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'Silent House' Cranks Out Scares in Real Time

Contributing Writer

Published: Friday, March 9, 2012

Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012 06:03

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What starts out as a trip to fix their isolated lake house turns into a nightmare as Sarah, played by Elizabeth Olsen, tries to escape the shadows living in the rundown summer home.

 Film directors Chris Kentis and Laura Laugets made the perfect decision to shoot the movie in a continuous real-time shot giving the audience a taste of what it is like to be trapped and afraid. The plot is based on the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda, which was inspired by real events.

The film begins with a peaceful view of Sarah sitting on the rocks as she gazes into the water that surrounds the home. Shortly after, the scene changes as the audience enters a boarded up home filled with packed boxes and old furniture. Adam Trese, who plays the role of Sarah’s father, is introduced along with her uncle (Eric Sheffer) as they inspect the damages in the home, in hopes of repairing them so it could be put up for sale.

Since the home has many problems, it is no surprise that the power cuts off as they travel through the rooms. With no light, they are forced to use lanterns and candles to guide them to their destination. When Uncle Peter departs to the city, Sarah begins to hear noises of footsteps in the hallways. As her dad investigates the noises, he suddenly disappears and when she finds him wounded. Sarah tries to find help but realizes that she has no contact to the outside world and she is trapped inside the home.

Nowhere is safe. The noise is becoming louder and more frequent. New shadowy images are appearing. Blood is leaking through the walls and surfaces.

Silent Househas an unpredictable ending that will leave the audience curious. It will take you on a journey that you have never been, and when the movie is over you will feel the same relief that the main protagonist experiences. This thrilling plot will keep the audience at the edge of their seats as they collect clues that eventually reveal the truth. 

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