Silent House is a 2011 American horror film directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water).
The plot focuses on a young woman who is terrorized in her family vacation home while cleaning up the property with her father and uncle.
It is a remake of the 2010 Uruguayan film La casa muda (The Silent House), which was allegedly based on an actual incident that occurred in a village in Uruguay in the 1940s.
Silent House was marketed for its taking place in real-time and was edited so as to appear as a single continuous shot, similar to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948).
A young woman named Sarah is staying at a dilapidated Victorian house in the countryside with her father and her uncle, helping them fix it up. A lot of hammering and banging happens on and around a wall found to be infested with mould, and mould spore toxicity may be a rational explanation for subsequent happenings if one is needed.
Due to petty fighting between Sarah’s uncle and her father, her uncle decides to take a break from working and drives into town to get tools. While her father works upstairs, there is a knock on the door and Sarah answers it, meeting a young woman named Sophia who claims to be one of Sarah’s childhood friends, though Sarah does not remember her. The two plan to meet again later…
” …Olsen perfectly conveys the feeling of being trapped in a nightmare you can’t wake up from. In its best moments, that’s what Silent House feels like—a realistically-staged bad dream. The third act does, in fact, reveal a twist but since there’s so little going on, plot wise, you may have a pretty good idea where it’s going long before it gets there.” BlogCritics.org
Silent House premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 and was released in US theaters on March 9, 2012.