A Silent Hill Story: Lost Days is OUT!

Posted By: Whitney   April 7th, 2014 | 3:14 pm

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The short film based on Silent Hill 2 by Brett Driver and crowdfunded through indiegogo has been released!

I just finished watching it a moment ago and I’m still trying to pick my chin off the ground.

Seriously, wow just… WOW!

Starlin Britt and Lizzy Vincent really nailed James and Mary’s characters. I don’t want to spoil anything but it’s heart wrenching watching their relationship crumble after Mary’s diagnosis due to Mary’s self loathing and James own helplessness in the situation. Since this film is a prequel to the game I really loved the nods to future moments in James’ journey with the appearances of Maria, Pyramid Head, and a heartbreaking scene that mirrors a certain monologue in a long hallway at Lakeview Hotel.

The set, costumes, lighting and original music came together so perfectly. It was also a real treat to see Steven Yount, of Creative Guy Costuming’s Pyramid Head cosplay in action! This really is one of the best Silent Hill fan films I’ve seen to date. I really wish Brett Driver would tackle and full length Silent Hill 2 film adaptation in the future. I think he would do a wonderful job.

If you haven’t already, check out my Voices in the Static interview with both Brett Driver and Starlin Britt about the making of this film.

Be sure to also like A Silent Hill Story: Lost Days on facebook and let them know what you thought!



Shots of the Final Version of Gecco’s Robbie the Rabbit Statues

Posted By: Whitney   March 26th, 2014 | 12:16 pm

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Woo! The Mameryorai Blog has uploaded some shots of the mass production versions of Gecco’s Pink and Blue (Mamegyorai Exclusive) Robbie statues. (According the to blog they will show the Bloodless Souvenir Version at a later date).

I have to say out of all the statues Gecco have produced thus far these Robbies look the closest to their original statue prototypes, don’t you think?

The packaging is gorgeous, I think I like it better than the Heather Box art, I especially love the use of the map as the statue backdrop.

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The only small thing that concerns me is the fact there seems to be 3 variations of blood splatter on Robbie’s face. I’m not fond of what I’m dubbing the “Rosy Cheeks” splatter seen in most of the pictures posted… I much prefer the splatter seen in the two Robbie’s in the left of the group picture below. This wouldn’t be an issue if I could pick my statue in person from a store but since I pre-ordered mine from an online shop I’m not sure if I can request to have one version over another.

I’ve been informed that these aren’t variations but in fact comparison shots between the in process statue samples and the final sculpt and paint. I have to admit I’m really disappointed that the “Rosy Cheeks” is what Gecco decided to go with… it looks too symmetrical the first two tries look much better in my opinion :(

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What do you guys think? Do you have Robbie pre-ordered already from Japan and if so what color? Which blood splatter do you prefer?

If you haven’t been able to pre-order one from Japan don’t worry we will see them (and Heather) for sale domestically sometime later this year.

Source (Mamegyorai Blog) Thanks John for the heads up!



Gecco Corp Has New Distributors For the Heather and Robbie Statues!

Posted By: Whitney   March 8th, 2014 | 10:06 am

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Now this is some wonderful news to wake up to! I received an email from Gecco Corp informing me that they have nailed down new distributors for their Heather and Robbie statues:

Sorry, it took us long time to announce our new partner to sell Heather & Robbie, which is in Hong Kong, and they’ve already sent the solicitation to the distributors in each country.

Suggested retail price:

    -Heather $138
    -Robbie (pink) $128
    -Robbie (blue) $128

Shipping date from Hong Kong: In the begging of May, 2014

Here is some distributors in each country.

    Diamond Comics Distributors Inc. (USA)
    Kolektakon LLC (USA)
    Abysse Corp (France)
    Fantasiland (Italy)
    HEO GmbH (Germany)
    ILOVETOYZ, INC (Korea)
    The Falcon’s Hangar (Singapore)

Gecco also informed me that most of these guys are closing pre-orders March 10th! So if you are interested in getting these statues contact your local comic shops or online shops to order soon if they are interested in them in time for the May shipment:

We know it’s too short a notice, but most of them will close the pre-order very soon around March 10th, or already closed. We really appreciate it if you could spread the information to your fellows, and we hope they contact their local comic shops or online shops to order soon if they are interested in them. We think many retailers around the world have the information about those statues.

If some local shops don’t have the information, the distributors in each country may help.

Source (Gecco)



Voices in the Static #20 – Interview with Fan Film, Silent Hill Requiem, Director and Star

Posted By: Whitney   March 7th, 2014 | 11:12 am

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In this twentieth episode I’m joined by Gareth Morgan, director and star, of the upcoming fan film, Silent Hill Requiem. We discuss his background and his experience crowd funding this fan film.

I’m super excited to see the full length film. I want to thank Gareth again for taking the time to speak with me :)

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Voices in the Static #19 – Interview with Fan Film, A Silent Hill Story: Lost Days, Director and Star

Posted By: Whitney   February 27th, 2014 | 10:02 pm

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In this nineteenth episode I’m joined by Brett Driver and Starlin Britt, director and star, of the upcoming fan film, A Silent Hill Story: Lost Days. We discuss the background of this fan film and how it came together.

I’m super excited to see this short and ever more so after speaking so candidly with them. I want to give them both a big thank you for taking the time to speak with me :)

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See the Silent Hill Band in Concert at San Japan 2014!

Posted By: Whitney   February 24th, 2014 | 12:25 pm

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Well this is pretty exciting! If any of you are in the San Antonio, Texas July 19, 2014 you should get tickets to San Japan to see The Silent Hill Band, led by Japanese composer Akira Yamaoka and includes Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Troy Baker and Joe Romersa, in concert!

