Much like Filmax’s REC, you will probably end up seeing the remake to La Case Muda (trailer) before you get a chance to see Gustavo Hernandez’s chilling ghost tale from Uruguay. While the Chris Kentis-directed remake The Silent House (English-language translation) just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (review here), we just now got our hands on the first batch of lantern-filed imagery from Hernandez’s original. It’s a pretty solid flick, although the ending is a bit, errrrrr.
“The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late 40′s in a small village in Uruguay. The film focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house which hides an obscure secret, unharmed. Laura and her father Wilson settle down in a cottage they have to renew since its owner will soon put the house up for sale. They will spend the night there and repair the following morning. Everything seems to go smoothly until Laura hears a sound that comes from outside and gets louder and louder on the upper floor of the house. Wilson goes up to see what is going on while she remains downstairs on her own, waiting for her father to come down.”
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Out of left field the Sundance Film Festival announced the last second premiere of The Silent House, which would bring Open Water director Chris Kentis’ back to the fest that kick-started his career. How did the haunted house remake fair?
“As is the case with most haunted house movies, the reasons behind the haunting are never as compelling as the haunting itself, but Kentis manages to mine the single-setting premise with some clever, highly memorable scares. He’s attacked an impressively ambitious technical project–a work reminiscent of films like Buried, REC, or Alfred Hitchcock`s Rope–and managed to pull it off admirably.”
Sounds a bit better than the original! Click the title above for Ryan Daley’s full review or here for all of our Sundance coverage.
MTV scored an exclusive first look at The Silent House, the Chris Kentis (Open Water)-directed remake that follows a young woman troubled a childhood trauma. Whilst visiting her family’s isolated summer home with her father and uncle, when they learn they are not alone in the house. The terrifying 80 minute period is told from Sarah’s point of view. Elizabeth Olsen, sister to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, takes the lead role and can be seen in the below footage. The film is set to premiere this coming weekend at the Sundance Film Festival as a last-minute addition.