Film review: The Quiet Ones

Olivia Cooke has a room with a view in the British horror film The Quiet Ones.

Olivia Cooke has a room with a view in the British horror film The Quiet Ones.

First published in Reviews

STRAP in for a shockingly good horror filled with twists and turns and enough jumpy sequences to ensure the audience will be satisfied throughout.

Based on true events, The Quiet Ones is the latest film from the masters of scare, Hammer Horror.

Set in London in the Mid '70s, Professor Joseph Coupland, (Jared Harris), with help from a team of university students, sets up an experiment on a young girl, Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke) to try to prove once and for all that the supernatural does not exist.

Coupland believes that if he can cure Jane then he can cure mental illness across the whole world.

Unlike some horror films that set out to scare the audience for no reason or inflict nothing but gore for the full 90 minutes, The Quiet ones has a good storyline which tips the usual haunting/ possession theme on its head as the protagonists try to create a spirit of sorts.

Granted, it still has genre-typical moments such as unexplained events, a séance and frights left right and centre, which could be called predictable, but on the whole the film and concept is an interesting one.

All performances were strong, especially Harris' portrayal of Professor Coupland which had cinema-goers changing emotions and feelings towards the characters as the movie progressed.

If there was any weakness or inconsistency it would be their selection of Slade's Come On Feel The Noize, as the song to keep Jane constantly awake; it just seemed out of place, but aside from this minor detail it made for a stand out film.

The Quiet Ones is a fast-paced, jump-out-of-your-seat horror that is well worth a watch.

It is worth staying through the credits too, as they feature the actual photographs from the experiment on which the film was based.

The uncertainty of what will happen next will keep viewers glued to the screen, guessing and waiting for the unexpected.

Laura Brougham

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