Tuesday, October 09, 2012

La Casa Muda (The Silent House)

(2010) ***1/2 Laura and her father, Wilson, meet up at a remote home in order to ready and renew the property for the seller and his prospective buyer. After the two settle in for the night, Laura begins to hear noises coming from upstairs, where they were explicitly instructed not to go. After waking up her father and convincing him to investigate things quickly go awry. For the next 80 minutes we follow Laura as she conducts her own investigation, discovering terrible secrets along the way.
Wow, more Spanish horror! La Casa Muda’s gimmick is that director Gustavo Hernandez shot the entire film in one continuous shot. Keenly aware of this fact I watched very closely to see if he “cheated” and I was unable to find a single instance where the camera cut away, which is quite a feat given the confined space where the story takes place and the horrors that are uncovered. Unlike the recent American remake, La Casa Muda does not spoon-feed you the “story”. Instead, we are just as confused as Laura as she slowly pieces together what is going on in this house of horrors. The closing credits are a must-see as they reveal the full story. An excellent 5-minute post credits coda raises my rating a half star.

9 comments:

Catfreeek said...

Sounds fantastic you have me sold!

Catfreeek said...

Oh and welcome to the party JPX, you have some catching up to do.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

I said the same thing exact thing in his other review! Jinx, you owe me a coke Catfreek.

There isn't much Spanish horror out there but they tend to deliver.

Catfreeek said...

Haha too funny JSP

DCD said...

I'm sold too, this sounds excellent!

Octopunk said...

Sometimes I wonder if the MPAA comes in and slaps amateurish "not scary enough!" judgements all over American horror movies and they have to go in and add blunt musical cues.

I'm glad to hear other countries still know better.

AC said...

great find, jpx! the single take thing sound very suspenseful.

Landshark said...

Nice review. That single take thing does sound worth checking out.

50PageMcGee said...

ahoy, jpx.

interesting that this one garnered so much praise from you yet only received 3.5.

care to comment on why?