING at the "scary" parts. About 80% of the movie didn't make anysense and the 20% of it that did was so completely stupid that it mightas well have not existed. **SPOILER** At the end of the movie I can'teven tell if they were supposed to be dead or what was going on. Theymake it home but the father/husband doesn't see them. And did the evilpart of the little girl merge with Sharon or what? Furthermore itshouldn't matter whether or not I've played the video game. The movieshould stand alone as a movie not be dependent upon the person watchingit having played the video game. Either that or the trailer shouldannounce that it's based on a video game (which it didn't) so thatpeople who are going expecting to understand the movie know that theyprobably won't. I want my $7.50 back.
I saw the movie as well (press-preview) and would like to point outthat the first hour was amazing for the film crew captured theatmosphere of the games in a breathtaking way: you can expect foggyweather, a good mixture of darkness and light, a brilliant sound-designaccording to the original, sudden silence, crazy mutants (even deadnurses) rock the scene ... - "thanks" to Akira Yamaoka and his crew.Just imagine Heather from "Silent Hill 3" when she discovers the illhorrors of the dead town, and there you have Radha Mitchell as Rose; atruly perfect acting woman in the tradition of Milla Jovovich andSienna Guillory in "Resident Evil". On the other hand the church-peopleshe meets could get on your nerves. Especially when you dislike theoccult.
Now I know that a lot of people don't like this movie, but overall whencompared to other video game based films (I.E. In The Dark, Doom,Bloodrayne) this one can easily be seen as above the norm. Its originalbecause unlike basic horror movies it presents an eerie feel that isn'tbased on dumb moments that attempt to make you jump. Instead it focuseson the the disturbing, like the Silent Hill games. The acting in thismovie was pretty exceptional for the talent they had, although at sometimes the constant screaming by Rose gets annoying. Seeing a bit moreof the fighting in the movie would have been good, considering that inthe games you get to beat the creatures with lead pipes and shoot themwith a variety of weaponry. Overall, however, I think that the movieprovides a good introduction into the world of Silent Hill and shouldbe seen by every moviegoer interested in a new type horror experience.
After seeing the movie, I did indeed say to myself: This is the mostsuccessful video-game to movie adaptation to-date. From a person whohas studied metaphysics for most of one's life, it's like The Matrix ofhorror movies packed with esoterica: the hopscotch (which is patternedafter the tree of life) was drawn out on the ground of the school withthe words heaven and hell in their respective locations. Perhaps Thismovie should get some sort of award for coming a long way since StreetFighter.And the music video at the end featuring the theme music for SH3convinced me to get SH when it comes out on DVD.
For a truly unique film experience check out "Silent Hill". As a fan ofthe games I expected to be impressed but anyone looking for innovativefilm-making and extraordinary (WOW) production design should find thisfilm fascinating. I am firmly convinced that Gans and Avery have hit ahome run here. For those who have never seen the game, "Silent Hill" is the best eversurvival/ horror game series. It is difficult and confusing (a lot ofmazes and D&D-like details) so expect major disorientation at timesduring the film-which is a bit like actually playing the game. The acting was convincing, the editing extraordinary, the atmospherewas perfect, the creatures were amazing. Not 100% how I visualized itbefore viewing but even the differences tended to work in favor of thefilm. Be prepared for some serious blood. The town itself looked and actually felt familiar, unlike the mess theymade of "House of Wax". This is definitely the sort of film best seenon the big screen with a theater sound system. Everyone should betotally creeped out. Enough said, more at this stage might spoil things so read on only ifyou have already seen the film or if you don't mind some spoilers. Dahlia Gillespie had a daughter (by an unknown father) named Alessa.Alessa became the town outcast until a bunch of religious nuts (led byChristabella) decided she was a witch and must be sacrificed to keepevil out of Silent Hill. Dahlia went along with this because she wasafraid of her own damnation for having the child. But the ceremony wentwrong and the nut cases were not just killed but sent to a netherworldbetween heaven and hell. The dark side of Alessa ended up in the same place but she was splitinto duel entities and the good part stayed in the normal world whereshe was adopted by Rose and Chris, and named Sharon. Sharon'ssleepwalking is caused by her connection with Alessa who wants her toreturn to Silent Hill. On the way to Silent Hill, Rose and Sharon arouse the suspicions of afemale motorcycle policewoman (Cybil Bennett). This happens becauseCybil has been extremely