Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water) return to terra firma for this remake of the "real time" Uruguayan thriller La Casa Muda. Their summer cottage vandalized by squatters during the off-season, Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen), her father, and her uncle begin the laborious process of cleaning the place up when noises from within hint they are not alone. Now the deeper Sarah ventures into the derelict building, the further the secrets of her dark past are dragged out into the light. As with La Casa Muda, Silent House was shot in one continuous take, a production style that allows the viewer to experience the swelling tension of Sarah's horror firsthand as she unlocks a diabolical mystery. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Would have been MUCH better as a short. The single shot no-edits production effect is pointless and really slows it down to the point where I had to fast fwd thru long chunks of her staring at a door or fumbling with a lock, which happens about every 5 minutes. A grim story, but note how her appearance degrades from the start. Watchable but there are better thrillers.
I was very surprise to see that this girl had went crazy,from being raped by her dad,to the point were she had started believing that there was actually people terrorizing them in their home.above all,the movie was ok.
The other people that gave this movie one star are right, this movie is the slowest pain staking thriller in the books. It's made by the same directors as Open Water, should have known it would be horrible. I only wish I could get my 88 minutes back of which would be better off spent watching water boil or paint dry.
Apparently no one is capable of making a good old fashioned scary movie anymore. Just more violent trash which really made no sense at all - and then it was over. i think someone said "hey, we need a plot" in the last 5 minutes of the film, so they threw one in. Painful!
I see other reviews gave it only one star, however I really enjoyed this movie. I love it because at the end, you realize there were so many small nuances and details that you didn't pay attention to only for it to make sense later. Such as the blood, the little girl, the bottles, her friend in the beginning, her saying she's forgetful, etc. If you watch it with an open mind, then go back and watch with commentary, you'll be presently surprised at how good it actually is. If you're expecting horror, you'll be disappointed. However, it's a movie for thinkers.