The Quiet Ones 2013

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From the producer who brought you The Woman In Black and Let Me In comes the unnerving tale of The Quiet Ones. Tucked away in an estate outside of London, Professor Coupland (Jared Harris) along with a team of university students conduct an âexperimentâ on Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke), a young girl who harbours unspeakable secrets. What dark forces they uncover are more terrifying than any of them expected. Inspired by true events, the film stars Jared Harris (Mad Men and Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), and is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue, and based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville.

Starring:
Olivia Cooke, Erin Richards
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Quiet Ones

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Olivia Cooke, Erin Richards, Sam Claflin, Jared Harris, Rory Fleck-Byrne
Director John Pogue
Genres Horror
Studio LIONSGATE
Rental release 18 August 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Olivia Cooke, Erin Richards, Sam Claflin, Jared Harris, Rory Fleck-Byrne
Director John Pogue
Genres Horror
Studio LIONSGATE
Rental release 18 August 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

2.6 out of 5 stars

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14 of 15 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Very good possesion movie that has some great scares and special effects but goes more for the slow reveal than all out action. I liked the retro feel and setting the film in the 70's allowed for some great subtle manipulation of the visuals to give it the look of something shot at that time. The story is solid and has fun with many of the classic possession movie plotlines. A lot to enjoy here but it's pace is slow and unlikely to appeal to all.
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By Ramon on 25 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
My God, this was terrible, dodgy CGI, plot twists that, paradoxically, were both irrelevant and easy to spot, and some of the worst acting I've ever seen. I mean come on! Were we really supposed to take the actress playing the possessed girl seriously, did she do her research by standing in a forest with her arms out? She's the worst actress I'd ever seen, and I've watched The Godfather, part 3.

I kept wondering if it was supposed to be some sort of parody. The ridiculously OTT costumes, the lecherous old Professor, the endless gibberish about 'negative' energy. The only one who deserves any credit is the old boy who plays the prof, he at least relises he's in a total turkey and camps it up entertainingly, as for the younger ones, they all appeared to be chosen on the basis of low BMI rather than any real talent.

It didn't even make any sense. It started off as some sort of psychological thriller, changed to a ghost story, then some codswallop about demons at the end. The prof guy changed from good to evil so many times that it was like the script had been written on the spot. For that matter, it was obvious that the director was seriously considering salvaging this mess by going for a generic 'found footage' approach. Finally 'based on real events' is a flat-out lie, even disregarding all the supernatural elements, is it really likely a Cambridge University is going to lock up and torture a psychiatric patient?

It is a measure of this films lack of scares that it was the first film I've actually fallen asleep iduring twice. On Saturday, both my girlfriend and passed out about 20 minutes in. We tried again the following day with the same result. Finally, I managed to get through it, only to feel that sleep would have been the better option. I wish the cover hadn't been so alluring, that's 2.50 I'm not going to see again :-(
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zaroff on 4 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Firstly, let me sigh. So many people seem to pan The Quiet Ones with declarations of how it fell below their high standards. Comparisons can indeed be made between this film and similar themed rollercoaster rides, most of them modern in their execution across the board. Add to this it cannot be readily put on cultic pedestals like The Haunting, Legend of Hell House, it is a minor effort from the Hammer stable....

However, the film has been given short shrift, which is often unfair. It would seem that a lot of people have watched many hundreds of similar creepy spliced in found footage films, haunted girl possession flicks, mostly american, and decided to put it somewhere near the bottom of the scare list. In short, the film is being viewed either by the jaded or by adrenalin fueled youth, which this film probably frustrates like few others...

What we have is akin to older, more evenly paced films, before an eruption of events toward the end in the final act. There is a definite tinge of The Stone Tape here, or anything touching upon Nigel Kneales work. Suggestiveness abounds, alluding to vague ideas, then eruptions in the plot of directly obvious declarations of science becoming a ritualized exorcism much like in the classic Legend of Hell House. Add to this a plot rubbing shoulders with the less than therapeutic science at work that this alludes to, of psychological/sociological vagaries that Skinner & similar theorists would see as fair game. The whole theme starts to disintegrate from solid instruments measuring of occultic effects, to a more human tainted derangement of the senses and abrupt sound levels shifting.
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