The Quiet Ones

Synopsis: In 1974, Oxford professor Joseph Coupland invites introspective lad Brian McNeil to film his experimental treatment of subject Jane Harper, aided by student assistants Krissi Dalton and Harry Abrams. Jane, a young woman with no memory of the past and repeatedly abandoned by foster families, believes herself possessed by a doll named Evey that gives her telekinetic power. Keeping her awake in an isolated house, Prof. Coupland intends that she puts her evil energy into an actual doll, thereafter destroying it to heal Jane. Amidst strange things happening in the house, Brian feels sorry for Jane and, researching her tattoo, learns an evil secret about Jane's past, and of Prof. Coupland's motivation.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): John Pogue
Production: Lionsgate/Summit
  7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min




What is the supernatural?

Hmm? Anyone?

Like ghosts or spirits or devils?

Those are examples.

Actions or events which we

cannot explain through science.


Before the discovery of a

pathogenic theory of medicine,

people believed that sickness

was caused by evil spirits.

A show of hands, if you get sick,

who here would rather see

a priest before a doctor?


Who here believes in God?

Heaven? Hell?

The apocalypse?


Really? No one here believes

in ghosts. Interesting.

David Q., one of my first patients,

was a perfectly normal

12-year-old boy.

One day, that all changed.


Who are you drawing, David?

You know.

Tell me again, to the camera.

Mr. Gregor,

the man that makes things happen.




What if you could prove that

the supernatural was merely

a manifestation of what already

exists in the mind, the subconscious?

- What you're doing is immoral.

- Traitor.

That was disgusting.

How dare you do that?

- It's not disgusting!

- You left!

No, don't take it personally.

Don't take it personally.

The onus is on the scientist

to prove himself.

So, where to start?

With the individual.

You cure one patient,

you cure all mankind.

You have no idea.


You don't get to have an opinion.

You don't know how crazy...

- It's so bizarre.

Harry, will you take

that for me? And this?

Phillip, you're

welcome back anytime.

Let's have a chat. I'll see

you guys back at the house.

There's not much of a budget,

everyone's working for science.

Your job would be to document

every step of the experiment.

I hope you don't scare easily.

Do you speak?

Of course.

Tell me about yourself, Brian.

There's not much to tell.

I like cameras, that's

my nature, I guess.

To be curious?

To film.

And what's your passion?


Yes, what story are you looking

for with that camera of yours?

I don't know, everything.

Are you a believer?

My mother's religious.

My father's a banker, a clerk.

My father works in town,

my mother is at home.


I wonder,

are you avoiding my question out of a

reluctance to talk about yourself,

or because you're

genuinely confused?

Uh, I suppose I don't know

what I believe in yet.

Well, that's fair enough.

Well, Brian,

welcome to the experiment.

You are our official chronicler.

I work with the A.V., the

audiovisual department.

But you are a student here, no?


No, I'd never get in here.

So how did you get involved

with the Experiment?

I volunteered as a subject.

Professor Coupland, or

Joseph if you like,

he thought I was all wrong.

Not tortured enough, apparently.

He already had someone

truly psychotic.

I see someone.

Good, Jane. Who do you see?

Do you recognize this person?

I don't know. I'm not sure.

A girl... I see a little girl.


maybe a doll.

Something's wrong.


It's okay, you're perfectly safe.

Her name is Evey. I don't like her.

The doll's name is Evey?

I just need to sleep.


Be quiet! Calm down! It's just

the pipes, it's just the pipes!

Crazy fun, no?

Go on up.



It's for her own protection.

And ours.

What's wrong with her?

Suicidal. She remembers

nothing from her past.

Foster child, abandoned.

Passed from house to house.

Families would keep

her for a bit, then,

you know, things would happen.

The furniture would move,

objects would catch on fire.

The authorities were

convinced she was possessed.

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