The Quiet Ones

The Quiet Ones

John Pogue (2013)

93min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This slow-burning terror tale from the 21st-century incarnation of Hammer Films recalls science-versus-occult shockers The Haunting, The Exorcist and The Legend of Hell House. In 1974, a young cameraman (Hunger Games star Sam Claflin) joins Oxford professor Jared Harris and his student acolytes at an out-of-the-way rural mansion to record an experiment to discover what unspeakable force resides within suicidal teenager Olivia Cooke. But is it a poltergeist, demonic possession or something else that ails the girl? And will Claflin's feelings for her influence the outcome? The post-Blair Witch glut of found-footage films - Paranormal Activity, especially - means a bit of this chiller's thunder has been stolen, but some heart-stopping moments and potent performances, particularly from Cooke, more than compensate for any overfamiliarity with the plot. If you like your scary stories jumpy and bumpy rather than bloody and gory, then this haunting Hammer horror will be right up your (dark) alley.

Summary

An academic scientist recruits a group of Oxford students for a strange experiment, performing a series of tests on a woman in the hope of tapping into her apparent psychic abilities and deliberately manifesting a poltergeist. However, they soon find they are unable to control the dark forces they unleash. Horror, starring Jared Harris and Sam Claflin.

Cast & Crew

Professor Joseph Coupland Jared Harris
Brian McNeil Sam Claflin
Jane Harper Olivia Cooke
Krissi Dalton Erin Richards
Harry Abrams Rory Fleck-Byrne
David Q Max Pirkis
Phillip Laurie Calvert
Director John Pogue
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Violence, swearing, brief nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Apr 2014
Drama