run time: 98 mins
director: John Pogue
starring: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Olivia Cooke, Laurie Calvert, Aldo Maland, Max Pirkis, Tracy Ray
movie summary: Professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) teaches a class on paranormal activities and supernatural occurrences at Oxford University. He comes across the case of Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke), a young girl who appears to be possessed by an evil spirit named Evey. Professor Coupland wants to conduct experiment that proves the supernatural is just a figment of our imaginations.
One day in a classroom full of students Professor Coupland is conducting a class on film that explains how the most paranormal activities can be explained scientifically and psychologically. Coupland hopes to recruit cameraman Brian McNeil (Sam Claflin) to video tape his experiment with Jane, his two teacher assistants Krissi Dalton (Erin Richards) and Harry Abrams (Rory Fleck-Byrne) are already committed to the project. The four of them meet outside the school to go over the details of the experiment before heading over to a secure part of the school where Jane has been locked up in a room. They feed her and blast heavy medal music into her room to make sure she doesn’t fall asleep, they are afraid if she sleeps Evey will completely possess her body. Coupland has been patiently setting up his experiment, waiting for the right moment to provoke the so-called evil spirit to prove it is not real.
Brian meets Jane for the first time and falls in love with her. Krissi and Harry warn Brian about how crazy Jane gets and that he shouldn’t try to make any physical contact with her or stare into her eyes for long periods. Coupland senses the connection between Brian and Jane so he tries to keep them apart. Jane begins acting really crazy harming herself by carving satanic symbols on her body which forces the school board to kick Coupland, Jane, and his experiment out of the school. Coupland relocates Jane and his assistants to a remote mansion in the countryside.
Jane is monitored both day and night by video and audio equipment. In an attempt to stir up the evil spirit Evey, Coupland gives Jane a doll to interact with and try to channel the evil spirits into the doll. Strange things begin to happen during the nighttime, Brian pleads to get Jane professional help but Coupland is really greedy and refuses to let her go. He thinks Jane is the perfect test subject and will do whatever he can to use her and prove his thesis is right. The crew begin to run more experiments to call out Evey and save Jane but this only seems to piss Evey off more causing a bunch of haunting things to occur around the house. Krissi and Harry believe that Evey is actually real and not a figment of Jane’s imagination so they leave.
Brian has had enough watching Jane get abused for Coupland’s experiment and attempts to rescue her away. Jane doesn’t want to go which causes a struggle between Coupland and Brian. Krissi and Harry return in time to get in the middle of the argument only to witness Jane act really crazy and end up harming everyone in the house.
my thoughts: The Quiet Ones is loosely based on a real-life experiment held during the 1970’s in Toronto. The group of students and professor were trying to create a real live ghost, but their experiment didn’t work to perfection. They manage to connect with a spirit that scares them into realizing there are in fact paranormal spirits out there.
The writers for the Quiet Ones had to take some liberties with the story to make it appealing to audiences who are accustomed to the Paranormal Activity movies and bloody slasher flicks. Surprisingly this movie has very little blood in it and isn’t really scary at all. There are a few moments that could make you jump out of your seat but the reality is this movie is far below the standard of the best paranormal themed movies.
The cast is made up of a bunch of non-name actors and actresses which doesn’t really help the advertising for the movie even though this low-budget movie was pretty full when I went to see it on a Friday night. I didn’t know about the Quiet Ones aside from the trailer which looked extremely disappointing. I only went to see this with friends it to kill time before Spider-Man. I figured the Quiet Ones with its rather dull boring plot and lack of real scares ranks up there with some of the worst movies I’ve seen this year like Devil’s Due and Paranormal Activity 5.
my star rating: 1 out 10
imdb.com: 5.6 out 10
rottentomatoes.com: 34% out 100%