Written March 10, 2012
The concept of a single take, without the camera breaking away even once is a great idea. For the first half of the movie I was /really/ into it. It was intense, it was terrifying, it was everything I wanted it to be. And then there's a plot twist. When is Hollywood going to realize that sometimes it's okay for a movie to just be about what it's about? Our only emotional investment in this movie was the girl getting out alive, and if that element is made irrelevant your audience stops caring. This could have been such a great movie if it had just stuck to what it was, but then the stupid plot twist had to go and ruin everything. Save your time and money and just skip it.
Written March 09, 2012
Silent House reminded me of a 1970s horror movie, which is the highest praise that I can give to a horror movie. Although the ending was pure DePalma, the first two thirds was early Wes Craven. Without giving away too much, know that the fear at the beginning felt real and intense. Olsen's acting reminds me of the best of Jamie Lee Curtis: she is truly afraid, alone, and seemingly stalked by a maniac. Mix in modern handheld camerawork, a bit of Blair Witch lighting, and you have a really creepy movie.
Written March 12, 2012
A disappointment. Storyline is superficial. Not spooky at all, and not as suspenseful as trailer depicts. Movie starts out slow. It does begin to build up toward the middle of it. Acting was very good and believable. A good twist at the end, but it does leave you hanging without a strong conclusion. Would give this movie a mediocre score of 5 out of 10. Just not much there.
Written March 11, 2012
This movie gave me a headache. There was so much blurred vision shaky camera filming it was actually annoying. Movie got so slow people started talking loudly in the theatre. Don't waste your money. If they show it on TV don't waste your time.
Written March 11, 2012
This film was so bad, my immediate thought leaving the theater was to cancel the credit card charge to Fandango for the tickets. The film was shot in that annoying handicam style similarly done with the Paranormal Activity series and Chronicle. Sadly, the cameraman for Silent House must have suffered from Parkinson's disease becuase the camera was constantly jittery. We were too busy dealing with nausea to notice if anything scary was happening. Don't even think of wasting your time with Netflix or Redbox for this one, you'll be wishing for the 90 minutes of your life back.