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Silent House

  • Rated R
  • HD and SD formats available

drama, horror, thrillers

Elizabeth Olsen stars in this suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat thriller presented in real time as one shocking, uninterrupted shot.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Horror movie has more style (and blood) than story.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the horror movie Silent House (from the directors of tense indie hit Open Water) includes some not entirely explained backstory involving some kind of child pornography (or worse). Onscreen, there's lots of blood, guns and gunshots, scary figures, and beatings. The main character wears clothing that displays plenty of cleavage. Language is infrequent but includes strong words like "s--t" and "f--k." Some drinking is involved, with a negative air around it.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the unspoken, violent past surrounding the photographs and what might have happened in the house. Should Silent House have been clearer about these events, or is the mystery more effective this way?
  • Is the movie scary? What makes it a horror movie? What's scarier -- the stuff you see, or the stuff you don't?
  • Does Silent House's unique style make up for any problems with story or character? What does "style over substance" really mean? Is it possible for a good movie to have style but little substance?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Even if Silent House had turned out as grimy, gory and stupid as much of its terrorplex ilk, the film would still be an achievement simply owing to its construction.

- Andrew Lapin, NPR, Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fresh: Silent House feels like a psychotic episode come to life. It's impressive and oppressive, and it very effectively gets on your nerves.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Friday, March 9, 2012

Fresh: The camera's unblinking eye constantly stays with Olsen, and we feel in as much danger as she is.

- Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic, Friday, March 9, 2012

Audience Reviews

1 star

Quite a strange be honest though it might have sounded good on paper and the twists and finale probably sounded interesting enough. The main problem is if you watch many films like this you could probably figure it all out within the first 10 minutes, I did. So what could have been great ends up being quite predictable and it becomes a slow film, even at 80mins long to an obvious conclusion. The filming style was ok, not quite Rec or Blair witch, but hand held and up close do add to the atmosphere of the film. A missed opportunity as there seem to be a lot of similar style films out at present. On the plus side Elizabeth Olsen does keep your attention, for male viewers anyway.

- Deano78, Friday, December 7, 2012

2 stars

Pretty crappy acting by all. 2 stars

- bbcfloridabound, Monday, November 19, 2012

2 stars

Silent House is an uninteresting haunted house tale with a trashy ending that leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. The production does have the distinction of appearing to be shot in real time using one long continuous take. Honestly I wouldn't have even realized this if it hadn't been pointed out to me. It gives the cinematography a novelty factor, sure, but it certainly doesn't make the story better. Elizabeth Olsen is an actress to watch. She is engaging in the part and the sole reason this hokum has any merit. Because of her we do care for her character. The problem is she really isn't allowed to do much besides act frightened and scream. Otherwise this is one tedious crawl to a "surprise' conclusion that is lazy and clichd. The only fear is that you might roll your eyes to death. Skip this.

- hobster1, Tuesday, October 16, 2012