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Silent Hill

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Source: Catholic News Service

Bleak and surreal supernatural thriller about a mother (Radha Mitchell) whose desperate search for her missing daughter (Jodelle Ferland) leads her to a haunted ghost town -- ravaged by fire 30 years earlier -- where she faces demonic forces and the town's evil past to get her child back. Suffused with religious motifs, director Christophe Gans' journey through hell abounds with nightmarish visions worthy of Dante, but in exploring themes of faith, fanaticism and motherhood the film, which starts out eerily intriguing, eventually descends into confusion and the gore of its videogame roots, ending on a perplexing note that will leave you, like the haunted hamlet, in a fog. Intensely disturbing and bloody horror images, including a graphic scene of a woman burnt alive, some violence, including a savage off-screen beating, fleeting partial nudity, and recurring rough and crude language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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