Welcome to my unofficial April A-to-Z. I’m not participating in the actual event, but feel free to check that out. I decided I’d chose 26 horror films, one title for each letter of the alphabet, all new to me, and mostly available through the various streaming sources that I have access to.
The Quiet Ones
Runtime: 1h 38m
Director: John Pogue
Writer: Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman, John Pogue, Tom de Ville
Stars: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke
A university professor and a team of students conduct an experiment on a young woman, uncovering terrifyingly dark, unexpected forces in the process.
Initial: I am always up for psychical research horror movies.
Production Notes: A Hammer Films Production! Based *very* loosely on the Philip experiment, which I knew nothing about.
What Did I Think: (possible spoilers ahead) The ratings on this movie are pretty low, but it was actually fairly decent. Okay, fine, it really is in the niche of horror films that I enjoy most: the clash of science and the paranormal. While I believe in one and not the other, I like the juxtaposition of them in fiction.
I wish the setting were more 70s. Please, movies and television, if you’re going to period, do it. (I’m looking at you Captain Marvel (2019).) Also, what Coupland was trying to prove is really sort of fuzzy. That Jane is a conduit? That she made up Evie and is now giving her powers? Mostly, I didn’t worry about it too much and went along with the story. I didn’t care for very ending. If the film ended three minutes earlier, I would have been happier.
I did like the contrast of the lush wide-shots and the trimmed down POV shots through Brian’s camera, even if the footage devolves into shaky-cam land occasionally. But, man, I’d think the amount of film he was going through would be a huge expense. Across the board the acting was good. I was pleased to see Olivia Cooke, whom I am familiar with from Bates Motel (2013-17). All in all, worth a watch if you’re in the mood for science-y séances.