Film review: The Quiet Ones

The Quiet Ones
The Quiet Ones

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 by the masters of scare, Hammer Horror. Set in London in the Mid 70s, Professor Joseph Coupland, (Jared Harris) with the help from a team of university students sets up an experiment on a young girl, Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke) to try and prove once and for all that the supernatural does not exist. Coupland believe that if he can cure Jane then he can cure mental illness once 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 they try to actually create a spirit of sorts. It still has moments which are renowned in the genre such as unexplained events happening, a séance and frights left right and centre. From this a few parts would be seen as predictable but on the whole the film and concept is an interesting and intriguing one and even if you want to look away you wont be able to.

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 with the rest of the film 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 part of the credits too as they feature the actual photographs from the experiment the film was based on and it makes it hit home that bit more. The uncertainty of what will happen next will keep you glued to the screen, guessing and waiting for the unexpected.