The Silent House trailer, horror in one take
Heard of The Silent House? A seventy odd minute film which is apparently shot in one continuous take, of that I'm not convinced and I'm convinced there would be a few stops and restarts, but that's how the film is being sold.
The trailer for the film written and directed by Gustavo Hernández does have some nice moments, but there is a couple of things that bother me about it, and I'm really on the fence. Saying that though there are some rather clever moments.
I love the use of the child's music in it, not the musical score that just leaps into life from nothing to try and scare the audience if what's happening on screen doesn't - a trick I do hate when it's even the slightest bit obvious, it's a cheap trick - but the music that she hears in the house, there's something rather creepy about hearing that old scratchy track playing.
There are some great moments of the person seen way out of shot in the background for the briefest of seconds, but then this trick is used three or four times in the trailer and it does start to lose the edge near the end.
The Silent House, or La Casa Muda, also looks rather Blair Witch-esque, but I don't class that as a bad thing at all, the feel of the trailer takes us towards that film, but I view that with a lot of hope.
Here's the blurb for the film that carries the line that can often spell doom, "inspired by actual events"...
Filmed in one single continuous shot of seventy-eight minutes, The Silent House focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house which hides an obscure secret. 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 intend to spend the night there and make the repairs the following morning. Everything seems to go smoothly until Laura hears a sound from outside that 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.
The trailer for The Silent House has good and bad, and I think there's enough here to warrant taking a look at it: