The Quiet Ones


The Quiet Ones

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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


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

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  • "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…

    A.A. Dowd

    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…

    James Rocchi
    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

  • Jul 25, 2016
    The Quiet Ones is entertaining throughout and is definitely worth a watch for supernatural horror fans, particularly those who enjoy low-budget horror and wish to see a return to form for Hammer House productions who are reborn with their production of "The Quiet Ones" a film loosely based on experiments into demonic possession that occurred in the 80's. The film is definitely inspired by the Conjuring that came out the year before to critical acclaim, with its use of "paranormal investigators", seances, retro throwback feel and "based on true events" staple that so many films seem to include nowadays. It is good overall and both Jared Harris and Olivia Cooke give great chalk and cheese performances beside one another. Unfortunately the film seems intent on creating sub-plots of mistrust and doubt, romance that just don't seem to gel with the story. The special effects are understated and it never feels over the top.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2014
    This movie didn't really do a lot for me. There's a certain moody atmosphere to the proceedings, but the scares themselves are really poorly constructed. All they consist of is, literally, not even joking, really loud noises going off at random points. That is it. There's a review here that craps on gorefests like Proxy, which wasn't really that gory, or American Mary and how anyone can create disgust, but slow-building disquiet takes real talent. While there is a point to the fact that anyone can make a brainless gorefest, it also takes talent to make sure that it is not JUST a gorefest, as Proxy, in spite of all its flaws, attempted. But it also shows a level of ignorance to suggest that jump scares take any REAL talent to pull off. It doesn't, I could probably pull it off fairly easily to be quite honest. Look at internet screamers, those are jump scares of the lowest quality. Now, I'm not suggesting that this film is like a screamer, because it isn't, as it has a certain level of atmosphere that screamers simply don't care to have, but the fact of the matter is that the jump scares in this film are really poorly done. I think the film benefits from a good performance from Jared Harris. But, outside of the atmosphere, I can't really think of much else I found to be enjoyable about this movie. The narrative is practically nonexistent. And even if you DID think it had a narrative, you probably thought it was uninspired as hell. It's not like that's much of an improvement when you think about it. I was gonna say that it's like going from homeless to poor, but I'm sure most homeless people would LOVE to be poor, so it's not a fair comparison. The movie just never clicks. This isn't exclusive to this film, but only in horror movies do you see the most logical explanation tossed aside in favor of something supernatural. Same thing happens here, you see Joseph trying to explain what is happening in the most logical of ways, only for him to be dismissed by Brian by using hocus pocus theories. I realize horror films aren't supposed to make sense, the impossible is made possible and all that jazz. But it's funny to me seeing how the most reasonable explanation is tossed aside in favor of something supernatural. Of course, the film deals with the ethics of science and the experiments that are performed on Jane. But, to be honest, outside of the climax, the experiment isn't really THAT extreme, so it's hard to buy into these themes about the ethics of science. I don't wanna say that this film is terrible, because I didn't think it was, it's just one that, considering the pedigree of those involved, should've been so much better than it actually was. This isn't bad, this is lazy...which in many ways is worse than if the film was just bad.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2014
    A colossal disjointed mess that only uses the same tactic to scare you over and over again: loud noises. It's annoying, not scary. The presentation is awful, the editing really poor, moments happen that don't matter (they pulled the funding of the experiment. so frickin what? What the hell did that add?), the characters are boring and do nothing for 1h30mins and yadda yadda yadda, you already know where this is going.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2014
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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