Moviegoers Game for Silent Hill?

Horror has been on a roll at the box office lately, but fright flicks based on video games don’t have such a good track record, considering the performance of director Uwe Boll’s House of the Dead and Alone in the Dark, and Universal’s Doom. Sony is hopeful that Silent Hill will be the exception as it releases the film in nearly 3,000 theaters across North America today.

Based on Konami’s successful video game franchise that started in 1999, Silent Hill is directed by French helmer Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf) and co-written by Roger Avery, who wrote Pulp Fiction with Quentin Tarantino. The surrealistic spook fest plays out like a nightmare as a mother searches for her troubled daughter in a deserted town haunted by evil spirits and strange creatures.

Featuring visual effects by BUF, Luma Pictures, Mr. X Inc., MOKKO Studio, C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, Intelligent Creatures Inc., Frantic Films and Invisible Pictures, Silent Hill is getting high marks from Genre aficionados for its inventive visuals and unconventional storytelling style. General audiences may be put off for the same reasons.

Silent Hill is a strong contender for the top spot this weekend, which also sees the debut of 20th Century Fox’s political thriller, The Sentinel, and Universal’s American Dreamz, which rolls out in only 1,500 theaters. MTV has posted a 10-minute sneak peak at Silent Hill online at—Silent-Hill.