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24 January 2011 @ 04:17 am
More Silent House Reviews!  
More good reviews and a couple mediocre. But it's getting talk, which is good! Included behind cut is cute (but small) picture of Eric!



I don't do well with horror movies-- even the most minor jump scares wig me out, and tension of any kind I can barely abide-- so I'm really not sure why I sought out Silent House, the buzzed-about Sundance thriller that boasts to have been filmed in a single take, a la Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (which, like Silent House, had masked cuts all the same). It's a remake of a Uruguayan film that debuted at Cannes this year, and though both feature the single-take gimmick, the filmmakers are eager to distance their film from the original-- because, hey, who likes American horror remakes anyway?

The American Silent House has a much bigger ace up its sleeve than the filmmaking gimmick anyway in the form of Elizabeth Olsen, the actress starring in two Sundance films this year (the other, Martha Marcy May Marlene, I'll be reviewing shortly) and basking in the kind of buzz that made Carey Mulligan and Jennifer Lawrence . Olsen isn't just the star of Silent House but the complete life force; her wide, expressive face fills nearly every frame, her voice and pulse building the film's rhythm and drive. The camera operator follows Olsen's character Sarah up and down the steps of this spooky house, boarded windows and doors blocking her exit and footsteps following her around seemingly every corner. For a while she's accompanied by her father (Adam Trese) and overly familiar uncle (Eric Sheffer Stevens), but we all know the young girl in the white tank top isn't going to be protected by others for long.


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A lot of buzz is surrounding a little horror film that uses a single camera shot to follow a wide-eyed, terrified girl around an abandoned summer house.

“It’s called ‘Silent House’,” but the film’s even bigger buzz is around the actress who plays that terrified girl – Elizabeth Olsen – and she is quickly turning into Sundance’s breakout star.


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Watching a film without cuts can be both simultaneously impressive and exhausting. It’s impressive for obvious reasons – the movement of the camera, the lighting, the commitment to perfection of everyone on set – but without giving us any establishing or master shots to relax, the audience is always present. This tactic certainly works for a horror movie, but a good chunk of the film is used to establish the style. (Side note: There are cuts in this movie, they’re just hidden and very sparse.)


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What actually makes this film amazing is the fact that they did it in one shot…one continuous shot of 80 minutes of pure terror through this girls eyes. That in itself is a feat worth watching. A certain unnamed BIG producer was interested enough in the film to come see it himself with the general public…sounds promising guys!


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