Parents' Guide to

Silent House

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Horror movie has more style (and blood) than story.

Movie R 2012 88 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 15+

Don’t waste your time

I don’t know what I expected from this film but it definitely wasn’t what I got! Was hoping for true horror and while it can be tense and creepy at times, it was a huge disappointment. The acting was horrible, you’d never know Elizabeth Olsen went on to star in the amazing Marvel universe, she’s absolutely pathetic here..overacts, not believable at all. I enjoy indie style of shooting but the shaky, low budge feeling of camerawork was annoying and nausea inducing. It was pretty obvious as to the sick, incestuous crimes as both the father and uncle immediately gave off rapey molester vibes. The ending was appropriate and not too shocking. An hr and a half of my life I won’t get back but you can avoid same loss and skip it!
age 16+

Lost back story?

The kinda hinted at back story was horrible and could have been done way better... slow like a turtle...

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This movie's story and themes range from muddled to obvious. Last time out, husband and wife co-directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau came up with Open Water, an inventive low-budget chiller set almost exclusively in one spot. Now they've done it again with Silent House (a remake of a Uruguayan horror movie), this time employing a fascinating structure made up of what looks like a single, unbroken shot (though in reality, it's probably at least three or four shots). The result is an entirely unique rhythm for a horror film. Without the reassurance of editing, the flow is much more nightmarish.

Silent House's style also results in an exemplary, intense performance by Olsen (who was also great in Martha Marcy May Marlene). Her character runs the gamut from casual to confused to scared and outright terrified, without the comfort of building these emotions off-camera, between takes. The writing, at once all too familiar and too opaque, threatens to ruin the whole experience.

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