Experience 88 minutes of real fear, captured In real time
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.
Wife: Oooh, I want to see this!
Me: We watched the original. Remember? Girl and her dad and uncle fixing up the house? Then, intruder?
Me: Spanish language? Done in one shot? Terrible ending?
Me: Yeah, you stopped paying attention about 20 minutes in.
Me: So you want to watch the remake of a movie you didn't like?
Me: ... jesus fuckin' christ ...
Redundant re-make of the Uruguayan original (La Casa Muda). Despite Elizabeth Olsen's lead fine performance, it makes the story more obvious and less interesting. www.timeout.com/film/reviews/92855/silent-house.html
Much sense this does not make. Cam shaky running hate I really do.
This film must have been really cheap to make.
I never saw the plot twist coming, but that does not make it a good twist. Just a surprising one. The acting super sucks, and the editing reminds me in large parts of Paranormal Activity. With the drawn out suspense, and the totally random thumps, door slamming, and footsteps that has nothing to do with the overall plot.
Lets address the elephant in the room straight away. I never believed the rumor the that Silent House was shot in one long, continuous take. I therefore am not going to rage on it for not succeeding in doing so nor was I disappointed that it failed in doing so either. In reality, Silent House does something far cooler; it emulates Rope.
By connecting very long takes with cleverly (and not so cleverly) hidden cuts, the viewer gets the illusion of a single, continuous shot. Because we are still dealing with 8-10 minute shots, we are subject to the true star of the movie which is the incredible set design and the house itself. We are privy to a lot…
Started off simple enough with a few good moments of suspense but takes a monumental swan dive in the third act.
Fairly standard horror suspense film featuring all the cliche favourites:
- The ‘Blurry figure in the background’
- The ‘Here comes a scary part..oh no, nevermind it’s gon.. OHSHITTHEREITIS!’
- The ‘Creepy child for no real reason’
- The ‘“Let’s not split up”, “Good idea”...”Hey, where are you!?”‘
- The ‘Change of direction 10 minutes from the end to try and justify our silly plot’
It’s not too bad though really. The way its shot at least separates it from many other mindless modern horrors and Elizabeth Olsen is good. And..that’s about it.
I love me some Elizabeth Olsen, I really do.
That's about the most I could say for this movie because while it only kept me almost interested at some parts, it was turned out to be an ultimate snoozefest. Gotta give props to the single take shot though!
Shot using real time footage and manufactured into a single continuous shot, the style of filming is really interesting and works incredibly well for a horror. Unfortunately that also means that there are a lot of moments lacking any suspense as we follow the reactions of one over-emotional girl. It lacks any real scares and the twist at the end is awful, but if anything can come away from this mediocre horror it's that Elizabeth Olsen can bloody well act.
Impeccably planned (the film is presented as one take, while it in fact has about 17 cuts) and centered about a more than believable performance (basically Olsen looks like she's s****ing her pants the whole movie) from the wonderfully talented, beautiful newcomer Elizabeth Olsen, one has to wonder if a modern classic was spoiled by a cheap third act. Because boy is the gimmick fun; kind of like a roller coaster. It's a shame this coaster stops before the fireworks go off.
ALSO: The supporting actors aren't right for their roles. Thankfully we spend most of the time with our beautiful damsel in distress.
Olsen is amazing in the lead and the real time sequence idea is promising, but it collapses under conventional direction and bad plot twists.
The horror genre has always been one that’s survived on a meager budget and since the scorching success of Paranormal Activity there seems to be an ever multiplying number of lo-fi attempts to shock audiences and, most importantly, take their money. The latest addition to this pile is Silent House, an American remake (obviously) of the Spanish film The Silent House, which sees a traumatic evening of Sarah’s (Elizabeth Olsen) life played out in real time. It uses the tried and tested 88 minute formula (the length of a standard DV tape) to daringly capture the events in, what seems like, one continuous take.
It’s certainly a bold move but all it does is hinder the experience for a number…
Made the mistake of watching this before the original foreign language film which I usually do not do. This was on Netflix though so I went the lazy (American) route but now I'm concerned it probably spoiled the original for me. Here is my beef with this film. Whether or not the characters' reactions make sense in the long run while your in the middle of the film they seem idiotic.
I love horror flicks but am tired of films that fall back on characters making obviously dumb decisions just to get them into suspenseful situations. It is not suspenseful, it is irritating. It almost seems like a crutch for lazy writing.
That being said, there are some cool moments…
For most of its length, the unbroken-shot gimmick works pretty well - horror movies are well suited to that kind of immediacy and benefit from it. But the last act brings in some twists that are alternately unfairly cuckoo, and just in putridly bad taste. Sours the whole thing.
Silent night...silent shite
Frustratingly aimless until it finally reached its (unfortunate) ending.
I heartily applaud the setting: that house seemed endlessly huge and replete with a thousand terrifying possibilities.
A particularly well-chosen shirt gives this movie two thumbs up in the props department category. Sadly, the other departments in charge of creativity and character development were missing in action.
I've seen much, much worse. But the ambiguous situation and general confusion amongst the characters didn't come to a satisfying bang at the end - they just ended. This was not well thought out. And it needed to be.
Budding scriptwriters: keep the twists in your cocktails and off your pages until you're ready to really blow our minds.