The Quiet Ones (2014)

DIrected by John Pogue.  Written by Pogue, Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman and Tom de Ville.  Starring Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards and Olivia Cooke.

Plot: a crazy professor and three of his students go to an abandoned house to experiment on a possessed girl.

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In 1974, Professor Coupland (Harris) takes three of his students to experiment on a supposedly possessed girl named Jane (Cooke).  As the experiments go on and nothing happens, the college pulls their funding, so the professor moves them all to an abandoned house.  Brian (Claflin), one of the students, gets upset by the lack of ethics in the experiments and forms an attachment to Jane.  But that’s not going to stop the professor.

The professor believes that possessions and spirits are all made up by the human psyche itself and that there are no outside causes.  Even when there’s evidence otherwise and his students begin to believe, he won’t budge.  He’s a giant dick.  I liked everyone else in the movie, but he pissed me off to no end.  As a matter of fact, I loved Brian so much that I wanted Jane to be well so that they could run off and live happily ever after at the end.  But it’s a horror movie and that was not to be.  As a matter of fact, I absolutely hated the ending.  It dropped considerable points because of it.

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This movie is one of those “based on true events” stories.  There’s even all these old pictures shown at the end of the movie.  But the photos shown aren’t the photos of the actual people and the actual people didn’t die during the experiment.  As a matter of fact, there was no Jane and there was no occult and there was no fire.  The only thing that rang true was the fact that the original experiment was trying to decide if ghosts were conjured up in the human mind.

With no rules, no scares and no boob shots when there could have been, I won’t recommend this to the masses.  But it may be good for one viewing.  DJ didn’t watch it though and after I gave it a so-so score, he wasn’t hurt that he missed it.

My score: 43.

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