SILENT HOUSE Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 2 years, 85 days ago

elizabeth-olsen-silent-house-slice

It’s tough to be original in the horror business, especially when filmmakers decide to do a remake of an existing film, as in the case of Silent HouseDirectors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, who previously collaborated on Open Water, chose the 2010 film La Casa Muda for their next feature.  Writer/director Gustavo Hernandez’s original film was based on a true story of a young woman trapped in a lakeside cottage with a killer.  The selling point of the 2012 remake was meant to be a seemingly continuous shot that ran for the feature’s entire 86 minutes, but perhaps they should have focused on making a cohesive story and establishing a sense of escalation instead, as the “found footage” gimmick quickly grows stale and the script leaves our protagonist, quite literally, with nowhere to go.  Hit the jump for my review of Silent House on Blu-ray.

Weekend Box Office – END OF WATCH, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET Tie for First; TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE a Close Second while DREDD 3D Stumbles

by     Posted 2 years, 88 days ago

end-of-watch-slice

With less than $300,000 separating the top three films this weekend, the final order of the domestic top ten has been difficult to call. Sunday’s estimates have End of Watch and House at the End of the Street tied for first with $13 million each. Warner Brother’s Trouble with the Curve is not far behind, however, so more definitive results will have to wait until Monday. One thing we can say for sure? Dredd 3D is off to a rough start.

Title Weekend Total
1. End of Watch $13,000,000 $13.0
2. House at the End of the Street $13,000,000 $13.0
3. Trouble with the Curve $12,720,000 $12.7
4. Finding Nemo 3D $9,446,000 $29.9
5. Resident Evil: Retribution $6,700,000 $33.4
6. Dredd 3D $6,300,000 $6.3
7. The Master $5,000,000 $6.0
8. The Possession $2,630,000 $45.2
9. Lawless $2,321,000 $34.5
10. ParaNorman $2,297,000 $55.5

Weekend Box Office – 21 JUMP STREET Nabs $35 Million Opening

by     Posted 2 years, 277 days ago

21-jump-street-channing-tatum-jonah-hill

After the high drama of last weekend’s John Carter opening, this morning’s box office is a bit anti-climactic: a comedy that was expected to take first place took first place.  From 3,121 locations 21 Jump Street earned an estimated $35 million.  But, as the only wide release of the frame, Jump Street could not keep 2012 in the black by itself.  For the first time this year the overall box office came in slightly below 2011 levels. But hey, it was nice while it lasted.

Title Weekend Total
1 21 Jump Street $35,000,000 $35
2 The Lorax $22,820,000 $158.4
3 John Carter $13,515,000 $53.1
4 Project X $4,005,000 $48.1
5 A Thousand Words $3,750,000 $12.1
6 Act of Valor $3,678,000 $62.3
7 Safe House $2,755,000 $120.2
8 Journey 2 $2,460,000 $95
9 Casa De Mi Padre $2,200,000 $2.2
10 This Means War $2,125,000 $50.5

Weekend Box Office – THE LORAX Continues to Soar; JOHN CARTER Falls to Earth

by     Posted 2 years, 284 days ago

john-carter-slice

After its enormous opening last weekend, The Lorax continued to impress – capturing its second number one title with an estimated $39.1 million, or a week-over-week decline of just 44%.  For once, however, people seem more interested in the film that didn’t make it to number one than with the film that did.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Lorax $39,100,000 $121.9
2 John Carter $30,600,000 $30.6
3 Project X $11,550,000 $40.1
4 Silent House $7,010,000 $7
5 Act of Valor $7,000,000 $56.1
6 A Thousand Words $6,350,000 $6.3
7 Safe House $4,950,000 $115.7
8 The Vow $4,000,000 $117.6
9 This Means War $3,750,000 $46.8
19 Journey 2 $3,685,000 $90.7

TOP 5: JOHN CARTER, Topher Grace Edits STAR WARS Prequels, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, SILENT HOUSE, First Image from THE LONE RANGER

by     Posted 2 years, 285 days ago

collider-top-5-slice

I’ll use this week’s opening paragraph to offer a bit of foreshadowing. There’s a great chance that I’m going to be talking about 21 Jump Street here next week. Now, I’ll admit, I’ve never been one to laud the work of Channing Tatum. For the first time ever, though, I’m going into a film with high expectations for his performance. I think that everything I’ve seen of the film thus far looks terrific and Matt’s review and this NSFW extended trailer are just icing on the cake at this point.

