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Silent House

  R Closed Captioning

Chris Kentis & Laura Lau

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Plot Summary

Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) stars in this suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat thriller presented in real time as one shocking, uninterrupted shot. When Sarah (Olsen) finds herself sealed inside her family's secluded lake house with no contact to the outside world, panic soon turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous. Directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water), it’s a tension-filled journey that Scott Mantz of Access Hollywood raves is “Beyond terrifying! Clever, gripping, intense and scary as hell!”

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

41%
  • Reviews Counted: 125
  • Fresh: 51
  • Rotten: 74
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's not hard to guess the source of her horror, and so the film's most interesting aspects are its gimmicks rather than its frights. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Mar 8, 2012

Fresh: Paranormal Activity has been here before, of course, but Silent House springs tangy new tricks, and Olsen is a primo scream queen. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Mar 9, 2012

Rotten: Sometimes you don't want to know what is lurking in the dark because the answer is just too obvious and dumb. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Mar 8, 2012

Fresh: A scary, yet thoughtful - some might even say deep - art-house frightfest. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Mar 9, 2012

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Customer Reviews

I Really Liked It

I was very excited when I went to see this, and I was not disappointed. Nothing scary or creepy happens during the first 20 minutes, but once the freaky stuff starts happening, it doesn't stop until the credits come up. This movie also doesn't rely heavily on jump scares (which I absolutely hate in horror movies). Yes, there are some, but they're not constant throughout. Anxiety was building up and up, and when something scary happened, it worked effectively. I'm not saying that this movie will give you nightmares or make you stay up all night, but it is pretty frightening. And I happened to love the ending, but I'm going to admit it, I did not see it coming. My friend didn't quite understand the end, but unlike every other movie that has an ending similar to this one, it made sense. So don't think that this movie will leave you confused, because if you watch it and understand everything that's going on, you'll get it. I think that Elizabeth Olsen was the perfect person for her role, too. And I hate how people are giving this movie such low ratings because it's "unoriginal", but I think that everyone just needs to accept that fact that it's extremely hard for directors and writers to come up with fresh ideas and that you'll never enjoy another horror movie ever again if you're complaining about how it "lacks originality" (but I honestly think "The Cabin in the Woods" will make writers and directors want to have new ideas) . So if you like scary movies or need a movie for movie night, Silent House is a great choice, and it's definitely a movie I'd watch more than once.

P.S.: I'm a little upset that iTunes removed the original Spanish movie, "La Casa Muda". I really wanted to see that one first before I watched the American version of it so I could compare a little and get a feeling for what I would be watching. But now that I think about it, I'm thinking that both movies probably have the same ending, and I liked how I was shocked at this movie's ending. But unlike 95% of American remakes, this one is one of those rare ones that won't make you disappointed.

I JUST DIDN'T LIKE IT...

This is pretty much what happens when you take an ambitious, albeit unoriginal idea and attempt to make a film out of it with abysmal results. The concept of the movie is that it's presented in "real time" as one long, uninterrupted shot. Only, nothing exciting or suspenseful ever happens in that entire span of 88 minutes. All we're given are endless scenes of Elizabeth Olsen's character walking around aimlessly, speaking in a dreary voice, and frantically running around whenever something moves or makes a sound. And that's basically all that occurs. I understand that the director's intent was for the audience to be patient, but it's just so hard to keep a consistent interest when the protagonist you're supposed to be rooting for is, for the most part, very one-dimensional and unappealing. Of course, I'm only talking about the main character, not Olsen herself. Personally, I think she's a great young actress, but this movie failed to showcase much of the same exceptional talent she displayed in "Martha Marcy May Marlene". However, her drab performance was nothing compared to the unbelievably disappointing payoff the film had been building up to. I'll admit, I didn't see it coming, and I actually didn't mind the fact that it wasn't the most original ending in recent memory. However, I was frustrated that it felt forced upon the audience, almost as if the director had simply decided to take the easy way out and present us with an obvious, contrived conclusion that over-explained much more than what needed to be said. To put it simply, I just didn't like "Silent House". Sure, the film contained a decent amount of tension and atmosphere, but it was also painfully tedious and poorly paced. Although it's far from the worst horror movie I've ever seen, I believe it had the potential to be something better. If you ask me, I think it's a waste of time, but if you're really curious about renting it, you can always go ahead and do so. Just know that it won't entertain those who are easily prone to boredom in flicks where nothing exciting happens for a significant amount of time.

Honest Review

I'm a huge horror fan, I've seen them all and I personally liked this alot. I thought it was the best horror movie of the year so far, even better than Cabin In the Woods and PA3 (and I'm a big Paranormal Acitivity fan). If you are impatient and didn't care for the Paranormal Acitivity's because they're too "slow" or "boring", you won't like this because it's shot in one take and it's not consistently scary like some other movies now a days. There's not much gore so don't expect a "Saw" or "Texas Chainsaw Massacre". But if you like psychological thrillers and can understand the point of the movie is to build up the scares slowly, you will really like this. This is a remake!! The original was a foreign film called "La Casa Muda" which is better than this remake but this isn't a bad american version, if you don't mind subtitles see that one first. There's a nice twist at the end, it's not as well kept as the original but it's worth watching the entire film from the start! Depending on whether you can sit through movies that don't have jump scares every five seconds, this movie is very good for what it is and can be very suspenseful/scary. Note: It's not that graphic for an "R" rated movie so if you're worried about how intense the violence is, it's pretty minimum and most people should be able to handle it, should've been rated "PG-13" with the exception of the one quick bloody scene towards the end.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2012

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