Review

The Quiet Ones is a new British horror movie from the makers of The Woman in Black. Produced by the classic studio, Hammer Productions, the film follows an Oxford professor (Jared Harris), his students, Krissi (Erin Richards), Harry (Rory Fleck-Byrne) and Brian (Sam Claflin), as they attempt to prove and document the theory that supernatural powers are simply a manifestation of psychological trauma.

They begin by studying a young girl called Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke) who believes she is possessed by an evil entity. As their funding is withdrawn by The University the professor and his students are forced to move into an old run down house. Once there they start to observe Jane and put her through various tests. As time passes she forms as strange bond with Brian, who has been given a camera and told to film the experiment. Needlessly to say the Professor's attempts to prove that her illness is more physical than paranormal results in strange things happening within the house.

The Quiet Ones is a paint by numbers horror film. It even begins with a title telling us that "The following events are true". Does anyone actually believe that anymore as we've had so many supernatural films claiming that very thing. It also uses home film footage another plot thread that's been used to death. This would all be fine and well if the film was well put together and interesting. Unfortunately that's not the case. "The Quiet Ones" commits the biggest cardinal sin all. It's a horror film that's just not scary. Every fright seems to consist of either doors banging closed or poltergeists thumping about in rooms above our investigators. The whole things about as frightening as an average episode of Scooby-Doo.

I'm afraid to say that no one will be rushing to add "The Quiet Ones" to the list of classic hammer horror films.



The Quiet Ones (15)

1h 38m

Director: John Pogue
Starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke, Erin Richards


UK Release: Friday 11th April 2014






The Quiet Ones - "Doll" Clip

The Quiet Ones - "University Lecture" Clip