Friday, April 25, 2014

The Quiet Ones

Rated PG-13 / 1 hr 38 min / Horror

What is it about?

Professor Joseph Coupland is recruiting students to run an experiment. He has found a disturbed girl who many feel is possessed or haunted. She has volunteered to participate because the Professor seems to be the only one who shows confidence that he can cure her. The experiment gets off to a bad start when the university pulls funding. No matter, Joseph and his merry band of followers move the experiment to what seems to be an abandoned plantation house. That is when things start to take a turn for the creepy. The girl's manifestations are real, but are they something that can be cured? or is it a supernatural force?

You will like it if..

You like creepy supernatural horror movies. A lot of the reviews I have read knock this movie for not bringing anything original to the horror genre. I say... SO WHAT? If it is done well those same devices still work to creep people out. There aren't a lot of original ideas left for people to build a movie off of. While this movie borrows from several other movies, it's execution is excellent. The acting is surprisingly good, and the director does a good job of putting you in the middle of everything. The tension that is built throughout the film amplifies the true scares that are sprinkled sparingly across it's 98 minutes. The basis for the title feels a bit forced, and it is the only gripe I have with the script. One student mentions it almost in passing to one of the main characters. It felt like it was meant to be a theme in the movie with a setup and several mentions, but ends up being an afterthought that was thrown in because they didn't want to come up with a new title. The movie ends up being well above average, but falls short of being one of the truly great horror flicks. It is billed as being based off a true story, so if you want to read up on the true story -

or watch the Youtube video about the experiment -

1 comment:

Corabelle said...

Sounds like a good Netflix rental. :p I don't think I would rush to see it in the theaters.