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Silent House (2011)

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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.


Chris Kentis, Laura Lau


Gustavo Hernández (film "La casa muda"), Laura Lau (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Olsen ... Sarah
Adam Trese ... John
Eric Sheffer Stevens ... Peter
Julia Chan ... Sophia (as Julia Taylor Ross)
Adam Barnett Adam Barnett ... Stalking Man
Haley Murphy ... Little Girl

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Sarah as she and her dad go to their lakeside retreat to pack things up, as it's being sold. Her uncle also helps out.getting the place ready. When her uncle leaves to get an electrician to check the wiring, Sara hears noises sees what she believes are people inside the house. Soon, she and her dad are attacked by someone - or something, and they end up in a fight for their lives. But there's something more sinister going on. Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content and terror | See all certifications »

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Chris Kentis and Laura Lau faced countless challenges while attempting to capture all the natural sounds featured in the film. First off, Elizabeth Olsen had to be followed through the house by an entire crew of people (among them the cinematographer, camera operator, and supporting performers), all of whom made disturbances as they ran after Olsen through the house. Try as they did to muffle the noise of their feet and equipment using all manner of footwear and padding, nothing worked. Worse, the co-directors abandoned every attempt to fix these scenes using ADR, as they felt Olsen's performance in the recording booth wasn't nearly as convincing as the breathing, panicking and screaming she unleashed during the 3 week shoot. Instead, they had to subject the audio to rigorous editing and mixing. They also didn't rely on a lot of post-production Foley work in the studio since, again, the sounds captured in the actual house were more authentic. Then there was the house itself, which lay beneath the flight path of one of the busiest landing strips at LaGuardia Airport. Sound proofing the house was easy enough but, as a direct result, dampened the acoustics of the rooms. See more »


Blood appears on Sarah's chest and blouse in different places, and different patterns. See more »


Sarah: Come on, don't be shy!
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A drag of a film
17 May 2012 | by RickHarveySee all my reviews

With the director mimicking a single take for the whole duration of the film 'silent house' suffers to form a narrative and leaves you bored for the majority of the film.

I liked the trailer and i liked the idea of filming it in one-take even more. Sadly, with only half an hour into the film, I was wishing for a single cutaway - any type of transition as it was clear the film was failing with the single take.

After you've dragged out the first half of silent house, you are awarded to some attempt of a constructed story. However, the story is a carbon copy of every other 21st century ( Not the production company ) psychological film.

What I will say is that the acting was very good from Olsen. If you have watched the trailer then beware; it's not the type of film you will think it will be. The director and producer failed with this project and once again, it proves that we need a ingenious maverick to revamp the genre as stylish gimmicks aren't going to work

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Release Date:

9 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Rochelle, New York, USA


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,661,234, 11 March 2012

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Elle Driver, Tazora Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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