On tap in this week’s “Top 5″ is a plethora of John Carter coverage including interviews with Taylor Kitsch, Andrew Stanton and more, a video blog recap of Topher Grace‘s Star Wars prequels edit, new images and a new trailer for The Cabin in the Woods, Silent House interviews with Elizabeth Olsen and co-directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, and the first image of Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger. Per usual, a brief recap and link to each await after the jump.

Friday Box Office – It’s Official. Disney Sees Disappointing $9.8 Million Debut for JOHN CARTER

by     Posted 2 years, 285 days ago

John-Carter-poster-slice

The wait is over. John Carter has arrived.  After years of speculation, we finally know how Disney’s BIG budget adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic is faring with audiences.  Long story short?  Not too well.  From 3,749 locations, John Carter earned an estimated $9.8 million on Friday – narrowly edging out The Lorax for first place. Trouble is, last weekend’s animated hit is expected to surge ahead on Saturday, all but guaranteeing John Carter an underwhelming second-place debut of around $28 million. That would be less than the $35.5 million of last year’s Battle: Los Angeles, a film that was considered a modest hit thanks to its $70 million price tag.  As you probably know, John Carter cost over three times that amount; which means it has a LONG way to go before it can escape the “flop” fate. Just in case anyone cares, two additional films saw releases this weekend, though only Open Road’s Silent House did well enough to make Friday’s top five.  In sixth place, Paramount’s A Thousand Words earned an estimated $1.9 million from 2,124 venues for what should be a weekend total in the $6 million range.  Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 John Carter $9,818,000 $9.8
2 The Lorax $9,600,000 $92.4
3 Project X $3,985,000 $35.5
4 Silent House $2,600,000 $2.6
5 Act of Valor $2,000,000 $51.1

SILENT HOUSE Review

by     Posted 2 years, 287 days ago

elizabeth-olsen-silent-house-slice

An interesting concept is all well and good, but without proper execution, it’s worthless.  The concept behind Chris Kentis and Laura Lau‘s horror film Silent House is to look like one unbroken, 88-minute shot (in reality, there are ten hidden cuts).  Theoretically, it’s a great approach to horror film.  If you don’t break the shot, then you don’t break the tension, and we never leave the side of the terrified protagonist.  But Kentis and Lau completely bungle their intriguing concept through cheap scares, paper-thin characters, an irritating lead performance, and a confusing, exploitative ending.

Directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau SILENT HOUSE Interview

by     Posted 2 years, 288 days ago

Chris Kentis Laura Lau SILENT HOUSE Interview slice

Opening this weekend is Chris Kentis and Laura Lau‘s horror thriller Silent House.  Based on the Uruguayan pic La Casa Muda, Silent House centers on a young woman (Elizabeth Olsen) trapped in her family’s crumbling, secluded lakeside house.  The twist that makes Silent House stand out from your standard horror fare is that the movie was designed to make it look like it was shot in a single take. The story plays out in real time over 88 minutes as we follow Olsen’s character through the house.  Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Haley Murphy, and Adam Barnett also star.  For more on the film, here’s the trailer, motion poster and a TV spot.

The other day I got to sit down with directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau for an exclusive interview.  We talked about how they got involved in the project, the way they prepared for the complicated shoot, exactly how many shots made up the movie, the reshoots after Sundance, the blown takes, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.

Elizabeth Olsen Talks SILENT HOUSE, LIBERAL ARTS, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, and More

by     Posted 2 years, 289 days ago

Elizabeth-Olsen-Silent-House-interview-slice

Opening this weekend is Chris Kentis and Laura Lau‘s horror thriller Silent House.  Based on the Uruguayan pic La Casa Muda, Silent House centers on a young woman (Elizabeth Olsen) trapped in her family’s crumbling, secluded lakeside house.  The twist that makes Silent House stand out from your standard horror fare is that the movie was designed to make it look like it was shot in a single take. The story plays out in real time over 88 minutes as we follow Olsen’s character through the house.  Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Haley Murphy, and Adam Barnett also star.  For more on the film, here’s the trailer, motion poster and a TV spot.

The other day I got to sit down with Elizabeth Olsen for an exclusive interview.  We talked about how she prepared for the role, the challenges of being in every frame, what was it like to do reshoots after premiering at Sundance, karaoke, and her favorite movie, director and actor.  In addition, we talked about two of her upcoming projects: Josh Radnor‘s Liberal Arts and John KrokidasKill Your Darlings (she plays Jack Kerouac‘s first love Edie Parker).  Hit the jump to watch.

