Sundance 2011 Adds Another Late Midnight Film - Silent House
Sundance announced today that they're adding another last minute addition to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival line-up, this time in the Park City at Midnight category, which already looks like it had some great films. It's called Silent House and is from Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, director and producer behind the 2003 shark thriller Open Water. Impressively captured with a continuous camera shot, Silent House tracks the growing panic of its enigmatic lead, Elizabeth Olsen, who's trapped in an unnerving nightmare. "Kentis and Lau mastermind a truly unique horror experience with immediate intimacy and unsettling terror."
Silent House (Directors: Chris Kentis & Laura Lau; Screenwriter: Laura Lau) -- A hauntingly choreographed descent into madness based on the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda. Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Haley Murphy, Adam Barnett. World Premiere
As it says in that fest description above, this is remake of a Uruguayan horror film called La Casa Muda, meaning The Silent House, directed by Gustavo Hernández. Not-so-coincidentally, I got to see that original film at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year (read my review) and was fairly impressed, but not amazed. It's basically a supernatural/ghost story shot entirely in one take for 79 minutes. They're pulling a [Rec] to Quarantine by remaking it as an English-language indie before anyone even knows the original exists. I'll be curious to see how its changed, if at all, but I'm actually expecting it to be much scarier than the original.
In related Sundance news, The Playlist posted a good article worth reading about Sundance Select films playing theatrically in 2011 and a new digital/online rental service called SundanceNow which will allow film fans to be able to watch a few various Sundance films from the comfort of their own home (for better or worse - I still prefer watching everything theatrically). That new site just launched at sundancenow.com.