Silent Retreat Reviews

  • Nov 12, 2017

    Cheap trash, and not the good kind.

    Cheap trash, and not the good kind.

  • Aug 22, 2017

    When a young girl is convicted of a crime that would ordinarily get her sent to prison, the judge decides to show some leniency by sending her to a rehabilitation camp where troubled girls gets brainwashed and fed to monsters.

    When a young girl is convicted of a crime that would ordinarily get her sent to prison, the judge decides to show some leniency by sending her to a rehabilitation camp where troubled girls gets brainwashed and fed to monsters.

  • Jesse O Super Reviewer
    Mar 27, 2017

    Man, oh man. This is gonna be quite the movie for the Men's Rights Activists (think of that absurdity for a second). It's gonna be a movie of highs and some really low lows. The highs would definitely have to be the fact that the movie takes place at this meditation retreat, where troubled women are sent to in to be rehabilitated from 'crimes' they may have committed or behavior that was deemed undesirable. In reality, the women are being brainwashed by the group of men running the place, a man and his two sons, in order to make them quiet and submissive for the outside world. So they can make a good submissive wife. So, in a way, it's like a Stepford wives mixed with a horror movie. That's what these MRAs want. They want to feel superior, they want to limit access to things that would allow their women to educate themselves and, you know, actually value their own independence without actually needing a man to feel like they're worthy. So, in some part, this film gives them what they want, at first. I do think that the concept, while not necessarily unique (again I point you to the Stepford wives), is quite good all things considered. It's good and the film has some good execution. They do a really strong job at making the villains of the film incredibly effective. While there's some obvious exaggerations here, as in they try too hard to oppress the women, I still think they're a really good as villains. They're obviously the heroes, in this case, to some people, but those people are idiots and not worth paying attention to. Robert Nolan, who plays the Doctor in control of this retreat, is really fucking good in his role. I've never seen Nolan before, as he is based out of Canada, but he was damn good here. He's got the look down pat and the condescending way that he treats the women put in his care is very dickish. He makes for a great villain. The heroines, Alexis and Janey, are both relatable. Particularly when you find out the reason behind their being sent to this retreat. Janey defended herself against an attacker and Alexis staged a pride parade. Chelsea Jenish and Sofia Banzhaf, Janey and Alexis respectively, aren't as good as Mr. Nolan. But I attribute that more to experience than anything else, but they're still fairly solid actresses. Their characters, while not necessarily the most complex, at least are fleshed-out somewhat. You're giving their backstories and what made them the women they are today, so it's not like they're just there to be killed off by the monster that's living in the woods. You grow to care for them and want to see them overcome the situations they're in while also fucking over those who attempted to brainwash them into being someone they were not, someone who would be ready and willing to submit to the first man that showed them any attention. Did I mention there was a monster too? This brings to the horror elements of the film. I don't know where to start. I'm gonna be honest and say that I legitimately did like the movie when it was just Alexis and Janey bonding and trying to find a way to escape this place. Getting to know these characters and their dealings with the Doctor and his sons are some of the best part of the movie. The horror is sprinkled here and there. You get bits and pieces that tease the monster, but it doesn't fully show up until the third act of the movie. The third act will decide, for most people, whether they liked it or not. In my opinion, while there's some good gore, the horror doesn't really add much to the film. I'm not saying that it shouldn't have been there, but the film is about Janey making sure that her voice is heard, the monster stuff feels a bit forced in there. And there's some lame scenes, where the film shows off its lack of budget. The editing during these segments aren't great either. And they try to force in a motherhood angle with the monster in there as well, as everything the monster did was in order to protect its baby that was, honestly, a little awkward. Like it all had to fit in into the same themes the film was exploring. It's not bad, but for how good the rest of the movie actually is, this third act is definitely a bit of a letdown for me. Even though the rating doesn't reflect it, I'd still say that this was a solid movie. It's just that the third act and its implementation of horror kept it from reaching a higher rating. I'd still recommend this, it's got some very interesting ideas about feminism and independence. The end result isn't without its flaws, but it's worth giving a shot.

