The Quiet Ones

2014

The Quiet Ones (2014)

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Critic Consensus: While it definitely sports a few palpable scares, The Quiet Ones finds Hammer Films trading too heavily on past glories.

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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 along with a team of university students conduct an "experiment" on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors 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. (c) Lionsgate

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Cast

Jared Harris
as Professor Joseph Coupland
Sam Claflin
as Brian McNeil
Erin Richards
as Krissi Dalton
Rory Fleck-Byrne
as Harry Abrams
Olivia Cooke
as Jane Harper
Aldo Maland
as David Q
Max Pirkis
as David Q (Older)
Tracy Ray
as David Q's Mother
Eileen Nicholas
as Angry Neighbor
Rebecca Scott
as Student #1
Ben Holden
as Doctor
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Critic Reviews for The Quiet Ones

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (16)

"The Quiet Ones" simply has nothing to say.

May 1, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The Quiet Ones is a pretty ironic title for a horror film whose primary scare tactic is to periodically crank up the volume, sending the needle to the red with a sudden spike in the decibel levels.

May 1, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
AV Club
Top Critic

Unfortunately, it's all very familiar and somewhat tediously played out.

Apr 28, 2014 | Full Review…

"The Quiet Ones" is rated PG-13, but it's scarier than R-rated gorefests, like "Proxy," "Nurse 3D," and "American Mary." Anyone can create disgust; creating slowly-building disquiet is entirely another proposition.

Apr 25, 2014 | Rating: 6.7/10 | Full Review…
Film.com
Top Critic

The Quiet Ones is uninspired even by contemporary horror standards - which comes as a bit of a shock, given its pedigree.

Apr 25, 2014 | Full Review…

A retro possession story that will wind up being best remembered for its groovy '70s setting (lots of mutton-chop sideburns and T. Rex and Slade songs on the soundtrack) and a deliciously sinister performance from Jared Harris.

Apr 25, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Quiet Ones

Smarter than the rest despite some dumb tricks, the ironically titled but true blue scare-maker The Quiet Ones undoubtedly leaves you screaming for more. Most of the big frights come from the sound design, ear defeating bangs and blood curling cries amped up to a Spinal Tap-approved level of 11. It's a cheap but effective method made even better by the clever hook that this flick often plays out like a vintage found footage thriller. True, it plays with all-too-common horror possession themes seen countless times but puts a thinking man spin on them, giving debunking disbelievers a voice as well. In this '70s-set PG-13-rated horror flick, a university professor (Harris), a team of students (Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne), and their film cameraman (Clafin) conduct an experiment on a young woman (Olivia Cooke), uncovering terrifyingly unexpected forces in the process. For this critic, it was always Hammer Time. As a child, it wasn't black and white Universal Creature Features that defined horror. Instead, that honor fell on Hammer, a Britain-based studio that made A-Grade B-Movie monster mashes throughout the '50s, '60s, and '70s. The fact that they're producing solid intelligent heart-stoppers (Let Me In, The Woman in Black) speaks VERY well for the genre. The Quiet Ones bears this out pretty well. The 2nd act's a mixed bag, throwing in some neat twists concerning the professor but, on the flip side, trying to explain away the terror on cult activity on hokum. This doesn't make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up any less, however. Plus, the movie does a lot with its PG-13 rating. Thanks to the slow building terror and near-nudity cutaways set-up by director John Pogue, you'd swear this creep show was a Hard R. Bottom line: Cum On Fear the Noise

Jeff Boam
Jeff Boam

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½

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

½

A somewhat confusing but uninteresting horror! That doesn't scare nor thrill !

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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The Quiet Ones is one of those underrated horror films that quietly finds its way into a horror fans DVD player. Although, nothing excellent, the film is surprisingly atmospheric, which is key to creating effective tension. I found this one to be a very well acted film with a good story, and it's quite terrifying at times due to the fact that it steadily builds up the tension throughout the film to really make things unnerving. If you're a diehard genre fan, you'll surely enjoy it, and like I said, it's an underrated affair, one that doesn't deserve all the flack it has received, as there are some good things going on-screen. Here. The Quiet Ones isn't the most terrifying horror film this year, but it nonetheless delivers some good chills throughout to make it at least a worthwhile viewing experience for fans that enjoy these types of movies. The film has a found footage vibe, and it's interesting what the director tries to do with the idea, and it's a really unique twist. Overall, the film has plenty of strengths to make this a solid recommendation to viewers looking for a well acted, chilling piece of work. I agree that there could have been some improvements, but the film as it is, is not bad. There have been far worse movies in the genre lately, and The Quiet Ones is a film that better than what most critics have said about it. Hammer films have made another good little film here, and there are enough effective moments to grab your attention for a tense hour and a half. The Quiet Ones is a good movie, but one that never realizes its potential and it had so much to deliver. However as it is, this is a pleasant treat for genre fans, and like I said, is underrated.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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