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Silent House 2011

2.7 out of 5 stars (55) IMDb 5.3/10

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.

Starring:
Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Chris Kentis, Laura Lau
Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese
Supporting actors Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Adam Barnett, Haley Murphy
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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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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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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Format: DVD
Elizabeth Olsen goes to help her dad out renovating his house before they sell it, along with the help of her uncle. All the windows are boarded up, so they constantly go around with lamps or flashlights. Olsen does a good job acting terrified even though nothing actually happens, except for a few noises upstairs. Her dad goes to investigate and gets knocked out by someone or something, which makes her even more petrified than before, so she runs out of the house and comes across her uncle who is on his way there. He, of course ignores her request to get help and they head back to the house. They then spend ages searching it, find nothing and Olsen believes she sees some ghosts, who knock out her uncle as well and drag him off. It then turns out that Olsen was molested by her dad and uncle as a child and she is the one who actually knocked them both out and tied them up and she imagined everything else, which doesn't make the slightest bit of sense and the film then quickly descends into farce...
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Format: DVD
This film is abysmal, Olsen is as annoyingly stereotypically girly-screamy-jumpy-bubbling-nose-weepy as the cover suggests, and I was hoping half-way through for some sort of nihilistic slasher ending that saw her die horribly and the simpering whimpering was finally replaced by the blissful silence promised in the title. But I couldn't watch it to the end, it was literally insufferable. I read of the predictable paedophile incestuous denouement on Wikipedia. Oh, yes, spoiler alert. Believe me, it's for your own good. How anyone could give this five stars beggars belief, I can only imagine their brains went through a black hole of sheer tedious boredom and came out the other end in some happy Wonderland.
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Format: Blu-ray
When young Sarah (ELIZABETH OLSEN) joins her father John (ADAM TRESE) and uncle Peter (ERIC SHEFFER) to prepare their vandalised summer house for sale, she soon feels that supernatural forces are at work in the dwelling.

With no power and all the windows boardered up with wood, the trio can only move by torchlight as they begin tidying up. The job is interrupted by the sudden arrival of their neighbour and Susan's childhood friend Sophia (JULIA TAYLOR ROSS) who, due to some bad trauma earlier on in her life, Susan seems to have no recollection of!

Thus begins a spiraling nightmare of terror for Susan as her relatives suddenly disappear and she finds herself alone in the house while the dark harbours a malicious presence which seems intent on doing her harm.

THE SILENT HOUSE is a remake of a Danish film and while I have not seen the original, I found this version watchable but certainly nothing special. Plot holes are in abundance and OLSEN has little to do except look terrified, scream and run around in the darkness. Here lies one of the main problems, too, for many scenes are so dark that it becomes difficult to see what is going on, therefore destroying any tension which may have been building. Many events are not properly explained and as such the ending as it is will prove just baffling for many viewers.

While much is made of the film using real time - nothing new, as the classic western HIGH NOON was very similar - in one continuous take, THE SILENT HOUSE seems unsure of what it actually wants to be. As a horror film there are few real frights and the unknown past of the central character has been done many times before and often to greater effect than here.
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