The Quiet Ones and its True Story

Hammer Films’ upcoming supernatural chiller The Quiet Ones is yet another horror film that prides itself on being inspired by “true events”. The John Pogue-directed haunter recently found a spot on my “Most Anticipated” list so I decided to do a little digging to find out just what the film’s inspiration was. Now this one is a stretch, guys. The movie bases itself off of a little experiment that a group of scientists conducted back in the 70’s where they set out to create a ghost of their very own. Now that’s quite the twist on your typical ghost story isn’t it? We all know someone who claims to have experienced a supernatural event, or maybe even you yourself have have seen a ghost. But do ghosts actually exist, or is it something that our very mind manifests? Can we actually be the ones creating the ghost? That’s the question they set out to answer, and what they found turned out to be quite shocking. This is the true story that inspired The Quiet Ones.

In the 1970’s there was a group of Canadian parapsychologists who aimed to conduct an experiment that would create a ghost. In doing so it would prove their theory that those unexplained bumps in the night are actually products of the human mind. World-renown poltergeist expert Dr. Alan Robert George Owen created the group known as TSPR (Toronto Society for Psychical Research) consisting of eight people—Dr. Owen’s wife, an industrial designer, an accountant, a housewife, a bookkeeper and a sociology student. A psychologist named Dr. Joel Whitton also attended many of the experiments as an observer. Was this small group of people going to change the way we looked at the supernatural?

The experiments (which became known as the Philip Experiment) began in 1972 where their first task was to create a fictional historical character. Essentially what they did was pull “facts” out of thin air to attach to the life of this fictional character that they were creating. In doing so, they wrote a biography of this made up person, who they named Philip Aylesford. In his biography they stated that he was a 17th century English noble who was married to a beautiful, yet cold and unfriendly wife named Dorothea. One day, he ran into a beautiful gypsy girl named Margo who he almost instantly fell in love with. Uh, oh. Needlessly to say, Philip and Margo became secret lovers. But as most secrets go, it didn’t last forever because his wife, Dorothea, found out about Margo and accused her of witchcraft. Because Philip was much too worried about his reputation, he didn’t protest the idea of Margo being a witch, resulting in her being burned at the stake. Ouch. He then later was stricken with remorse, in which the only way he could deal with it was to fight in the battle of Diddington. One morning he was found dead on the battlefield, and Philip Aylesford was no more.

The Owen group didn’t stop at a simple biography, however, as one of the members even sketched a portrait of their newly created man. So what was the point of going through all the trouble of giving their fictional character a biography and even a picture? The reason was so that the group could be completely immersed in the non-existence of Philip. Strange, I know, but it sort of makes sense in a weird scientist kind of way. With step one now complete, it was time to move onto the next phase of their experiment. Contact!

Now they needed to contact Philip, but would they? They started their “sittings” in September of 1972 where they would discuss Philip’s life, trying to visualize him in as much detail as possible. These sittings went on for nearly a year with absolutely no results other than the occasional feeling of a presence in the room. At this point though, things weren’t looking good for TSPR’s experiment.

Going many months with no contact from Philip, they decided to approach it a bit differently. They began recreating the classic spiritualist séance—dimming the room’s lights and sitting around a table with pictures and objects from the time period that Philip would have lived in. It basically looked like every haunted house movie we’ve ever seen with a bunch of people sitting around a table in the dark, ready to awaken the spirit world. And it worked! This technique soon produced the exact results they were looking for. Philip had finally made contact, manifesting himself to the group.

One night, the group got their very first message from Philip in the form of a very clear knock on the table. They began asking him questions in which he would answer with one knock meaning “yes” and two meaning “no”. How did they know it was Philip? They asked him! They would ask him questions that came directly from the biography that they had created, and he answered them consistently but was unable to provide them with any additional information about his life beyond what they made up. That being said, Philip was able to give historically accurate information about not only real events from his time period, but the people who lived during it as well.

