The Silent House (2011)
Critic Reviews for The Silent House
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.
Cranks up the tension with fluid, choreographed camera moves and unnerving off-screen sounds.
Nothing short of a bold, ingeniously executed and genuinely terrifying tour de force. Seek it out.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Silent House
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.
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.
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.
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