Horror films based on real events (from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to The Conjuring) have captivated audiences for decades, but the found footage format has become increasingly popular since the 1999 debut of The Blair Witch Project, and the two styles have duked it out at the box office to be named the genre’s prevailing trope ever since.
The Quiet Ones looks to deliver the best of both on April 25.
Starring The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s Sam Claflin, Mad Men’s Jared Harris, and Bates Motel’s Olivia Cooke, The Quiet Ones is inspired by the true story of an unorthodox professor (Harris) who leads his students in the controversial quest to create a poltergeist inside of troubled patient Jane Harper (Cooke) by focusing negative human emotion on disturbed girl in the hopes that her fragile mind will break.
With Claflin’s character, Brian McNeil, wielding a camera in order to document the entire experiment, John Pogue’s second directorial effort (after 2011’s Quarantine 2: Terminal) offers a twist on the traditional approach by mashing the two styles together.
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