Directed by: John Pogue
OK kids, here is yet another supernatural film that is ostensibly “Inspired by true events” (apparently there are skeptics). At any rate, The Quiet Ones tells the story of a (again, a supposedly true) story (The Philip Experiment) where an unorthodox professor, Professor Joseph Coupland (Harris) uses controversial methods to “cure” a young girl who seems to be “possessed” (needless to say Professor Coupland doesn’t believe in the supernatural as much as he believes in parapsychology). Well the charismatic Coupland convinces his students Brian McNeil, Krissi Dalton, and Harry Abrams (Claflin, Richards, and Fleck-Byrne; respectively) that they should help him “cure” this girl, Jane Harper (Cookeand) and create a ghost
Well, as you can guess, after a very short period of time, it all goes to S#it, and the group of parapsychologists soon dealing with forces far beyond their ken, and that’s when things really go horribly, horribly wrong. The entire scenario is based on a series of experiments from the 1970s, when a group of Canadian parapsychologists wanted to attempt an experiment to create a ghost, proving their theory that the human mind can produce spirits through expectation, imagination and visualization. The experiment took place in Toronto, Canada, under the direction of poltergeist, Dr A. R. G. Owen. Apparently he and his team believed that, by using extreme and prolonged concentration, they could create their ghost through a collective thought form. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they triggered a force more terrifying and evil than they ever could have imagined.
Well, that’s pretty much the way the film goes, and things pretty much wind up the way that you expect them to going in, so, you know, not much surprises here, as the film turns out to be all sight and sound with a doorway open at the end for a sequel.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.