The left-over nightmares from The Conjuring are finally starting to fade and there are still many months to go before Paranormal Activity 5 hits theaters, but luckily there’s some more supernatural horror occupying the interim in the form of The Quiet Ones, a poltergeist-themed chiller starring Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) that arrives on the big screen this spring.
As shown in the creepy teaser trailer that was released around Halloween last year, The Quiet Ones is the “true story” (ahem) of a university professor (Harris) who attempted to generate the phenomenon of poltergeist activity and capture it on film with the aid of a group of students. Claflin plays one of his wide-eyed protégés, while Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) plays the unfortunate soul who is apparently a catalyst for the supernatural.
Hammer Films has just released a UK trailer that is virtually identical to the US theatrical trailer, except for the couple of split-second additional shots that were only included in the US version. Try watching both trailers side-by-side and playing “spot the difference.”
Purely in terms of behind-the-camera talent, there’s not too much to write home about. Director John Pogue’s only feature so far is the direct-to-DVD sequel Quarantine 2: The Terminal, and he co-wrote the screenplay with Craig Rosenberg (The Uninvited) and Oren Moverman (I’m Not There). Hammer seems to currently be pursuing PG-13 period horror after the success of The Woman in Black (which is in turn getting a period horror sequel called The Woman in Black: Angel of Death).
Mixing the supernatural with themes of a possession and a team of people who are trying to capture it all on film generally makes for a rich cocktail of scariness, so even if The Quiet Ones isn’t a great movie it could at least be worth a watch for those who are in love with the genre, or moviegoers who just want some cheap thrills.
The Quiet Ones is out in theaters on April 25, 2014.