protective of children since she saved alittle boy from a psychopath. Cybil follows them to Silent Hill (once acoal mining town that was abandoned because of a burning seam of coalunder the town). At the town limits a mysterious girl appears and bothvehicles crash. When Sharon and Cybil regain consciousness Rose isgone. As they explore the abandoned buildings they discover a church with awarning siren where the religious cult hides when Alessa (presumably)causes a darkness to take over the town; for some reason the darknessand Alessa cannot enter the church. It turns out that Alessa sent herSharon identity back into the world of the living to bring back someone(Rose) who can take her into the church where she can finally exact herrevenge. Everyone is dead in the netherworld of Silent Hill, even Rose andCybil-they don't know it yet but they died in the accident-because youcan only enter the town if you are dead. Alessa needs Rose which is whyshe died, it was just Cybil's bad luck to have been involved in theaccident. The tip off to their being parallel towns comes when Rose's husbandChris enters the real Silent Hill and finds nothing supernatural in theplace; although he senses a connection with his wife and adopteddaughter, he finds no tangible sign of them. Rose passes right throughhim and the ending scene of Rose and Sharon in their home is blurred,but the scene with Chris in the parallel home is completely clear. Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
Not much more than a "haunted town" thrill-ride, with only a few plot points tossed in to keep things moving, Silent Hill truly is a feast for the eyes -- provided your eyeballs aren't too squeamish.
The newest addition to the ever increasing video game turned movielist, "Silent Hill" opened everywhere on April 21st. It is easily oneof the most impressive movies on that list, but sadly that doesn't saymuch. This film had potential, but squanders it all with a predictablestoryline, shallow characters, horrible dialog, lack of scares,mediocre acting, repetitive scenes and ridiculous plot twists.The cinematic adaptation of "Silent Hill" opens with a chase sequence.A woman named Rose is chasing her sleepwalking daughter, Sharon, to theedge of a rocky cliff. When the girl finally comes back to reality sheis screaming "Silent Hill!!" Seeing as this is a horror movie, it isnot surprising to find out that Sharon turns out to be adopted from anorphanage in West Virginia where Rose locates a ghost town calledSilent Hill. So, despite the foreboding websites, Rose decides to takeSharon to Silent Hill in hopes of setting her daughter's mind at ease. On the way to Silent Hill, an officer named Cybil Bennett who wearswhat looks to be an unusually form-fitting police uniform tries to pullRose over, but Rose can't stop now, she's too close! So, she puts thepedal to the metal and speeds towards the town of silent hill, not evenslowing when the car is consumed in a dense fog. However, she doesswerve when she sees something moving ahead of her resulting in apainful looking bump on the head. She awakes hours later, alone in hercar, in what appears to be another dimension where white fog andfalling ash is always on the forecast. She sees the welcome sign andrealizes that she has arrived. Now, to find her daughterÂ Normally I'd go into more depth with the plot up to a certain point,but that pretty much covers everything. The remaining hour and a halfsimply follows Rose as she runs from place to place in search of herelusive daughter. What we know about the characters is what I've toldyou, there is nothing deeper, no background, nothing at all to help theviewer relate to the characters and get somewhat involved in thehorrors unfolding around them.The film does a superb job at creating the town of Silent Hill and thevarious demons that dwell within it. The special effects used totransform the decaying daytime town into a hellish nightmare are greatand the monsters are some of the most disturbingly realistic creationsever put on film. There's no denying that this is a pleasing film forthe eyes, but it is a completely different story for the ears and mind.The dialog arouses more laughs than thought, particularly when the fewresidents of Silent Hill begin rambling on about witchcraft, religionand danger and the only thing you can think about is why Rose keepschasing something that looks like Sharon, but is clearly not. Theactors do what they can, but the script doesn't give them much to workwith. Radha Mitchell, who plays Rose has a moment in which some talentshines through, but it's brief. Like most horror heroines, Rose blindlyputs herself in one terrifying situation after another. There's nodenying that she is scared, but the same cannot be said for the theateraudience. There are not even any "cheap scares," every monster comesslowly and from a distance giving Rose and the audience ample time toprepare.This film is very faithful to the games, but fails in instilling thepsychological horror that the game does so well. This film has theentertainment value of watching somebody else play as you graduallygrow annoyed because their turn is lasting too long. The obvious isclarified (I found this thing from a hotel, Sharon must be there) butthe mystifying is left unexplained. By the end, I didn't even know whowas who and I doubt it would have made sense even if I did. It seemedlike a lot of things were being done for no other purpose than togenerate an epic spectacle, but ultimately it's a little pointless whenall of the characters feel disposable. Some great visuals are notenough to redeem a movie that fails in every other sense. 4/10 stars
