Gustavo Hernandez

Movies presented in real-time are a sort of rarity. High Noon and Rope jump to the mind immediately, and they’re fantastic, but there are also a handful of films that never got past the concept as pure gimmick. However, it’s always been interesting to guess at what the appeal of taking away the possibility of jumping forward or back in time really is. One obvious trick, is the creation of suspense. A constantly ticking clock that the audience is physically aware of. That seems to be alive and well for Sundance favorite Silent House which features Sundance favorite Elizabeth Olsen. It comes from Open Water creators Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, and tells the story of a young woman and her father who are stuck inside a home where a noise continues to grow louder and louder. It’s based off the Uruguayan movie from Gustavo Hernandez that Rob was not a big fan of. Gimmick-based or not, the trailer here is pretty damned limp. It’s composed almost entirely of shots of Olsen breathing heavily and then a poorly shot “thing of some sort” grabbing her? Not grabbing her? Hard to say. Check it out for yourself:

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Shooting a film in one continuous shot is a gimmick, but if you can pull off the uber-tracking shot and it adds to the storytelling of a film, why not do it? The last time I saw it work effectively was in The Quietest Sound, but this is a far different beast. The Silent House is a horror film where everything looks like the rotten wood of a house a young woman and her father need to fix up. It’s dank, dangerous, and there’s a creepy little girl that seems to be hanging around. Trying to get all that coverage in one take must have been trying, but at least with the trailer, it’s impossible to see how that gambit played out. But who cares about the gimmick? The trailer looks terrifying all on its own.

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