Below is the official press release:

San Japan gets creepy with the sounds of the Silent Hill Band

Composer Akira Yamaoka to perform at the Henry B. Gonzales convention center in July

San Antonio, Texas – San Japan, San Antonio’s largest Japanese culture and anime convention, is excited to announce the next round of guests for the July 18 – 20, 2014 convention. This group of industry guests is known as the Silent Hill Band, led by Japanese composer Akira Yamaoka and includes Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Troy Baker and Joe Romersa.
“We are quite excited to be able to bring out the infamous video game music composer to Texas.” said Dave Henkin, San Japan Chairman. “Fans of Silent Hill are in for a treat to what will be a once-in-a-lifetime concert in Texas.”

Since 1993, Yamaoka has composed music for gaming company the Konami before departing in 2009. He is best known for his works composed for the Silent Hill horror franchise. He has continued to provide guidance for the auditory aspects of the game including work on soundtracks, film adaptations and sound effects. This will be his first Texas appearance.

Texas native Troy Baker will appear and discuss his work in anime, gaming and his role as the bassist in the Silent Hill Band. Baker is known for his plethora of gaming roles including Two-Face in “Batman: Arkam City”, Booker DeWitt in “Bioshock Infinite” and Joel in “The Last of Us.”

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn will reprise her role as the lead female vocals of Silent Hill music. She has become a major force in the video game adaptation industry, working with properties like Afro Samurai, iCarly and Soul Calibur. Anime fans remember her for the role of “Major Motoko Kusanagi” from Ghost in the Shell. This role won her the American Anime Award for best actress in 2007.

San Japan, LLC, formed in fall 2005, is a fan-run organization focused on providing a yearly Japanese anime and fandom convention. We work to promote the acceptance and appreciation of anime as well as other participating fandoms in South Texas. Last year, San Japan held its sixth major convention which drew more than 11,000 attendees from around the world to the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.

Source (San Japan)



Silent Hill Fan Film Interviews – Alex Slevin Director of From the Lost Days

Posted By: Whitney   February 17th, 2014 | 11:42 am

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2014 is the year of the Silent Hill fan films and here on Silent Hill Historical Society I’m trying to get the scoop on each exciting new production! My first interview is with Alex Slevin of FoG films about his upcoming project, From the Lost Days – Silent Hill 15th Anniversary Film, a live action feature film adapting Silent Hill & Silent Hill 3 video games that’s currently on Kickstarter with a little more than 2 weeks left in its campaign. Fans may remember Alex’s first foray in the Silent Hill fan film territory with his adaption of Silent Hill 2, Broken Notes, back in 2008. Like Broken Notes, From the Lost Days will be shot in Spanish but will be subtitled in English with more language subtitles options hopefully in the future.

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Gecco’s Robbie the Rabbit Statues Delayed Until March

Posted By: Whitney   February 10th, 2014 | 11:26 am

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According to a blog post on Mamegyorai last Friday Gecco’s Robbie the Rabbit Statues, that were due out later this month, have had their released pushed back until March. I’m guessing that like the Heather statue they saw some things they could improve on in the manufacturing and needed the extra month.

Google Translated: “Production is proceeding the next release , the stanza of Gecco Silent Hill Statue also ” lobby -the- Rabbit ” But , I was in the situation here is also not forced to month postponed to March.”

This delay was also confirmed by Gecco through an email to Silent Hill Paradise and also to myself last night.

Gecco Email: “Last Friday, we announced officially that we postponed the release of Robbie the Rabbit to March, which is the same month as Blue Robbie. We’d appreciate it if you could spread the information.”

It’s sad but I’m all for delays if it means the best product in the end!

How many of you guys have Robbie pre-ordered? If you haven’t yet you can still order one over on AmiAmi:

Order Robbie with exclusive AmiAmi tea bonus for 11,950 JPY

Order Pink Robbie for 10,950 JPY

Source (Mamegyorai Blog)



Red Pyramid Thing and Bubble Head Nurse Figmas are in the works!

Posted By: Whitney   February 9th, 2014 | 8:52 am

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Silent Hill 2 Bubble Head Nurse and Red Pyramid Thing Figmas are in the works! A RPT prototype and BHN drawing were shown at the Maxfactory showcase booth at Winter Wonder Festival 2014.

No release dates or prices were given (I would assume it’s sometime this year) but this new line of Silent Hill merchandise has me super excited. I hope they will continue the line and include the protagonists and other creatures from all the games. I don’t know about you guys but I realllllllllly want a Closer or a Twin Victim… it’s always RPT and BHN merchandise.

Source (Silent Hill Collectors FB Group) big thanks to Sarah Smith for sharing this info!



Happy 15th Birthday Silent Hill!

Posted By: Whitney   January 31st, 2014 | 8:07 am

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15 years ago today my favorite video game series started with the release of Silent Hill on the Playstation in the United States! It’s amazing how long this franchise has come with 8 (core) games, several spin offs and two movies!

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This franchise has had its ups and downs, at which points will vary from fan to fan, and I’m glad I was able to enjoy the ride right from the beginning.

There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t find myself interacting in some small way with the fandom. My love for the series has given me great reasons to travel, inspired me to write, review and even make podcasts, and most importantly through the mutual love of the games many wonderful friendships have started. Silent Hill is so ingrained in my day-to-day life (“Oh I need to write a newspost!” “ooo I must share that on the SHHS facebook” “I have to record a podcast that day!”) that I can’t imagine what my life would have been like if I didn’t pick up the first game 15 years ago.

Thanks for the memories, friendships, and the constant inspiration… Happy birthday Silent Hill!



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