Well, I'm a HUGE Silent Hill video game fan. that stuff is the darkest,creepiest, nuff-said. The movie I have been looking forward to forever.Unfortunately, I couldn't see it until it came out on DVD.Well......here goes...If you're a big fan of the game, you may not like the movie as theyscrambled up the story, trying to Hollywoodize it (what's new?), notthat that's that big of a deal, just playwrite geeks should stick withwhat's there, instead of trying to make it theirs. The thing thatannoyed the hell out of me is WHERE WAS ALL THE STINKINGMONSTERS?!?!?!? I mean, come on, that game is full of thecreepy-crawliest nightmares you ever saw, and all the movie was was,"blah blah blah, story, blah blah blah, trying to pull you into thecharacter's lives". Now, this is based on a game where you bash ineverything's heads with steel pipes, running from demons in a hell onearth setting, until you get a weapon good enough to fight really bigmonsters. Okay, so why was that left out? I'll tell you...Hollywoodgeeks.Here's the spoiler: The guy with the head like a train cowcatcher wasone of the coolest villains in the game, and they had enough sense toput him in the movie......but, not enough sense to give him any time.he was just stuck in enough to keep you from getting more interested inyour popcorn. Dorks. Finally, they had the zombie nurses and what? Onlyabout 20 seconds?!?!?! Okay, enough whinning. I did like the movie,don't get me wrong. It has some good special effects, and maybe evenfilled in some of the story line lost in all the action of thegame....but who cares? Overall, I rate it worth watching, but somebodyreally needs to whip some Hollywood geek (censored) so they stopruining stories. If we want a tender, heart-ripping, love/drama, we'llwatch On Golden Pond or some such crap, am I right guys?
I thought it completely captured the "feel" of the original game, evenif they did make Harry's character a woman. The cinematography was anincredibly close representation of the game play, the story was changedand it actually made a lot more sense than the game, and the ending wasinspired.If you liked the original game, I would hope that you could appreciatehow close this comes to it even though many things are different gameto movie. It's hard to explain without giving it away, but I thought itwas cleverly adapted and well done. I guess it was a horror movie, butlike the game, it sticks with you for awhile after you've seen it andmakes you think about it at odd moments during the day.I thought it was great.
As a long-time gamer, and fan of the Silent Hill video games. I have tosay that this movie represents, in my opinion, a giant leap forward forvideo game to movie adaptations.I say this for the following reasons. The plot line managed to be thesame as the games, even though there were some minor changes made. Thesoundtracks from the games were used as the soundtrack for the movie.The creature designs were spot on from the games, with a few minortweaks. Most importantly, the town itself and the fog were takendirectly from the game as well.I've always held out hope that they would finally get the formula forvideo game movies right. Silent Hill represents that formula, andserves as an example of just how good that adaptation can be.A word to all the nay sayers of this film. Consider that in the game,the goal of finding your daughter is the same, but in order to do so,you have to explore the town, and deal with it's denizens. Part of thegame was finding out what happened in this town. The movie does thisperfectly.I realize that many people expected a Saw, Hostel, or a Land of theDead, and that's why they left disappointed. I would too if I wasexpecting that, but honestly, I feel that those movies represent thelower quality spectrum of horror movies.It's great to expect quick scares, if that's what you are in the moodfor. However, there is a market for cerebral horror films (i.e.: TheRing (1 not 2), The Grudge, Jacob's Ladder, etc.) as well, and SilentHill is just such a movie. The key is that you have to think and askquestions as you watch the movie, in order to understand what you arewatching.Overall, I rate this movie a 10 because of the milestone in video gameadaptations for the big screen. Also, I feel that the use of thesoundtrack, characters, and imagery from the game is almost exact.Finally, the plot, while admittedly not Oscar worthy, is stillunderstandable, and the effects and atmosphere serve it well. Doyourself a favor and see this movie and keep these things in mind whenyou do.