As the sessions went on, a range of unexplainable phenomena started occurring. Philip began to take on a personality of his very own. He started to show strong views on many subjects made by his hesitant knocks on the table. He even began moving the table, sliding it from one side to the other despite the fact that the table itself was sitting on thick carpet. They even reported that the table “danced” on one leg. When the group would ask Philip to dim the lights down, he would without hesitation. He could even cover the group in a blanket of cold air that would blow across the table in a chilling breeze. One thing the group noticed was that the table would feel electric to the touch when Philip was present. It was as if Philip, in a way, became the table itself. The group even said that he would cause the table to move quite a bit, even trapping people in the corner of the room with it.

The very climax of this experiment came before a live audience of 50 people which was filmed as part of a documentary. Philip wasn’t one to be shy so he performed in front of them without any issues. Other than getting him to knock on the table in front of the audience, he was able to make the lights flicker and even made the entire table levitate. The table rose just an inch off the ground where everyone witnessed it, even the film crew who were actually filming! But get this, because Philip had been toying with the lights, it actually prevented the cameras from capturing the amazing feat on film. How convenient is that?

The Philip Experiment far reached the expectations that the group had originally hoped for, but it was never actually able to meet their original goal—to actually see Philip materialize into a spirit.

So what did we actually learn from this whole thing? Some say that it proves that ghost do not exist, that they are simply created by our minds. Or maybe the group did actually contact the world of spirits and an entity just used this opportunity to “act” as Philip. So if this spirit wasn’t Philip, who could it have been? See, I told you this one was out there!

Over the years, since the experiment was conducted, it became quite obvious that the whole thing was simply just a hoax. The documentary is actually up on YouTube (you can watch it here) and it’s quite apparent that it was just an elaborate set up. Even still, it’s quite an interesting little tale, and it’s easy to see why Hammer wanted to make a movie inspired by these events. The film itself is very loosely based on this story as all they essentially did was take the simple idea of creating a ghost and ran with it in an entirely different direction. So there you have it, the “true” story behind The Quiet Ones.

For those of you who do believe in ghosts, do you buy the idea that they are just something that is created by our minds? Sound off in the comments below!

The Quiet Ones is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue. It stars Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne and Olivia Cooke. Look to get haunted by The Quiet Ones on April 25th!

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97 Comments

  1. Parlor of Horror

    I like this!

    • Ryan

      Glad to hear it!

      • Michelle

        Hi Ryan, oh my gosh, just watched this with my bf lastnight! This is the 2nd creepiest movie I have ever seen, the conjuring was the first. I love paranormal movies based on tru stories, hope there are more like this one coming out soon!

        Michelle

      • Ryan

        Glad you liked the movie!

  2. Joseph@thecinemamonster

    This is so intriguing. Love this segment :). Of course it’d be Canadians doing this type of shit, in my hometown nonetheless lol. Can’t wait to see this one, and your article further cements my anticipation.

    • Ryan

      Lol, damn Canadians! Yeah, I’m anticipating this one like crazy as well.

  3. Beer Movie

    This is a great tale. I love the convenience of Phillip screwing with their camera.

    Gotta say man, I absolutely love these ‘its true story’ features that you do occasionally. Probably a lot of work for you, but I am always keen to read more.

    • Ryan

      Yea, I loved that part as well. I’m glad you enjoy these, man! They are a blast to write and I actually like doing the research for them. I’ll keep my eye out to do more of these in the future, that’s for sure!

  4. Zoë

    Hmmmm, looking forward to seeing what this brings.

    • Ryan

      Me too!

      • whatsup

        This movie was so creepy saw it today had a very good storyline though

  5. Patrick Keller

    I’ve read about this research. Even if loosely based, it sounds like an interesting concept. Can’t view the trailer right now, but can’t wait to see it.

    • Ryan

      Exactly right, man. It’s an awesome concept for a horror film and early word on this one is that it’s a pretty solid flick. Hope you like the trailer!

