After finding out he has inherited a mansion from a long lost relative, Peter takes his girlfriend Sarah and her son Dennis with him from sunny LA to creepy and mysterious Sweden. The family soon learns that their beautiful new home has a dark past that may or may not having something to do with the orphans who died many years ago.
Peter Borg's freshman title "Scorched Heat" certainly was far from great, or even good, really, but it wasn't bad in the grand scheme of things - Peter clearly had some competence behind the camera. Wasn't sure what I was going to get out of his second and last feature film, "Sounds of Silence", but because he displayed some skill in his previous movie and the fact that I'm a sucker for a ghost movie, I figured I'd give it a shot.
The story behind "Sounds of Silence" is a man named Peter Mitchell inherits a long lost relative’s mansion back in Sweden. So he decides to take his girlfriend (or wife, not quite sure which it was suppose to be) and her tween son, Dennis (who happens to be def), to Sweden with him. As it turns out, as it always turns out, the town lives in fear of Peter's recently deceased relative and her spooky old mansion because of the children who committed suicide at a near by orphanage. There's a connection between the two but I won't spoil what it is, just in case someone out there cares. Anyway, because Dennis is the same age as the 'lead' ghost orphan, he ends befriending the ghosts and is out to solve the mystery of their deaths and to get revenge so they can finally rest in piece.
"Sounds of Silence" fell into obscurity in part due to it seeming like it was dumped on video after it was made and then promptly being forgotten about. The reason, I think, is because it's hard to tell who the intended audience was for with the movie. Because it's obscure, you'll see it pop up with collectors talking about it being a forgotten spooky ghost-revenge movie. However, watching it, the movie came off quite silly at times and was never actually scary or even remotely 'spooky'. I don't know if that's because of the age, not being very well made, or if it's because "Sounds of Silence" may have actually been made to be a children's horror movie.
The movie actually isn't that bad; it's cheesy, sure, but it's not to the point of being absolutely ridiculous or bad. A lot of scenes being unintentionally funny didn't help in that department either. (Seriously, what kind of asshole points a shotgun in a kid's face for laughs? The fact that the scene was in a POV format made it both stupid and oddly funny.) The real reason that I think the movie came up short for me, and would come up short for any adult who isn't afraid of their own shadow, is because it was intended to be more for kids (or perhaps made for TV). Based on the fact that the protagonist in the movie is a young teen boy who wants to help the spirits of dead children who were wronged by adults. Now I certainly don't believe this was some sort of 'brilliant' piece of intellectual horror speaking on behalf of children/teens, and how scary and isolating being surrounded by adulta can be. However, that is how the movie's story and its ever so slight atmosphere came across. Almost all of the adult characters are either villainous, or seem useless into helping Dennis and his plight to save the spirits of the children, due to their close mindedness of what's going on around them.
If you look at "Sounds of Silence" being more for kids, the movie doesn't come off nearly as bad and seems far more effective in that sense. From my point-of-view, as both a horror fan and as an adult, it's a very silly and almost a light-hearted horror movie because nothing ever becomes too intense. Probably the most intense and graphic scene in the entire movie was a man taking a sledgehammer blow to the back of his head, which merely resulted in him collapsing on his desk with some blood trickling down his face. So where I stand, I would say it's a bad simply because of how cheesy everything is and at no point is it ever effective at being scary or atmospheric. However, I think if I were to play this for a kid between the ages of 6 of 9, they would probably have a different perspective on the matter.