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Review: Supernatural Hammer Horror 'The Quiet Ones' Starring Jared Harris

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 28, 2014 11:18 AM
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The Quiet Ones
It used to be that you knew what you were going to get if you were watching a new horror movie produced by the British studio Hammer. Back in the '50s, '60s and '70s, Hammer was responsible for a string of successfully stylish scary movies, many of them starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. These were movies that were known for their emphasized artificiality and outrageousness—they were theatrical, provocative and bold; much sexier, funnier, and more colorful than their stateside cousins. So it's even more disappointing that Hammer's new movie, "The Quiet Ones," the latest in a handful of releases the company has put out since their reorganization in 2007, is so drab and flavorless.

Watch: New Trailer, Clip & Featurette For Hammer Horror 'The Quiet Ones' Starring Jared Harris

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2014 3:36 PM
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The Quiet Ones
These days horror movies, for the most part, tend to come fast and cheap, with little in the way of craft other than loud noises and found footage aesthetics. But classic genre banner Hammer are doing things differently as they return to big screen productions. They scored a big hit with "The Woman In Black," a stylish and genuinely spooky ghost story and now they're back with "The Quiet Ones," another period tale that looks like it has an actual budget and something to say.

Watch: New Trailer, Clip & Pics From Hammer Horror 'The Quiet Ones' Starring Jared Harris

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2014 10:25 AM
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The Quiet Ones
While the forthcoming "The Quiet Ones" boasts all the hallmarks of horror movies you've seen before — an ancient evil, a based on a true story premise, things banging around loudly — there is reason to be optimistic. Firstly, it's the latest from the revitalized Hammer horror shingle, who dropped the very, very good "The Woman In Black" a couple years back. And, this also has a script co-written by Oren Moverman ("The Messenger," "Rampart") which certainly piques our interest. And now some fresh teases have raised the stakes just a little more.

Review: Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Pompeii' Starring Kit Harington & Emily Browning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 9:43 AM
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Pompeii
With a reported budget somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 to $100 million dollars, there is no doubt where the money went in "Pompeii," the ancient Italian city laid to no uncertain waste in Paul W.S. Anderson's film. When you plunk down your $12, you will get the destruction you promised. But it's too bad it's such a repetitive, unengaging, glaringly digital experience and worse than that, you'll have to sit through the disaster that is the rest of movie, a turgid gladiator drama, with acting so wooden, we'd wager that the script co-credited to "Downton Abbey" scribe Julian Fellowes (who we can only imagine saw his draft thoroughly rewritten by the other three writers on this into something more pedestrian) is good for kindling. Lots of things burn in "Pompeii," but nothing resembling drama, tension, excitement or entertainment.

Watch: Hammer Horror Returns With Full Trailer For 'The Quiet Ones' Starring Jared Harris & Sam Claflin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2014 1:29 PM
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The Quiet Ones
We got a taste of what the newly revitalized Hammer was cooking up following their smash hit "The Woman In Black," when they dropped a teaser for their next effort "The Quiet Ones" on Halloween. And while the day of the Oscar nominations don't quite carry the same aura of terror, they're nonetheless delivered a full length look at the next chiller.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Hammer Horror 'The Quiet Ones' Starring Jared Harris & Sam Claflin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 12:52 PM
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With over $125 million in the bank for "The Woman In Black" and a sequel on the way, it's safe to say that vintage, and newly rebooted, horror studio Hammer is off to a very healthy start. They managed the rare combo with their Daniel Radcliffe-starring debut: creating a genuinely creepy flick that not only shivered the spines of audiences, but critics too. Can they do it again with "The Quiet Ones"? Well, the first teaser trailer is here and...

Jared Harris Joins Guy Ritchie's 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.' & 'Poltergeist' Remake

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 6:24 PM
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Jared Harris
Jared Harris is one of those actors who, no matter the size or quality of the role, we still get excited about seeing onscreen (case in point: the otherwise abysmal "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"). Harris, the son of the legendary Richard Harris, makes any movie infinitely more memorable by his mere presence, adding some much-needed color to even the dreariest of studio affairs. Thankfully, a couple of said studio affairs are getting significantly less dreary thanks to Harris: the actor has recently signed on to costar in both Guy Ritchie's big budget "Man from U.N.C.L.E." and the "Poltergeist" remake for "Monster House"-director Gil Kenan.

Review: 'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones' Starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 21, 2013 9:58 AM
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The duality of humankind has largely been visualized, at least in cartoons and broad comedies, as a tiny angel sitting on one shoulder, while a devil is perched on the opposite shoulder. The inherent drama, of course, is watching as the character decides which symbol to listen to: the heavenly or the demonic. In the case of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" (the ungainly subtitle is there because it's based on a series of popular young adult novels, and because the filmmakers and financiers are convinced this will be the beginning of a long and lucrative franchise), this dilemma is writ very, very, very large. But the inherent tension of this decision is diffused by a painful amount of clumsily introduced back-story, thin characterization, and a pace that makes the "Twilight" movies, which this movie is clearly inspired by, seem positively speedy in comparison.

Duh: Milla Jovovich & Paul W.S. Anderson Back For 'Resident Evil 6'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 14, 2013 11:33 AM
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Well, it was hinted at a few weeks back, but it’s official now: Paul W.S. Anderson will be directing “Resident Evil 6.” In fact, when it comes to the next "Resident Evil" movie, everything appears to be business as usual. Anderson will be back, his wife Milla Jovovich will be back, it will be released in the month of September (September 12th, 2014, to be exact), just like every other "Resident Evil" movie except the first one

Laika & Focus Features Announce New Animated Feature 'The Boxtrolls' For 2014 Release

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 8, 2013 12:22 PM
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This has been a crazy week for animation news – Henry Selick's seemingly doomed “The Shadow King” got resurrected; DreamWorks Animation’s financial troubles became very public (leading to schedule shifts and the cancellation of one film); and now here’s another bit of animation world news to get the blood going: Seattle-based stop motion studio Laika and Focus Features will reteam once again for “The Boxtrolls,” which has officially started production, for release on October 17th, 2014. This is the painstaking world of stop motion animation – get cracking boys!

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