Hammer Films’ The Quiet Ones hits theaters on April 25th, and looks to continue the winning streak they established with The Woman In Black and Let Me In.
In the film, “Tucked away in an estate outside of London, Professor Coupland along with a team of university students conduct an “experiment” on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors unspeakable secrets. What dark forces they uncover are more terrifying than any of them expected. Inspired by true events, the film stars Jared Harris (Mad Men and Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), and is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue, and based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville.
To celebrate the film’s release – and ponder what exactly is happening to Cooke’s Jane Harper – we decided to take a sponsored look back at some iconic corollaries from horror’s past.
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5: Katie – Paranormal Activity
While Katie might not be the most visually frightening of our possessed leading ladies, she has by far the most franchise staying power. From getting possessed in PA1 to running around snapping necks in PA4, she’s actually been in all five movies (including The Marked Ones) at this point. And you can bet your bottom dollar she’ll be in this year’s PA5. With all of this demonic activity, Katie hasn’t been Katie for a long time.
4: Linda – Evil Dead II
Denise Bixler’s poor Linda doesn’t get an awful lot of screen time, but she definitely makes the most of what she’s given. Not only does she get possessed, have her head cut off and get buried in a shallow grave – she’s able to reincarnate herself and dance in the moonlight before coming back for a chainsaw attack. Linda’s got moxie.
3: Emily Rose – The Exorcism Of Emily Rose
Not only did this 2005 film give us a pre “Dexter” Jennifer Carpenter, it firmly put future Sinister and Deliver Us From Evil director Scott Derrickson on the map. Almost as important? This is the movie that gets to yell “first” when it comes to the increased limbering up of our possessed subjects. If your exorcism movie has a yoga pose in it, you might just be ripping off this seminal film.
2: Rosemary – Demons
Lamberto Bava’s Demons is an insanely fun ride, and one of my favorite characters from the film is Geretta Giancarlo’s (aka Geretta Geretta) Rosemary. Her transformation is so sudden and her demonized presence so uniquely lustful of carnage it’s hard to get her out of your mind.
1: Regan – The Exorcist
Like there could be any other. When Linda Blair’s Regan fell under the possession of the demon Pazuzu film history was made with one of the most striking visual transformations in history. Not only does Regan not look like herself, not only does she levitate – she is utterly profane in every conceivable way. It also doesn’t hurt that William Friedkin concocted an all out masterpiece in this 1973 film, one of the best horror movies of all time.