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The Silent House Reviews

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½ November 16, 2012
In a similar fashion of the Spanish film [REC], this movie is extremely tense and scary, but with an ending that makes little sense. Nonetheless, it is a very solid haunted house story with jump-out-of-your-seat shocks.
½ October 31, 2012
Not as scary as say Paranormal Activity, though this movie very much has a similar feel. La Casa Muda (The Silent House; not to be confused with the recent American remake) is an Uruguayan Spanish-language film that is spooky enough to wet the appetite of any horror fan and put you in the mood for a genuinely creepy evening. It relies heavily on sounds and sounds alone. The film itself, however, is very quiet so whenever you hear a noise, no matter how innocuous, it is always startling. The most interesting thing about the movie is that it is made to seem like one long, continuous 78-minute shot which is very effective in prolonging the sense of dread that you should have while watching a horror film-- as though you are experiencing the events in real time with the characters. Camera work isn't anything fancy though. It's not like Paranormal Activity with the found footage gimmick though, but the beginning does claim to be a true story. All in all it still does a decent job of being spooky. If you're looking for something different to give you a couple chills on Halloween then give this movie a shot. Not to over the top but not bland either.
½ October 21, 2012
It was semi-intentional that I watched this shortly after Hitchcock's Rope because like Rope, The Silent House appears as though it is shot in one continuous take. Hitchcock's limitation was the time in which he lived, he simply wasn't able to film for much longer than ten minutes in one continuous take. It seems as though The Silent House's claims are false as well, possibly due to the type of camera their modest budget afforded them. The cuts are well hidden, lighting being the most apparent mask so this can at least claim to have the appearance of a single take film. Either way this is a 'real-time' horror film and it thrives within the minimalist setting and production.

The camera work, in terms of movement, is inventive and consistently interesting. At various points we see the action reflected in a mirror or in one excellent sequence through the lens of a polaroid camera, only seeing light when the camera flashes. It makes for a nerve-wracking moment. In fact this is quite a scary film, it certainly ruffled me more than any film has done for a while. That said it isn't perfect, despite this being a very good horror film for the most part it is mainly about the atmosphere and production, there is very little in terms of plot and when the plot does begin to thicken things do start to fall apart a bit. In fact once you start to try to make sense of the plot or the characters actions it begins to look less impressive. It is best viewed simply as a low budget chiller which has some effective scares and a convincingly ominous atmosphere.
September 27, 2012
very good movie. (this is the spanish version 'La Casa Muda',different from the English version 'Silent House')
½ September 10, 2012
This is a great movie people on Flixster are just moron...Read this you goddamn stupid fucking "Super Reviewers" You are all Fucking Idiots.
½ September 1, 2012
Really cool that it is all done in one shot, but the story got a little weird for me.
Super Reviewer
September 1, 2012
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.
August 30, 2012
cine uruguayo...porque el espa√Īol es muy mainstream.
August 27, 2012
Great foreign creepy horror. Builds up the tension nicely.
August 25, 2012
Interesting idea, a 90 minute horror film shot entirely in one take...but without editing it becomes pretty tiresome and dull. Turned it off after 35 minutes and banished it to film hell.
August 11, 2012
Plenty of times I've given a subpar film an okay rating because what it does visually makes up for the story it tells. Other times, not even the style of a film can help it cross its shortcomings. The Silent House falls in the latter category.

While not a complete failure of a movie -- visually appealing, palpable tension, truly an ambitious piece of film -- The Silent House suffers from one of the most illogical endings a movie has ever produced. What could have possibly been a horror classic (some people may tout it as just that) turns into a mess of a film.

We have a father and daughter, Wilson and Laura, who are being commissioned to clean up an old, dusty, abandoned home for a friend, Nestor, who plans on selling it. Nestor gives them a single warning before leaving: to not go upstairs as the floor isn't as sturdy. When the daughter hears several bumps upstairs she feels uneasy in an already uneasy setting. As it turns out, she and her father are not the only ones in the home.

What makes this film unique is that it is done in a single take. There are no edits at all, which is pretty remarkable. It's not the most original thing -- as it has been done before -- but the style in which it is filmed is beautiful. For a single-take movie, the pacing of it undoubtedly suffers. We get every pause that would happen in a real life horror film, we might not be able to see things as clearly if it were shot in the format of a regular movie, and some angles that would have helped the movie's tension were lost. But we do get an experimental film that knows its limits but embraces its strength, which is the single take.

Gustavo Hern√°ndez is a capable director, as evidenced by this film (Ti West supporters would love his directorial vision). He has the same lingering shots that Ti West has, and is able to do a lot with a limited budget and a handheld. He knows how to frame a shot, when to keep it close to his actors and when to give them space and let the picture breathe. However, much like the problem with West's films, the writing is bad.

The Silent House is a great tension builder. There are several scenes in which the suspense and atmosphere of the film is tangible, like when Laura must navigate through the dark using a Polaroid camera. But after it gets to the last 20 minutes, The Silent House tries to be more than what it should be. It wants to be a mind bending film, in addition to it being a visual splendor, but it doesn't need to be -- nor is it.

The ending ultimately ruins the status of the film, and I'm sure that's what hurt the remake released earlier this year. Although the actors are pretty convincing, and the direction is spot on, the story seriously cripples the credulity of the film. 4.5/10

*POSSIBLE SPOILER* The ending is reminiscent of a french horror flick released about 10 years ago, but unlike that film there isn't much action in here.
August 11, 2012
excelente dirección
August 9, 2012
There was a lot of tension, but only certain parts were scary (inconsistent), and the plot/twist at the end makes understanding this movie hard to do.
August 3, 2012
A pretty decent film for a 2 days recording non-stop with a single camera.
July 31, 2012
Slowest paced scary movie of all time right here. In the end, it made little sense at all, what a waste. Maybe the remake tells a better story but I doubt it.
½ July 31, 2012
7/10: Very underrated, brilliant and chilling psychological thriller/horror, with its beautifully orchestrated "single continuous take" real time concept. I especially like the the simplistic silence of the film's score that just adds to the tension and suspense!!! (*this is how a good horror movie is made) Highly recommended!!!
July 30, 2012
I was fairly intrigue with this film especially shot in one continuous take via Canon EOS Digi-SLR. The remake is already playing in theatres somewhere starring Elizabeth Olsen which from what I heard shot in Real Time via Apple Iphone Cam. The plot is something overly done before but somehow they managed to tweak the formula and added a little spicy twist towards the end and that's where the film loses it's magic touch. In adding a twist to a story, it should be believable or else, it will end up ruining the whole potential of a good story. The twist on this movie didn't even leave some small clues at the beginning and it sprung everything in a huge bite! It was an uncontrollable gunfire that ruined almost everything in the movie. The performances are pretty strong especially Laura. If you want to have an effective movie, you need to have an effective casts. The setting of course was a major player in this movie. The Ominousity and Eerieness was felt throughout the film. Overall, a good watch but sadly, didn't have a good execution towards the twist. I suggest you watch High Tension. 3 out of 5 stars! :)
July 28, 2012
Lo unico rescatable de esta pelicula es el plano secuencia
July 28, 2012
This movie is kind of creepy. Very original. The remake starring Elizabeth Olsen is so much better.
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