Silent House
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From the directors of the hit film Open Water, Silent House is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family's secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house. Directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, Silent House uses meticulous camera choreography to take the audience on a tension-filled, real time journey, experienced in a single uninterrupted shot. -- (C) Open Road

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau ('Open Water') should have plugged the original's plot holes and straightened out its logic."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Silent House feels like a psychotic episode come to life. It's impressive and oppressive, and it very effectively gets on your nerves."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As a technical experiment in real time cinema, Silent House is fascinating, but it fails as both an interesting story and a visceral experience."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"[Elizabeth Olsen's] impressive portrayal - and even an admittedly interesting overall conclusion - just isn't enough to rescue a film that is literally agonising to watch."
‑ Matt Looker,
"While the movie delivers fantastic atmosphere and some effective scares, there are many missed opportunities where the camera doesn't catch the moments with the most impact."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The camera's unblinking eye constantly stays with Olsen, and we feel in as much danger as she is."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic
"[Olsen is] terrific at showing shifts of emotion just underneath the skin of her wide, china-doll face."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Although it has plenty of atmosphere and tense moments, Silent House is ultimately lacking in every other department."
‑ Christian Law, We Got This Covered
"As Trish declared to Darry in Jeepers Creepers: 'You know the part in scary movies when somebody does something really stupid, and everybody hates them for it?' This is littered with those moments."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"Interesting one-take cinematography and a great performance by Elizabeth Olsen are very nearly ruined by a muddled story that leaves little room for replay value."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"It's Olsen's performance that makes Sarah's plight matter. And the actress proves that her mesmerizing turn in last fall's Martha Marcy May Marlene -- about a woman on the lam from a cult -- wasn't a fluke."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Paranormal Activity has been here before, of course, but Silent House springs tangy new tricks, and Olsen is a primo scream queen."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Moviegoers looking for a unique horror-thriller experience, who find the "real time" premise intriguing, are likely to enjoy Silent House in spite of its flaws."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"A skillful thriller with something unexpectedly insidious on its mind."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
"The gap between technological fetishism and story craft now has a name: Olsen's Cleavage."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
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