I have to admit I was not completely sure what I thought after seeingSilent Hill and it took me a few days to wrap around it because I amsuch a big fan of the games but now I cannot wait for the next part.Ican admit some might parts might have been done differently but I am nodirector so I can deal.As far as people saying it is the worst theyhave ever seen that is their opinion.I am sure they have liked moviesthat I hated.I can tell you when I watched it no one laughed and no onesaid it was terrible.I have learned that just because you likesomething does not mean someone else has to.I would definitely say goif you have played the games, but don't go thinking it is a horrormovie because I didn't get that from this movie.I also think we willget a lot more out of part 2.
I haven't played the game, but I think this is definitely one of thebest horror movies made in recent years. I have been longing for amovie like this, since I have seen The Ring. The atmosphere is reallycreepy and the monsters and effects are the best I have ever seen. Ihate CG effects and funny monsters that have ruined many movies thatcould have been much better had the monsters been designed as good asin Silent Hill. Sound effects are great too, and there's no sudden"boo" to startle you as in cheap horror movies. Script is well thoughtand everything makes sense in the end. So, it doesn't leave you puzzlednor prepare some basis for a sequel. It is overall a very satisfyinghorror movie, and absolutely worth the two hours you spend watching it.
-Every couple of years a movie comes along that I 100% fall in lovewith. In 1999 it was "The Matrix", 2002 it "Two Towers", in 2005"Batman Begins" and this year I've found my gem in this movie. Lastyear I watched Batman every little chance I got on the big screen tillthe last week we had to send it back and it's the same with this movie.I've seen it 4 times already and I don't have any plans of slowing downbut I'm guessing that this one of those movies that everyone hates andI for some reason love. If only everyone shared my impeccable taste.The only movie I had seen by Chris Gans before watching his amazingwork on this movie was the delightful "Brotherhood of the Wolf" andwhiles I liked it I never thought he was capable a movie that I couldthoroughly enjoy like I do with this movie. In my personal opinion"Silent Hill 2" is the best game ever made for the aging PS2 and anyonethat's ever played that game along with the other games in the seriesshould recognize the visuals, the creatures and the creepy sound. Thosethat have played the first one for the PS1 will develop a severe caseof deja vu because the movie's story is almost the same as the one fromthe first game.-What makes the movie click for me apart from the lovely Radha Mitchelland the sexy female cop *ahem* is just how the movie sucks you in fromthe start and makes you forget that you're watching a movie. There'snever a moment when you pay too much attention to the effects or themusic or the sound but rather you just sit down and let it all washover you like it's suppose to. The effects are jaw dropping at somepoints but never to the point that it takes out of the movie althoughthere were some shots that looked they needed more rendering but Iguess it was done in a low key way to mimic the visuals from the game.-The movie retains a lot of the stuff from the games, from the visuals,the creatuers to the idea of the main character just being a normalperson that has no powers what so ever. In the game your character hasno combat skills nor knows how to use an AK so the best way to fend offthe creatuers in Silent Hill is often just to survive by any meansnecessary which really works well in creating the terrifying feelingthat the game wants you to feel. That great practice is in the movie asRose has no combat skill what so ever. She's just a woman looking forher daughter in this crazy town that has people with pyramid heads andbugs that chew your flesh off in a heartbeat. The wonderfully creepyscore by Yamoaka which was remixed by Danna does help the movie feellike the game and even lets you appreciate the game music more afteryou've seen it-My favorite creature from the series had always been Pyramid Head whois basically a guy with a pyramid for a head that carries a sword andhe was always a little goofy looking but in the movie he's gone fromgoofy looking to the coolest villain this side of the witchkingcomplete with a huge f**king sword that makes a loud clunking soundwhenever it hits the ground. I'd make a joke about how his big sword isovercompensating for something but I don't want him to rip the skin ofmy body like he did to that little girl. -The movie is pretty scary but no match for the game because the movieis about 2 hours long and you do spend a lot of that time watchingsomeone go through hell where as in the game you play the character andexperience all the hell plus it's a lot