Screamy New Motion Poster for Silent House

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Open Road Films and Liddell Entertainment have set March 9th, 2012, as the national release date for Silent House, the horror thriller starring talented newcomer Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and co-directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water).

Sarah returns with her father and uncle to fix up the family’s longtime summer house after it was violated by squatters in the off-season. As they work in the dark, Sarah begins to hear sounds from within the walls of the boarded-up building. Although she barely remembers the place, Sarah senses the past may still haunt the home.

Filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau once again confront the face of fear in this enthralling psychological thriller. Impressively captured with a continuous camera shot, Silent House tracks the growing panic of its enigmatic lead, Elizabeth Olsen, who’s trapped in an unnerving nightmare. Never ones to be limited by a challenging production, Kentis and Lau mastermind a truly unique horror experience with immediate intimacy and unsettling terror.

Screamy New Motion Poster for Silent House

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  • AsWriteAsReyn

    A Failure At Nearly Every Turn

    Sarah and her father John are renovating their old home (with the help of her uncle Peter) to sell it. Strange noises are followed by an attack and Sarah is locked in the house with a killer.

    That’s it. I wish I could give you a juicier plot but there isn’t anything more to say. We all love to watch several actors trapped in a haunted house with killers/ghosts/vengeful friends or what have you. But what we end up with is a poorly acted, terribly filmed, and horribly written tragedy. I won’t spoil the weak (and arguably predictable) twist. But I will pick the movie apart so you can understand why I feel that this movie isn’t worth the waste of water to flush down the toilet.

    Let’s review the acting first. There aren’t any famous names in this film and that’s just fine. A majority of the greatest horror films don’t carry a lot of star power. While the lead character herself is unconvincing, Elizabeth Olsen brought life to an otherwise worthless character. The delivery of her lines was believable and her nonverbal communication was spot-on. The same cannot be said for her cast mates. Her father is played by Adam Trese who remains as wooden and stiff as a board throughout the lousy film. Eric Stevens is the uncle that seems to only be reading his lines rather than acting. Both men failed, but this goes back to the issue of bad writing as well. When dialogue is unoriginal and unconvincing then you can only expect that of the acting. Olsen was able to shine and give the casting manager two good reasons to hire her. Laugh it up, but every other shot of her in the beginning lets you see through or down her bra-less top.

    The next issue is the actual filming of the movie. Never mind the setting itself and the lighting. I had no issue with either facet. The entire film looks to be shot as one long scene. There are no cut-aways or time lapses. That’s actually not my biggest problem either. My problem is the bold direction Chris Kentis took with the camera shots that were more distracting than inspiring. Instead of following Olsen through a door from front or back, Kentis had the cameraman peek through the crack of the door frame and the door. That might work if Olsen were being stalked, but she wasn’t. There are many other instances where the camera shots were ridiculously tight with Olsen for extended periods of time. I’m not sure if Kentis was trying to make some areas seem larger or if it was a failed attempt at originality. Either way, it killed whatever mood he tried to establish by taking my mind off the story itself.

    My last and biggest issue with Silent House is with the writing. Imagine that, a writer who picks out bad writing. But seriously, two hobos off the street struggling with schizophrenia could have done better. I went into this film with mid-level expectations. I didn’t think the previews deserved a Pulitzer, but I wanted to like it. I really did. The beginning didn’t include any appetizer kills or background to the house itself, which left a sour taste in my mouth. In fact, the beginning was painfully slow, uneventful and never even attempted to develop the characters. We didn’t get to know them at all. If you don’t know them then you can’t connect with them. If you can’t connect with them then you want them to die. And the entire time they’re not dying, you throw popcorn at the screen. That’s not a spoiler by the way, just insight for me, during movies. The entire movie was an unlikely chain of events that the writers forced together, rather than a story that may be improbable but isn’t entirely impossible. Somewhere during the scare-less middle you might guess the twist. And finally, the rushed-together, straight-forward ending has little to no justification for sitting through 85 minutes of disappointment. In closing, the house may have been silent but I certainly won’t be. This movie is downright pathetic.

    Rating: 3/10 Stars

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