The Silent House (Original) [DVD]
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Inspired by true events, Silent House was filmed in one continuous, amazingly relentless shot with no edits. One of the most terrifying, intense and horrific films in modern horror, it’s also one of the most groundbreaking since The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity.
Shy, introverted Laura and her jaded father have promised to clean an old friend’s property in order for it to be sold. Travelling deep into the hostile, unforgiving landscape of rural Uruguay, they are to spend the night in an isolated, run down cottage. With no civilisation for hundreds of miles and no electricity or modern conveniences within the property, Laura begins to dread the on coming night. As darkness prevails her father investigates a strange noise from the above floor. When he doesn’t return, Laura has nothing but fear to console her. But she’s not alone. Something is waiting in the shadows, something that knows her worst nightmares.
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So I'm sure it may of been a good DVD if I could understand a word of it. I tuned off and chucked after 10 mins of confusion.
Wilson and his daughter Laura have been employed by a friend Nelson to clean his property so he can sell it. However, once inside, Laura starts to hear strange noises and her father goes upstairs to investigate. There is a loud noise and a cry and suddenly Laura is alone in a house of horrors. Or is she?
This interesting horror film from Uruguay has really divided my opinion. I thought the near silent majority of the film, with a mounting sense of dread as Laura investigates the house and its secrets, was beautifully handled. The film was at this point building up nicely towards a nerve jangling climax.
Then came the ending. Oh dear. It's not as if I didn't like the intentions of the ending, as the ideas behind it were fine. It was just the execution of said ending that left so much to be desired. As a previous reviewer has mentioned, this opens up gaping plot holes and sublimely scary sequences such as Laura taking the flash photography are thus made redundant. It's not a lame duck ending, but it does render past events pretty redundant.
A great shame as there was much to enjoy along the way. Still, La Casa Muda is worth investigating and the director clearly has a great future ahead of them, as the film is extemely well shot, and there are genuine 'jump out of your seat' moments throughout its running time. However, I can only award the film a disappointing 3 out of 5 due to the nonsensical conclusion.
It occurred to me early on in the film that there were likely to have been edits and on reading about the film, I then find out that it was shot over four days (if that is correct) and that there was no evidence to support it being based on a real incident (if that is also correct).
So I might have bought the film on a false premise but I enjoyed it all the same so no real harm done – and they wouldn’t be the first to say a film is true when it is not (Fargo for example – Joel Coen has stated that their story was completely made up)
It is a low-budget production but it has been done very professionally and with competent actors giving convincing performances. The camera work is particularly good and especially so since there are a number of mirrors and reflective surfaces in the house when the filming takes place.
On the back of the case it is described as “One of the most intense, frightening and horrific films in modern horror” – but I would say it is actually more a film of suspense rather than of horror.
So whether it is in one continuous shot or not, I don’t know but it was an enjoyable enough hour-and-a-quarter of entertaining suspense for me, but not one that I would be in a hurry to watch again, hence the three stars.
On the DVD you get:
The Silent House film
Set-up: Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital; English Subtitles On/Off; German Surround Dolby Digital; German 5.1 Dolby Digital; German Subtitles On/Off
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