  6. penny smith

    I’m looking forward to this ryan , I like watching horror films based on true facts, even though a lot is added to make it more interesting. You do an awesome job telling it as it is! I watch movies you recommend and don’t bother with the rest.

    • Ryan

      I’m looking forward to it as well. Glad to hear that Penny!

      • Cory C

        This one is a must see for me as well. Looks terrifying! Thanks for sharing the “true story” behind it all.

      • Ryan

        Glad you enjoyed it! Hopefully it’s a good one. Looks promising.

  7. sje

    I planted a ghost in my student flat last year saying I had seen an old lady. I actually found her old pension card in a draw from the 1990’s and based my experiment on the findings. She was seen by a girl that visited us and another member of the flat out of the corner of his eye. It is amazing how the mind can play tricks on you.

    • Ryan

      Wow, what a great point. It’s very easy to see how the mind can manipulate you into thinking stuff like that.

    • chris brown

      Just because you create something like this dosesnt mean they are not there in the first place. You react because its there , mind dosest project outside the mind. Spirits are real we are all spirits now living in the physical bodies. You dont say oh I think I’ll see a ghost today. Spirits take you by surprise when your not expecting . Spirit have a sense of humour too after all they are people . That doesent change. That experiment that the movie is based on dosesnt prove they are not ghosts, spirits etc. Like I said spirit have a sense of humour. Too many people have experienced spirit events , dont take it on one movie open up your mind .

      • Navonne Johns

        Absolutely true! And creating someone to start focusing also creates a door or invitation to dark spirits that lie and pretend they are a ghost so they can latch on. I’m a hypersensitive and have dealt with these things since I was a child.

        Not a nice game to play on ppl.

      • Dawn

        Yes it very well could have opened the door to demons and malevolent spirits who like to play mean. However, it’s becoming known that a Poltergeist is actually an energy form created from the energy emitted by a person or persons in the home. It actually takes on a life of it’s own, however just energy. So there is a big difference between a ghost and a poltergeist. If you read up on quantum physics. We now know the mind creates reality.

      • A M Mackay

        I kind of agree. When you think about it – of course nothing happened because they were trying to contact a person whose spirit did not exist. If someone kept calling you by another name you wouldn’t answer them would you? Same principle. Now if you sort out a seance and then ask ‘is there anybody there?’ – who knows who will answer, lol. Love the concept.

    • V. Ming

      Maybe the ghost gave you the idea.

  8. Kristen

    Very well written article. Thanks for taking the time to research it :)

    • Ryan

      Thanks! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it.

  9. Andy

    What a fantastic tale, thank you for investigating and sharing

    • Ryan

      You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed it.

  10. Don

    Ghosts are very real. Don’t open doors that you can’t close.

    • fred

      I agree. but don’t under estimate -if you had the power to open the door you have the power to close it.

  11. leescott58

    I think the concept of creating a ghost, or in the case of this movie, a poltergeist (not really a ghost at all, usually just strange occurrences stemming from early teen anxiety, usually in a dysfunctional home) is a fascinating idea. I knew I’d heard about the Phillip project but couldn’t remember the name or date, so thank you for that. A poltergeist should be easier to create than a ghost (or hoax) since generally they have no personality or physical appearance, just human energy. I’m looking forward to the movie, and found this to be a great blog!

    • Ryan

      Thanks, glad you liked the article!

  12. Navonne Johns

    Demons lie and play games to make people believe they are ghosts so people accept and let it in. I know there are ghosts but KNOW that demons will be deceptive to get in your life.

    • Michelle

      Thank you for bringing this possibility up. Even if this is a hoax, those who believe they are in contact with an ghost should keep this scenario in mind. If a sign of demonic possession is that the person possessed by a demon knows facts they wouldn’t otherwise know, why wouldn’t it be true of a demon posing as a ghost?

    • Anonymous

      Usually they disguise themselves as harmless spirits and later become very harmful!..

