5 items from 2011
The Silent House, 2010.
Directed by Gustavo Hernández.
A young woman and her father begin work on renovating a sleepy country cottage, which hides a dark secret.
Whatever happened to traditional ghost stories set in creepy old houses? Modern horror has become a competition between filmmakers to outdo each other’s gore or to find the latest and cheapest gimmicky trick (think Paranormal Activity). Rarely do we get creaky doors teasingly opening wide into dusty rooms frozen in troubled times. Rarely are the scares psychological, preying on childhood fears of monsters under the bed and the empty house that sighs forlornly from somewhere in its darkened depths at the end of the street. Rarely do bold, genius storytellers emerge from the ranks of horror directors these days.
Gustavo Hernández directs IFC Midnight's latest thriller The Silent House, which is shot in real time. The story centers on Laura and her father Wilson, who settle down in an old farmhouse to make some repairs and update it prior to its sale. After they spend the night there, though, things start to get very strange. We have an exclusive clip that features Florencia Colucci as Laura hunting for a lantern inside this spooky old house. Check it out below.
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The Silent House Movie Trailer has premiered. Gustavo Hernández‘s The Silent House / La Casa Muda (2010) stars Florencia Colucci, Abel Tripaldi, Gustavo Alonso, and María Salazar. The Silent House (La Casa Muda)’s plot synopsis: “Based on a true story that happened in the late 40’s in a small village in uruguay. Filmed in one single continuous shot of seventy eight minutes, “La Casa Muda” focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house which hides an obscure secret, unharmed. The Silent House is a different independent film in its genre, filmed with a digital camera in one single shot, without any cuts and in real time. It’s the first horror film in the world that discovers fear without tricks in one sequence of 78 minutes. It’s also the first feature film that was completely filmed with the digital camera Canon Mark II. This camera offers »
The plot of La Casa Muda is based on a true story that happened in the late 1940′s in a village in Uruguay. It focuses on Laura (Colucci) – who intends to leave a house which hides a secret, unharmed. Laura and her father Wilson (Alonso) settle down in a cottage they have to renew since its owner will soon sell it. Everything seems to go smoothly until Laura hears a sound coming from outside that gets louder and louder on the upstairs floor.
The Silent House premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and will open in selected UK cinemas on April 8.
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- Jamie Neish
Opens: April 15th 2011
Summary: Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with family and friends, but it also brings about the return of Ghostface which puts the whole town in danger.
Analysis: Back in late 1996 when I first began covering film news, "Scream" was released and became more than just a sleeper hit. After years of genre movies being relegated to direct-to-video status, this comedic slasher spawned the biggest surge in the horror film genre since "Halloween" almost two decades before. Its post-modern stylings and witty self-aware dialogue went on to be a big influence on films and television in general.
Yet the "Scream" series itself never could quite capture that glory again. By the time the »
- Garth Franklin
5 items from 2011
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