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The Quiet Ones Blu-ray Review

The Quiet Ones Blu-ray

“The Quiet Ones” is forgettable horror fare.

In this Hammer Films/Lionsgate production that is based on true events, the 1974 set story revolves around a shady University Professor Joseph and a trio of students (Krissi, Harry, and Brian) that are attempting to cure a troubled suicidal patient (Jane) via a experimental procedure. Jane is no ordinary patient, however, as there may be some supernatural element involved. Is Jane possessed? Is a spirit involved? Does Jane’s past play into the story at all?

When you notice that 3 writers (Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman and John Pogue) are credited for writing this horror chiller, it’s obvious that this script was troubled from the start. When you are watching “The Quiet Ones,” this becomes particularly obvious. While the actual Philip Experiment true life story is certainly worthy of a film project, this Hammer Films production does the story a disservice. Had the writing staff spent less time building up clichéd spooktacular events and assaulting the audience with audio scares and focused more on punching up the sloppy story, this film may have worked. As is, it’s a watered down PG-13 horror flick that tests one’s patience all the way through the anti-climactic ending.

On the plus side, there are two stand-out performances here from veteran actor Jared Harris and rising starlet Olivia Cooke (best known as the scene stealing Emma on the fantastic “Bates Motel” series). Even when nothing is happening on screen, their presence makes the movie watchable. It’s just a shame they didn’t have better material to work with.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The film goes for a 70’s style (especially when it cuts to the footage John is shooting) and it works surprisingly well. Visually, there’s nothing wrong with this movie.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The sound jolts are not only effective, but they’re all this horror film has to offer.

Extras include:
* Digital HD copy.
* 7 deleted scenes.
* 3 ½ minutes of outtakes.
* “An Ominous Opening” contains cast and crew interviews and discussions about the opening title credit images.
* “Welcome To The Experiment: Making The Quiet Ones”- A thorough 35 minute making of that contains film clips, behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews, conversations about how the project came about, sound, F/X, and much more.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* A dry commentary by John Pogue and Tobin Armbrust.

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August 20, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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