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Martha Marcy May Marlene, even though the latter required a bit more range) is terrorized over an eighty-eight minute span in her family’s secluded lakehouse. Questions teem despite a dearth of answers. Who is Sarah? Who is after Sarah and her father (it was hard to tell whether his suspicious early behavior was intentional or just a result of actor Adam Trese’s limited skills)? The filmmaking dare of the one long take rejuvenates the wearyingly popular found footage movement; you get the immediacy of found footage without its accompanying logistical headache. Filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau mostly find success with their follow-up to 2003’s Open Water, a remake of a 2010 Uruguayan film; too bad they stop tightening the screws of relentless tension too much too early. On its way to enshrinement as a cult residence, Silent House makes one ill-advised remodel too many. Still, the overall experience is terrifying enough to warrant a visit. ]]>

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