Saturday, 24 March 2012

The Silent House (2010) - ★★

Director: Gustavo Hernandez
Writers: Oscar Estevez (screenplay)
Stars: Florencia Colucci

The Silent House delivers what it promises. That is a cheaply made horror movie with a few scares under its sleeve.

The plot is based on a true story that happened some time ago in a small village in Uruguay. The Silent House focuses on the last seventy eight minutes, second by second, when Laura intends to leave the house which hides an obscure secret and she hopes to leave unharmed. Laura ( Florencia Colucci) and her father settle down in a cottage which seems to be off the beaten track in order to update it since its owner will soon put the house on sale. They will spend the night there in order to start the repairs the following morning. Everything seems to go on smoothly until Laura hears a sound that comes from outside and gets louder and louder in the upper floor of the house. Wilson goes up to see what is going on while she remains downstairs on her own waiting for her father to come down. 

REAL FEAR IN REAL TIME, this is the most remarkable underlying feature of the film which will not go unnoticed by all those who may be willing to experience this different and disturbing film. I will admit that I was biting my nails in some scenes, however as I watched it a second time I felt ludicrous for being so scared as it all seemed so silly now that I knew what was ahead for Laura. With subtle hints of the twist at the end of the movie shown throughout the film, I put two and two together and the ending became obvious and clever. I recommend this to anyone who likes a cheap horror flick.

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