Thrill me! When an alien experiment goes awry, it crashes to Earth in 1959 and infects a young college student. Twenty-seven years later, his cryogenically frozen body is thawed out by fraternity pledges … and the campus is quickly overrun by alien creatures whose victims turn into zombies! Fred Dekker’s thoroughly enjoyable throwback chiller deftly mixes all sorts of genres while simultaneously having fun with them (the college and all the leading characters are named after famous horror movie directors).

Studio: Shout Factory!
Year: 1988
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Run time: 97 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Region: A

Carol Anne has supposedly been sent by her mom and dad to stay with her Aunt Pat, played by Nancy Allen, and Tom Skerritt, who as I recall was always in total trash like this, his nadir perhaps being Poison Ivy. They have a teenage daughter in Lara Flynn Boyle, of Twin Peaks and many other things. They live in the John Hancock building in Chicago, and apparently they keep a guest room ready just in case any ghost-haunted nieces may need a place to stay for an extended period of time.

The movie wastes no time in getting to the “scares,” the first being an old guy who is supposed to be Kane from movie II standing outside on the scaffold. Apparently the real Kane died between movies. The new one isn’t nearly as creepy as he was, and thus we never really get a good look at him. This one is also all about mirrors, as they are a recurring motif in the high-rise, and also where the spirits enter the apartment this time, leading to innumerable shots where something in the mirror doesn’t match what’s happening in real life or appears in the mirror and not in life. It gets tedious.

Movie Quality: 7/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio. The print has been remastered with a new 2K remaster. It helps with some of the definition of the image. While the previous release looked very dull and murky at times with some heavy grain coming into play, it appears like things are kept very natural looking here with this print. The grain never becomes intrusive, yet it is still there and noticeable in the darker scenes. Details are good at times and other times they tend to lack. With the print being cleaned up a bit in certain areas it tends to show off how fake the special effects were for the time. Overall, if you own the previous MGM release it is worth upgrading to the new Shout release for the updated visuals even though they are not revolutionary considering the age of the film.
Print Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. The audio mix sounds the same to me when compared to the previous MGM release. I found the audio mix to be pretty good when brought over to DTS-HD MA, even though it is mostly front and center. Whenever there is sound effects you do get some decent sound out of the rears. Most of the soundfield is filled with special effects even though they were working with a low budget film. The audio excels in this area with the hard/punk/metal soundtrack which will not disappoint fans of the film. Dialogue through the center channel was nice and clean without any issues.
Print Quality: 9/10

Special Features


NEW Audio Commentary with cinematographer Dan Laustsen
Theatrical Trailer


NEW interview with director Christophe Gans
NEW A Tale of Two Jodelles – an interview with actress Jodelle Ferland
NEW Dance of the Pyramid – an interview with actor Roberto Campanella
NEW interview with makeup-effects artist Paul Jones
Path of Darkness: The Making of SILENT HILL – a six-part documentary
The Making of SILENT HILL vintage featurette
On set interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
Photo Galleries – still photos and posters

Special Features: 9/10

Final Thoughts

There’s lots of cool special effects that seem lame by todays’ CGI work, but the make-up and storyline really help propel this (now) cult film into a great time for most all ages.
Overall Rating: 7/10