Silent House

Year Released: 2007
Main Stars: Elizabeth Olsen
Last watched: December 2012
Review Date: December 2012
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD

Horror films don’t rate highly on my radar any more as they just don’t make them like they used to. Except… they do and here’s a perfect example. It’s gloriously scary without relying on gore or big monster makeup.

All the techniques are here for heart-pounding suspence: well placed and subtle violin music, belief in the threat, belief in the fright of the main character. It’s a very well done student film. There’s an absolute absence of budget and the only real actor is Elizabeth as the others could have been played by anyone and sometimes weren’t played very well. Does that detract from it? No, it’s not important. Elizabeth is a phenomenal actress and every bit the petrified victim.

I didn’t measure them but there are a large number of very lengthy, hand-held tracking-shots going through tons of different rooms and lighting conditions. It’s a marvel of organisation and choreography and helps me like this flick a lot more. The ending could have been better but horror movies rarely make it past the scary bits anyway so to have kept the don’t-go-into-that-room! feeling going to near the finish is a step up from most, in my book.

Good for a lot of scare.

DVD Extras: some five minute award winning thing and nothing else. Guess that’s budget for you.

Keep DVD?
I think so but not for the extras. This one is for a fright night sometime with friends.
Watch if on TV?

Yes, even though I might need to reassure a cushion.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog in the basement but with all the lights off and a hint of sweat beading on my forehead.


About Simon Trail

I'm just another film watcher with an opinion.
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