New Motion Poster for the Horror Film SILENT HOUSE Starring Elizabeth Olsen

by     Posted 2 years, 294 days ago

elizabeth-olsen-silent-house-slice

If you’ve seen Martha Marcy May Marlene, you are probably a fan of Elizabeth Olsen.  Her performance in that film is breathtaking, and now we’re going to see her movie from psychological horror to slightly-more conventional horror with Silent House.  However, Silent House (which, like Martha Marcy, also premiered at Sundance 2011), isn’t a standard haunted house movie.  The entire film is done (or at least made to look like it was done) in one take, and I’m interested to see if that approach adds tension or just comes off as a gimmicky.  Either way, I’m still happy to see a new film with Olsen in the lead role.

Hit the jump to check out the motion poster [Warning: it auto-plays with audio so adjust your speakers accordingly].  Silent House opens March 9th.

Exclusive TV Spot for Horror Thriller SILENT HOUSE

by     Posted 2 years, 296 days ago

elizabeth-olsen-silent-house-slice

We’re happy to bring you an exclusive TV spot for the real time horror thriller Silent House today. The film stars Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) as a young woman trapped in her family’s crumbling, secluded lakeside house. The twist that makes Silent House stand out from your standard horror fare is that the movie was designed to make it look like it was shot in a single take. The story plays out in real time over 88 minutes as we follow Olsen’s character through the house, and this new TV spot makes that point very, very clear. I think it’s a fun concept for a horror film and should provide for some pretty abrupt jumps and scares.

Hit the jump to watch the spot. Directed by Open Water helmers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, Silent House opens March 9th.

First Trailer for Real Time Horror Thriller SILENT HOUSE Starring Elizabeth Olsen

by     Posted 2 years, 350 days ago

elizabeth-olsen-silent-house-slice

The first trailer for the horror pic Silent House has gone online. The film centers on a young woman trapped in her family’s crumbling, secluded lakeside house. While the logline sounds pretty generic, the catch to this horror movie is that it plays out in real time and is designed to look like it was shot in one take. The trailer’s pretty intriguing, and it definitely plays up the real time angle. Olsen broke out in a big way at last year’s Sundance Film Festival with Martha Marcy May Marlene, but Silent House also screened at the time. While I’m not really the biggest of horror fans, the real time aspect and the “one take” technique, combined with Olsen’s involvement, are enough to entice me to buy a ticket once this thing hits theaters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Directed by Open Water helmers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, Silent House opens March 9th.

Open Road Entertainment Sets SILENT HOUSE Starring Elizabeth Olsen for March 9, 2012

by     Posted 3 years, 58 days ago

silent_house_slice

Open Road Entertainment has settled on a release date for the horror film Silent House. THR reports that the pic, starring Elizabeth Olsen, will open on March 9th, 2012. Directed by Open Water helmers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, the film was based on the Uruguayan pic La Casa Muda and centers on a young woman trapped in her family’s crumbling, secluded lakeside house. The horror flick premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and was reportedly shot in one single continuous take. That right there is enough to get me to check it out (even if it’s most likely untrue). Olsen was a breakout star at Sundance where her other film Martha Marcy May Marlene screened to wildly positive reviews. That film opened in limited release this past weekend, and could garner some big awards buzz for Olsen’s performance.

Open Road Films Will Release SILENT HOUSE Starring Elizabeth Olsen

by     Posted 3 years, 153 days ago

open-road-films-silent-house-slice

Open Road Films, the distribution company jointly created by AMC and Regal Entertainment, has teamed up with Liddell Entertainment to release the horror film Silent House. Co-directed by Chris Kentis (Open Water) and Laura Lau, the film stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman whose day takes a turn for the worse when she realizes that she is trapped inside of her family’s crumbling lake house. The film, which is reportedly captured with a single camera shot, was penned by Lau and based on Oscar Estevez’s 2010 Uruguayan pic La Casa Muda. The press release makes no mention of when Open Road is planning on rolling out the film which also stars Adam Trese and Eric Sheffer Stevens (Julie & Julia).

For more on Silent House, including quotes regarding Olsen’s performance, find the press release after the jump. Speaking of Olsen, the actress can next be seen in writer/director Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene which will enjoy a limited U.S. theatrical release on October 21st of this year. Both of Olsen’s films premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

2011 Sundance Film Festival Adds SILENT HOUSE

by     Posted 3 years, 358 days ago

silent_house_slice

The Sundance Film Festival has added Silent House to its 2011 lineup.  Silent House is a remake of a Uruguayan horror film, which centers on a father and daughter who spend the night in an old house when they hear a sound that seems to be coming from upstairs.  Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Haley Murphy, and Adam Barnett star.

Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water) reportedly filmed Silent House in a single continuous shot to capture the growing panic.  I’m a sucker for technique, but that’s enough to hook me.  Hit the jump for the official press release.

Click Here