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The Quiet Ones 2014

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Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones tells the story of an unorthodox, but charismatic Professor (Harris) who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment. Unassuming cameraman Brian McNeil (Claflin) is brought on board to document the research and its disturbing consequences.

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1 hour, 37 minutes

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Genres Horror
Director John Pogue
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 6 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
This is a passable Hammer Films flick.
Joseph Coupland is a fifty-something professor at the University of Oxford. He carries out research into paranormal activity, and although he is a cynic not a believer, he is determined to prove or disprove the existence of ethereal beings. He thinks that he can do this by trying to create a poltergeist.
Assisted by two twenty-something student researchers, Harry and Christina, and a similarly aged cameraman named Brian, Joseph is carrying out a research experiment on a suicidal and self-harming teenage girl named Jane, who believes that she is possessed by an evil spirit or demon named Evie.
Jane's behaviour is violent, schizophrenic and disturbing, indeed she's the sort of person who would normally be "sectioned" into the nearest psychiatric ward. However, here she's confined to a locked room at the University, where she's observed by the unorthodox professor. This basic premise for the movie did stretch credibility quite a bit - a teenage girl with an apparently really serious psychiatric illness, would be receiving urgent medical attention, rather than used as a guinea pig by a vaguely voyeuristic professor.
Unfortunately for Joseph, the University powers that be, understandably express disquiet about the morally questionable research experiment, and they soon pull the plug on the professor's funding.
Joseph then persists with the experiment away from the University, aided by his two researchers and the cameraman. He uses first hypnosis and secondly a seance to attempt contact with Evie, with predictably startling consequences. Brian meanwhile finds himself increasingly drawn into Jane's troubled world, and starts to pursue his own enquiries into the cause of her challenging behaviour...
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By selma_hepburn on 18 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
Now I've seen a far amount of crappy horror films, films I have brought with the hope of a fright be it big or small. Just something a little different, a little thrilling and without the usual 'trying to make you jump' moments. Most of my hopeful purchases find their way into charity shops however for me the Quiet Ones will not one of them.

Invoking the spirit of early 1970s psychological experiences The Quiet Ones uses both found footage and more standard storytelling to show a scientific investigation into the paranormal. But this film isn't intended to be some exorcism on screen (which are overdone), it's not high gore (yawn), or dead bodies by the bucket load (meh). The Quiet Ones does an impressive job of transporting you back to the 70s with great set design, a fantastic naturalistic score and dare I say it some stella acting!

Admittedly its not really going to set the box office alight as their are some flaws with the script which at times feels uninventive but I have to say I generally found it enjoyable and can certainly see myself going in for multiple re-watches. If you've ever seen the British Horror Fracture it sort of reminds me of that in some strange way.... I suppose its because compared to the US horror its more understated.

So I ask that before you poo poo, have a little looky and make your own mind up about this horror offering.
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By Persona Synthetic TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 July 2015
Format: DVD
I thought it was pretty decent. Atmospheric setting, around Oxford University 1974, I found it quite engrossing, a small group consisting of an academic and students conducting very unethical research into paranormal activity/possession of their subject matter. It wasn't exactly scary but more creepy in parts. I thought the acting was good myself and the story flowed well and it had a satisfactory conclusion.
It's pitched as a 15 age rating I suspect due to its subject matter; there's no significant violence, sex or bad language in itself to catagorise it as a 15 in isolation. There's some blood associated with various injuries sustained but you generally just see the aftermath of something. It's filmed partially as a standard film and partially via the hired camera operator enlisted to record all elements of the testing.
The story involves the standard fare of young disturbed girl with the usual question mark hanging over her. Is she possessed or experiencing delusional beliefs? It's only a small cast who carry the majority of the film (5) and I thought all the characters contributed to the proceedings and the different dynamics worked well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
There once was a time when the studio was synonymous with classy horror. Then they disappeared. Then they came back. And only a few people really noticed. Their first efforts returning to the genre had mixed success. However, ‘The Quiet Ones’ really is a film that is best left off their C.V.

It’s a sort of mixture of ‘found footage’ and possession film. Luckily, the whole film isn’t found footage. It’s *supposedly* based on true events. I haven’t looked into this, but I’m guessing it’s about as true as most films that are allegedly based on true events. A university professor is conducting experiments on a girl who is apparently possessed. He also wants it documented by a student cameraman (hence we have elements of point of view shots thrown in the mix for ‘added scare’).

Nothing radical about the premise, but perhaps my biggest gripe was that they tried to set it in the seventies. Seriously… it’s like the film-makers only had access to a sixth form college’s wardrobe department. The ‘costumes’ (and I use that word lightly) are basically the most clichéd seventies outfits I’ve ever seen. In fact, they pretty much look like they could be worn today and no one would really notice. The biggest nod to the seventies are in the haircuts, which are bad. The nerdy cameraman-guy has a clichéd nerdy haircut. The suave rich guy has a clichéd suave rich haircut and the girl just looks like she’s wearing a wig (don’t get me started on the girl – she shows just how ultra decadent she is by constantly waving a cigarette around in one of those long holders they never use any more and wearing mini dresses). Then you have the professor in charge of it all.
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