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21 January 2011 @ 04:26 pm
Silent House in Sundance  
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap. The old AC/DC lyrics apply to some of the early films kicking off this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The annual indie-movie showcase started Thursday night, and for a handful of lucky festivalgoers, it was a wicked one.





...Later, another ultra-low-budget movie went even darker. The creepy abandoned-home thriller Silent House playing a special midnight screening for festival volunteers (though the house was also packed with studio scouts trying to gauge whether the horror film could be another Paranormal Activity). It’s a remake of a 2010 Uruguayan film, La Casa Muda — this one from veteran Sundance filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water), and stars newcomer Elizabeth Olsen (who has famous twin sisters who share the surname). Lau’s opening remarks are certain to have moviegoers debating: “It’s been a fantastic challenge making this film, shooting in one take …” But what does “one take” mean?

That was the question audience members were arguing afterward. The story is certainly told in real-time, unfolding over the course of 86 minutes as bizarre, violent forces besiege Olsen in her family’s dilapidated lake house. But do the filmmakers ever actually cut the scene? It seems unlikely that the movie was shot in one continuous 86-minute burst, but there is also no obvious cheating (no conveniently placed poles to provide an easy wipe between two separate shots).

Lau and Kentis weren’t around at the end of the screening, perhaps unwilling to reveal their magic trick just yet.

What can’t be argued: all through the film, those seasoned industry execs were screaming and jumping like kids at a sleepover.


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rtrufflesrtruffles on January 22nd, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this!! I'm so glad that it was well received.
Tanyaaimezetmusique on January 24th, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
No problem! I am, too. Because good early reviews means more likely for wider release. Which = :D
slayerkittyslayerkitty on January 22nd, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
That's awesome. Maybe it will see theaters. *crosses fingers*
Tanyaaimezetmusique on January 24th, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
Crossing with you! I love horror and Eric, and this sounds rather interesting.
slayerkittyslayerkitty on January 24th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
It'll probably make me pee my pants, but I'll go see it, LOL.