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.

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Chris Kentis, Laura Lau

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

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When writing the script for the film it ultimately resulted in only 55 pages which left the filmmakers concerned as to whether or not the timing would translate well during filming. In regards to this dilemma, director Laura Lau said, "We wondered whether it would time out properly because there are no cuts, there's no way to fix it in post it has to pace perfectly when you shoot it. So I think that was a huge challenge in terms of writing the script". See more »

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(at around 25 mins) When Sarah is spooked and drops her lantern, the camera operators foot is shown beside the lantern for two frames as the camera operator turns to follow Sarah down the stairs. Evidence in the film shows Sarah isn't wearing the type of shoe shown in the frames. See more »

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Peter: Man, you've really grown up!
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References The Strangers (2008) See more »

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An Unnecessary Remake Of An Already Mediocre Original
8 October 2015 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

The Hollywood adaptation of the 2010 Uruguayan horror film La casa muda, Silent House is a shot-for-shot remake that even applies the same technical gimmick of the original in order to advertise itself as a film shot in one continuous take and while there are a couple of new elements added in the story, it fails to rectify the biggest plot hole of its source material.

The story of Silent House follows Sarah, a young woman who's at her family vacation house with her father & uncle and is helping them clean the property and make it ready for sale. While her uncle is out for an errand, she hears strange noises, followed by an attack on her father after which she attempts to get out of the house but finds herself trapped inside and terrorised by a possible intruder.

Written, co-produced & co-directed by Laura Lau, with added directional effort coming from Chris Kentis, Silent House is quite a tedious film to sit through considering that I've already seen the original and while that film suffered from numerous shortcomings of its own, what sucks about Silent House is that it ends up making the very same mistakes all over again as if no one cared to question the whole absurdity of its major plot twist.

The images captured by its ever-moving camera is edited to give the illusion of an unbroken take from start to finish but the gimmick fails to add or elevate the tension. At 87 minutes, the film still feels a tad too long as only one thing keeps happening in the whole movie. The only effort comes from Elizabeth Olsen who carries the whole film on her own & tries to do whatever she can but unfortunately Olsen doesn't have enough material to work with here.

On an overall scale, Silent House is an unnecessary remake of an already mediocre original that fails to take the advantage of the opportunity it had to improve on the shortcomings of that Uruguayan chiller. The scares are quite predictable, that major plot twist in the final act is as illogical as before, its one shot technique is quite useless, it is longer than it needs to be, and is barely held together by Olsen's committed performance. Another addition in the long list of pathetic remakes churned out by Hollywood, Silent House is worth skipping.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Rochelle, New York, USA

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,661,234, 11 March 2012

Gross USA:

$12,754,783

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,527,747
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Elle Driver, Tazora Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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