Monday, May 26, 2014

The Quiet Ones Inspires a Noisy Audience


Movie Title:   The Quiet Ones

PG-13, 1 hour 38 minutes

 
Grade:   C

In a Nutshell:  This is a campy horror film that is inspired by supposed true events.  Led by the talented Jared Harris of Mad Men: Seasons 1-4 and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows , this creepy movie has all the familiar ingredients: mysterious noises coming from cob-webbed rooms in a dimly-lit house, scary gags that make you jump in your seat, sinister characters that make you laugh nervously, and a plot that unravels if you shine the light on it.

 
The movie title certainly wasn’t referring to the audience I sat with.  The teenagers in the audience yelled “OMG!”, screamed, laughed, and commented loudly on every scene, providing additional entertainment in an otherwise empty theater.  During the scene where an older man and younger girl kiss, one of the girls in the audience yelled “Get out!”  Whenever something unbelievable would happen, another teen in the audience would scream “Shut up!”  ha ha

 
Theme: 

  • Who is the REAL crazy one? 
  • Talk about manifesting your negative energy!

Things I liked:
 

  • Director John Pogue successfully creates an atmosphere that provides an air of ethereal history.
  • Nice touch to show artifacts and old photographs at the end of the film.
  • It’s a good movie for teens to watch on DVD on a Friday night when they want to laugh and be scared at the same time during a party with their friends. 

Things I didn’t like:

  • It’s ironic that a movie entitled The Quiet Ones spends so much time cranking up the volume on screams to get a reaction out of the audience.
  • The jiggly camera effects made me more dizzy than scared.
  • Everyone in the movie is always crying or sweating. 
  • A bit predictable.  Even the twist ending isn’t original.
 
Interesting  lines:

  • “You’re scared because you can’t explain what you’ve seen.”  - Professor Joseph Coupland
  • “It’s human nature to question and be skeptical.” – Professor Joseph Coupland
  • “He saved me from myself.”  - Jane Harper
Tips for parents:  Despite its PG-13 rating, the movie will give young kids nightmares.  There is very little profanity.
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