The new British horror movie The Quiet Ones (our previous article here) is an homage to the vintage films of the 1970s.
Produced by Hammer (The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe) and with the presence of Jared Harris (Mad Men) and with the new Hunger Games star Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Snow White and the Huntsman) the British audience is already wild in excitement.
To build anticipation is, in particular, trailer quote “inspired by actual events” but it’s just based on the Philips Experiment of 1972, in which a group of Toronto academic researchers tried to prove that ghosts and poltergeists are constructs of the human mind.
Set in 1974, the movies tells about Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris), an Oxford University psychology professor with highly unorthodox methods. He hires his student, the amateur cameraman Brian McNeil (Sam Claflin) to document his experiments on Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke, Bates Motel), a mentally unstable young woman who appears to be possessed by a diabolical alter ego named Evey. The professor believes Jane is creating Evey purely through her own telekinetic powers. When Coupland is driven out of Oxford by university authorities with his team of students they start to use as base a country house. Obviously can’t be missed the romantic involvement between Brian and Jane (or Evey?!?!) for a non-deducted final.
If the classic horror movie clichés are too many and poorly orchestrated, certainly a strong point of this film is the soundtrack that includes the best of the vintage British rock.
Even if The Quiet Ones is not really original or especially scary, it can count on great visual effects that make it enjoyable to watch for horror fans, but also for those who are not.
Speaking about the movie, Sam Claflin said: “Despite being one of the scariest buildings I’ve ever been in, we very rarely shot at night so it was a safe environment […] It was just tough having to look at all the other guys’ scared faces all day, every day. Once you start getting familiar, you start pointing out the flaws and then every time you turn around and catch someone else’s eye when they’re pulling a face, you’re trying not to laugh for a lot of it. […] We also had the director vocalising a lot of the sound effects, so that in itself was quite hilarious. Without the music and sound effects which in the final cut make the film, it’s tough to realise how things are going to work, but I think it works fantastically well”.
The Quiet Ones is released in UK cinemas on April 10 and in US cinemas on April 25