longer than 2 hours so itreally gets under your skin. I can't really say that the acting isgreat because it's not. Despite my love for Radha Mitchell she prettymuch does nothing but just walk around screaming "Sharon" for amajority of the movie which isn't bad per say but it's not exactly onpar with her brilliant acting performances from the past. JodelleFerland on the other hand is a treasure in this movie. I just love herportrayal of Dark Alessa and that cryptic way she speaks. Anotherlittle girl may have messed it up but she just stole the show-One can't help but notice the striking similarities between Rose,Maria and Alessa oops I mean Heather from "Silent Hill 3". They bothshare a similar hairstyle, and both seem to have a little problem withauthority as it is clear in the scene when Rose has that great line"f**k you, you stupid cop" and Heather has a similar moment when sheblows of a detective that is going after her in a mall. Stuff like thatreally makes you respect what Gans did with the movie because he tookgreat pain to make sure that the movie not only had the look of thesource material but also its feel. If Mitchell is suppose to resembleHeather then Bean is suppose to resemble James? James is looking forhis dead wife and Chris also tirelessly searches for his wife. I'mprobably reading too much into it but it really helps you enjoy themovie a lot more if you are a fan of the game. -Fans of the games can breathe a sigh of relief because Gans got itabsolutely right from the creepy visuals to the music. Those who'venever played the game will either enjoy it or not get it the movie atall. -pyramid head is the s**t
** Radha Mitchell, Laure Holden, Sean Bean, Kim Coates, Tanya Allen,Jodelle Ferland. Directed by Christophe Gans. What starts as a typicalvideo game ala cinema slowly turns from mindless creature action tomindless talking about a deserted town due to a fire in Silent Hill.Currently heading to the town a mother (Mitchell) and her creepy child(Ferland) but when they reach the town, they discover it's dark pastand hidden present. "Silent Hill" attempts to make noise but with it'smany lousy failed mishaps it echoes in silence. Despite those effectsthat dragged me into it, with the creatures and all, the movie stillholds many flaws. Gans has no technique other than effects and plentyof them aside the incoherent story line, regrettable overall
What the hell was that film about? Can someone please explain whathappened? The visual effects were good, but this film was not my cup oftea. Did they die at the end? If so, how? Was there any basis to thatstoryline. Honestly, it was a bunch of twisted mind boggling nonsense.How did Chris "feel" Rose and the rest of it? Where the hell did theyend up? In some parallel universe or something? that WAS some freakychurch religious gathering thing going on. My, there was a lot of gore,i mean did they really have to go into such detail with all the burningand what not? Anyways, just wanted to add my 2 cents, so what dideveryone else think?
It's hard to write about this movie, because the reaction to it dependssomewhat on having or not played the games. This movie is based onKonami's "Silent Hill" series of games, mainly on the first, withelements of the second. Some people that have played the games seem tohave failed to realize that, expecting to see a "film version" of thefirst game, what this movie is not! SH is based on the games, notconverted from them, fortunately. The only complaint I have about thismovie is that it is too short, the plot is too complex for a two-hoursmovie, some scenes could be expanded and some speeches slowed down(with longer background sequences).The characters are mostly from the first game, the others areoriginals. Their development is much better than in the game, mostlybecause the characters wander alone in the first game. In the movie,the characters stay together most of the time (it's not "Scooby-doo",they do not separate when things get rough...) The actors also playvery well their roles, mainly the little girl. Pay attention to hereyes, they tell more about the story than is actually said.One thing that is preserved from the games (and even enhanced) is thebackground, the "something-scary-is-coming" atmosphere. If the moviewas longer, some elements of the games that appear in the movie couldhave been better used, but that doesn't make the movie less enjoyable.And after watching the movie, I realized something that is not soobvious in the games: humans are the real monsters (and I don't meanonly in the games/movies!) The demons stalking in Silent Hill don'tcompare in evilness to the humans hiding there! If you can't cope withviolence in movies, especially in this one, then don't read the morningnewspapers, lock the doors and stay in bed... And once you are at it,play "Silent Hill", the game, it has not one, but TWO different "happyendings"! Real life is not so merciful...
