Pro-tip: if your family owns a summer house that hasn’t been used since your early childhood, probably best to hire someone else to renovate and sell it. If you return to this home, chances are extremely high that you’ll be the victim of an uninterrupted horror sequence that works out well for approximately no one.
Welcome to “Silent House,” the Elizabeth Olsen starring thriller hitting theaters today (March 9). Olsen takes the lead as Sarah, a young woman working with her father (Adam Trese) and uncle (Eric Sheffer Stevens) to patch up their old vacation house before putting it on the market. But one fateful evening in the all-but-abandoned home leads Sarah to realize that the house isn’t so silent after all, and that some terrors are truly inescapable.
Keep on reading for five reasons to check out the fright-fest this weekend.
Mary-Kate And Ashley Who?
Up front, the big draw for “Silent House” is Olsen. She is fantastic as Sarah, with virtually every moment of her traumatic encounter captured for the viewer to see. Sarah’s night is a terrible one, and Olsen sells it, despite some curveballs in the story that will leave many scratching their heads. Between “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and now “Silent House,” Olsen continues to prove herself as one of Hollywood’s most capable young actresses.
You’ve likely heard this one by now: “Silent House” takes place entirely in one unbroken shot. Well, it’s not exactly one unbroken shot—filmmaking tricks make it look that way, though, and the results are mighty convincing. Staying with Sarah throughout her ordeal drives the sense of terror home in a way that many other horror flicks fail to accomplish. It’s like the “events occur in real-time” conceit of “24,” albeit with less Jack Bauer.
Silent House, Loud Shocks
Admittedly, I’m not much of a horror man. I watch between my fingers, I remove my glasses for the scary parts. I’m a wimp for this stuff. That all said, “Silent House” had me cowering for most of the movie. Again, it’s that “uninterrupted” approach: there’s no respite for Olsen, so there’s no respite for the viewer. If you thrive on big scares and insuppressible fear, this one might be for you.
Like many similar movies of the modern era, “Silent House” features a twist, and boy, it’s a doozy. In all honesty, the game-changer didn’t sit well with me, but it did make me reconsider everything I had seen leading up to the film’s climax. Braver moviegoers than I will likely find lots of replay value in “Silent House,” with a second viewing yielding new meaning based on what you learn in the movie’s conclusion.
Another Place to Hide
“Silent House” is the new beast on the block, but it’s not the first. The Olsen-starring thriller is a remake of a 2010 Uruguayan horror movie of the same name. Though there’s no Olsen to be found there, it’ll still make for an interesting reference point to the current thriller in theaters.
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