Review: The Quiet Ones / Cert: 18 / Director: John Pogue / Screenplay: Craig Rosenberg, John Pogue, Oren Moverman, Tom De Ville / Starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivie Cooke, Erin Richards / Released: Out Now
The Quiet Ones is a movie that’s been highly anticipated by certain corners of the horror community. The central focus of the Hammer horror is Oxford professor Joseph Coupland (Harris) and his small group of students as they look to document parapsychological happenings within a lady by the name of Jane Harper (Cooke). The big question of the day is whether these crazed goings-on are actual parapsychological occurrences or simply something that is rooted in the mind of the troubled Jane.
Apparently based on true events, The Quiet Ones has a very strong opening and a lot of potential. As we get a closer look into the entity, dubbed Evie, that has an apparent hold over Jane, there’s good, dramatic tension and a rich, borderline-Gothic charm to Pogue’s movie. Sadly, though, the second half ofThe Quiet Ones doesn’t live up to the stellar groundwork laid down by the film’s early moments. What unravels before our eyes is a story that comes across as played out, clichéd and unappealing.
Whilst the film doesn’t live up to the underground buzz that it has received, there are still plenty of positives on show…
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