    Man, oh man. This is gonna be quite the movie for the Men's Rights Activists (think of that absurdity for a second). It's gonna be a movie of highs and some really low lows. The highs would definitely have to be the fact that the movie takes place at this meditation retreat, where troubled women are sent to in to be rehabilitated from 'crimes' they may have committed or behavior that was deemed undesirable. In reality, the women are being brainwashed by the group of men running the place, a man and his two sons, in order to make them quiet and submissive for the outside world. So they can make a good submissive wife. So, in a way, it's like a Stepford wives mixed with a horror movie. That's what these MRAs want. They want to feel superior, they want to limit access to things that would allow their women to educate themselves and, you know, actually value their own independence without actually needing a man to feel like they're worthy. So, in some part, this film gives them what they want, at first. I do think that the concept, while not necessarily unique (again I point you to the Stepford wives), is quite good all things considered. It's good and the film has some good execution. They do a really strong job at making the villains of the film incredibly effective. While there's some obvious exaggerations here, as in they try too hard to oppress the women, I still think they're a really good as villains. They're obviously the heroes, in this case, to some people, but those people are idiots and not worth paying attention to. Robert Nolan, who plays the Doctor in control of this retreat, is really fucking good in his role. I've never seen Nolan before, as he is based out of Canada, but he was damn good here. He's got the look down pat and the condescending way that he treats the women put in his care is very dickish. He makes for a great villain. The heroines, Alexis and Janey, are both relatable. Particularly when you find out the reason behind their being sent to this retreat. Janey defended herself against an attacker and Alexis staged a pride parade. Chelsea Jenish and Sofia Banzhaf, Janey and Alexis respectively, aren't as good as Mr. Nolan. But I attribute that more to experience than anything else, but they're still fairly solid actresses. Their characters, while not necessarily the most complex, at least are fleshed-out somewhat. You're giving their backstories and what made them the women they are today, so it's not like they're just there to be killed off by the monster that's living in the woods. You grow to care for them and want to see them overcome the situations they're in while also fucking over those who attempted to brainwash them into being someone they were not, someone who would be ready and willing to submit to the first man that showed them any attention. Did I mention there was a monster too? This brings to the horror elements of the film. I don't know where to start. I'm gonna be honest and say that I legitimately did like the movie when it was just Alexis and Janey bonding and trying to find a way to escape this place. Getting to know these characters and their dealings with the Doctor and his sons are some of the best part of the movie. The horror is sprinkled here and there. You get bits and pieces that tease the monster, but it doesn't fully show up until the third act of the movie. The third act will decide, for most people, whether they liked it or not. In my opinion, while there's some good gore, the horror doesn't really add much to the film. I'm not saying that it shouldn't have been there, but the film is about Janey making sure that her voice is heard, the monster stuff feels a bit forced in there. And there's some lame scenes, where the film shows off its lack of budget. The editing during these segments aren't great either. And they try to force in a motherhood angle with the monster in there as well, as everything the monster did was in order to protect its baby that was, honestly, a little awkward. Like it all had to fit in into the same themes the film was exploring. It's not bad, but for how good the rest of the movie actually is, this third act is definitely a bit of a letdown for me. Even though the rating doesn't reflect it, I'd still say that this was a solid movie. It's just that the third act and its implementation of horror kept it from reaching a higher rating. I'd still recommend this, it's got some very interesting ideas about feminism and independence. The end result isn't without its flaws, but it's worth giving a shot.

  • Mar 03, 2017

    A cheap Horror movie that needs to be remade. This movie has a great story line (except for the ending) which could be taken much farther then it was in this movie. The things I didn't like about it was the very bad acting. Everyone did a terrible job except for Robert Nolan I thought he did a good job. The camera angles when the monster was attacking were very rough. Speaking of the monster WHAT HAPPENED?!? It looked like a human-bat from a direct to DVD hobbit movie. It was horrible, did they get the cheapest guy in the buiessnes? Apart from all that the first 2quarters of the movie were excellent counting out the pre opening credits scene. I like the idea of the no talking vibe. It was creepy, If only the rest of the movie was.

