From the producer of the modern-day English version of the vampire film “Let Me In” comes “The Quiet Ones”, a set-in-the-early-70’s retro tale of demonic possession. The jumps come fast and furious, from the opening scene. Most of the jumps aren’t visual: they’re the sounds. Fantastic use of audio here!!! This is no goregy (gore orgy). It’s all about the jumps and dread with the payoff at the very end.
The acting standouts : Olivia Cooke (“Bates Motel”) as the possessed and Jared Harris (Lane Pryce on “Mad Men”) as the professor experimenting with a “cure” for her. Sam Claflin of “The Hunger Games” fame loses his horror movie virginity as the cameraman filming the experiment.
As a 70’s period piece, this one scores with music and fashion. As a horror film , well it’s a mash-up of so many that’s gone before it. So there’s no new ground. But there are enough jumps to keep you on edge.