The tricky camera moves that fill up “Silent House” make for one-half of a nerveracking horror film – before the movie’s obviousness just gets on your nerves.
As Old Dark Houses go, the isolated lakeside abode in “Silent House” is, well, pretty darn dark. Navigating the corridors is like picking your way through the innards of a sunken freighter. There’s a lot of squinting involved.
Las Vegas Weekly
The formal gimmick relates to my remark about “literally every single shot”—Silent House has been constructed so that it appears to unfold in one real-time, 88-minute take (though I suspect a few cuts are hidden in moments of near or complete darkness).
"Silent House" was finished as Elizabeth Olsen was revealing herself as the Olsen sibling with big-screen charisma. The "Martha Marcy May Marlene" star and film festival darling is the "girl in jeopardy" in this "girl in jeopardy" thriller, set in a...
The A.V. Club
Silent House, a horror film co-directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, gets it right for a good stretch, building the pressure to the boiling point as star Elizabeth Olsen appears to break down onscreen.
Silent House, the new (well, somewhat new) thriller from the husband-and-wife directing team of Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, may not technically be found-footage, but its hand-held “captured in real time” approach achieves essentially the same effect...
New York Post
Demonstrating the limits of being too clever in a genre movie, the art-house chiller “Silent House” lets the tenseness of its first act trickle away.
Silent House, the new movie from directors Chris Lentis and Laura Lau, is 65 minutes of pure fright that’s washed away by the final 20 minutes.
The key difference between the Uruguayan horror film Silent House and its American remake is subtlety. While it retains the basics of the foreign language original and again offers a supposed single-take experience, the big change is in tone.
A remake of "La Casa Muda," Uruguay's 2010 Oscar nominee for foreign language film, "Silent House" surpasses its source thanks to Elizabeth Olsen's powerful performance and Igor Martinovic's strikingly imaginative camerawork.
With her vulnerable beauty and expressive silences (discovered by those who saw her in Martha Marcy May Marlene), Elizabeth Olsen is just the girl to play Sarah, a frightened young woman in the ingeniously made horror movie Silent House.
Elizabeth Olsen gets locked inside an old, dark, creaky lake house. If you ask why, Silent House is so not for you. Logic goes south the minute pretty Sarah (Olsen) lets her dad (Adam Trese) and uncle (Eric Sheffer Stevens) persuade her to get the...
Silent House dies a sudden and egregious death when the amateur players in Olsen's company, Adam Trese and Eric Sheffer Stevens, as her character Sarah's father and uncle, respectively, open their traps. It's not their fault that the spitballish...
An American remake of the Uruguayan horror film La casa muda, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau's Silent House shares both the same plot and that film's strict storytelling conceit of unfolding in real time.
The Critical Critics
That movie was remade (faithfully, though somewhat pointlessly) as “Quarantine” in 2008. Now, history is sort of repeating itself again with Silent House, a still fresh remake of a 2010 Uruguayan fright flick that got the ball rolling on this new...
“The silence will kill you!” warn the posters for Silent House. That’s only if the boredom doesn’t get you first, though. The hook of this would-be horror picture (a remake of the 2010 Uruguayan chiller La casa muda) is that it unfolds in real time...
Eric D. Snider
There are no original ideas in "Silent House," and not just because it's a remake. The 2010 Uruguayan film that spawned it, barely seen outside the festival circuit, is reportedly composed of familiar ingredients, too.
Silent House While the entirety of Silent House takes place in and around a summer lakehouse, the film’s twist is that the title is metaphorical rather than literal. Co-director...
The Globe And Mail
Silent House is a bundle of horror-flick tropes yoked together like a package deal. As always in this genre, the aim is to keep the audience off balance, seducing us into seeing things one way only to undermine that perception, then finishing with...
Silent House achieves this through a lot of hard work. Directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (of Open Water fame) present Silent House in what truly feels like one take. Are there hidden cuts? There must be.
Sacramento News & Review
In a secluded house in the country (with no electricity or cell phone service, natch), a teenage girl (Elizabeth Olsen) and her father (Adam Trese) are terrorized, and the father bludgeoned, by an unseen intruder. Who is this person (or persons)...
Reel Film Reviews
It's ultimately difficult to recall a mainstream Hollywood movie saddled with as obnoxious and rage-inducing visuals as Safe House, as filmmaker Daniel Espinosa, along with cinematographer Oliver Wood, has infused the proceedings with a grainy...
Like a joke with a hilarious set-up but a groaner of a punch line, you'll walk away hating yourself for getting so worked up over such a meager payoff. The film's poster says it was "Inspired By True Events."
Here comes another US remake of a recent foreign-language horror film, let’s all queue up to decry the dearth of imagination in American genre cinema as it sucks on the beating heart of the international film industry like a leathery vampire. Or lets not.
Susan Granger Entertainment Commentaries
Watching this continuous, single-take horror thriller could be part of a Survivor test. The husband-and-wife team of Charlie Kentis and Laura Lau, who made the shark-infested “Open Water” (2004), are determined to confuse and confound, beginning with...
Bump! Ah yes, the standard horror movie staple. Young girl trapped in house with no lights hears that proverbial bump telling her she’s not alone and the audience jumps. Or laughs. Depending on the audience.
his movie is not a single continuous shot. It's being marketed that way. People keep saying that's what it is. But it's not. That comes straight from the directors themselves in recent interviews. It's composed of several very long takes that have been...
High concept genre flicks are always hit-or-miss ventures, sometimes elevating a gimmick into the sublime (Buried , set entirely in a coffin); other times turning a curious device into a maddeningly boring enterprise (the still unreleased Maniac, shot...
BACK in 1948, Alfred Hitchock’s Rope appeared to have been shot as one long sequence, though in reality it was a carefully-edited series of ten-minute takes.