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.
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.