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A to Z – Silent House


Last October after watching all the movies on TV before Halloween, I got the idea to do an A to Z on horror movies. I also have a story premise in the back of my head involving horror movies, so this fits into my research for that. So I’m going to talk about random horror movies.
 
First, I am no film critic, just a person who likes horror movies. And second, some of the posts may contain spoilers. So you have been warned.
 
Silent House (2011)
 
IMDb Summary: Trapped inside her family’s lakeside retreat, a young woman finds she is unable to contact the outside world as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house.
 
Cheese factor: low
Gore factor: low
Creep factor: medium
Could it happen? nope
 
So I got the movie from the video store. Sounded familiar, but you know, I’ve been looking at a lot of video’s lately. Took me about 20 minutes into the show before I remembered I’d seen it. Not a good sign.
 
The movie has a terrific premise, and it could’ve been really good, but I wanted to tear my hair out. I complained about Quarantine, that I didn’t like watching movies that are so dark you can’t hardly see what’s going on. Hello, Silent House director. Half a movie in the dark does not a good movie make.
 
Okay, I didn’t go through and time it all, but I figure that about ¼ of the movie was between too dark to see much and the blackness. Not just darkened… total blackness. The girl spends a lot of time running around the creepy house, feeling her way around cause she can’t see. And she’s freaking out cause stuff is happening. Stuff you don’t ever see. That totally annoyed me.
 
Sorry, Silent House, you get the thumbs down. And I’ll make sure I never get this one again. For a 3rd time. 
 
One other time I rented a movie I’d already seen. Another horror. A totally cheesy bad horror that had an appealing cover—which was why I grabbed it. Have you ever started watching a movie and then realized you’d already seen it?
 

Other S movies I recommend: Stag Night and Saw: don’t watch if you can’t handle gore, Scream: loved this, Sinister: an interesting psychological horror, the last scene is the best, The Strangers: creepy, creepy, creepy, The Shining: another Stephen King classic

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9 Responses to “A to Z – Silent House”

  1. Dani Says:

    I have dont that before. And all you can think is “ugh”. I will not be renting this one. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Madeline Mora-Summonte Says:

    I cannot for the life of me remember if I’ve seen this movie…

    Loved SCREAM and THE STRANGERS freaked me out. And I think I saw SINISTER but it might just be on my list to watch yet…

    Watched IDENTITY last night – saw it before but didn’t remember it. Really good.

  3. Dreaming Says:

    I picked your site randomly from the A to Z list. I am impressed by your knowledge of films/videos… all of one genre! Amazing! Horror movies aren’t my thing – I never did like that heart thumping anticipation of something that was gonna scare me. But… your description of Silent House (Which I’d now never waste time watching – thanks) was excellent. I could feel the characters angst… and I could see your frustration with not seeing!
    It was fun to read your blog.

  4. Jackie F. Says:

    I haven’t watched this one, but I loved Scream – great premise!

  5. Liz Says:

    Oh, i hate getting movies out and realising i’ve already seen them! Unless they were good of course, it’s the same with books, it’s always happening to me. i think it’s because the same things that attracted you the last time attract you again!

    Loved the Shining, but could only watch it once – the book scared me the DEATH!!! I think it’s his best story.

    Good luck with the rest of the A-Z! I’m doing animal poems and facts and often a drawing as well, I like to make things hard for myself.

    Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

  6. Dana Says:

    I don’t know if I’ve done that with movies, but I’ve done it with books many times. So annoying!

  7. Kelley Lynn Says:

    I find it very frustrating when the screen is so dark you can’t see much. I always wonder if its my TV or if the movie was made that way ;) haha

  8. M Pepper Langlinais Says:

    Hmm. Haven’t heard of this one, but from what you describe it sounds like a good idea poorly executed. I’d be more curious about this Sinister movie you mention; I love a good psych thriller.

  9. Michael Di Gesu Says:

    Hi, Suzi,

    Great to see you at my blog today! It’s been she’s. I hope all is well…

    I don’t like a lot if pitch black dcenes in a movie either… I like to know what ‘s going on !

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