The Quiet Ones

Musical Score By: Lucas Vidal

Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Loosely based on a parapsychology experiment conducted in Toronto in 1972, the British supernatural horror film, The Quiet Ones, stars Olivia Cooke as the psychologically tormented Jane Harper.  Jane has been abandoned and believed possessed.  Professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris), two assistants (Erin Richards and Rory Fleck-Byrne) and a student invited to film the proceedings (Sam Claflin), journey to a house in an isolated area to begin experimentation on Jane in an effort to disprove the idea of the supernatural.  But things go horribly wrong during the experiment process and what was once an experiment to disprove the supernatural may in fact become the only proof actually needed that the supernatural exists.

                The musical score of The Quiet Ones was created by Spanish composer Lucas Vidal.  Destined for a career in music with a musician father and a grandfather that was one of the co-founders of the record company Hispavox, Vidal began his foray into music at a very young age.  Studying the piano and the flute at the age of four, he attended the Berklee College of Music for a summer term learning how to play the saxophone.  Introduced to film scoring at the college, Vidal earned the distinction of becoming the youngest Berklee College of Music student to compose and record a feature film score with a full orchestra.  Since then, he has worked on the film scores of a number of well-known movies, including Sleep Tight, The Raven, The Cold Light of Day, Invader, Fast & Furious 6, Mindscape, Tracers and more.

                Having already witnessed what an great composer Vidal can be after reviewing his score for Invader, I was looking forward to listening to his score for The Quiet Ones.  Unfortunately, I can't exactly offer up kudos for this score. 

                The Quiet Ones Soundtrack features three original 1970s jingles from Radio Caroline, a British radio station that broadcast music from 1964 to 1989.  This gives the listener a general feeling about the time period in which the film is supposed to take place.  The listener is treated with Slade's 1972 version of the popular heavy metal song Cum On Feel the Noize, a song I love that was remade famously by Quiet Riot in 1983, and T-Rex's Telegram Sam, a song they made famous in 1972. 

                Now that we have traveled through a time warp via music and jingles, we get to the nitty gritty of the soundtrack - the score.  But the score created by Lucas Vidal is more of a bunch of sound effects thrown together than anything that might represent a musical score.  There is just nothing there musically that I can actually commend.  Sure, the screeches and ominous sounds make the movie a bit more scary, but there is no music to give the film more depth.

                And for that reason, I'm afraid I have to pan The Quiet Ones Soundtrack.  There just isn't enough music on this album to warrant paying even the $9.50US mp3 album price, let alone the $14.00US CD price. 


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