The excellent dread of the old dark house, Olsen suffers a flashlight-illuminated slow motion panic attack and so will you, up until the cliches slip in at the last minute and spoil an ending we can only wonder at what might have been.
A boring remake of a mediocre movie from a year earlier - the "one-shot" style was pretty interesting, while the story (specifically the ending) was boring and predictable. Tepid horror is once again on the rise, and this film was no different. "Open Water" was a far better film, except, Olsen did a great job here and is quickly becoming a new favourite.
Not since The Blair Witch Project has there been such a viscerally horrifying performance in the horror genre, Elizabeth Olsen's terror is infectious and impressive. Claustrophobic camera work only adds to the audience's sense of impending doom. Save for the end, which is a bit hackneyed, Silent House serves up some genuine thrills.
For a film to make you wonder what is happening from the moment it goes on, I have to think that there is something affective about the filmmaking. Shot in a single "take" made up of clever editing techniques, it creates a sense of realness that pervades the entire film. Frankly, I enjoyed the photography and thought that the twist at the end gave a legit portrayal of an unreliable narrator. Definitely see this.
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.
I have never felt more uncomfortable in my own skin while watching a film. Elizabeth Olsen was fantastic and the overall atmosphere and style of this film felt so fresh and exciting but It was very hard to get passed the terrible performances of Adam Trese and Eric Sheffer Stevens which are mirrored in the equally disappointing ending; the deus ex machina strikes again.
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!