The Silent House Movie Review
Laura Lau and Chris Kentis, who worked on Open Water together, are back again with The Silent House. Elizabeth Olsen stars as Sarah, a young woman who returns to her family’s lakeside home along with her father and uncle, to make repairs before the house is sold. Uncle Peter must leave to get an electrician, leaving Sarah and her dad, John, in the dark home alone. Soon after he leaves, Sarah begins hearing strange sounds coming from inside the house. The two become trapped in the house when someone or something attacks them. Shot in what appears to be one continuous take, we watch as Sarah descends into madness, all in real time.
Like I just said, “The Silent House” was filmed to make it look like it was shot in one continuous take. Whoever edited the movie did a great job at hiding the cuts. The movie isn’t even an hour and a half long, and the way it’s filmed makes it go unbelievably quick. It certainly never drags or becomes boring.
The movie is not quite as scary as the trailer makes it appear. There are only a few scenes that will make you jump. However, it becomes very suspenseful about fifteen minutes into the movie and remains just as suspenseful until the closing credits. You will definitely only have stubs for fingernails left by the time the film’s over.
Elizabeth Olsen, younger sister of Mary Kate and Ashley, who was praised for her performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene Mary Maria Marissa Miranda Michaela Melissa Mia, was fantastic! She seemed truly terrified the entire time. I know the movie was not filmed in one shot, but I read that it was filmed in approximately 10 minute intervals. I can’t imagine how hard it was for her to stay in character for that long, but she did a pretty good job of it. Unfortunately she was the only actor who stood out in the movie.
After the movie, my aunt pointed out something she really liked about it and she made a great point. She liked the way Sarah covered her mouth to avoid screaming and tried to breathe as quietly as possible. In most horror movies, the protagonist just runs around screaming loudly and when they finally hide, they pant like a dog in a sauna (don’t know how I came up with that). Anyway, this aspect of the movie made it even more believable.
One of the only things wrong with the movie was the ending. I knew that there was going to be a twist, but I expected a good one at least. I did like one thing about the ending though. I liked the way it answered any questions you might have had without wrapping it up in a bow. They didn’t try to end the film pretty, they just answered the questions, which is good after 90 of non-stop intensity.
Even though the ending wasn’t good, I still enjoyed watching the movie, so I still recommend it to horror and suspense fans. If you are a fan of suspense, but not of gore, this movie is better for you than a lot of modern suspense films. The level of gore is very tame compared to most movies of this type.
In the end, Silent House is an exciting and interesting new spin on the horror/suspense genre. I think that we will be seeing quite a few movies made to appear like they were filmed in real time, like Silent House. I believe it will have the same effect that “The Blair Witch Project” had on found-footage.
The Silent House
Directed by: Laura Lau and Chris Kentis
Written by: Laura Lau
Based on the film by: Gustavo Hernandez
Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, and Haley Murphy.
Run Time: 1 Hour and 25 Minutes
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing content and terror
IMDb Rating: 5.2/10
My Rating: 7.5/10
The Silent House is now available on DVD and Blu Ray.
The Silent House Movie Trailer:
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