May 2, 2018 12:31 pm
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Source: @OnThisDayFilm via Twitter

In the past couple of decades, video games have been a huge source of inspiration for moviemakers. A number of well-known gaming franchises have taken the leap onto the big screen down the years, from Lara Croft, Assassin’s Creed and Hitman to the famously bizarre take on Super Mario. Perhaps one of the best-known horror titles to make the jump though was Silent Hill.

The first video game title in the acclaimed survival horror series was released in 1999 and it was only seven years later that a movie adaptation hit the big screen. Directed by Christophe Gans and featuring stars including Sean Bean, the film was not a huge hit but does have a lifetime gross of more than $46 million – which places it just outside the top ten in terms of the most financially successful video game adaptations of all time. Less successful however was a 2012 sequel, Silent Hill Revelation 3D, which has only achieved a lifetime gross of $17.5 million.

New horizons

However, with Lara Croft recently getting the reboot treatment, it does beg the question – are we ever likely to see Silent Hill return to the movies? Well, for the time being, it looks like Konami’s focus is elsewhere, as eagle-eyed fans have spotted the company have filed a trademark application to use Silent Hill in relation to something very different – gambling machines.

While this might sound odd, it is probably worth providing a little bit of context. A lot of major entertainment properties have moved into the world of physical and online slot machines down the years, with websites like Betfair offering online casino games inspired by films such as Batman Begins, Justice League and even Dirty Dancing. In many ways, you can understand why too, as both existing and new members of such sites are drawn to titles and brands that they are familiar with, and get a chance to see how such games have adapted the themes of their favourite films or franchises.

Source: @SilentHillBrHue via Twitter

Little is yet known about the plans that Konami have in relation to its gambling systems featuring Silent Hill, with the trademark application only reportedly mentioning “electronic gaming machines”. Whether that means actual physical slot machines or online games like some of those mentioned above, we will have to wait and see. However, it may well prove to be an astute move from Konami, as the Silent Hill brand is hugely popular and could well prove to be a draw to horror fans who have developed an interest in gambling.

The future

It will truly be fascinating to see how Konami goes about adapting Silent Hill for the gambling world, including whether the company simply draws inspiration from the video game series or perhaps looks to boost interest in the movies by using them as the primary inspiration. There are clearly different approaches that they can take, but we only hope the final outcome proves a success and ultimately leads to the creation of more Silent Hill games and movies in the coming years.

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This post was written by Nadia Vella