Silent House

Silent House

Chris Kentis (2011)

81min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
While not much of an improvement over the original 2011 Uruguayan horror, at least Open Water co-directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau admit to faking the supposedly "real fear in real time" gimmick in their American remake. Instead - as in Hitchcock's Rope - ten elongated takes tell the re-jigged story of Elizabeth Olsen renovating the family holiday home while fending off mysterious entities that make doors slam, floorboards creak and grab her from the shadows. Are the ghosts real or symbolic of repressed childhood trauma? Olsen is a terrific actress and capably goes through the exhausting cycle of panicky breakdowns among the collective haunted-house clichés. But as much of the running time is taken up with her roaming hesitantly through dark rooms, the directors have a hard time sustaining the tempo and the creepy atmosphere.

Summary

A woman helps her father fix up a holiday home that has been vandalised, but ends up trapped in the building. As she hears strange noises, she begins to suspect she is not alone - but cannot tell if there are intruders in the house with her, or if something supernatural is present. Horror filmed in real-time, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Adam Trese.

Cast & Crew

Sarah Elizabeth Olsen
John Adam Trese
Peter Eric Sheffer Stevens
Sophia Julia Taylor Ross
Director Chris Kentis
Director Laura Lau
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 May 2012
Drama