Inspired by actual events, the thriller The Quiet Ones is coming to Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on August 19 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The eerie supernatural story will be available two weeks earlier on Digital HD August 5. The film stars Jared Harris (TV’s Mad Men), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Erin Richards (Open Grave), Rory Fleck-Byrne (Vampire Academy) and Olivia Cooke (TV’s Bates Motel).
When a crazed university professor (Harris) and his team of students set out to cure a disturbed patient, the unthinkable happens. Trusting in their leader and his motives, Brian (Claflin) and his fellow students find themselves far from help…and all too close to a sinister force they never suspected.
The Quiet Ones Blu-ray exclusive material includes the “Welcome to the Experiment: Making The Quiet Ones” featurette that takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the unforgettable thriller as well as the “Manifesting Evil: Visual Effects” featurette. The Blu-ray and DVD both include audio commentary with director John Pogue and producer Tobin Armbrust, deleted scenes and a gag reel. The Quiet Ones will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Blu-ray Special Features:
“Welcome to the Experiment: Making The Quiet Ones” Documentary
“Manifesting Evil: Visual Effects” Featurette
Audio Commentary with Director John Pogue and producer Tobin Armbrust
The Quiet Ones was released April 25th, 2014 and stars Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Olivia Cooke, Laurie Calvert, Aldo Maland, Max Pirkis. The film is directed by John Pogue.
Typically, when new clips and/or images for an upcoming film come across our desk here at Dread, we make it easy for you by showing them off. In the case of these viral goodies for William Eubank’s The Signal, you’re going to have to work for them. But we promise it’ll be fun.
And maybe a little spooky.
Focus Features has set up a fun little viral website for The Signal, which features a Google Earth-style satellite image of the country. All you have to do is enter the code LOCATE when prompted and you’re given access to the map, which we encourage you to play around with, as little goodies are hidden throughout.
To make it easy for you, watch the video below, which gives you specific coordinates to enter into the map. Have fun, be careful, and stay vigilant, friends!
The Signal will hit theaters on June 13 with Focus Features expanding the release on June 20 and again on June 27.
William Eubank directs The Signal from a script he wrote with Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio. “Bates Motel’s” Olivia Cooke and “Hannibal’s” Laurence Fishburne star in the flick about group of college students who are lured to the middle of the desert by a hacker.
Brenton Thwaites and Beau Knapp co-star.
Did you feel like “Bates Motel” needs a little bit more Emma to become an even better show? If you do, you’re certainly not alone. She is a personal favorite character, but there were moments during the season where it felt that she was given little to do other than question whether she was really a valued member of the Bates family.
The good news here is that there were times during the season finale Monday night where it started to feel like the character was starting to be allowed more into the world again, and that may pick up into season 3. All executive producer Kerry Ehrin is promising right now is that you are going to see so much more of the character. Just take a look at what she had to say to Entertainment Weekly:
“Again, this is sort of dictated by the characters, [but] it feels like Emma is going to be really seen by that family in order for her to not leave, she needs to become really a part of it in a real way, be more on the inside. How that will play out exactly – if that means a romance with her and Norman, her becoming closer to Norma – that isn’t nailed down yet, but definitely the idea of her becoming more of an intimate player with the family is on the table and it’s the right time for it. She’s great.”
Olivia Cooke is a star on the rise, thanks to roles in “Bates Motel” and this weekend’s new horror flick “The Quiet Ones” — and she’s still getting used to all the attention!
“It’s crazy, just driving through LA and seeing my face on billboards, that is ridiculous,” the actress tells toofab’s Brian Particelli. “There’s no need for that!”
Cooke, a 20-year-old British import, stars as Jane Harper, a young girl possessed by an evil spirit in her latest film.
“It was surprising how easy it was to tap into that character without preparation,” says Olivia. “I wanted to feel like a real person that the audience could relate to and feel for, and then she does a lot of crazy s**t and you’re like, ‘You’re a nutcase, you need to go!’”
And while the flick is full of creepy moments and a fair amount of scares, the mood on the set was anything but sinister.
“It looks creepy, but it’s not on set,” she says. “We wanted to make it a musical, I was singing ‘Moulin Rouge,’ Rory [Fleck-Byrne] was doing the Ewan McGregor bit and Sam [Claflin] was singing ‘Westside Story.’”
