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“Silent Hill,” staring Elizabeth Olsen, drops audacious trailer-1
For those who thought Elizabeth Olsen would “go Hollywood” after her acclaimed break-out performance in last year’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (read TFI’s review), think again. Her audacious new movie, the American remake of the Uruguayan film, “Silent Hill,” is provocatively anti-Hollywood. At a full-length 2.5 minutes, the trailer is so riveting and fresh it plays more like a teaser. To start, a campy voice over declares the novelty of the film, a “true story” recreated in real time. But with what ensues I quickly realized that “Silent Hill” is more than just another horror gimmick, a la “The Devil Inside” (which opens in wide release today). The trailer’s scare beats prolong the tension to an absolute breaking point, like when Olsen hides under a table. Then, at 1:45, the screaming and shrieking stops as a melancholic piano plays over flashing, horrific shots. A sludge hammer smashing through a wall evokes “The Shining.” Most remarkable of all is Olsen, who carries the trailer, and likely the film, with a performance that looks like Martha cranked up to fever pitch.
Directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, the duo behind “Open Water,” another alt-horror, “Silent Hill” happens all in one take, a rare feet of moviemaking in its own right. Olsen stars as Laura, who gets trapped inside her family’s dilapidated lake house without electricity or any way to contact the outside world, and that’s the good news. The film also start starring Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Haley Murphy and Adam Barnett, “Silent House” hits theaters on March 9th.