Based oh, so loosely on a real experiment in the early 70s in Canada, this movie moves many, many steps forward to slowly, carefully terrify your pants off. I was quite surprised it has gotten such so-so ratings online, since my heart was pounding throughout much of the movie and I even jumped during several scenes.
In The Quiet Ones, an Oxford university professor and three of his students conduct an unusual and unethical experiment on a young woman named Jane who seems to be possessed by an entity – ghost? demon? spirit? – named Evey. Jane is locked in a room while Cum on Feel the Noize blares day and night (yes, there is a non-Quiet Riot version from 1973). Using various instruments and methods, the team tries to help Jane to telekinetically move Evey from her body into a doll, thus curing her and proving the professor’s theories. But Evey has other ideas about how and where she wants to live.
The Quiet Ones is not a splashy possession story, at least not at first. The two main settings – Oxford and an abandoned country house – are pretty much it. Tension builds slowly in the first half hour, but once it kicks in, it kicks up a notch every few minutes and doesn’t stop until the very end. Expect lots of surprises and even a good supply of scares.
- Top Scare: Too many to pick just one
- Heartbeats: 3 1/2 out of 5
- Gore Factor: 2 out of 5
- Suspense Factor: 4 out of 5
- Recommended for: 15 and up (even though it is PG-13), due to scares and some violent scenes