Directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau and released theatrically in it’s home country of America in 2012.
The first film from director Chris Kentis (and Laura Lau) since his somewhat-chilling Open Water, I wasn’t surprised when I realized that he was approaching his remake of the low-budget Spanish horror film Silent House with the same attitude.
While the first film itself is flawed, it was original and enthralling and took you on it’s twists and turns in real-time with the lead character…. surprisingly Kentis and Lau’s remake is pretty much a carbon-copy which is ambitious for any remake (especially considering Gus Van Sant’s Psycho from 1998).
Camera tricks will have you believe it was filmed in one shot, but that isn’t the case – much like the first. Remaking an already flawed film means that your film is going to be flawed too, and this is. I do prefer the original mostly for the lead performance – here, Elizabeth Olsen over-acts terribly. Throughout I just wanted to sit back and watch the original again. The ending is somewhat skewed but it sadly is much worse than the ending of the original.
Ambitiously remade and well-done, but having already seen the original there’s not much left to the imagination.