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Quiet Ones, The (15)


A university professor and a team of students conduct an experiment on a young woman, uncovering terrifyingly dark, unexpected forces in the process.

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The critical consensus

Messier than recent Hammer output, but effectively chilling when it’s not making us feel the noize.

***(*)(*)Empire Online, 06/04/2014

Jump-heavy scares numb the nerves long before the finale.

***(*)(*)Paul Bradshaw, Total Film, 07/04/2014

It may not be a stake to the heart of the new Hammer, but the tired ghost-train shocks of The Quiet Ones offer little to encourage the studio’s revival.

**(*)(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 09/04/2014

Pogue repeatedly allows tension to dissipate, and only a handful of moments come close to inspiring actual fear. Otherwise, it’s cheap jolts all the way.

**(*)(*)(*)Chris Buckle, The Skinny, 11/04/2014

The subsequent events are relayed in grainy 16mm found footage that fudges an already messy narrative comprised of cheap, seen-them-all-before shocks that drain the story of any real menace.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 12/04/2014

Harris is well cast and the performances are strong but there isn’t enough story and the “shocks” are a repetitive series of bangs and crashes. Disappointing.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 11/04/2014

Director John Pogue knows how to make you jump but not how to make you care.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 11/04/2014

It's a joy buzzer in a joke shop or a pair of cut-price x-ray specs. Not convinced; not buying.

**(*)(*)(*)Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 12/04/2014

Olivia Cooke excels as a possibly possessed girl locked up for academics to study in the latest Hammer film.

***(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 11/04/2014

Hammer's latest is an enjoyably half-baked foray into the paranormal which mashes together ideas from Peeping Tom, The Exorcist and Dennis Wheatley in random fashion.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, 11/04/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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