On August 25, Lionsgate released a new movie called "The Quiet Ones" which, according to Variety, was inspired by Toronto's infamous Philip Experiment from the early 1970s. Although don't expect this movie to actually be about the experiment; this is an entirely different story altogether.
The movie, from the producers of The Woman In Black, is about a group of students from Oxford University who conduct a series of experiments on a young girl by the name of Jane Harper, played by Olivia Cooke, who is experiencing supernatural phenomena. The experiments are led by Professor Coupland, played by actor Jared Harris.
Throughout the movie, the students and the professor also begin experiencing unexplainable occurrences, which also stars Sam Claflin from “The Hunger Games”.
Although the movie does hint at the original Philip Experiment when the professor says, "What if you could prove that the supernatural was merely a manifestation of what already exists in the mind?"
In the early 1970s, the TSPR (Toronto Society for Psychical Research), led by Dr. Owen, conducted an experiment to see if they could actually create a ghost, which they named "Philip". The group reportedly experienced a series of rapping noises on the table during their table tipping sessions, among other similar effects.
Dr. Owen also operated a UFO research group led by renowned pioneer UFOlogist Henry McKay.
There is a book written about the original Toronto experiment titled "Conjuring Up Philip: An Adventure in Psychokinesis". Original Global TV footage of the experiment can be found on YouTube via username SpiritSeekers.
Although the movie deviates greatly from the real story, it proves once again that the entire idea of the mind creating ghostly manifestations is something that still intrigues us.
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