  13. Anonymous

    I wanna watch the quiet ones, just to see how hammer brings it across to viewers. I myself have seen ghosts and they defo real. I live in a functional home so no angst there lolz. If they succeed in making a ghoul out of thinking then fair play to them. However if the room rigged, it would look the same and the tricks would make people think oh my gosh a ghost.

  14. Muriel

    I’m not really a fan of horror movies per say, but I do have a profound interest in the supernatural, always have. I saw the trailer on Apple movie trailers, and the story-line sounded interesting. Found your blog by doing a random search on Google, and I must say it was a very well-written and interesting article! :)

    I am a biology student, with a scientific mind. But it is still an open mind and I have deep spiritual beliefs that do no conflict with my scientific training. I absolutely believe in ghosts, wether they are actually souls stuck between this world and the next, or manifestations of resonating psychic energy left behind by a traumatic event or other. After all, even Physics teach us that everything is energy, and the wonderful, crazy world of Quantum Mechanics puts everything we thought we knew to be true on its head!

    I think both are possible. I believe in the soul, and think it is possible for some to be trapped in the physical world they no longer belong in. But psychic, electro-magnetic energy is a very real thing too and can be extremely powerful. Who’s to say our minds don’t possess the ability to make us see things that are seen by others too? If you think about it, that is kind of the premise of the story behind the Silent Hill games, it’s the little girl’s psyche which creates the hell dimension of Silent Hill… ;)

  15. Barbara Miller

    Don’t like horror movies, I do believe that minds can see what we suggest they see. With that said, we had several strange experiences my children were young. Most of the time they showed up and went into one bedroom or the dinning room. There were two adult men and to toddler aged children. We never saw them together usually the men or the children. Frequently we heard our names called or the room feel very cold. I found my kids taking toy cars into the closet and charging neighbor kids .25 to watch the toys fly out of the closet. Once there was a smell of smoke and visualsmoke in the house, searching to make sure everyone was out I found a camp fire in my dinning room with two children crouching beside it warming themselves. As I ran around the 1/2 wall that separates the dinning area from the rest of the house they disappeared with the camp fire, but smoke was still filling the house. So, we moved. We were all thinking it was imagination or that maybe we were crazy, so I went back several years later to visit the current residents, reality check I suppose. I didn’t know them but they were willing to talk to me and I asked them if they had ever seen anything unusual or strange in the house and if so where. The residents had seen two men and the children too. They also said the place in the house they did not like to go was that same bedroom the toys were flying out of the closet and would become very cold. We were the first residents in 1975 I believe there have been 4 or 5 since we moved in 1987. Do I believe in ghosts, yes, or something…..

    • Believer

      I enjoyed the movie and liked how the filming of it was like old film technology. I agree, Barbara, spirits are real. When my dad died many years ago, all I could think of was putting 4 golf balls on each corner of his gravestone, but had no idea where there was a shop to buy them (no computers back then). A couple of weeks later I found a golf ball on our front lawn and thought, “hmmm, this is interesting.” Next day, I found another one. “OK, Dad is telling me something.” A few days later I found 2 more golf balls in our rock garden. That was the 4 golf balls I had wanted. Never saw any more after that. To this day, they are still on the 4 corners of his stone.

  16. Barbara

    I do believe in the spirit world, when my daughter was 2 she saw her dead dad’s spirit not all the time just occasionally. She could even pick out random strangers who had lost their parent too. But I do believe some stuff is a persons imagination and other things are falsified.

  17. ernesto javier

    Ryan dude first let me congratulate you. I cant even imagine how much work must this have been especially since it was something from the 70s. I really really enjoyed the article man I mean the story itself is very intriguing and the funny thing is that one can only wonder can phillip turn malevolent or not I cant wait to see the movie thanks for the information!! Also if it possible or if there is the movie Deliver Us From Evil is also based on true story and Ive been trying to look for someone that explains the true life events of the movie if you can or if you already can you send me the link so I can read it? And again congrats men!

