Although the movie’s posters and trailers depict a mysterious and spooky house, there are no such things as spooky creatures. The only lights are dim, the soundtrack is minimal, and the audience is left to imagine. The suspenseful atmosphere comes from the movie’s 88 minutes of real time, which makes the film a great choice for those who enjoy a good scare. The trailers also show a waifish young blonde sitting alone in a room with a single light.
“Silent House” was directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, the directors of the 2003 horror film “Open Water”. It stars Elizabeth Olsen, sister of the infamous Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. In the film, she plays Sarah, a teenage girl who visits her uncle Peter’s family lake house with her boyfriend Adam Trese. They are closing the house and the two men who live there are going to be killed by Sarah.
The movie is an effective horror film, and its performances are strong. Elizabeth Olsen delivers a powerful performance despite the fact that most of the film is void of dialogue. Since the film is shot in real time, the audience is required to rely on facial expressions to understand her character’s situation. As a result, it falls into the “slow-building” genre of horror movies, but it will appeal to the audience who appreciate slow-moving, tense dramas.
Silent House is a reimagined Uruguayan film, but it is far from Hitchcock’s esoteric style. Though it is shot in one continuous real-time take, it is never truly silent from a technical perspective. Instead, it screams excellence in every frame and sound. And, because of its lack of acting, it slips into cheap disdain with the final reveal.
While many horror films fail to deliver a frightful twist, “Silent House” succeeds in all of these aspects. The film’s cinematography, lensing, and production design are outstanding, and the cast and director are great. However, the story is not as effective as it could have been, and the story is not as compelling as it could be. Moreover, the ending is a little ambiguous, but it works in the long run.
In the end of the movie, Sarah kills her father and uncle, a repressed memory. The film is not a happy ending, as the violence is a real part of the story. A woman who is paranoid is a victim of circumstance. During this time, her fear is real. Similarly, a spooky house might trigger a phobia in a person. But the movie does not focus on the underlying causes of the deaths in the home.
The film’s plot is a typical horror movie. There are no ghosts, but there are a few signs of a supernatural presence. The house is abandoned and its electrical wiring is worn out, and the house is dark. There are no windows, no doorbells, no windows, and no telephones. Moreover, no cellular signals work in abandoned houses. In addition, the only people that can make the room seem eerie are the two protagonists, who are separated by the death of their father.