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Silent House

Silent House
Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer, Julia Taylor Ross, Adam Barnett and Haley Murphy

Rated: R For violence.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: March 9, 2012 Released by: Open Road Films

  A couple of reasons to see this horror film by directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau would be the performance by Elizabeth Olsen (sister of the Olsen twins from T.V.'s Full House) or the "single film take" action.   She shows every emotion in her expressive face, which works here because she's in almost every scene.
       Sarah (Olsen) goes with her father (Adam Trese) and uncle (Eric Sheffer Stevens) to clean out the family lakeside house and ready it for sale.   The large home hasn't been used in ages and is filled with boxes and old furniture (the better to hide behind when things go bump in the night). The windows are boarded up because of vandals and the electricity is shut since no one had been living there, would you expect anything less?
       To have some light in the house, Sarah carries a lantern around with her.   The lantern light is effective, whether its illuminating a close up of Sarah's face with her mouth wide open in a silent scream, or her eyes reflecting the horror she sees - its all a little scarier because of it.
       Based on La Casa Muda, a 2010 Uruguayan film, the story unfolds in a continuous shot.   The camera follows Sarah throughout her night of terror and the result is quite intense.
        At one hour and 28 minutes, the film was almost too long, but the great camera work and different take on the usual horror, makes this one worth the time.

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