This is a remake of the 2010 foreign Horror film, The Silent House. This film works, at least the first 2/3 or so does. There are zero CGI effects, the only time that you get those crappy herky jerky camera angles is when someone is running, and the film relies on suspense and psychological terror instead of gore. This movie seemed downright old fashioned and quaint when compared to the last decade's snuff porn like Saw, etc. The ending was fumbled, and they way that it turned out made it seem like you are supposed to go back and re-watch it. I won't be doing that, as I almost never watch movies twice. It's not that I am too cool to do that, it's just that I don't have time to do that. I appreciate the fact that this movie isn't plagued with modern music, cannonball sounding thumps, or other cheesy modern cinematic elements.
The most interesting thing about this movie is that it takes place in one block of time, meaning that no time elapses between scene changes. I believe that there was an attempt to make an old school, traditional Horror movie, but the hackneyed ending made it fall flat. Further compounding this was the fact that the main character, Sarah (Olson twins little sister, Elizabeth Olson), elicited zero empathy from the viewer. Indeed, by the 2/3 mark I was hoping that she would get killed off so that the movie would be over with.
You could do much worse than Silent House, but you could do better, too. I'd give it a dollar show or DVD rental recommendation.
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