‘The Quiet Ones’ Teaser Trailer: A New Twist on Paranormal Horror

Published 1 year ago by , Updated October 31st, 2013 at 9:18 pm,

With the recent success of the Paranormal Activity franchise and high-profile horror entries such as The Conjuring, it’s safe to say ghost stories and tales of the supernatural are as popular as ever, but when any genre becomes saturated with films based around the same premise, it becomes harder for individual movies to stand out. Fortunately, it looks like the upcoming British film The Quiet Ones is offering some slightly different story elements to the tried and true paranormal horror subgenre formula.

We got our first look at the film a year ago, but didn’t a get chance to see much actual footage. This week, we were treated to a more telling, revealing and very unnerving teaser trailer just in time for Halloween. Check it out above.

As we previously learned from last year’s sneak peek, the film – which like The Conjuring, is inspired by true events – stars Jared Harris (Mad Men, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) as a university professor who uses unorthodox methods to prove his controversial theory that paranormal activity is caused by negative human energy. Along with the film’s slight twist on a familiar premise, this latest teaser gives us more of the story, which centers on Harris’ character leading a group of his best students in conducting a series of experiments on a young patient with the hope to capture the paranormal entity on film. However, in doing so, the group realizes it may have released an evil force more terrifying than it could have ever imagined.

The Quiet Ones Teaser Trailer The Quiet Ones Teaser Trailer: A New Twist on Paranormal Horror

What’s most refreshing about the story is its focus on the human and scientific components of the paranormal, rather than on creating spooky backstories for ghosts or spirits. Hopefully, the film allows us to connect more with the characters and their personal and emotional (as well as metaphysical) struggles, which could make the horror all the more real and unsettling.

Based on the short trailer alone, the film also seems to be avoiding the subgenre’s cliched jump scares in favor of creating more disturbing psychological terror. The vibe and tone we get from the clip is certainly more creepy than outright graphic or gory.

Directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2: Terminal), the film’s talented cast of up-and-comers also makes it a horror film to watch for next year. Along with Harris, it stars Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) and Erin Richards (Being Human).


The Quiet Ones releases in the UK on April 11, 2014.

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  1. I noticed a lack of jump scares in that teaser too, which I’m all in favour of since supposedly “scary” movies like the Paranormal Activity franchise and James Wan’s entries into horror have been full of them and made for boring viewing.

    I’ve said before, I like to be genuinely scared and creeped out while watching a horror movie and haven’t had that feeling in a while (the only exception since catching the Ringu trilogy years ago was the Safe Haven segment of V/H/S 2 earlier in the year) so this should be great viewing. I hope.

    • James Wan’s movies boring? WTF Insidious and the conjuring were anything but boring. The trailer had a lack of scares wich you find ok but then you say you want to be genuinely scared. So if the trailer doesnt have that i ask you, What is drawing you to this film if i may ask?

      • Dazz wants the same thing I do. A genuinely scary experience. Not just jump scares and/or torture porn around bad acting and a weak story.

        • @Alpine



          Wan’s movies were dull and not scary in the slightest. I prefer my horror to have a sense of foreboding and slowly reach that level of “oh my god, how terrifying” rather than having a door slam shut or a person appear behind somebody.

          That isn’t scary, it’s actually cheap and pathetic, a lazy way to get a reaction out of an audience.

          Think of great movies like The Shining, Audition, Ringu, Ju-On: The Grudge, movies that were genuinely scary and didn’t resort to the tactics that Wan and the Paranormal Activity movies rely on.

          The fact that you want to see jump scares in a trailer to find a horror movie scary says a lot about modern horror audiences that have been brought up with crap like the PA series and Wan’s work.

          It’s almost like you’re so used to having cheap jump scares thrown at you every 15 minutes that genuinely scary horror movies with a slow burn are ignored because you perceive them to be boring due to a lack of people in cheap makeup jumping out of a cupboard.

          There’s a reason that the original 70s version of The Wicker Man is still one of the creepiest horror movies ever created.

  2. this movie is totally rank and smells like doggschitt plus no hostetler in film how can be success this movie makingfukk.

  3. Meh. Didn’t see anything in there to get me excited. Looks like another in a long line of disappointingly non-scary movies.

    • You could’ve said that about The Others too a decade ago based on the trailer for that movie but the finished product was actually pretty creepy.