Keith R. Robinson
Keith R. Robinson
Kelly Wines as Sinead
Lucy Clarvis as Laura
Jordan Murphy as Marty
15 minutes into Keith R. Robinson’s Silverhidea thought occurred to me: If Ed Wood were still alive, kicking and shooting films, he’d shoot a flick just like this. 20 minutes later it donned on me that no, Ed Wood wouldn’t shoot a film like this – he’d shoot a film infinitely more entertaining. Silverhide is an ambiguous dud of epic proportions.
We’re not going to spend too much time covering this film, as the truth is, it doesn’t merit much of any promotion. In fact, we’re only covering it so that you know to avoid it like the plague.
According to iMDB “Silverhide is a horror/thriller film exploring Government conspiracy and secrets too horrifying to imagine.” Sounds pretty damn vague doesn’t it? That’s because the film itself is terribly vague, always seemingly uncertain of what the hell it wants to be. But don’t worry about attempting to follow the storyline as you watch the picture, because you’ll be lost right out of the gate.
It’s nearly impossible to even hear the dialogue; half of the film features a handful of individuals whispering in insanely low tones. It truly is a challenge to decipher what they’re saying, but don’t dare turn the tube up to 100, because the actions sequences are obnoxiously loud. At one point I’d turned the television up to 75 in a failed bid to actually pick up on the dialogue – and then a random soldier begins firing his automatic rifle and my heart leapt out of my throat; it was so astoundingly loud I thought there may actually be a firefight right in my living room. And then the whispering resumed and I was entirely lost.
Here’re the few facts I was able to pick up while watching Silverhide: The government created a werewolf like monster in which is kept on an isolated moor where they can train it to be some kind of savage killing machine.
That’s literally the entire extent of information I was able to siphon from the film. Thank the lord it only runs about 70 minutes.
Technically this one is a serious disaster. The filming itself isn’t terrible, but the editing is elementary, flat out. If you watch fan films on youtube, you’ve seen far superior efforts crafted by aspiring filmmakers with no budget to work with whatsoever. Robinson can’t even get a transition right. It’s all choppy or lazy, with fadeouts you’d expect to see from a child’s project that he put together with Windows Movie Maker. I’ve already touched down on how retched the sound is, and just to top it all off the damn film is pitch black. We’re literally watching a near black screen for about 75-percent of the feature.
We get a couple seriously brief glimpses of the almost-werewolf, and it looks like it might have actually looked kind of cool had we ever had a chance to really look at the creature in its entirety, but we don’t. It’s all single second shots of a snout, or a pair of eyes, maybe a claw or two. In its wake are a few severed limbs that don’t impress, but in all honesty look better than any other aspect of the film.
Silverhide is just a disaster. If you’re a werewolf fanatic, and you’re insistent on seeing every lycanthropic picture to ever be released, you’ll hate yourself for throwing away 70-plus minutes of your time on this stinker. The movie makes every Howling sequel look like Gone with the Wind. That’s not even a shitty joke, that’s pure honesty. Take this gift of knowledge and tuck it in your pocket: Avoid Silverhide at all costs!