Saturday, May 10, 2014

THE QUIET ONES

Horror

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. --- thequietonesmovie.com

Professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris), several students Krissi Dalton (Erin Richards) and Harry Abrams (Rory Fleck-Byrne), plus a reluctant photographer Brian Mcneil (Sam Clafin) carry out a trial therapy intended to help Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke) overcome her negative emotions. These emotions seem to manifest as uncontrollable telekinetic energy. The treatment consists of isolation, sleep deprivation and hypnosis.

Professor Coupland’s plan is to get the harmful feelings and power to coalesce into a physical thing. Coupland then would remove this harmful influence from Jane. The test seemed to be making some progress. Then things take a left turn and what was thought to be a sign of negative emotion turns out to be demonic possession.

Olivia Cooke as Jane
The acting in THE QUIET ONES is high-quality and it is the skills of the actors that make this film watchable.  Jared Harris is perfect as the obsessed professor that will go to any means to get the results he wants. Erin Richard was the ideal female party girl college student that does what she has to for the grade.  Sam Clafin was just right as the photographer. He found himself in an uncomfortable situation documenting the experiment while having feelings for test subject, Jane.  This movie was carried by Harris and Olivia Cooke. Cooke is a believable Jane. Her beauty shines through even though the entire movie she plays a plan “Jane” character.  Cooke is able to play the victim, seductress, and dangerous predator. She is a competent actor and I enjoy watching her.
 
I liked THE QUIET ONES. It will not be for everyone. The movie is more of a slow burn filled will tension. There are a few scares and those are loud noise scares. These scares work well the first several times but became expected because of their overuse. I was hoping for a little more titillation. It seemed that director John Pogue was too scared to go there. The producers must have been counting on the PG-13 rating to get the young ones watching.

The main reason I was looking forward to THE QUIET ONES was this is a HAMMER Film. I have been a HAMMER fan since childhood. Back then they were known as HAMMER HOUSE OF HORROR. If you like British horror films you must check out the HAMMER Films library. There you will find such heavy hitters as Christopher Lee as Dracula. Lee starred in eight Dracula films. Another HAMMER star was the late great Peter Cushing. Cushing was best known for Baron Frankenstein as well as Doctor Van Helsing against Lee’s Dracula.   Lee is still the best Lord of Darkness on film and Cushing the best Frankenstein.   I love that HAMMER is back making horror movies.  HAMMERS next outing should be THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH in 2015.  


Note: I watched this movie at a sneak preview on April 24th. I mention this because the morning of the showing at 6:13am to be exact I was told that my father had just passed away. His passing was unexpected.  I know it sounds strange that I would attend a movie that day but my father lived in Southeast Asia and there was nothing I could do. Heavy hearted, shocked, and emotional I attended THE QUIET ONES.   It has taken two weeks before I wanted to write this review.

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