The filmmaking team behind Open Water, which screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, are back this year with Silent House, a hauntingly choreographed descent into madness based on the Uruguayan film La casa muda.
Sarah returns with her father and uncle to fix up the family’s longtime summerhouse after it was violated by squatters in the off-season. As they work in the dark, Sarah begins to hear sounds from within the walls of the boarded-up building. Although she barely remembers the place, Sarah senses the past may still haunt the home.
Filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau once again confront the face of fear in this enthralling psychological thriller. Impressively captured with a continuous camera shot, Silent House tracks the growing panic of its enigmatic lead, Elizabeth Olsen, who’s trapped in an unnerving nightmare. Never ones to be limited by a challenging production, Kentis and Lau mastermind a truly unique horror experience with immediate intimacy and unsettling terror. –Sundance Film Festival
Why does American horror films need to be so obvious? Watched the Uruguaian original before and got chills, loved the camera techniques and the plot - cleaning the house as a deep incursion to your hidden memories. At that time, I was impressed by the plot. But this one...is SO OBVIOUS that made me want to be functional illiterate to make it worth watching!
The ONLY reason I'm giving this 2 stars is because there was one part that actually scared me. Other than that, it wasn't very good. Generic plot, generic twist. Totally overdone. I do think it was pretty visually and the color scheme was great.
the production side of the film should be encouraging for any aspiring filmmakers trying to break out conventionally the DSLR way. Olsen shows she has range, although there's a restraint here that maybe suggests she's still unsure about it. for all it's well paced tension building, the big moments in this film are clunky, derived too much from fast paced, incoherent memories of scenes from many other recent films.
Elizabeth Olsen rules. This movie sucks, duh. More than I thought it was going to be in terms of the plot, though the overall "horror" of the movie was of the typical shaky-camera, figure in a mirror-type variety. I also hereby call a ban on the use of creepy young girls in scary films. No more of them, please find another horror trope to exploit.