A Movie Review on Silent House (2012)
I wasn't really sure what to expect going into this movie. I had heard of a mix of good and bad reviews when Silent House hit theaters back on March 9th 2012. It currently has a 44% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is edited together to make it look like it is one long, continuous shot the entire time. This aspect was one of the main selling points for the movie and got me quite interested in the film. After finally being able to watch it I must admit that I was quite impressed and genuinely freaked out by the movie.
Silent House follows Sarah, played by Elizabeth Olsen, who is helping her father and her uncle fix up their old house so it can be sold. Things take a turn for the worse when Sarah hears a noise upstairs and convinces her dad to check it out. After finding nothing Sarah beings cleaning up, but again hear more noises. She checks around the house and is attacked by an unknown invader. After locking herself in a room upstairs she finds her father unconscious, and realizes she needs to get help. She is thrust into this nightmare, forced to fight for her life against this unknown assailant.
First thing first, this movie is scary. It's not jump out of your seat the entire time scary, although it does contains a few jump scares, but relies more on building tension and suspense to scare you. The nail-biting suspense (Yes, I was literally biting my nails for the entire movie) really takes its toll on you. It got to the point where I didn't even want to look at the screen anymore. I knew something bad was just around the corner. The final 5-10 minutes dropped the scares in order to explain and wrap up the story, but the rest of the film had already left its mark.
What I really enjoyed was that the movie didn't rely on blood and gore to try to convey its scares but relied on old-school tension and suspense to really put you on the edge of your seat. That's not to say that there is no blood, but a majority of the blood you'll see will be at the end, and even then it's not much. Gore-hounds will not be satisfied.
Elizabeth Olsen does a great job with her performance, really delivering the feeling of terror that Sarah was experiencing. It feels like you are right there with Sarah, experiencing everything first hand. The camera stays on her the entire 88 minutes of the movie showing off her great acting skills. The rest of the cast delivers mediocre performances, with none of them being the least bit memorable.
Silent House shines with it's nail-biting suspense and its great performance by Elizabeth Olsen. Although the final 10 or so minutes drop the scares and suspense in favor of wrapping up the story, I was left quite satisfied with the end result. I highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a good scare. Turn the volume all the way up, shut all the lights off, and enjoy.
Directed by Chris Kentis & Laura Lau
Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Adam Barnett, and Haley Murphy.
Rated R. Runtime: 87 Minutes