Laura (Florencia Colucci) and her father Wilson (Gustavo Alonso) settle down in a cottage they have to renew since its owner Nestor (Abel Tripaldi) will soon put the house up for sale. They will spend the night there and repair the following morning. Everything seems to go smoothly until Laura hears a sound that comes from outside..
La Casa Muda, which is Spanish for ‘The Silent House’ is a movie containing three actors. We are meant to believe it’s one continous shot (which I hate to say: it’s not) and it consistently follows our female lead Laura as she and her father settle down in a cottage.
Sounds boring? yes, but it’s not.
While La Casa Muda is a flawed movie, which I’ll explain in a bit, the simple premise works. It’s hard to describe a movie like this since it’s best not to know too much about it, so I’ll try to keep it lean and mean in this review.
The movie opens in a field, with Laura and her dad making the final mile towards a house they’ll be staying in. It’s quickly established that they are staying there in order to fix the place up and that’s that.
With its soft piano music and a constant view of the investigative Laura it’s hard not to get sucked in.
As soon as Laura and her dad have settled in and are ready to go to bed, Laura starts hearing sounds around the house. Up until this point I was giving the movie credits for the way it was shot, but it wasn’t really pulling any punches. That is until the moment Laura is faced to survive in the house on her own.
While that might be considered a spoiler, I promise you that it’s not.
La Casa Muda walks a fine line between the cliché’d and the new, and oftentimes it manages to succeed and give you a really, and I mean REALLY, eerie feeling.
It’s not a paranormal activity clone, nor is it a full on slasher, it plays on your own fears.
What if you are stuck in a house you don’t know and you hear sounds coming from everywhere?
It might just be me, but it scared me to the bone.
I can imagine how it would be to navigate in there, with that ominous presence of the house itself surrounding you.
While it might not be the all out, balls to the wall, uniquely artistic horror endeavour that the marketing department made it out being..La Casa Muda still is a really great and tense horror thriller that, despite a few weak moments, manages to give you a 78 minute thrill ride that will have you thinking about what you saw for some time to come.
And Hollywood being Hollywood, this has been remade with one of the Olsen girls (though this one can act). It’s needless to say you can skip that movie (called Silent House) and watch this original one instead.
Recommended viewing people!