Title – The Quiet Ones (2014)
Director – John Pogue (Quarantine 2: Terminal)
Cast – Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Olivia Cooke, Rory Fleck-Byrne
Plot – University of Oxford Professor Joseph Coupland (Harris) and a team of university students including cameraman Brian (Claflin) retreat to the countryside to conduct an experiment on troubled teen Jane Harper (Cooke) who either possesses a rare telekinetic power or something is in fact, possessing her.
“Cure one patient, you cure all of mankind”
Review by Eddie on 4/12/2014
Another new addition to the revitalised Hammer horror production line up, John Pogue’s The Quiet Ones failed to reach the heights of Hammer’s far more accomplished and well received reimaging of The Woman in Black from 2012 and completely flopped on release both critically and commercially. With many deriding The Quiet Ones on release and with a lowly feedback score from audiences you would expect this horror venture to be scarily bad, but in a surprising turn the film is a lot more effective than one would suspect even though it’s potential was still far from reached.
Another horror story inspired by actual events, the greatest strength of The Quiet Ones is in the telling of it’s at times believable story, you’re never absolutely sure on what exactly is occurring in the sense that there is either a rational explanation behind events or something far more sinister. Going the route of some old school found footage format in major places of the film also works well, unlike most modern day set found footage films where footage seems to be shot at the most inappropriate of times, the home movie filming here ads to the tension of the experiments taking place and never gets in the way of the actors who are led well by the ever good Jared Harris.
Harris is another reason The Quiet Ones works to the level it does. Oft given tame supporting turns (Pompeii anyone?) Harris shares leading man duties with Sam Claflin’s (who all girls would no doubt know as Finnick Odair from the Hunger Games) cameraman Brian, as dogged professor Coupland who is hell bent on finding a cure for the troubled/possessed young lady Jane Harper. Harris is a nice anchoring presence in a pretty fiery role while Claflin to has good moments as Brian. Director Pogue may fail to fully capitalise on the scares available to him with this story but there are enough jolts and jumps throughout to suggest that you’ll think twice about sleeping with the lights off.
The Quiet Ones is a small, effective little horror that never achieves any major heights to do anything that hasn’t been seen before but there is enough within its intriguing story and enough power in its cast to overcome most major hurdles that occur with many such modern day horrors, that mainly being that they just aren’t that scary. With a nice lead turn from Harris and some unpredictable turns, you could do far worse for your newest horror fix.
3 untypical baby dolls out of 5