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REVIEW: The Quiet Ones

From the producer of the modern-day  English version of  the vampire film “Let Me In”  comes “The Quiet Ones”, a  set-in-the-early-70’s retro tale of demonic possession.  The jumps come fast and furious, from the opening scene. Most of the jumps aren’t visual: they’re  the sounds.  Fantastic use of  audio here!!!   This is no goregy (gore orgy). It’s all about the jumps and dread with the payoff at the very end.

The acting standouts : Olivia Cooke (“Bates Motel”)  as the possessed and Jared Harris (Lane Pryce on “Mad Men”)  as the professor experimenting with a “cure” for her.   Sam Claflin of  “The Hunger Games” fame loses his horror movie virginity as the cameraman filming the  experiment.  

As a 70’s period piece, this one scores with music and  fashion.  As a horror film , well it’s a mash-up of so many that’s gone before it.  So there’s no new ground. But there are enough  jumps to  keep you on edge.


2-and-a-half stars


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