From this role to her work on the “Psycho”-prequel series on A&E and an upcoming Ouija board movie, Cooke is making a name for herself in the horror genre. But she swears it’s purely coincidence.
“The role of Jane Harper was a buffet for an actress, so many things in one little character, ‘Ouija’ is a massive Universal film, I’m the star of it, I’m the heroine, so that was an opportunity I could never ever pass up and ‘Bates Motel,’ I’m working with Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore,” she says, explaining her choices.
That being said, she’s a huge horror movie fan.
“I love scary movies. The first one I watched was ‘The Ring,’” she admits. “I remember I walked in on my friend’s brother watching it and for weeks after that, my TV was on a chest of drawers and I’d open the top drawer — just in case Samara fell out of my TV, she’d fall into the drawer and I’d have time to run!”
And while it looks like she has a lot of gloom and doom in her future with “Bates” and “Ouiji,” she has one bright spot in her past: A One Direction tour video!
“Literally, I did it when I was 17. It was my first kind of job before I got a proper acting job,” she says of appearing in the “Autumn Term” video.
“It was a one day thing, I auditioned for it and I was with all these amazonian, gorgeous models and thinking “I’m never going to get this,’” says Olivia. “They’re like ‘Show us your parlor tricks’ and I’m like, “When I’m drunk I can do this split.’ So I did the split and something popped and I couldn’t get back up. He must have loved me and I got the job.”
“They were on ‘The X Factor’ the previous year, but they weren’t the big machine they are now,” Cooke says of the boys. “We just spent a day with them, it was fun. I got to ride Harry Styles on his back.”
There aren’t many girls who get to say that!
Olivia Cooke is doing just fine, though the actress didn’t look it in The Quiet Ones, out Friday.
Ah, the power of movie magic. The Bates Motel star plays Jane Harper, a disturbed young woman who may be possessed by a doll named Evey (short for “Evil” — get it?). Jane is the subject of “The Experiment,” conducted by an unorthodox Oxford University professor played by ex- Mad Men star Jared Harris, who may or may not be a phony. The Quiet Ones is said to be based on actual events — according to production notes, a 1972 Canadian study attempting to prove that supernatural events are just a state of mind.
“My character had to look dirty, gaunt, hollow, pale and sickly,” says Cooke from the Soho Beach House Hotel. “It was two hours in the makeup chair just to get my hair that greasy. Jane had to be as 3D as possible.”
Harris was impressed by his co-star.
“That was a tough part to play, very draining,” he explains. “You have to be in such a dark place all the time — bandaged up, suicidal. After a while that stuff starts to get you down.”
That said, everyone in the cast and crew thought the role of Jane was a star-making opportunity.
“The movie wouldn’t work if the absolutely right person wasn’t in that spot,” Harris says of the 20-year-old doe-eyed brunette. “There was something very special about what she was doing.”
As for his character, the 52-year-old London-born actor — screen great Richard Harris’ son — relished taking on the randy, chain-smoking Joseph Coupland.
“There are so many layers to him,” says Harris, who is also co-starring in an upcoming Poltergeist remake. “You get to take a ride, because he changes so much throughout the movie. The structure of the story and the way it approached the subject of the supernatural is what really appealed to me. It was juicy!”
Was Coupland based on anyone in particular?
“I think a bit, yes,” he admits. “I went to a Catholic boarding school from the age of 7. It was run by Benedictine monks, and there were certainly some interesting teachers there. But at the end of the day, even if you’re playing a semi-historical figure, it has to come from an exercise in imagination.”
All those cigarettes — not the healthiest prop.
“I think they were an excuse for the cinematographer to create that ’70s-period feel,” Harris says, adding, “You could also see how my character was handling a certain level of anxiety, if you like.”
Speaking of anxiety, if you live in a house with dolls around, you may want to do a bit of housecleaning after you see this flick.
“What is it about dolls? They’re babies, which are so innocent but have lifeless eyes,” muses Cooke, who remembers being creeped out by a Furby while growing up in Manchester, England. “Wherever you go, those eyes follow you about the room.”
If 20-year-old Olivia Cooke escapes some of the bizarre and heart-stopping demands of her first few acting assignments, expect her to go on to a long and fabulous career.
