Laura and her father have to spend the night in a remote cottage. When they hear strange noises from upstairs, Laura's father decides to have a look. A short while later he returns, bound, covered in his own blood and dies right before her eyes. That is when Laura's night of terror begins; apparently she is not alone in the house, and she desperately needs to get out of there. Supposedly based on real events that occurred in a desolate house in Uruguay in 1944, The Silent House is an ambitious, visual horror experience; shot in one 79 minutes long uninterrupted take, using candles and lanterns as lighting. Cinematographer Pedro Luque works the camera brilliantly, shifting between a subjective perspective and third person views, light handedly working the angles. A display of how far talent can take a low budget project, Hernández directing debut is just what it should be, horrifying non-stop eye-gouging terror. Real fear in real time.

The Silent House poster
Title
The Silent House
Director
Gustavo Hernandez
Country
Uruguay
Length
79 min
Festival
2010
Section
Twilight Zone
Language
Spanish
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2010
Original title
La Casa Muda
Cast
Gustavo Alonso, Florencia Colucci, Abel Tripaldi, Maria Salazar
Producer
Gustavo Rojo
Script
Oscar Estévez
Music
Hernan Gonzalez

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