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  • Summary: An unorthodox professor (Jared Harris) uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. [Hammer Films]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Apr 28, 2014
    67
    While the movie is not without its charms, there's nothing indicating that it's actually a Hammer movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Apr 25, 2014
    63
    If you look at a horror movie’s prime directive to be to scare the viewer, there’s no denying that, at times, The Quiet Ones got me.
  3. Reviewed by: Paul Bradshaw
    Apr 7, 2014
    60
    There’s creepy dolls, cameras tipped on their side, blasts of white noise and a horny teenage Scooby gang helping Jared Harris’ Oxford prof stir up a poltergeist in the mind of a moody emo girl (Olivia Cooke).
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Apr 4, 2014
    50
    The film relies on high production values and sense-battering shock tactics to make up for wooden performances and an illogical, silly script. As an exercise in retro pastiche, it impresses. But as a postmodern genre reinvention, it fails to deliver.
  5. 38
    It’s a load of horrific hooey.
  6. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Apr 27, 2014
    30
    This demonic possession story is at times so lame it makes the last "Paranormal Activity" flick look like a masterpiece.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Apr 24, 2014
    20
    Ah, wait — it’s an ancient Sumerian curse. That seems like poppycock to everyone but this film’s four screenwriters, who also unfortunately go for crashes and yelling instead of a frightening story.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Apr 26, 2014
    10
    This is a thinking man's horror film, not a shock or gore fest. In that light this was masterfully done, you're uneasy from start to finish. Loved it.
  2. Dec 4, 2014
    5
    Summary: I just can't believe that this lackluster mess came out from Hammer Productions. 50/100 [C]

    Hammer latest horror film "The Quiet
    Summary: I just can't believe that this lackluster mess came out from Hammer Productions. 50/100 [C]

    Hammer latest horror film "The Quiet Ones" is a mixed bag and a very strange flick too. I waited like six months for this crap, the trailer impressed me, it is very well done; unfortunately the film started to receive very bad reviews, so I decided to wait and rent it. First of all, I'm not a big fan of the director John Pogue because he directed the Quarantine sequel called "Quarantine 2: Terminal" and even though I enjoyed some scenes in its first act, most of it was tedious and dumb. The Quiet Ones is as uneven as Quarantine 2 and that is so disappointing because Hammer Productions has made amazing films such as "The Woman In Black" and "Let Me In", but this one was such a miss; they picked an awesome cast but they hired the worst director possible.

    Moving on, the character development is extremely rushed and so forced, the performances are fine but some of the characters here are not developed enough and you don't care about them, a perfect example is Krissi (Erin Richards) and Harry (Rory Fleck-Byrne) this couple is annoying and unlikable. I just want to slap the director because he had an incredible cast: Olivia Cooke, Jared Harris and Sam Claflin, they deserve a better script!, Cooke (from the TV show Bates Motel) was stunning, Sam Claflin is so damn good too, he does an excellent job performing his role. Anyway, The Quiet Ones proves two things, never trust in trailers and never trust in Hammer again. Overall, it's just your average horror movie with a lot of jump-scares, a creepy house and brainless characters.

    The scariest thing about The Quiet Ones is how well made is the trailer because it makes you believe that this movie is so awesome, an instant horror classic; unfortunately it is the opposite. It also uses an unnecessary found-footage style that doesn't even add atmosphere or realism to the film. Yes, it boasts some inventive scares but nothing epic or memorable, even though I enjoyed the movie (for the most part) I just can't recommend it; but I give it a decent 2.5/5 rating because the acting was excellent and I also liked the costume design and the photography of the movie. Anyway, I'm still mad and disappointed because everything was very familiar to me, it doesn't offer something new to the genre and it wasted its talented cast; it is a strange mix of a lot of horror movies.

    I could say that the whole movie was slightly above average but the last 10 minutes were just plain awful to me, they were very confusing, stupid and laughable; also, in the last five minutes there's a scene that includes CGI fire, it looked so fake and cheap. As I said the strengths of the film is the whole production value; such as the costume design, the camera work and the locations, etc. It is a shame that the scares in the trailer looked terrifying, but in the movie itself these "scares" were silly and hilarious. Anyway, leaving aside its flaws I actually enjoyed six or seven moments in the film or maybe more, I don't remember. That's why I think that it deserves a decent 2.5/5 rating, it's not an awful film, my problem with The Quiet Ones is that it wasted its huge potential. [C]
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  3. Apr 27, 2014
    5
    This is all shock and no plot. Some of the jump scares are incredibly effective, and the filmmakers’ use of the surround sound is some of theThis is all shock and no plot. Some of the jump scares are incredibly effective, and the filmmakers’ use of the surround sound is some of the best I’ve heard. But unlike walking into a haunted house, where I know I’m simply trying to get from Point A to Point B with as many scares as possible, when I walk into a horror film, I need more than scares; I need a complete movie. This film is better served for a Saturday afternoon watch at home. Expand
  4. Sep 3, 2014
    4
    Entirely unimpressive. The biggest problem was that it was never scary, and that is clearly an important element. Those loud obnoxious noisesEntirely unimpressive. The biggest problem was that it was never scary, and that is clearly an important element. Those loud obnoxious noises did not do this movie any favors. Expand
  5. Apr 12, 2015
    4
    For a movie caled The Quiet Ones, it's pretty damn loud. Outside of being generally boring, this is just a string of predictable jump scaresFor a movie caled The Quiet Ones, it's pretty damn loud. Outside of being generally boring, this is just a string of predictable jump scares without any buildup. It's not completely bad, though. It has some interesting characters and a decent story, and there's a pretty good twist at the end. It's on Netflix if you want to watch it, but I don't really recommend it. Expand
  6. Apr 26, 2014
    2
    What the hell is this? The Quiet ones is a badly acted, directed and it's a migraine of a movie. Sure, the some scares and the story isWhat the hell is this? The Quiet ones is a badly acted, directed and it's a migraine of a movie. Sure, the some scares and the story is interesting but after that it goes downhill. Ignore this quiet one. Notes to the director: Shaky cam does not make a movie better, it makes it even worse. Expand
  7. Nov 4, 2014
    0
    No vale la pena, esta película esta hecha por otras 1000 películas mas de este genero; los screamers son baratos, la historia es floja yNo vale la pena, esta película esta hecha por otras 1000 películas mas de este genero; los screamers son baratos, la historia es floja y aburre, los momentos y las cosas que suceden no son nuevas, uno ya sabe lo que va a pasar porque lo a visto en otras mil películas iguales a esta, no aporta nada nuevo al genero, mas de lo mismo, pero aburrido y flojo. Expand

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