Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 98 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 14+. This is a somewhat scare-less horror movie, but it does have lots of scary noises, some nudity, and a tortured woman, so younger teens might be scared, even though it’s not totally gory. The premise is a young woman is held captive by a researcher who wants to prove she isn’t really possessed; there are lots of loud noises used as scare tactics and some violence (physical fighting, a woman being burned, lots of bloody wounds). Also some cursing, characters smoking cigarettes, and some sexual content, including characters in bed together, a man’s butt, brief female toplessness, and an affair between a professor and his student.
‘The Quiet Ones’ wants to mix the vintage horror genre with the current-day found-footage trend, but it’s an uneasy union. Add into that a typical girl-possessed-by-demon story, and the film suffers under the weight of its own clichés.
By Roxana Hadadi
What’s scarier to you, a maybe-possessed young woman or a bunch of loud noises? Because that’s the extent of the creativity of “The Quiet Ones,” the latest film from horror studio Hammer Films. The same studio that made the Daniel Radcliffe-starring, unexpectedly successful “The Woman in Black,” Hammer Films tries to mix the ‘70s paranormal with the modern-day found-footage trend, but it doesn’t work in “The Quiet Ones.” Very little does.