Elizabeth Olsen: 'Silent House' is more intelligent than slasher films (Video)
Elizabeth Olsen says her new psychological thriller "Silent House" is "more intelligent" than slasher films.
"What's great is that it's a psychological thriller, but it has all the genres that you would hope to have in a horror film," Olsen, 23, said in an interview provided by Open Roads Films. "I think it blends the best of both worlds, where it doesn't have that - where sometimes in horror stories, you have that slasher film where like you slice and dice them. This is a little bit more intelligent, so you get that same adrenaline going throughout the movie, but the actual end result is a psychological thriller, so there are lots of twists and turns."
In "Silent House," Olsen portrays Sarah, a young woman who finds herself trapped inside her family's lake house, completely unable to contact the outside world and struggling with the strange happenings within the house.
"What I hope people can get out when they see 'Silent House,' is that they feel like they're completely part of this world and that they forget that everything's in real time," Olsen said. "It's just this totally different experience in the theater."
The film was unique not only in the horror genre, but also in that there were two directors - Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, who previously collaborated in differing roles on "Open Water" and "Grind."
"The way they actually explained it to me is that Laura's going to be handling the actors, so Chris is going to be working more on the technical part, so that was just kind of told before," Olsen explained. "And I was like, well that's great to have a second set of eyes, everyone needs a second set of eyes. I don't know how people can continue to look at things objectively or subjectively or what not and try to trust their own judgment, so it's kind of great that there's this duo."
Olsen is the younger sister of former "Full House" stars Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, who recently announced that she has retired from acting, to concentrate on the twins' $1 billion fashion empire.
Elizabeth Olsen received a lot of attention after appearing in the indie cult film, "Martha Marcy May Marlene." Since her breakout role, she has also filmed roles in "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding," "Red Lights" and "Liberal Arts," which are all slated for release this year.
She has several more projects in the works. She will also co-star alongside Dakota Fanning in "Very Good Girls," which has a planned release date in 2013, and appear opposite Glenn Close and "Harry Potter" actor Tom Felton in "Therese Raquin." She will star opposite "Harry Potter" himself, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall and Ben Foster in "Kill Your Darlings."
"Silent House" was released on Friday, March 9. Watch a trailer below.