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With Konami trying feverishly to remove all remnants of Silent Hills and P.T. it is just adding salt to the wounds of those who were waiting on pins and needles for the release. While I feel there are many different signs that point to Silent Hills NOT actually being cancelled:

There is a movie out there that gives a similar feel to P.T.

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Or The House At The End Of Time in English. It is the first Venezuelan supernatural thriller by Alejandro Hidalgo.

Dulce is a mother who has encounters with apparitions in her old house, where it unleashes a terrible prophecy. Thirty years later, turned into an old woman, she returns home to unravel the mystery and tragedy that has tantalized her.

I was pretty surprised by this one. I saw a I recommendation for it somewhere on a video about P.T. and I decided to check it out. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a Silent Hill movie. It is excessive in gore and there aren’t bizarre plastic/human fusions walking the halls.

About as gory as it gets

About as gory as it gets

What it does have is doors and time loops. Lots of them. It has great tension that builds as it gets more and more labyrinthine. I felt it was going in a very predictable yet jumbled direction and then the movie stood my expectations on their ear. I don’t want to give too much away but all the little confusing bits and convoluted plots suddenly become clear as they all click into place.

Granted the movies isn’t without it’s problems. The makeup isn’t the greatest but it’s not the worse either. Having to watch with subtitles does make it hard to watch and follow along but this is a common problem in foreign movies. There are some strange choices for ambiance (i.e. Little boys peeing in water balloons and fistfighting to whimsical music) but I choked some of that up to cultural differences. Finally, it relies a little too much on jump scares.

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Overall, while it isn’t isn’t Silent Hills, it does have a feel of a dark oppressive house where time and space don’t seem to make a lot of sense. All the while homicidal ghosts haunt every turn just waiting to kill. The story really carries this movie and makes it an enjoyable thrill ride. I’d really like to see more movies like it.

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