Hammer Introduces Us to "The Quiet Ones"

If there’s one thing that can be said about “The Quiet Ones,” it’s that the movie is definitely an extension of Hammer’s classic films of the 1960s. Not content to just throw out some monster scares, they delve into the Satanic cult themes of classics like “The Devil Rides Out,” “To the Devil a Daughter,” and “The Satanic Rites of Dracula.” Although not perfect by any means and a bit confusing in plot if you’re not paying close enough attention, the famous production company delivers a creepy new entry to add to their rich cinematic history.

Much like Hammer’s early works, “The Quiet Ones” is a gothic period piece. However, instead of it taking place in the eerie 1800s or early 1900s, it takes place in the 1970s in a secluded and mysterious mansion. A University professor (Jared Harris) leads a group of students in an experiment to help an emotionally disturbed young woman. Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke) believes she is followed by a sinister spirit who manifests itself through violent outbursts. Is something supernatural occurring or is Jane somehow willing herself to harm others and wreak havoc wherever she goes?

“The Quiet Ones” is presented in 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) with 5.1 DTS-HD surround. The video is clean and all the colors blend well even though the settings and environments are darker and depressing. The audio couldn’t be more perfect for this sort of genre film. There are all sorts of sudden loud noises and abrupt screams that will seem to come out of all corners of your viewing area.

The Blu-ray edition of “The Quiet Ones” comes with an acceptable amount of bonus material. Audio commentary is provided by Director John Pogue & Producer Tobin Armbrust. Two featurettes titled "Welcome to the Experiment: Making ‘The Quiet Ones’" and "Manifesting Evil: Visual Effects" concentrate on what went on behind-the-scenes of the movie. Deleted scenes and a gag reel are included as well.

“The Quiet Ones” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, sexual content, thematic material, language, and smoking throughout. There are also a couple scenes of brief nudity of the male and female persuasion. The brief nudity was so quick it could have been completely cut out in editing.

It might not be the greatest example of a modern Hammer horror film, but “The Quiet Ones” does successfully carry the torch passed on by so many great genre classics of the past many grew up watching. It has all the ingredients you’d expect from the English House of Horror, though they might not follow the recipe as closely as you’d hope. Chillingly convincing performances from Olivia Cooke and Jared Harris more than make up for any narrative muddiness viewers might find themselves wading through.

“The Quiet Ones” is available now on Blu-ray.