This movie is awesome. I've never seen a video game based movie thatlooked and felt so much like the original game. It transmits all thegoosebumps the game did every time the noise effect comes on, like adreadful warning that evil approaches. It felt like being on anotherSilent Hill Game, the monsters, the clues, and creepy occultism, is allthere. The storyline is a little different form the original, butyou'll find that it all fits together nicely. And yes it seems a littlebit slow, but at the end of it, you'll end up wanting to know more, tosee more. You will never find a better movie, either if your are a fanof the game or just of horror,this movie will take your breath away.
This isn't a typical Hollywood horror movie, because it has depressingand deep atmosphere. They sure did good job with this one. I can'tblame them for the lack of imagination because this movie's full of it.They sure had the right people to do the job and the right director.They did have a good script and writers.In the beginning the characters seem a bit superficial and there's notmuch depth to them at all. When some other movie focuses on the maincharacter's life before the action starts, this movie just goesstraight into the action. I thought that i could not relate to thecharacters in any way because they seemed shallow. But i was so wrongwith the movie. Just before the grand final the story gets explainedand it's presented in a really good imaginative way. It gives deepnessto the story and it gets even more interesting because of that.They didn't just go and make a movie based on a game, they made a movieof its own and brought something new to it. Some movies based on a gameforget to bring something new to the genre and that's just too bad tocopy the same old story. They've made it in a way that someone whohasn't played the actual game could appreciate it.I recommend this movie to all horror fans!
I'd like to begin by blatantly stating that this movie is excellent. Itsticks closely to the game and gives a sense of nostalgia as carefuldetail was taken to be true to the game (which I appreciated in a BIGway after being horribly disappointed by Resident Evil and Doommovies). This movie is not a horror film nor is it a slasher movie. Ifyou are looking for such movies, watch something else. This is, asfox_hound put it, a nightmare drama. The film -- and the gamesthemselves -- are all based on atmosphere. Noises like small childrenand metal scraping/grinding in the background make the hair on yourneck stand and give the games a creepy atmosphere. The scenes are notmeant to startle you, but rather keep you on the edge of your seat andfully involve you in the story. There's a reason many people say theycan watch someone else play Silent Hill but can't play through itthemselves -- it is the atmosphere you experience playing the game. Forthose of you who have played the game, you will be turning to yourbuddies frequently in excitement over noticing a detail from the gamethey've placed in the movie. For the sake of not spoiling a singlemoment I won't delve into anything -- though I'd like to argue thosewho thought it was bad because their reasons are void and misleading.So if you enjoyed playing or watching the games or you are just in themood for a nightmare mystery/drama, this movie is an excellent choice.I went with 4 people, 3 of which played the games and thought it wasamazing, and 1 who asked at the end, "What? That was based on a game?!"(she still enjoyed it, however) So if you haven't played the games ordon't know anything about Silent Hill, keep in mind this isn't aslasher film and just enjoy the movie for what it is -- a mystery setin a creepy atmosphere aimed at making you think to understand what isgoing on. Enjoy!
The first ten minutes seemed promising, but then I was quickly letdown. I didn't know the video game very well before I saw the film, butit looked interesting. I was wrong. Laura Holden is good as the lead,but other than that, the actors are not very good.The creatures look fake and there's too much CGI. There is some nicephotography and pretty cool looking set pieces, but this got boringreal fast.That's mainly because the pacing of the movie is REALLY slow, muchslower than I thought it would be. There are a few good moments, butnothing to write home about. If you are a fan of the video game, youwill most probably appreciate this horror movie much more than theaverage person. 2/10