Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Silent House (2011)

Sarah attempts to elude her would-be assailants after being trapped in her parents' remote lake house in the edge-of-your-seat thriller SILENT HOUSE. Chris Kentis and Laura Lau of OPEN WATER fame stage the action in real time, using clever editing techniques to disguise their cuts while creating the illusion that the entire film has been performed in a single shot. Kentis and Lau experiment with as many different angles and framing methods as they can realistically achieve given these stylistic constraints, and although this frequently removes the viewer from the false sense of reality, any film maker can appreciate the effort and creativity that is being employed on screen. What this hand-held technique does provide is a level of uncomfortability and voyeuristic intrusion in to the events, forcing the audience inside the room as we creep down the dark and dangerous hallways right alongside Sarah. Elizabeth Olson gives another excellent performance as Sarah, whose sheer terror and vulnerability rattle us to the bone. SILENT HOUSE comes out a big winner in the scare department while greatly impressing with its unique approach to film making.

 Rating: 8/10. 

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  1. My wife and I saw this in the theater, and we were suitably impressed, although I haven't yet seen if it maintains its thrill through a second viewing. Elizabeth Olson was great--and beautiful--and it really makes you wonder how she managed to remain in the shadows of her more-famous sisters for so long.


  2. Good review Carl. It's definitely relying on a gimmick the whole way which is okay, but seems wasted with a terrible twist at the end that makes little to no sense whatsoever. Oh well, at least Olsen was good.

  3. Jonny and Dan, thanks for stopping by! I have been thoroughly impressed with Elizabeth, she was simply fantastic in Martha Marcy May Marlene. Dan -- I didn't know how to comment on that twist without giving anything away in the review, but let's just say that the score is reflective of my opinion there as well. Had they cleaned up the twist to make it more realistic it would have rated higher in my opinion as well. Reminds me of how Ti West f'd House of the Devil up in the final act.

  4. jervaise brooke hamsterJuly 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I want to bugger Elizabeth Olsen (as the bird was in 2007 when the bird was 18, not as the bird is now obviously).


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