The Not-So-Quiet Ones

The Quiet Ones is still playing in theaters.

The Quiet Ones

 

The Quiet OnesĀ (2014) – Rated PG-13

A university professor and a team of students conduct an experiment on a young woman, uncovering terrifyingly dark, unexpected forces in the process.”

The old Hammer was my favorite movie studio growing up. Quatermass and the Pit and The Gorgon are my two favorite Hammer movies. Their horror catalog was impressive, even if they did continually recycle their big guns. More than a half dozen each of Dracula and Frankenstein movies as well as several Karnstein and Mummy films were made before Hammer died in the mid-1970s.

The modern iteration of Hammer is doing a lot to maintain a higher level of quality than average for horror movies. The Resident was a bit of a letdown, although it was nice to see Christopher Lee back in horror. Wake Wood and The Woman in Black were entertaining albeit flawed. Let Me In was the rare remake that was better than the original.

Their latest effort, The Quiet Ones, sadly bills itself as based on a true story. That is usually a sign that I’m not going to enjoy it. It stars Jared Harris, an excellent character actor who deserves more starring roles. He is quite good here though even he can’t rescue some rather bizarre directorial choices.

The story itself is rather boring and bland, two words commonly associated with the ‘based on a true story’ moniker. Is the woman faking it? Is she telekinetic? Is she possessed? Is there some other explanation for the (very minor) events occurring?

Unfortunately, director John Pogue chooses to spice things up with jump scares that were old when slashers were young. Constantly not knowing when the movie is going to suddenly increase in volume for no purpose is initially annoying and raises to grating after about a half dozen of these cheap boos.

The Quiet Ones isn’t bad and Jared Harris is much better than the material, it just isn’t good either.

Hammer’s next endeavor is called Gaslight and the premise sounds intriguing: “Secretly imprisoned in a London insane asylum, the infamous Jack the Ripper helps Scotland Yard investigators solve a series of grisly murders whose victims all share one thing in common: dual puncture wounds to the neck.”

This will be followed by a sequel to The Woman in Black entitled The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.