The Silent House (2011)

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Laura and her father Wilson settle down in an old farmhouse to make some repairs and update it prior to its sale. But after they spend the night there, things start to get strange. Laura hears a sound that gets louder and louder on the upper floor of the house. Wilson goes up to see what is going on while she remains downstairs, waiting for her father's return.

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Critic Reviews for The Silent House

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (2)

Reminiscent of the breathless right-behind-you tension of Ils (Them), full of playful reveals and made all the eerier by Hernán González's classically ominous score.

May 9, 2011 | Full Review…
Film.com
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Cranks up the tension with fluid, choreographed camera moves and unnerving off-screen sounds.

Apr 6, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Nothing short of a bold, ingeniously executed and genuinely terrifying tour de force. Seek it out.

Aug 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The claustrophobia extends out into the audience; I can't remember the last time a film made that many viewers jump so many times. But the narrative is not enough to sustain it, and the final explanation is less than gratifying.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

If this one-shot approaches imposes a strict unity of time and place on Hernandez's film, nonetheless the story will prove to be no more straight than the house is silent.

Jun 20, 2013 | Full Review…

A quick, fluid, scary tale that makes up for in quiet chills what it lacks in slam-bang craziness.

Sep 5, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Silent House

½

Very well made as a single long take, it impresses for the elegance and technique employed, but the script is just awful, with stupid characters, over-calculated chills (always forewarned by an intrusive score) and a ridiculous, illogical ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Brilliantly filmed and edited, with one or two decent scares. But the weak script lets it down, meaning that watching this film is a largely dull experience.

Graham Willis
Graham Willis

Super Reviewer

The Silent House was a movie of highs and lows for me. Parts of it were suspenseful and terrifying, while other parts were outright boring. And the overall plot is one that will probably turn off some as its revealed. Despite how uneven it is, though, I still recommend it. I love the ideas that went into making The Silent House, I just wish the final result was a little more consistent.

Lewis C.
Lewis C.

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The Silent House gives the illusion that is was filmed in one take. I highly doubt this, as there are a lot of suspicious panning across solid black objects. Still the lengths of the takes is still impressive, if a little ambitious at times. Sometimes it's obvious the actors are walking around the crew. Luckily, the darkness soon covers it all up. I can't say much for the film really as I found it rather dull. It's pretty much a woman walking around a house in the dark. Once it was obvious that nothing scary was ever going to happen, I soon settled down and was just bored. Every time there was something suspicious in the background, a sound effect/musical cue would alert me to its presence. The film finally gets a plot in the last few minutes, which plays out through the credits in Polaroid form. Like a horror version of The Hangover's end credits, it was the best part, and the film should have focused on the photographed events, rather than being a tease for nothing.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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