    A cheap Horror movie that needs to be remade. This movie has a great story line (except for the ending) which could be taken much farther then it was in this movie. The things I didn't like about it was the very bad acting. Everyone did a terrible job except for Robert Nolan I thought he did a good job. The camera angles when the monster was attacking were very rough. Speaking of the monster WHAT HAPPENED?!? It looked like a human-bat from a direct to DVD hobbit movie. It was horrible, did they get the cheapest guy in the buiessnes? Apart from all that the first 2quarters of the movie were excellent counting out the pre opening credits scene. I like the idea of the no talking vibe. It was creepy, If only the rest of the movie was.

  • Mar 02, 2017

    Different, I'll give 'em that.. just not that interesting. I love a good slow burn, when it's earned, but Silent Retreat barely does with a lackluster surprise or two. SPOILERS! A creature AND a psycho? You don't get to have your cake and eat it too. I won't even get into how underwhelming the creature is, once it's revealed. Long story short, leave it on the queue... but in a very distant spot.

    Different, I'll give 'em that.. just not that interesting. I love a good slow burn, when it's earned, but Silent Retreat barely does with a lackluster surprise or two. SPOILERS! A creature AND a psycho? You don't get to have your cake and eat it too. I won't even get into how underwhelming the creature is, once it's revealed. Long story short, leave it on the queue... but in a very distant spot.

  • Oct 14, 2015

    The sub-par acting is brought together by Robert Nolan's performance. And although its downfall comes from an over-abundance of plots, as a horror fan I strongly appreciate the ballsy effort

    The sub-par acting is brought together by Robert Nolan's performance. And although its downfall comes from an over-abundance of plots, as a horror fan I strongly appreciate the ballsy effort

  • Aug 22, 2015

    one of those movies u watch and u kinda wonder what's going on then starts to get ok then out of nowhere a monster in the woods comes into things starts killing everyone and your like WTF

    one of those movies u watch and u kinda wonder what's going on then starts to get ok then out of nowhere a monster in the woods comes into things starts killing everyone and your like WTF

  • Jun 13, 2015

    Interesting! Camp to transform women into submissive and quiet husband listening wives. And an interest twist.

    Interesting! Camp to transform women into submissive and quiet husband listening wives. And an interest twist.

  • May 04, 2015

    Aside from Nolan, performances lean toward the uneven, while unanswered questions and frayed threads of plot nag.

    Aside from Nolan, performances lean toward the uneven, while unanswered questions and frayed threads of plot nag.

  • Apr 19, 2015

    With Silent Retreat Director Tricia Lee shows she has the talent needed to make a go at it in this dog eat dog world we call film. She manages to craft both a decent psychological thriller and a decent monster movie. Where the film tends to fail imo is that the film is both a psychological thriller and a monster movie. Had the story stayed within either realm I think it would have suceeded much more. The filmmakers try and weave the two story aspects together and to a certain extent, manage to accomplish much more than lesser skilled persons might, but neither storyline really feels like they completely mesh. In the end I wish Silent Retreat had actually been split into 2 very different films. It's clear that with a little work and changes to the story, it could have easily been accomplished. Will Tricia Lee become a household name in horror or will we see her silently retreat into obscurity? I hope to see much more of her work in the future and will continue to follow every single one of her horror related projects... this girl has something and her voice needs to be heard.

    With Silent Retreat Director Tricia Lee shows she has the talent needed to make a go at it in this dog eat dog world we call film. She manages to craft both a decent psychological thriller and a decent monster movie. Where the film tends to fail imo is that the film is both a psychological thriller and a monster movie. Had the story stayed within either realm I think it would have suceeded much more. The filmmakers try and weave the two story aspects together and to a certain extent, manage to accomplish much more than lesser skilled persons might, but neither storyline really feels like they completely mesh. In the end I wish Silent Retreat had actually been split into 2 very different films. It's clear that with a little work and changes to the story, it could have easily been accomplished. Will Tricia Lee become a household name in horror or will we see her silently retreat into obscurity? I hope to see much more of her work in the future and will continue to follow every single one of her horror related projects... this girl has something and her voice needs to be heard.