Right now, however, she’s very involved in scary things. On Friday, she makes her feature film debut in “The Quiet Ones,” an often frightening little ditty from the legendary British studio, Hammer Films. This one offers Cooke as the beguiling Jane Harper, a strange and troubled teen who becomes the subject of a long and occasionally twisted psychological experiment at the hands of a possibly mad Oxford professor (Jared Harris).
On television screens, meanwhile, the young and proper Englishwoman is currently finishing up the second popular season of A&E’s “Bates Motel,” on which she plays lovely and capable American gal-pal to serial killer-to-be Norman Bates.
Already her cystic-fibrosis-stricken Emma has become a fan favorite on the cable show that features Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore starring as the extremely odd mother and son, Norma and Norman.
“It’s incredible what I’ve learned from doing that series, even if it’s just from Vera Farmiga alone,” Cooke says during a Monday afternoon interview at the famous Chateau Marmont. “She’s from the master class. She goes from one emotion to the next in not quite two seconds. She’s incredible; so humble; so beautiful; just stunning to watch, and I feel blessed being able to share screen time with her.
“Of course, the show has become such an industry darling that also I feel very lucky to have been picked to play Emma,” Cooke continues. “It certainly was not a hard decision to do it, but I never thought it would give me such credibility in the industry or help me get some roles that I probably would never have been put up for. I probably would still be in England waiting for ‘The Quiet Ones’ to come out.”
Cooke, who actually finished “The Quiet Ones” two years ago and before signing on for “Bates Motel,” was just 18 when director/co-writer John Pogue spotted her.
“We knew (the character of) Jane Harper was going to be challenging,” Pogue explained during a separate interview. “She had to be someone that the audience could fall in love with but, at the same time, had to be incredibly frightening and scary. It also had to be performance-based. You had to buy that she was scary without CGI or special effects.
“Basically, we looked at just about every actress in Europe. We even looked at rock stars and just couldn’t find the right person,” Pogue recalled. “Then I saw Olivia on tape, and she was a completely different physical person than she is now. She had big frizzy hair and did not look the part. But, when she read, she just transformed into Jane Harper. She’s such a force of nature, and she was so intimidating to Sam Claflin when they read together that he was legitimately scared.”
Claflin, himself now the blossoming breakout star from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” already had been cast to play the closest thing to a hero in “The Quiet Ones” when he read with Cooke. “I was lucky enough to sit in on her audition and I remember saying, when the first few girls came in, ‘Well, she’s a bit too much this,’ or ‘She’s a little bit of that,’ or ‘She’s pretty good across the board.’
“Olivia, though,” Claflin claims, “from the moment she sort of opened her mouth and sort of stepped into the role of Jane Harper, she hit every nail on the head.
“She was one of the last ones, and she was so young when she walked in the door, but she was absolutely perfect in every sense of the word. Like, she’s sort of dangerously beautiful but has that unpredictability and vulnerable nature, you know, very sensitive but scary and wasn’t afraid of playing ugly.
“I know for a fact that she’s going places,” Claflin concluded. “She’s a very exciting talent. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to play opposite her in her very first film.”
And certainly it won’t be her last. Cooke, whose first real acting job came as a 1940s orphanage teacher murdered by what she calls “four cruel men” on a BBC miniseries titled “Blackout,” continues her plunge into darkness in her next two movies as well.
In “The Signal,” a sci-fi thriller opening early this summer, she’s opposite Laurence Fishburne, among others, as “another kind of woman in distress.” Then, there’s this fall’s compellingly titled “Ouija,” a horror film about which Cooke cheerfully says, “‘I’m the heroine in that. Hooray! I’m just trying to find out how my friend died.”
Probably not surprisingly, the easy-to-like actress. who claims she never went to a drama school of any kind, does not believe in the occult or ghosts or anything close to the strange and often victimized characters she’s been portraying. “I guess it’s because, despite doing all these projects, nothing (supernatural) has ever happened to me personally.
“In ‘The Quiet Ones,’ all the screaming and tension and physical demands became so much fun that I never really paid much attention to the emotional stuff,” she says. “Besides, after any of those scenes, we’d all start singing from ‘West Side Story’ or ‘Moulin Rouge,’ musical stuff like that.”
