79-minute, single shot horror film

After the jump, you can watch the trailer for The Silent House, a 79-minute, horror film from director Gustavo Hernandez, which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.  It was shot entirely in one, continuous, 79-minute single take.  Intriguing, sure, but if you’ve read my reviews of Buried or 127 Hours, you know how I feel about filmmakers putting excessive, artificial restraints on themselves as a gimmick to prove how awesome they are.  I mean yes, It’ll help you stand out at the film festival, but it’s a little like proving what a great boxer you are by not using your hands.  Oh, you built me a log cabin using only a butter knife and a stale baguette?  That’s neat, I’m just not sure I want to live there.

A 79-minute, single-shot film… wouldn’t that be called a play?  Don’t get lazy on us, edit that sh*t.

I know I’m being a little harsh.  I guess I’m just offended that that they missed a golden opportunity to call it “Silent But Deadly.”

Official Plot Synopsis: Filmed in one single continuous shot of seventy-eight minutes, The Silent House focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house which hides an obscure secret. Laura and her father, Wilson, settle down in a cottage they have to renew since its owner will soon put the house up for sale. They intend to spend the night there and make the repairs the following morning. Everything seems to go smoothly until Laura hears a sound from outside that gets louder and louder on the upper floor of the house. Wilson goes up to see what is going on while she remains downstairs on her own, waiting for her father to come down The Silent House hits theaters in the UK in April. No US release date has been set. [/Film]