After their last film The Woman in Black the legendary Hammer Horror bring us their new film spooky supernatural thriller The Quiet Ones. Is this film another Hammer classic, or a film that should be put to the back of the shelf to be forgotten?
DIRECTOR: John Pogue
RUN TIME: 98 minutes
RRP: £19.99 (DVD) & £24.99 (Blu-ray)
CAST: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne
Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying and evil than they ever could have imagined.
Set in London, Professor Coupland and his team of university students embark on an experiment on the willing but disturbed Jane Harper. Jane is convinced that she is possessed by her doll Evey, but Coupland is out to prove it is nothing more than negative energy and intends to banish it and thus cure Jane.
The Professor’s methods are certainly unorthodox and as more pressure is put on Jane the more strange things start to happen, until her past is revealed with terrifying consequences.
The fact that this is ‘inspired by true events’ always makes me a little cautious, and this film was no exception. But seeing as this was a Hammer movies I was ready to have my reservations quashed. However, like Hammer’s previous film ‘The Woman In Black’, I found ‘The Quiet Ones’ a big disappointment. I would, in fact, almost go as far to rename this ‘The Boring Ones’. The actual premise sounded interesting and different, which is hard to achieve in the present climate of remade and rehashed horror movies. Instead of a plot that slowly built tension, all you got was poor Jane shut in a room, or being interrogated and harassed to bring forward Evey. In the last ten to twenty minutes we get the reveal of Jane’s past and that’s when everything goes wrong but it all felt a bit late by then. By that point not only didn’t I care, but I felt like the ending was a shock tactic that had been tacked onto the end of the film in one last attempt to make the audience jump.
The actors seemed to try their best with a poor script, but at times they came across as a little wooden which was a shame, and there was a lot of mumbling going on, meaning that you are forever turning your volume up and down depending on what is going on.
I think this could have been a really good movie with a better script, and a plot that was more psychological thriller and less scare-by-numbers.
A disappointing film, watch only if you have nothing else.
– Audio Commentary with Director/Co-Writer John Pogue and Producer Tobin Armbrust
– Welcome to the Experiment: Making The Quiet Ones
– Deleted Scenes
The deleted scenes and outtakes added nothing to the movie, and were just as boring as the actual movie itself.