The iconic Hammer Films has been going through a revival in recent years, and its latest movie looks like it may continue the company's legendary legacy of horror.
Hammer was, from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, synonymous with the horror genre, giving us actors like Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in blood-drenched new versions of the Dracula and Frankenstein stories, as well as original fare like The Gorgon and Plague of the Zombies, and even excellent sci-fi like the Quatermass films.
Since being reactivated in 2007 after a nearly 30-year hiatus, Hammer has been slowly amassing a collection of impressive new horror movies, including Let Me In, Wake Wood and its first bona fide hit in decades, The Woman in Black.
The studio's latest offering is called The Quiet Ones, and a new synopsis and trailer have been released today. First, the plotline:
Inspired by true events, this film follows a group of students who participate in a dangerous experiment to create a poltergeist. The students begin performing a series of tests on a young woman, pushing her to the edge. Quickly they realize they've triggered an unspeakable force more terrifying and evil than they ever could have imagined.
The movie, directed by John Pogue, stars Sam Clafin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), along with Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows), Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) and Erin Richards. It arrives on April 25 via Lionsgate. As for the trailer -- a couple of sketchy moments toward the end aside, this looks like the kind of creepy horror that the new version of Hammer is attempting to corner the market on.
I'll give it a shot. How about you?