Of all the unscary, generic, half brained horror movies I've seen over the years this one has to be one of the worst. I don't even think they were trying to be scary with this one. Some exec somewhere wanted to make a scary movie but had no idea how to do it, so instead of, you know, thinking they decided to recycle every. Single. Horror movie trope in existence. "Scary" monotone girl? Check. Knocking on doors? Check. Grainy home shot footage? Check. Horny college students? Check. Horny college student who falls in love with the demon possessed girl? Wait, what?
The story follows a college professor who believes what we perceive as the supernatural or demon possession is really just a manifestation of certain people's psychic energy, kind of like Carrie or Looper, and his attempts to cure a young woman of her… negative energy? I guess, but that part never made sense. Anyway he and a team of three young college students take the crazy girl, Jane, to a remote creepy house in the middle of nowhere, where the phones don't work and someone forgot to pay the electric bill, so they can cure her. And by cure her I mean put her psychic energy in a doll. :slaps face:
Now this isn't a bad idea. Carrie did something very similar to great effect, and though the science VS the supernatural theme isn't exactly new done correctly it can leave an audience to ponder the film long after it's over, as well as be incredibly scary. Earlier this year Oculus did something similar. Difference is that Oculus was smart and scary, while The Silent Once is long and boring.
Here's how a "scary scene" goes in The Silent Ones; everyone sits around a table holding hands with a bright spinning light in front of them, scary mono tone girl screams, camera shakes, door knocks, everyone freaks out. Just picture every demon possession trope in the world and you have this movie in a nutshell. If you've never seen a horror movie you might be scared, but probably not. Throw in a dose of really bad CGI, wooden acting, and one of the lamest "plot twists" and there's very little to like here. It even goes on waaaaaay tooooooo loooooooooooong. Half way through I was already checking my phone waiting for it to be over. Not a good sign.
If you really, really, REALLY want to see a horror movie either see Oculus or stay home and watch something on Netflix instead. The Silent Ones is a horrible waste of both time and money that you won't even remember seeing in a day or two.
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Jonathan J.D. Lane (A1CJonathanLane)
I am a member of the US Air Force and presently serve overseas at RAF Mildenhall about three hours north of London. I grew up in Pappilion Nebraska and Crestview Florida, but since joining the Air Force … more