Film Review: "The Quiet Ones" is a retro-horror pastiche that is more creaky than creepy

  • by: STEPHEN DALTON , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 23, 2014 - 7:40 AM

LOS ANGELES — Paying homage in style and theme to the vintage horror movies of the 1970s, "The Quiet Ones" is the latest stylish shocker from Hammer, the recently reactivated classic U.K. studio imprint. Mixing creaky haunted-house and exorcism tropes with a nod to the contemporary found-footage subgenre, the film relies on high production values and sense-battering shock tactics to make up for wooden performances and an illogical, silly script. As an exercise in retro pastiche, it impresses. But as a postmodern genre reinvention, it fails to deliver.

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