The Quiet Ones
The Quiet Ones
Director: John Pogue
Writers: Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman, John Pogue, Tom de Ville
Cast: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Olivia Cooke, Laurie Calvert, Aldo Maland, Max Pirkis, Tracy Ray, Richard Cunningham, Eileen Nicholas, Rebecca Scott, Aretha Ayeh, Max Mackintosh, Harman Singh
Synopsis: A university professor and a team of students conduct an experiment on a young woman, uncovering terrifyingly dark, unexpected forces in the process.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, sexual content, thematic material, language, and smoking throughout
6.1 / 10
- Acting was fairly decent
- Jared Harris plays a great mad scientist in this movie
- The settings, cinematography, atmosphere, creepy music and noises are played up well for tension
- Visual effects aren't bad either
- Film falls into every cliche in the book
- Story is overly predictable
- Characters are bland and uninteresting. Not to mention, they're mostly portrayed as stereotypes of characters we've seen before in other horror movies.
- Lacks a strong relatable main character to get invested in
Another dull horror film that lacks any originality or punch to it
"The Quiet Ones" is probably one of the most uninspired movies that I've ever seen. Not only does the film have all the stereotypical horror movie cliches that one would expect, but the characters all come off being bland and uninteresting.. The film is allegedly based on true events.
Our story takes place back in the 1970's, where a university professor believes that all paranormal possessions are really nothing more than a mental illness that somehow triggers a person's hidden potential to access telekinesis. With the help of a couple of interns (one of them, he's sleeping with), he runs his experiments on a young girl. Who's the test subject you ask?
An orphaned teenage girl named Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke), who's been locked away inside an insane asylum, but she's been haunted by demons throughout her whole life. Most people think she's possessed by a demon, but the professor still thinks it's all in her head. Enter the lonely camera man named Brian (Sam Claflin), who's been hired recently to document all of their research for prosperity purposes.
Although the doctor warns him to keep his distance from Jane, he ends up falling madly in love with her anyway. And if you've seen a millions of horror movies like this before, then you should have a general idea on this plays out. With the exception of the small twist at the end involving the professor, there's hardly any real surprises throughout this movie, as it falls into every stereotypical cliche you can imagine.
"The Quiet Ones" tries to set itself up like "The Conjuring", where it makes up for it's lack of originality by making the settings of the movie work in it's favor. Setting most of the horror in darkly lit rooms. Playing creepy background noises and music. Slow build up, and tensions that gradually lead to the horror; with a few splashes of disturbing imagery in between. Not to mention the cinematography helps with this as well, as it's used to create a very claustrophobic atmosphere, during some of the eerily creepy moments. Plus, it helps when you have some great visual effects to work with as well.
Sadly, unlike "the Conjuring", this one doesn't have a good narrative. Granted, I don't think anyone would argue that "The Conjuring" was a great movie because of it's script, but it was set up rather nicely enough to be plausible. This movie on the other hand doesn't.
Sure, the plot is easy to buy into enough, but the characters come off as being so eerily bland that it's hard to ever get invested into this. As I mentioned with "The Conjuring", that film at least had some likable characters to build around. Whereas "The Quiet Ones", you have a bunch of characters that fall into various stereotypes. Sure, the plot twist they throw in, around the end, was a bit of a surprise, but it adds relatively little impact to the movie itself.
You have a mad scientist stereotype running his crazy experiments on a girl that's obviously possessed. Everyone tells him that he's crazy to think he can cure her, but he ignores them. You have the slutty blonde girl that sleeps with almost everyone. You even have some dumb a**, who loves the slutty girl, and the camera man is just the naive schmuck we're supposed to follow in all this. Seriously, if you've seen a lot of horror movies before, then chances are you know exactly how everything in this film turns out just from watching the trailers alone.
Granted, I'm not going to sit here and say that "The Conjuring" was a masterpiece or anything, but it still left you with some great moments that manage to make those same stereotypes of horror seem fresh with likable characters, and a fairly balanced story. Whereas "The Quiet Ones", it just comes off as just another run of the mill horror film ready to make a quick buck.
However, that's not to say that the film is entirely bad though. The acting was pretty decent, as you can tell the actors really put a lot of effort into their performances. Jared Harris does a great job playing the good obsessed doctor in all this. Bringing in a sly huckster con man persona, with a dash of a mad scientist mentality, to the role. At first, he seems to sell you on the idea that he has good intentions, but turns out to be a bit misguided in his beliefs as we see later on..
Overall though, I wouldn't go out of my way to say that "The Quiet Ones" is among the worst horror movies that I've ever seen, but it leaves a lot to be desired. Unless you're just a die hard horror fan, then I'd probably wait until the DVD/Blue Ray release of this one.
© 2014 Steven Escareno
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