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Quiet Ones
     

The Quiet Ones

Director: John Pogue

Cast: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards

 

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A physics professor gathers a group of Ph.D students to help him conceive a poltergeist in this Hammer Films production based on actual events. Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke) is a deeply troubled girl possessed of an all-consuming blackness, and Professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) has a particularly

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A physics professor gathers a group of Ph.D students to help him conceive a poltergeist in this Hammer Films production based on actual events. Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke) is a deeply troubled girl possessed of an all-consuming blackness, and Professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) has a particularly unconventional plan for getting the darkness out of her. Summoning his top students to a secluded estate on the outskirts of London, Professor Coupland proposes that they attempt to manifest the malevolent energy in Jane. What the brilliant instructor and his ambitious students discover when they attempt to do so, however, is a horror so unrelentingly baleful and powerful that it may destroy them all before they even realize what a terrible mistake they've made.

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The oldest tropes in the horror genre get their very own haunted home in The Quiet Ones, the latest release from the recently resuscitated U.K. studio Hammer Film Productions. While not particularly quiet, the movie contains a potentially mad professor, a group of generically attractive young adults, a spooky manor with electrical issues and doors that open and close of their own volition, and a demon. There's no way around it: The Quiet Ones is achingly formulaic and only sporadically scary -- but when it works, it really works. Directed and co-written by John Pogue, the picture follows abnormal-psychology professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) as he attempts to prove that individuals suffering from what appears to be demonic possession are merely afflicted with an abundance of negative telekinetic energy; furthermore, he posits that this energy can be transferred to a harmless vessel, such as a doll. When the university that employs him stops funding his experiments, Coupland takes his students Krissi (Erin Richards) and Harry (Rory Fleck-Byrne), as well as aspiring A/V geek Brian (Sam Claflin), to an old and lonely mansion to continue his research. Coupland's subject is Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke), a young woman who believes she is possessed by a presence named Evey. Although Cooke certainly looks the part of a little girl lost, the tale of Jane Harper and Evey is the weakest element of the film. Coupland's methods of treating Jane -- through sleep deprivation, isolation, and constant exposure to loud music -- seem archaic and a little cruel, and the professor's own mental decline is too obvious for his assistants' devotion to him to remain believable. Nor does the attraction between Jane and Brian make much sense. Whether it's due to supernatural activity or a chemical imbalance, Jane is profoundly fragile and disturbed; Brian, clearly meant to be the kindest and most compassionate member of the group, seems unlikely to pursue a romance with such a vulnerable person. However, the film's atmosphere is as strong as the script is weak. Set in the 1970s, the movie has a grainy, muted quality evocative of horror flicks of old, and manages to present itself as nostalgic without being overly camp. The cast have a welcomingly real quality to them that offers a stark contrast to the glossy, oversexualized look of more modern films. There is, of course, a little bit of sex -- even a flash of nipple -- but it remains an undercurrent as opposed to a tidal wave, giving depth to the implications of the sexual tension and gender politics that contribute to the already tense air of the house. There are an abundance of "gotcha" moments, but they are well-executed and genuinely terrifying. The Quiet Ones may be imperfect, predictable, and occasionally nonsensical, but it is on the whole a successful film at creating a palpable sense of dread and reinforcing society's deeply held fears of spooky old homes, ghosts, devils, and man's inhumanity to man.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2014
UPC:
0031398201038
Original Release:
2014
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
29,643

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director/co-writer John Pogue and producer Tobin Armbrust; Deleted scenes; Outtakes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jared Harris Professor Joseph Coupland
Sam Claflin Brian McNeil
Erin Richards Krissi Dalton
Rory Fleck-Byrne Harry Abrams
Olivia Cooke Jane Harper
Laurie Calvert Phillip
Aldo Maland David Q
Max Pirkis David Q (Older)
Tracy Ray David Q's Mother
Richard Cunningham Provost
Eileen Nicholas Angry Neighbor
Rebecca Scott Student #1
Ben Holden Doctor

Technical Credits
John Pogue Director,Screenwriter
Tobin Armbrust Producer
Kate Bacon Executive Producer
Caroline Barclay Art Director
Camille Benda Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexander Brunner Executive Producer
Carissa Buffel Executive Producer
Guy East Executive Producer
Matyas Erdely Cinematographer
Mark Fenn Asst. Director
Matt Gant Production Designer
Glenn Garland Editor
James Gay-Rees Producer
Matt Hanson Asst. Director
Ben Holden Producer
Emily Jerman Costumes/Costume Designer
Jillian Longnecker Executive Producer
Kevin Matusow Executive Producer
Oren Moverman Screenwriter
Gabi Norland Cinematographer
Simon Oakes Producer
Steven Chester Prince Producer
Livia Rao Production Manager
Sasha Robertson Casting
Craig Rosenberg Screenwriter
Andy Ross Musical Direction/Supervision
Marc Schipper Executive Producer
Nigel Sinclair Executive Producer
Lucas Vidal Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Quiet Ones
1. Scene 1
2. Scene 2
3. Scene 3
4. Scene 4
5. Scene 5
6. Scene 6
7. Scene 7
8. Scene 8
9. Scene 9
10. Scene 10
11. Scene 11
12. Scene 12

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