You are here: Home // News // Trailer Park: Silent House

Trailer Park: Silent House

I wonder how many people are kicking themselves right about now? After years of slavish-devotion to the franchise that surrounded Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and the disturbing countdowns to them becoming legal, it turns out younger sister Elizabeth Olsen may turn out with the career worth watching. Last year she was constantly surrounded by buzz thanks to the independent Martha Marcy May Marlene and now we’re getting the trailer for her next picture: a horror thriller titled Silent House.

Admittedly, I’m not the horror guy here, but I’m really torn on the movie based on this trailer. I suspect Olsen could be a decent scream queen, especially as we see her shriek out so often in this footage, which outlines the basic premise of the story: based on  real events, the movie plays out in real-time, showing what happened to a young woman and her father at their lake house. Whether that threat is supernatural or human stalker is hard to determine from the trailer, but whatever it is, it has Olden’s character spooked big-time. The film is a remake of La Casa Muda and has been adapted for the states by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, the makers of Open Water. I’m a bit concerned that the plot is almost too similar, at least based on the trailer, to one of the worst horror flicks I’ve spent money to see in theaters, The Strangers. I can also already tell from the trailer that the cinema verite style is going to bug the hell out of me, particularly the shakey-cam. For example: what is Olsen screaming at in the last shot of the trailer? I’ve run that sequence three or four times and I’ll be darned if I can figure it out. Does that mean the threat is supernatural or that I just can’t keep up with the dizzying camerawork?

I have no doubt our own Doc Rotten will be all over this and some of the names in the trailer’s testimonials are horror critics who I respect, so it could be a lot better than my concerns make me think it could be. Whether I see it or not, it’s another example of how Elizabeth Olsen is taking the movie world by storm. Forget about the twins; it’s time to focus on the younger sister.

The Trailer:


Esti-meter Rating is an estimated guess of how the movie will fare critically, based on the trailer only; 100% being a super fantastic film and 0% meaning the voice of the stupid people will love this movie but you’ll be glad I steered you away from it. See how accurate our Trailer Park rating is when the movie hits screens!

Tags: , , , , ,

  • Luis A. Ramirez

    If you look closely at the rear view mirror, you can see the silhouette of a human head supposedly sitting in the back seat of the car. The fact that she was looking in that direction seconds before and saw nothing seems to suggest that there are supernatural events occuring or Olson’s character is really unobservant.

    As for the rest of the trailer, admittedly the idea of a real time,one take horror film has some interest but I have a feeling scenes will be interrupted by dark shadows and blurring pan shots to give the effect of one continuous take.

    I’m also not a big horror fan, but I will look forward to Doc Rotten’s take on this film.

Copyright © 2009-2011 Widescreen Warrior. All rights reserved.
Designed by Theme Junkie. Powered by WordPress.