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Silent House [DVD]


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  • Actors: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens
  • Directors: Chris Kentis
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studio Canal
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085MXQPG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,589 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Husband-and-wife directorial team Chris Kentis and Laura Lau direct this suspense horror remake starring Elizabeth Olsen. Sarah (Olsen) has returned to the remote country house where she spent her childhood summers to help pack it up and prepare it for sale. While she is alone in the unoccupied, dimly-lit house, mysterious creaking noises start to emanate from upstairs and Sarah soon finds herself caught in the grip of terror.

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2.2 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 July 2013
Format: DVD
Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen) helps her dad (Adam Trese) and creepy uncle (Eric Sheffer Stevens, "My have you grown Sarah") clean up an old family lake house for resale. The cousins didn't want to help. Sarah has very little memory of the place as a child and doesn't even remember the neighbor girl who she played with...hmmm. The house has been vandalized and appears to have rodent damage which prevents the use of electricity. It is unnaturally pitch black dark inside, even during the day because the house is boarded up and of course they don't have cell phone reception. Between these few clues and the title of the film, we know which direction the film is going to take, just not the details. Yawn.

Sarah becomes unnerved by things that go bump in the night and much of the film is dark or poorly lit with camera angels that focus on Sarah's cleavage. When they are not focused on her cleavage, they are extremely bad amateur angels that distracted from the film instead of enhancing it. Might work as a rental if you ran out of paint to watch dry. A fair film made bad by a director trying out gimmicks.

F-bomb, strong sexual innuendo, no nudity outside of cleavage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Nov 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Must admit i'm not normally a fan of this style Yof production, however the film did manage to both hold my attention and produce several moments of tension.
The formula - a large dark house,unwelcome noises, doors once open--closed.
'Sarah'(Elizabeth Olsen) is in the house with her father, the task to clear out the rubbish so it can be renovated for sale.
All of a sudden after hearing a loud noise she finds herself seemingly alone in this very dark house with the feeling that somebody else is there.
This is largely a psychological thriller with much threat and desperation, with maybe a twist in store.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Nov 2012
Format: DVD
Silent House is directed by Chris Kentis and written by Laura Lau. It stars Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese and Eric Sheffer Stevens. Music is by Nathan Larson and cinematography by Igor Martinovic. A remake of Uruguayan film, La casa muda (The Silent House), story has Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself locked in the abandoned family home she was helping her father and uncle to clear out before it is sold. Soon Sarah finds herself pursued by an unseen assailant and she struggles to make sense of what is festering in the house.

Forget the gimmick that comes with the film, that of the use of "real time" to give off the effect of one continuous take, it doesn't impact on how you ultimately will feel about the film either way. It comes down to if you can buy into another haunted house movie whilst accepting the outcome as being worth your time. Horror fans are notoriously hard to please, even when something original happens along, such as the recent The Cabin in the Woods, a good portion of the horror faithful will remain displeased. Silent House is what it is, a hugely efficient haunted house creeper that admirably builds suspense and then shows its twisty hand. If you want fresh and exciting, and I keep seeing people write that "such and such" didn't bring nothing new to the table whilst themselves not offering up exactly what could be brought to said table, then it's very unlikely Silent House will fill your horror hungry bellies.

Coming from the makers of Open Water, it's evident that Silent House wants to have realism on its side, it's stripped back for impact, with a less is more approach to its garnering of chills. With Olsen terrific, and she is, we are asked to put ourselves in that house and be in her shoes to feel the terror.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. L. Hanford on 16 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
The fact that it's one long shot and not several is more of an 'achievement' for the makers rather than the viewer,well done but not necessary.
It's a fairly brief,albeit,predictable story and only becomes 'scary' towards the end when it gets a bit more 'supernatural' ,up until then it' just one scene after another of whatsername looking terrified at noises in a dark house...what you can see.,the camera lurches round like a drunken sailor and goes out of focus so as to obscure any definite cause of the noises etc.
All in all it's worth watching once but since it has no real ending..seriously as it fades out you'll probably be thinking "yeah,and?"
It's okay but next to any cutscene in the much better Silent Hill 2 (the game,not the film) it's rather been done/seen before.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Simpson on 2 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
The original Uruguayan Silent House got major press around the world because it featured the conceit that it was filmed in real time, no camera cuts, no edited necessary, it's all presented as real. Almost as if it was an extension of the found footage premise without the messy need to literally place the camera in the action. The 2012 remake directed by Open Water writers and directors Christ Kentis & Laura Lau only exists so people don't have to read all those pesky subtitles. Any so called horror moments are negated 100% due to the commitment to the conceit; anything that could be deemed shocking is missed as the camera darts around following our heroin, Elizabeth Olsen (who is wasted in the lead role). It could be said, that the film is so scary that even the camera men can't watch, but saying such a thing is complimentary in the extreme.
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