AFM 2010: Open Water Team Dive Into the Silent House

The prospect of a horror movie filmed in one continuous shot is a herculean feat to say the least. La Casa Muda, aka Silent House, the first Latin American film to be shot entirely with a professional photo camera that also happened to be filmed in one single 80-minute sequence shot, achieved this feat. So of course we have to remake it here!

According to Screen Daily French sales outfit Elle Driver is moving into full-on financing with an English-language reimagining of the Uruguayan horror film Silent House.

The US film will be directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, the team behind the chilling shark tale Open Water. The original Silent House, which ran in Cannes Directors Fortnight this year, was directed by Gustavo Hernandez and told in 80 minutes of “real time” during one continuous take.

In tackling the project, Kentis and Lau say they were “fascinated by this question of how we could explore the events leading to these brutal murders and make audiences feel as though the story is happening to them – that it is real.” The filmmakers added that by drawing on the full resources of high-end production, lighting and sound design and telling the story in real time with no cuts, they are looking “to move the audience closer to truly inhabiting the protagonist’s skin.

Currently in production, Silent House is set for completion next year. Lau and Kentis wrote the script while Lau is producing along with Agnes Mentre. George Paaswell is executive producing. Production companies are Tazora Films, Silverwood Films and Elle Driver. Man on Wire’s director of photography, Igor Martinovic, is handling camera work.

La Casa Muda Synopsis:
Laura (Florencia Colucci) and her father, Wilson (Gustavo Alonso), settle down in a cottage that seems to be off the beaten track in order to update it since its owner (Abel Tripaldi) will soon put the house up for sale. They will spend the night there in order to start the repairs the following morning. Everything seems to go smoothly until Laura hears a sound that comes from outside and gets louder and louder on the upper floor of the house. Wilson goes up to see what is going on while she remains downstairs on her own, waiting for her father to come down. The plot is based on a true story that happened some time ago in a small village in Uruguay. La Casa Muda focuses on the last seventy-eight minutes, second by second, while Laura attempts to leave the house, which hides an obscure secret, unharmed.

REAL FEAR IN REAL TIME is the most remarkable underlying feature of the film, which will not go unnoticed by all those who may be willing to experience this different and disturbing filming experience.

AFM 2010: Open Water Team Dive Into the Silent House

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  • Vanvance1

    Movies based entirely upon a gimmick are almost always terrible.

    I barely remember ‘Open Water’ but what I do remember isn’t good.

    • Uncle Creepy

      Dude, Open Water was fucking awesome.

      • Terminal

        Open Water was excellent. A wonderful dramatic thriller not a lot of people liked because it didn’t have blood and guts.
        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • LifeMi

          Open Water is a 3.5 out of 5 movie for me. It’s above average, but I wouldn’t call it excellent.

          • The Buz

            You’re all half right.

            Open Water is an amazing horror film in the last half of the movie. Like supremely good. The first act though is very long and stretched out for no other real reason other than to pad the films running time. The characters are developed and ready to go within 20 minutes, but we go for another 30 minutes before they are even out in the water.

            After they get out there though, holy shit is the movie terrifying.

          • Terminal

            It’s excellent, but amazing? No, not really. I thought the entire movie was fantastic, I don’t see the padding. I see exposition.
            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Vanvance1

            I guess I’m all alone here but I remember being bored through most of it.

      • PelusaMG

        Open Water was amazing, for the simple reason that we got to drool over the gorgeous Blanchard Ryan!
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