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The Quiet Ones is a Hammer Films Production, which by default already makes this gothic production endearing. Hammer Horror films have delivered successful thrills and chills onscreen since 1935.
The Quiet Ones is loosely based on the 1972 Philip Experiment in Toronto. Canadians will remember the group of Canadian parapsychologists whom wanted to create a ghost, showcasing their theory that the human mind can produce spirits, or haunting through imagination and visualization. Some historians have record the Philip Experiment as a success, the group having made contact with a poltergeist of their own creation; others, deem it as an elaborate hoax.
The film is set in an Oxford based College in the 1970’s. The scenery and environment around the College grips the viewer on a journey straight into the past. The atmosphere the scenery created played a huge role in making this film successful. At times even the craftsmanship of the film seems to be quite dated.
The film begins with a student attending the lecture of a professor who is ambitious to prove there is no such thing as the supernatural. Brian McNeil (Sam Calflin) seeks more information about this shocking experiment, and is invited film the experiment process. Sam joins Professor Coupland (Jared Harris) and his two assistants Kriss (Erin Richards) and Harry (Rory Flecke Burn) to witness experimentation on Coupland’s subject, Jane Harper ( Olivia Cooke.) The relationship between the group and the dialogue the characters exchange brings in the comedic relief that every thriller needs.
Jane is the epitome of a creepy character. In some frames she does not even seem to be a human girl, in others she as lively and animated as any teenage girl. Jane is kept in a locked room, resembling a prison cell while the professor and his team monitor her every move. Funding for the project falls so the team must move to an isolated country home. At this new location, all hell breaks loose. As to be expected.
Jane’s negative energy takes form in a doll she has named, Evey. With the introduction of Evey, the film begins to focus on occult symbols and uncovers connections of an Evey with a Satanic Cult.
The presence of Evey kicks this film in action and picks up the pace. The connection to the occult and the historical significance behind the story cast a sinister sense of foreboding on the story.
Fans of The Others and The Woman In Black will fall in love with this gothic creepfest. The Quiet Ones has a wonderfully constructed storyline, a rare trait in the genre of horror. A must-see for horror fans and history buffs.