The Horror Honeys: The Hammer Strikes a Soft Blow...

The Hammer Strikes a Soft Blow...

A Supernatural Honey Review by Suzanne

The Quiet Ones (2014)

Hammer Films is one of the great loves of my life. After ceasing production in the mid 1980s due to the competition in the horror market, they were sold a couple of times with nothing new produced until 2009 with the release of the Irish horror film Wake Wood. Since then, they have made a small resurgence in the US with The Resident, Let Me In, and The Woman in Black. While it thrills me Hammer is producing films again, the output doesn’t live up to the Hammer of old and although I did find something to love about these releases, with the exception of The Resident, they left me feeling a bit hollow. 

The Quiet Ones is the most recent release from Hammer. I must say, I had some anticipation as it was an original film, rather than a remake, but I didn’t want to see it enough to go to the theater. It’s currently on Netflix so that seemed like the perfect opportunity, but sadly, it’s taken me weeks to write up a review because I have very little feels on it.

Controversial professor, Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris), gathers a group of students to assist and document his experiments on potential possession victim, Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke). Professor Coupland’s two assistants Harry (Rory Fleck-Byrne) and Krissi (Erin Richards) are joined by the naive and skeptical Brian McNeil (Sam Clafin). The object of the experiments is to harness the energy of the evil spirit and destroy it. Brian immediately develops a sympathetic connection to Jane and vows to help her. 

Your doll has seen better days there, Jane.
As the experiments progress, the activity around the group increases and becomes more volatile. Brian begins his own research outside of the group and links Jane’s possession back to a Satanic cult from the 1960s. Determined to save Jane, Brian goes up against the professor and the evil force in the house in a fiery showdown.

Home tattoos are ALWAYS a bad idea.
To start, I loved the cast. I am a huge fan of Jared Harris and he, like his father Richard Harris, is such a presence on screen. Sam Clafin is adorable and I immediately crushed on him from his first scene. I’ve only ever seen Olivia Cooke, who is actually British, play an American and although she was more than adequate, her natural accent seemed fake and too rehearsed. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it was seriously distracting.

The Quiet Ones was a beautiful looking film, something Hammer excels at, lush and dreamy, and the special effects were solid. I wasn’t even bothered by the found footage style, which was omnipresent. 

So why, after the glowing comments I just made, can I not be excited by The Quiet Ones? Well, to be frank, it was dreadfully BORING. There is nothing new to be seen here with regard to the story or the format. It’s all been done a million times. 

Emphatic pointing! DRAMA!
That said, I still hope for the continued success of a company that essentially wooed me into the world of horror. Hammer, in the immortal words of Dolly Parton, I will always love you.

Supernatural Honey rating: 2.5 dreary English landscapes out of 5

The Quiet Ones is available via Netflix Streaming, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video
YouTube VOD, Google Play& blu-ray/DVD

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