The first Silent Hill movie was written by Roger Avary of Pulp Fiction fame. We know Roger Avary. It was directed by Christophe Gans, who made that crazy click Brotherhood of the Wolf and who is making horror flick Fantomas with Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel. The upcoming Silent Hill movie is being written and direct by Michael J. Bassett. Who the hell is that?
Michael J. Bassett was initially planning to be a vet or get a Zoology degree, but ended up hosting UK kids' show Get Fresh Sunday, which also featured the Gummi Bears and Teddy Ruxpin. Bassett also worked as a puppeteer for Scally The Dog.
And now, he's doing the new Silent Hill movie.
DON'T STOP READING! Bassett was able to move out of kiddy TV and start writing and directing low budget British horror flicks - first, doing Deathwatch in 2002. Deathwatch is a zombie World War 1 flick, and while it's not the greatest film, it did show promise. In 2006, Bassett followed the flick up with Wilderness, which was a horror film with shades of Battle Royale. Likewise, it wasn't the greatest flick! But once again, the movie did show promise with flickers of brilliance.
From interviews with Bassett, much of Deathwatch's shortcomings seem to be due to the then novice director not sticking by his guns and telling the producers his vision for the film, leading to a watered down final project.
Finally, in 2009, Bassett directed his best picture to date, the big screen re-imagining of Solomon Kane, the character created by Robert E. Howard of Conan fame. It was an origin story conceived by Bassett and the movie was well-received, showing the filmmaker coming into his own.
One thing that's always been consistant is Bassett's desire for realism - even if he's talking about zombies and mythical kings. For example, during Solomon Kane, he wanted the sword fights to look real. "I even went to the trouble of getting a dead pig on the set and having my sword master slash, stab and cut the body so we could see what a real sword did to flesh," Bassett told website Opium. "Let me tell you it is pretty surprising how much damage the sword can do but also equally surprising things it can't do."
Likewise, during the filming of Deathwatch, he brought in riverbed sludge to ensure the trenches were muddy, and he even got a "trenchfoot" foot injection from standing in the mud all day while filming. "It was all my fault, of course, so I couldn't complain but it was hard," the director told website Horror Asylum about the shoot. "I was pouring about 60,000 liters of water onto the set every day."
Set pics of the upcoming Silent Hills: Revelation 3D leaked onto the internet, showing another moody environment for Bassett. All of his movies tend to be focus on wet and cold elements of nature - Silent Hill: Revelation 3D looks to be no different.