Tuesday, 27 July 2010

MIFF Review - The Silent House

Score: 3/5
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Genre: Horror
Summary:(from MIFF)
An exercise in tension, The Silent House is a horror movie in real time – filmed in a single take on a digital camera. 
Laura and her father visit a friend in the middle of nowhere. He leaves them with one instruction: upstairs is a mess and not safe – don't go there. But Laura's father does.
Coming to MIFF direct from the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, shot on a budget of six thousand dollars and apparently filmed in a single take of 78 minutes on the one digital camera, this debut feature from Gustavo Hernández signals the beginning of a new era of filmmaking.
“To have done this all in one take is impressive; to have done it all in one take on a digital camera is well-nigh miraculous.” – Screen International

D Gustavo Hernández P Gustavo Rojo S Oscar Estévez Dist Madman Entertainment L Spanish w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2010

  • Based on a true story apparently
  • The filming in one continual take works quite well with the atmosphere of the film (there is some dispute if it was filmed in one take. The camera used may not be capable of capturing for that long)
  • soundtrack minimalist and effective
  • some of the audience screamed several times
  • Psychological/shock horror 
  • Some of the heroine's actions don't make sense at the time of happening but by the end of the movie make more sense

1 comment:

Jamas Enright said...

...oh, now that pricks my interest!

Not showing over here. Might have to track it down some other way.

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