First UK Trailer for Uruguayan One-Shot Horror 'The Silent House'

March 25, 2011
Source: Trailer Addict

The Silent House Trailer

"What's going on in this house?" Before the Open Water directors release their remake of this exact film, I'm happy to feature the official UK trailer (via Trailer Addict) for Gustavo Hernández's The Silent House, or La Casa Muda, a Uruguayan horror movie shot entirely in one very long take. They used a Canon 5D to film the experiences of a father and his daughter at a "haunted house" in only one take. I saw this in Cannes last year and thought it was pretty good, but not as scary as I was hoping, and the big twist (which I won't spoil) isn't that great of a payoff. But that said, this is one of those flicks you've got to watch just for the technique.

Watch the official UK trailer for Gustavo Hernández's The Silent House:

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The plot of La Casa Muda is based on a true story that happened in the late 1940's in a village in Uruguay. It focuses on Laura - who intends to leave a house which hides a secret, unharmed. Laura and her father Wilson settle down in a cottage they have to renew since its owner will soon sell it. Everything seems to go smoothly until Laura hears a sound coming from outside that gets louder and louder on the upstairs floor.

The Silent House is directed by first-time Uruguayan filmmaker Gustavo Hernández, from a script by Oscar Estévez. The cast includes Florencia Colucci as Laura and Gustavo Alonso as her father. This premiered in the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes last year. As far as I know, this still doesn't even have a US distributor.

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Reader Feedback - 15 Comments


Oh please how many times are we going to see a little girl in a night gown -_________________________________________- lol.

Daniel Vu Tran on Mar 26, 2011


that is insane...I hope all of the sfx are not elaborated with cg. I am looking forward to seeing this. How they got around the 4gb/ 12min recording limit is beyond me

Nocsyn on Mar 26, 2011


Yeaa that's where some of the tricks come into play or something, not really sure. You should do some searching around the web to see if you can find a better explanation behind the technical side of it.

Alex Billington on Mar 26, 2011


couldnt find anything out there on this specific project. Asked a owner/operator and he said prolly used nanoflash. Not sure.

Nocsyn on Mar 26, 2011


sweeet! i was a fan of Russian Ark so this will be a good watch! I adore the actors for memorizing there lines and actions as if it were a play, instead of just saying... "LINE!" and getting a reshoot I've always been interested in the idea of never cutting away. i will say this though this movie seems 100x easier to shoot then Russian Ark, what the actors had to memorize and in the time they had to go from scene to scene and set it up in that movie is AMAZING. As well as the costume and set design in the film... it was godly... the story lacked a bit and the movie it self is a TOTAL snooze fest. But just the sheer difficulty of filming that movie makes it worth watching if ya have never heard of it check it out

Anonymous on Mar 26, 2011


I saw this last year at a film festival. I really liked it and found it very creepy. It was a great watch with a packed house. But yeah the twist ending didn't really work for me and there's no way it was actually shot in 1 long take. It just gives the impression that it was. But it's done really well.

SV7 on Mar 26, 2011


thanks for the seen-it recommendation, SV7 (and Alex!). it's a good *trailer* (even with another little girl in a nightgown), and i like the idea of it being one take (i.e. in real time) more than whether or not it actually is technically, mainly because as an approach it works well for the genre, sustaining the creeps. colour me hopeful.

Anonymous on Mar 27, 2011



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the trailer would have been alot better without that cheesy music, i wont hold it against the film itself though, def check it out when i get the chance.

Ian White on Mar 27, 2011


I have no idea how they did this with the record limit on the 5D. Not to mention the over heating if you record longer than 45 minutes usually. Only thing I can think of is they used a hacked 5D.

Zakabitz on Mar 27, 2011


I'm guessing it's comprised of several smaller long takes, but edited to look like it was all one take. Either way, it's an impressive idea, and while the movie itself doesn't look all that great, I'll see it just for the long takes.

Chazzy on Mar 27, 2011



Anonymous on Mar 27, 2011


Canon 5D has a 12 minute record limit. No way it could all be shot in one take. Just sayin'.

Bob on Mar 27, 2011



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