IMDb > Silent House (2011)
Silent House
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Silent House (2011) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 37 | slideshow) Videos (see all 8)
Silent House -- Elizabeth Olsen stars in this suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat thriller presented in real time as one shocking, uninterrupted shot.
Silent House -- Trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat, a young woman finds she is unable to contact the outside world as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house.
Silent House -- A clip from Silent House
Silent House -- TV Spot: Fear
Silent House -- Trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat, a young woman finds she is unable to contact the outside world as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house.


User Rating:
5.3/10   18,397 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 6% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Gustavo Hernández (film "La casa muda") &
Laura Lau (screenplay) ...
View company contact information for Silent House on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
9 March 2012 (USA) See more »
A girl is trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt the house with mysterious energy and consequences. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Could have been great... See more (153 total) »


  (in credits order)

Directed by
Chris Kentis 
Laura Lau 
Writing credits
Gustavo Hernández (film "La casa muda")

Laura Lau (screenplay)

Oscar Estévez  original screen play

Produced by
Eva Diederix .... executive producer
Thomas Fatone .... associate producer
Adeline Fontan Tessaur .... executive producer
Meir Gal .... co-producer
Kristen Konvitz .... co-producer
Laura Lau .... producer
Mickey Liddell .... executive producer
Agnès Mentre .... producer
George Paaswell .... executive producer
Lynette Howell Taylor .... executive producer (as Lynette Howell)
Original Music by
Nathan Larson 
Cinematography by
Igor Martinovic 
Production Design by
Roshelle Berliner 
Art Direction by
Melissa B. Miller-Costanzo  (as Melissa B. Miller)
Set Decoration by
Robert Covelman 
Costume Design by
Lynn Falconer 
Makeup Department
Kymbra Callaghan .... special makeup effects artist (as Kymbra C. Kelley)
Fabian Garcia .... hair department head
Sharon Ilson .... makeup department head
Stephen Kelley .... special makeup effects artist
Johnny Mooi .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Jeff Caron .... assistant production manager
Patricia de Paula .... production supervisor
George Paaswell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Fatone .... first assistant director
Patrick D. Gibbons .... second assistant director (as Patrick Gibbons)
Kim Thompson .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Jamie Arbuckle .... on-set dresser
Susan Blume .... scenic artist
Barbara Cohig .... scenic artist
Michael Cory .... property master
Hugh Cummings .... art department production assistant
Nicole Eckenroad .... intern
Dianne Finn .... scenic artist (as Diane Finn)
James Geyer .... scenic artist
Scott Griswold .... set dresser
James Kelleher .... assistant property master
Mat Kowalski .... leadman
Michael B. Lewis .... set decoration production assistant
Meghan Lowry .... props
Robert Ludemann .... additional graphic artist
Gray Madder .... set dresser
Michele Mayas .... charge scenic artist
Bob Provenzano .... lead man
John Wolanczyk .... scenic artist
Warren Lewis Allen .... intern (uncredited)
Sound Department
Krissopher Chevannes .... digital assistant
Jeffrey Eisner .... additional audio
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital assistant
Jim Gardner .... additional audio
Arda Gulesserian .... additional audio
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist
Avi Laniado .... dubbing stage engineer
Sumit Mahendru .... sound effects editor
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound designer & editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Peter Rincon .... adr mixer
Michael Rivera .... adr recordist
Bob Rosenthal .... additional audio
Jay Rubin .... additional audio
Stephen Selvaggio .... adr recordist
John Sember .... boom operator
Noah Timan .... sound mixer
Mathew Waters .... additional re-recording mixer
Ben Wilkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Leslie Chung .... digital compositor
Sasa Jokic .... visual effects supervisor
Matt Kushner .... visual effects producer
Mani Trump .... digital compositor
Declan Mulvey .... assistant stunt coordinator
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Choy Boyar .... electrician
Radium Cheung .... gaffer
Caswell Cooke .... key grip
Nicole Cosgrove .... additional
Jaime D'Aquino .... digital loader (as Jaime Segschneider)
Spencer Gillis .... second assistant camera
Jim Gourley .... additional digital loader
John Guzzi .... best boy grip (as John Guzi)
Will Hart .... still photographer
Nicholas Kuhn .... camera intern
Ludovic Littee .... first assistant camera
Chris Lombardozzi .... gaffer: additional photography
James Madrid .... additional first assistant camera
Igor Martinovic .... camera operator
Ian O'Neill .... grip: re-shoots
Robin Pontbriand .... video assist
Kyle Simmons .... best boy electric
Brooks Toran .... dimmer board operator
John Vendetti .... best boy grip
Daniel Wallenstein .... grip
Casting Department
Lee Genick .... background casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jordan Cain .... wardrobe intern
Gemma Glasser .... wardrobe intern
Hollie Nadel .... wardrobe supervisor
Anatasia Yuferoa .... wardrobe intern
Editorial Department
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate producer
Andrew Pang .... assistant editor
Anthony Raffaele .... digital intermediate colorist
Jonathan Sanden .... digital intermediate editor
Darrell R. Smith .... digital intermediate supervising producer
John Woo .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Jeff Caron .... location manager
Alex Starke .... assistant location manager (as Alexander Starke)
Scott Tankel .... location scout
Music Department
Jason Domnarski .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Daisy Flores .... driver
Other crew
Sean Barrett .... office production assistant: reshoots
Justin Begnaud .... completion bond: Film Finances
Katri Billard .... script supervisor
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Stacey Cormier .... director assistant
Patricia de Paula .... production coordinator
Kelly M. Duncan .... production assistant
Scott Ennis .... creative marketing
Kantarama Gahigiri .... set production assistant
Brandon K. Hines .... production secretary
Corey Kloos .... production assistant
Lindsey Lefkow .... assistant production office coordinator: reshoots
Robert Levi .... director: making-of documentary
Darryl Prevost .... production assistant
John Rhodes .... acquisitions assistant
Max Rifkind-Barron .... production assistant: re-shoots
Kelsi Russell .... assistant production office coordinator
Luke Tomalin Sherman .... key production assistant: additional photography
Jessica Thorne .... assistant accountant
Tracy Wong .... craft service
Billy Zayac .... production assistant: reshoots
Warren Lewis Allen .... special thanks (as Warren Allen)
Annie Chung .... thanks
Will Lowery .... special thanks
Jérôme Rougier .... special thanks
Julie Susset .... special thanks
Antoine Zylberberg .... special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for disturbing violent content and terror
86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | Ireland:16 | Mexico:B15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | UK:15 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Contrary to the marketing's claim that the film was shot in one uninterrupted take, the entire movie was actually shot to mimic one continuous real-time take, with no cuts from start to finish, as a result the time span of the film's plot is exactly 86 minutes. It was shot in roughly 10 minute segments then carefully edited to hide the cuts. This was confirmed in an interview by Elizabeth Olsen and the directors.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: (at around 58 mins) John's shirt is lifted and the cord from his on-body microphone is visibleSee more »
Sarah:Come on, don't be shy!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Russian Ark (2002)See more »
Wonder WhySee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
99 out of 163 people found the following review useful.
Could have been great..., 4 March 2012
Author: jt1999 from Santa Monica