That being said, it’s not exactly a leap of faith to digest the name of the rising star’s next film, entitled “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl.”
“It’s a very funny cancer comedy,” Cooke says brightly. “I play the dying girl. We start shooting in June in Pittsburgh.”
Olivia Cooke, Sam Claflin and Jared Harris are talking about what they liked most about working on the new horror film THE QUIET ONES, and Cooke is opening up about what’s next for her goody-two shoes character on “Bates Motel” while Sam Claflin’s is loving his role in next Hunger Games movie.
Hammer Films is back and ready to recapture the horror genre with its compelling new film THE QUIET ONES, helmed by director John Pogue (Quarantine 2: Terminal). THE QUIET ONES plunges into one of the horrors genre’s most haunting subjects: supernatural possession. Inspired by actual events, the film’s chilling plot centers around a girl named Jane Harper, played by Olivia Cooke (“Bates Motel”), who’s possessed by a dark and emotional demonic force called Evey. The events take place in 1974, when a youthful cameraman (Hunger Games actor Sam Claflin) works with an Oxford professor (“Mad Men’s” Jared Harris) to document a series of experiments done on Jane Harper in an attempt to uncover the truth about what lurks within the tormented girl. Watch Trailer
When Cinemovie sat down with the “Bates Motel” actress Olivia Cooke she looked fresh faced and classy in her gunmetal, grey dress. This was the antithesis of how she looked in THE QUIET ONES. For most of the film, we watched the black haired, pale-faced Jane Harper through a slot in a door as she brushed her doll’s hair and did other weird things possessed little girls do. Being that the film was shot two years ago, Cooke was 18 at the time and was experiencing her first role in a feature film.
“It was my first film. It shocked me how easy it was to get into that character without having to do too much. Being in that costume and that room really helped. I think at first John didn’t want anyone to speak to me but that kind of quickly changed because I’m so chatty anyways.”
Despite her success in Hollywood, Cooke still lives with her “mum” in Manchester and can’t see herself making the move to L.A. anytime soon. After gaining exposure from her role on the T.V. series “Bates Motel”, the young actress admits that she finds it strange when the people she went to school with have become awkward around her. As she heads into the third season of the television series, Cinemovie asked Cooke what’s in store for her sweet spirited character Emma. Will she take a dark turn?
“I have no idea. I’m having coffee with the creator Carlton Cuse on Thursday, so I’m going to try to wean as much information out of him as I can. I probably won’t be able to tell you. But maybe, if there’s not a little record-ey thing there.”
Being a huge fan of the horror genre, the actress was immediately drawn to THE QUIET ONES for the sharpness of the story and it’s homage to classic horror films from the 70’s.
“It focuses so much on relationships and I’ve never seen in a horror movie such a complex love triangle. It’s a possession movie but it’s also two men vying for the possession of one girl in the center of it.”
One of the men involved in this love triangle was the young cameraman, Brian McNeil, played by Sam Claflin. After looking over the script, The Hunger Games actor became attracted to the role and the idea of playing a part in a Hammer horror film. While growing up, Claflin played soccer and was determined to play professionally until he injured his foot and had to re-evaluate his future.
“I broke my ankle and I had time to sit back from it and realize that maybe it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I realized I enjoyed acting and it took over really.”
Shortly after THE QUIET ONES wrapped, Claflin landed the role of Finnick O’Dair in the popular Hunger Game Series. Claflin noted that he never really felt comfortable voicing his opinions as an artist until THE QUIET ONES. He got to play a part in the collaboration process, being that it was only a cast of five.
Sam Claflin is also talking about his highly-publicized role in The Hunger Games Catching Fire and the upcoming Mockingjay: Part 1.
“It was such a different experience. Different than anything I’ve ever done. Catching fire was the best of everything. The cast, the crew, everything. As an actor, playing a character like Finnick, it’s really a dream come true.”
Jared Harris (Mad Men) went on to praise his young co-star and the camaraderie built among the cast.
“I was excited about working with him. He’s really fun and positive and has a bright light about him.”
“We had two weeks of rehearsal before we started shooting, all five of us got together. It was really like having a small theater company, preparing this strange little performance art piece that people were going to film.”
Olivia Cooked looked stunning last night at the Los Angeles premiere of The Quiet Ones and I have added images of the event to the gallery.
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