Film & TV

Trailer Talkin’ with…’Silent House’

Film & TV

Trailer Talkin’ with…’Silent House’

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When we think of Silent House, the latest effort of husband and wife directorial team Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, a gaggle of questions come to mind, chief among them:

A. Why is Elizabeth Olsen, the acclaimed actress who made her debut in the even more acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene of last year, so soon demoted to torture porn?

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B. Can torture porn be art?

Of course, like the MacGuffin of Silent House, it’s all about perspective. One would see why a young actress would want to exercise her dramatic talents by screaming nonstop for 88 minutes–one can also easily see how Silent House, a remake of a 2010 Uruguayan film and based on a true story, is going to be marketed as an indie-alternative response to the horror genre, a distant cousin of The Blair Witch Project. The film, consisting of a single continuous shot, a la Rope and Russian Ark, documents the torture of a young girl and her father at a lakehouse–or does it? The big tease is that it could, of course, all be in Olsen’s mind. But, original as the concept may or may not be, it’s at least a study in that where the line falls between art and exploitation. A very fine line, indeed.