While it’s a bit of a relief to see a horror film not using the “found-footage” gimmick, Silent House
is done in by a couple of lousy supporting performances and a stupid payoff. There’s a pretty good idea at play here: Keep a camera on a girl who is being stalked by “something” in a remote house that is difficult to escape. Directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, who gave us the effective shark thriller Open Water
, do a nice job of making the movie look like one long, continuous shot. It isn’t, but there are some impressive long stretches and clever edits to make it appear as such. Elizabeth Olsen, so good in last year’s Martha Marcy May Marlene
, is a real talent. As Sarah, the young woman who can’t seem to escape her damned house, she does a supreme job of playing scared out of her mind.