Yes, yes, I know. The whole found footage/handheld/true story horror genre is getting to be a bit much. Personally, I enjoyed Paranormal Activity, though I found the sequel to be somewhat lacking. That said, the trailer for the Uruguayan film The Silent House is pretty damn effective, and looks like it’ll be pretty friggin’ scary. Here’s the lengthy, if not somewhat uninformative IMDB summary:
The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late 40’s in a small village in Uruguay. The film focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house which hides an obscure secret, unharmed. 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 will spend the night there and repair the following morning. Everything seems to go smoothly until Laura hears a sound that comes from outside and 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.
Of course, as we mentioned when we posted the teaser last year, this one’s got a gimmick, and it’s an interesting one — it’s filmed in a single, continuous take. As a couple of commenters pointed out, this isn’t the first film to use the technique — films like The Russian Ark and The Circle have used it as well. Regardless, it’s still pretty impressive, and it looks like a taut, claustrophobic little horror film.