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The Quiet Ones



Loud jump shocks and blood in irritating horror movie.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main message is probably not to meddle in things you don't understand. A scientist professes to be helping a disturbed young woman, but he seems to be doing it for personal reasons rather than selfless ones. Characters mostly argue and fight, rather than working together, and nothing is learned or achieved.

Positive role models

One character seems like a good guy, and he tries to do the right thing, though he's motivated by romantic feelings rather than a sense of right and wrong. And his efforts come to nothing.


Many loud, sudden noises/movements. In flashbacks (old films), there are some disturbing "possession" scenes involving a young boy. The college-age possessed girl undergoes a series of unsettling tests. In one, she's burned with a candle. Her hands are mysteriously burned, and she's shown bleeding, covered with blood, and even spitting up blood. Two dead bodies are shown, covered in blood. A man's hand is cut, covered in blood. Characters punch and slap each other, and one is bashed with a cricket bat. Characters have devil signs burned into their flesh.


A brief glimpse of a woman's backside and breast. One female character sleeps with her boyfriend. Their lovemaking is heard through a door; after a loud crash, the shirtless man opens the door and explains that they broke the bed. The same female character is later shown kissing her professor and trying to seduce him. She's also shown taking a bath, although nothing sensitive is shown. The possessed girl tries to seduce the cameraman, with some kissing and reaching down his pants (off screen). 


Language is very infrequent but does contain at least one use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "piss," and "screw." One character may or may not say "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation) during a noisy scene.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several characters -- an older professor as well as younger college students -- smoke cigarettes all the way through the film (accurate for the era). They also share a champagne toast in one scene.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Quiet Ones is a supposedly fact-based horror movie that's set in 1974 England. There's lots of arguing, fighting, punching, and bashing with cricket bats, plus some burns and bloody corpses, but the bulk of the movie's scares consist of loud, sudden jump shocks. A disturbed college-age young woman undergoes a series of unsettling tests and is often heard screaming. One of the female characters is shown to be in a sexual relationship with two of the male characters; some brief nudity is shown (glimpse of a breast and backside), and the sounds of sex can be heard through a door. Language is infrequent but includes at least one use of "f--k" and "s--t." Characters smoke lots of cigarettes (accurate for the era the movie takes place in).

What's the story?

In 1974, at Oxford, professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) teaches his students that the so-called supernatural only consists of things we don't yet understand. Then he gathers up two students, plus a cameraman, Brian (Sam Claflin), to conduct an experiment on a disturbed young woman, Jane (Olivia Cooke), who appears to be possessed. Joseph believes that Jane invented the secondary personality, called "Evey," and that she has the power to make "Evey" disappear as well. But after much arguing, filming, and some painful-looking experiments, Jane starts to exhibit behavior that's not so easily explained. Can the academics solve the problem?

Is it any good?


The experience of watching The Quiet Ones is more agitating than it is scary or fun. Supposedly based on a true story -- which four different writers then adapted to the screen -- the film doesn't actually tell a story or develop any kind of rising suspense or tingling chills so much as it presents a series of jump-shocks and sudden, loud noises. Half of these are actually related to the movie, and the other half are false scares, like a champagne cork going off or someone accidentally dropping something. And the annoying, abrasive musical score makes noises like a repeating staple gun that simply grow louder. 

Rather than developing the main five characters, building a dynamic, and increasing the stakes, director John Pogue simply shows the characters arguing with one another and Jane screaming or undergoing some kind of cruel test. Harris gets in a few stylish moments, and the 1970s outfits are amusing, but otherwise there's little to recommend this film.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about The Quiet Onesviolence. How does it compare to what you've seen in other horror/scary movies? How do the violent scenes make you feel? How do the filmmakers achieve this?

  • Is The Quiet Ones scary? What's the difference between a "jump shock" (or a loud, sudden noise) and something that causes tingles and feels truly frightening?

  • If this movie is based on a true story, how much of it feels real? How much seems to have been invented to become a horror movie? How does it compare to other "true story" horror movies you've seen?

  • The movie takes place in the '70s, which is likely why the characters smoke so much. Is it jarring to see that happening on screen, or does it reinforce the era the movie takes place in? How are things different today?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 25, 2014
DVD/Streaming release date:August 19, 2014
Cast:Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke
Director:John Pogue
Studios:Lionsgate, Hammer Film Productions
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:intense sequences of violence and terror, sexual content, thematic material, language, and smoking throughout

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Teen, 14 years old Written bydancingbubble38 April 26, 2015


It really was not that scary in my opinion. While watching it they did have theses scary suspenseful scenes with that creepy music, but after watching it I wasn't that scared. There were a lot of bare backs shown for it being PG-13
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old November 20, 2014

AR4U CERT - 13

Contains moderate horror, strong supernatural threat, brief strong violence, bloody images, moderate sex references, soft drug use (including smoking throughout) and one use of strong language.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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