The Quiet Ones is a terrible horror film that doesn’t attempt to make any social commentary or provide insight into its characters. Instead, it depends on cheap scares and mixes a strange variation found footage into the film to appeal to a modern age of filmmaking. The cast has talent, with Jared Harris in a supporting role as a madman of sorts who hopes to unlock the way that the human mind might allow for paranormal occurrences. Yet it makes no sense. The movie pushes aside logic in the way of shock value, by providing inane twists with no merit or substance. Many horror films lately have depended on jump scares that do not scare us in the way audiences desire; they are cheap and hollow, leaving us nothing to talk about when we leave the theater. The Quiet Ones continues that downward trend, an unpromising sign of the trajectory of modern horror.
Grade: ★ (out of 5)