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The Silent House Reviews

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March 24, 2017
Slow-moving and boring.
½ February 26, 2017
Creative horror flick filmed in one shot and looks like one take, pretty impressive. Confused by the ending. Thought maybe I'd missed something but went to read the wiki-synopsis and still as confused. But that's giving me some weirdness to think about.
April 16, 2016
BAH; it's Spanish and the version i watched didn't have subtitles so i have no idea what was said. but there really wasn't a lot of dialog, so i guess that's okay. although i don't know what that ending was... so maybe that dialog would've been helpful. this movie is very dark -- meaning it lacks in lighting -- and there are a lot of shaky camera shots focused on her but you know something's going to happen in the background so you just watch the background type of scenes... so that was suspenseful. but other than that i didn't really care for it.
Super Reviewer
½ October 12, 2015
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.
½ July 2, 2014
Slow to start and then the plot goes all over the place.
May 20, 2014
The idea of one continuous shot was gold, but it wasn't fashioned in an eminent manner. In fact, most of the time it just looked like poor acting. The atmosphere was fantastic, riddled with tension and suspense, but the ending failed to deliver. Yes, the movie did succeed in delivering a twist ending, but the twist was so fantastical and unrealistic, it was cringe-worthy. I am giving this movie 2 stars, only because of the fantastic idea behind it, and it's great atmosphere.
½ April 22, 2014
Pretty creepy, fantastic ending. I liked the continuous shot. It's not clear how old Laura is and if she is in any of the photos. Did a ghost possess her? Haunted house and ghost fans should be pleased.
½ January 24, 2014
A fun haunted house pop corner--creepy one shot flick!!
September 25, 2013
Saw this on a preview and wanting to watch suppose to be a remake of "true events"
½ September 12, 2013
The whole movie is silent! It was so boring that they may as well just play the photos shown during the credits! That way we actually understand what the movie is about rather than wasting an hr or so! Terribly boring.
½ July 27, 2013
Not the best horror movie I've seen....but by far...the scariest.
½ July 7, 2013
The Silent House was a film that I knew very little about before I watched it. I looked up the trailer and watched the wrong one. The film was remade by the states (Spanish flick) pretty well as soon as it was released. Well, this is one scenario where I think the film could be done better with a good second go around... though I still dug on this one to some levels. Said levels being mainly technical. First off, the camera work in this one is incredible. Was shot guerilla style and as one take. Hitchcock did something similar decades ago with his classic 'Rope'. Very cool idea there. Director Gustavo Hernández coupled that with some very moody atmosphere and creative shots (Dad's POV moment was awesome). The lighting in this was also striking. Most of the time is barely lit the actors and a few elements around them in that creepy house. Felt like Silent Hill (the game) in certain moments. On an acting standpoint, Florencia Colucci gave an intense and very well done performance. She basically had to carry the movie and I stayed on her side all the way. Even when her character wasn't the smartest, I rooted for her so kudos to her showing. With all this a haunting piano soundtrack, some nifty plot devices, and a pace that seemed like no time at all, and you get one worth owning? Moreless... Though the movie seemed put together, the story side of it needed someone to polish it right. The first half of the flick was supposed to be a haunting of sorts and while I can let stuff go on as to why characters stick around (to some levels) in those flicks; in this one is was insulting that the characters didn't even try to leave. Instead, they'd run around the house and try to figure things out that don't seem relevant in the least. If logitivity is your thing with horror flicks (it really shouldn't be) then stay far away from this one. Lastly, the ending, while interesting, didn't work. I don't know what the writers were smoking but they did to either make 'one last shock' or to excuse the silly character moves before it. Either way it didn't work. With all these complaints, there were still factors to The Silent House that I loved. The fact that I had to watch it a second time to get my real feelings toward it should say something. There's a lot of talent attached to this one, with some major 'F-U audience' moments. While I dug the movie, I look forward to seeing this one with another go-round. Maybe they got it right?
Super Reviewer
June 26, 2013
Questionable and not frightening in the least bit, "The Silent House" and director Gustavo Hernandez drop the ball with this lacking, wannabe thriller. Most of the time, when venturing back to see the original film that inspired the American remake, you find that it is far superior, but in this case, the American version is without a doubt more creepy and more spine-tingling than this unique, but wasted concept of the one long-take horror film. Florencia Colucci and the direction she is given is delivered at a snails pace and eventually lands on the scale of watching paint dry. There is no motivation and her emotions are all over the place, unbalanced, and unwarranted. The after credits sequence adds nothing to the film, and even at 79 minutes this film feels far too long. Never would I have guessed that the remake would be better, but upon a second viewing of the remake, I will certainly confirm this. Score one for America.
May 7, 2013
The Spanish have been leading the way in horror movies in recent years. Rec and the Orphanage are two examples of great horror's which makes it all the more disappointing that The Silent House is such a poor film. This the story of Laura and her dad , Wilson who are asked to do up an old house but it soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary house and that things are not what they seem. The best thing about this film is that it's only 80 minutes long. I don't know if i would have got to the end if it was a normal length film. This starts really well . It is suspenseful and has the feel of a Blare Witch type movie. There are very long scenes without breaking away , following the girl around this spooky house but then the film changes. It starts to become confused ( as i was) and far too clever for it's own good and instead of becoming a good old fashioned haunted house move it changes direction - for the worse. I was annoyed by this film because quite clearly it never had an ending to start with. The director snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory.
April 24, 2013
This is an alright movie. This is one of those times where the remake is really better than the original. Unfortunately, this movie just doesn't impact me as much. There were quite a few scares but other than that, the movie doesn't add as much depth as the remake did. I will say that the transformation of Laura was the best part. The acting was pretty good as well. Definitely worth it to watch.
March 29, 2013
A fantastically original concept and film style brings audiences into a house of pure horror in "The Silent House". Filmed all in one take, this film shows the true talent of the actors, director and camera crews. The film manages to scare audiences effectively and often and has a much deeper meaning than audiences can put together. Definitely one to catch!
March 22, 2013
I saw this movie but I still don'y know what the concept was. Did the dad molest her and the uncle watch
February 20, 2013
This movie sucked so bad that it would even make a blind, deaf, and mute person complain. I want back my hour spent watching this movie. If this movie doesn't put you to sleep, it will surely piss you off.
- Helen Keller
January 19, 2013
I like it... Everything you see if is just a snapshot of what's happening rather then giving it away right at the beginning and then a twist at the end. All in all a really good film
January 18, 2013
Jos tahdot tuhlata aikaasi, katso toki tama elokuva. Tasta olisi voinut jattaa 40 minuutin hiiviskelyt pimeassa talossa ja tiivistaa 20 minuuttiseksi, vaikka eihan elokuvan pituus paskaa juonta pelasta. Silent Housen hienous taitaa piilla siina etta se on kuvattu vain muutamalla otolla. En todellakaan suosittele ottamaan selvaa etta kuinka monella.
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