Silent House: Housebound & Down

by Ethan Alter March 9, 2012 6:00 am
<i>Silent House</i>: Housebound & Down

Next to comedy, horror is perhaps the most subjective film genre around. What terrifies one person might cause another to erupt in screams... of laughter. So I can't promise every horror aficionado out there that Silent House is guaranteed to scare them so much that they'll be sleeping with the lights on for a week. All I can tell you that this English-language remake of a 2010 Uruguayan film, which stars Elizabeth Olsen and was directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (the duo responsible for that cruddy scuba divers vs. sharks thriller Open Water a few years back), unnerved me in a way few recent American horror movies have. From the eerie opening scenes, the film had me completely in its grip -- at least until the last five minutes, when the whole thing falls apart.

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