If not for the filmmakers deliberately sacrificing content for supposed style, "Silent House" could have been an intelligent and disturbing horror film -- perhaps even a classic. All the elements were in place: creepy location, good actress, decent story with a few twists. But regrettably, "Open Water" directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau's decision to remake a low-budget 2010 Uruguayan film also includes its main gimmick: filming the entire movie in one (supposedly) unbroken, continuous take. And therein lies the problem.

This film, while ambitious on a technical level, demonstrates the importance of building up needed character and story elements no matter how innovative the camera work may be. In this picture, we know virtually nothing about the main character -- where she comes from, what she wants... how can we be expected to care or understand what happens to her? How are we expected to comprehend complex story revelations when half the time we can't even see the girl's face?

By emphasizing style over content, Kentis has sacrificed drama and effective storytelling. Hitchcock fared better back in 1948 with his experiment (some would say failed experiment) with extremely long takes, "Rope." Generally agreed to be one of his lesser efforts, Hitch's sole foray into real-time, single-location filmmaking worked to an extent because his characters were so well-defined and the story effectively constructed. Of course, he never made another film this way again, and for good reason: 1. audiences generally don't care how a film is made (filmmakers and critics do) and 2. the elimination of editing means stripping a film of one of its most important and creative components.

Editing is what separates movies from theater. It's an essential process that allows a filmmaker to creatively shape a story and actors' performances. Miracles can be worked in the cutting room. Scenes that don't work can be re-worked or removed. Performances can be strengthened and improved. Pacing can be improved. Suspense can be built. A director eliminating the editing phase of his film is like a sculptor hacking off one of his hands. So what at first might seem like a noble and innovative experiment in style is actually one of the most foolish and damaging things a film director can possibly do. He may believe he has achieved something significant and profound, but -- at least in this case -- the storytelling suffers greatly, and the audience pays the price: everything takes forever to happen. A slow, mundane conversation, which could have been sped up in the cutting room, now drones on forever. A walk to find a dead body, which should have happened in mere seconds, now takes minutes as characters plod about from room to room, being careful not to lose the cameraman following behind them.

Interestingly, "Silent House" fails in all the ways "Open Water" (which might have made a better one-take, real-time movie) succeeds. "Open Water" may have looked like a home movie shot with a camcorder, but it worked. It worked because we got to know the characters, we cared about them. We wanted to find out if they would survive... and how they would survive. With "Silent House," we don't know WHO the hell the girl is, WHERE the hell she's come from, and WHAT the hell she wants! So ultimately, we really don't give a damn. Why? The director was too busy worrying about his complicated camera moves.

There may be a place for a real-time, single-shot film... but this story and screenplay was unfortunately not it.

Sorry, Chris! I certainly don't mean to be unkind -- and I would happily give your film ten stars if filmmaking was about all creative, hand-held camera-work and precise focus-pulling. But last time I checked, it wasn't.

That said, you are without question a talented and ambitious filmmaker, and I consider "Open Water" one of the most frightening and bold exercises in low-budget filmmaking EVER.

I wish you continued success, and eagerly anticipate your next cinematic endeavor.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (153 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Silent House (2011)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Olsen Was Great jeffronthi
Do you like Elizabeth Olsen? SmallNic
IMDB movie elitists please stop StephenIsADumb
I am one of the few who enjoyed the movie alpha1603
I Asked For A Refund LMScully
that was supposed to be her dad? DinahtheCat
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Quarantine The Fly Psycho Night of the Living Dead Fright Night
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Adventure section IMDb France section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.