    • Ryan

      Thanks, man! I really appreciate that. I have not had a chance to dig up the info on Deliver Us from Evil but I’m sure it’s a fascinating story. I might try to get some info up on that sometime in the future.

  18. Ian Paterson

    Hi, great article; dreadful, dreadful film :p
    The greatest weapon in John Pogue’s arsenal of scare-tactics, is the audience’s uneasy fear that they’re going to leave the cinema with perforated eardrums. Whereas ‘quiet-quiet-LOUD’ is a sadly-established substitute for atmosphere these days, in this film it’s superceded by ‘normal-normal-EXCRUCIATING’.
    Boring, annoying a laughable in equal measure, The Quiet Ones is (should be) an embarrassment to Hammer and the genre in general. What I don’t understand is how they decided to make this film rather than a one about the genuinely interesting psychological experiment outlined in the article…

  19. Angel V Brame

    Do I believe in Ghosts?….. I want to believe in Ghost… I try hard too….. I just love the adrenaline rush you get from a good old scary ghost story…… But I have NEVER seen or had any real life ghost experiences….. I think its because I like being scared by ghosts so much, they never show themselves or make themselves known to me…………………….. How could the mind create its own ghost, when people who DONT want contact with ghosts.. and never asked for it, get contact,……… But yet, more of us who WANT contact with Ghosts…… couldn’t pay enough for just 1 real life experience……. I would love to see a Ghost or something paranormal in real life…….. but my mind cant create a Phillip…. what do I do…..

  20. cindyliuhoo

    Lovely! Looking forward to seeing if this will scare me…its always good to read a little on the ‘based on a true story/true events’ bollocks….

  21. Tracy

    The movie is kind of average.Atmospheric and you spend it anticipating scares that don’t arrive.Not the worst horror I have seen,but if your expecting it to be on par with Woman in Black,you might be disappointed.

    As for ghosts being a manifestation of our imagination…I’m quiet a level-headed realist,but I have had paranormal experiences.As a child I seen a white lady figure in a local wood.At the time I was intrigued – not scared and was totally unaware of the local history where a maid died in the same place jumping from the window of a castle that had been on fire,which I didn’t learn until many years later.
    I also saw a strange man with facial scarring and hollow eyes as an adult who suddenly disappeared.I was out walking my dog at the time,very late on.I know of no stories relating to him and what’s more my sister was with me and witnessed it too!

  22. Roxie

    Spiritual world exists. Scientist now say other dimensions do exist. I woke up one night at about 3am and saw a crystal looking spirit about the size of a 9 yr. old boy and he went into a room after I saw him then I thought wow I’m hallucinating. I was so wrong all of a sudden my dog goes to the same room and starts barking at the door like he knew it was in there.freaky!!

  23. Mary

    I believe in ghosts. Prove to me that they don’t exist.

    • Anna

      Okay, I will. Once you prove that there are no unicorns, no teapots orbiting the sun, and no elves who make shoes in the night. You’re making the claim, not me. Therefore the burden of proof is on you, not me.

      If I walk up to you and say “I’m a superhero”, you’re going to ask me for proof. If my only proof is that you can’t prove me wrong, are you going to believe that I’m a superhero? Of course not.

      There is a litany of unexplained phenomena in this world, but that doesn’t make the answer “ghosts” or “the supernatural” at all. It doesn’t mean that ghosts can’t be the answer, but absent any hard evidence whatsoever, I’d have to reject the notion.

      But please, by all means, feel free to believe in them.

  24. candice

    So the story in the film wasnt based on events? There was no jane harper? At the end of the film they show pictures of the supposed group back in the 70’s. Where did they get those photos from? I take it they were faked?

  25. Linda Tiner

    I’d like to know what the **** is wrong with the Canadians???!!! My father and mother were Canadian! Get a life. As for the article, I enjoyed it. Your remark was unnecessary and it detracted from your story. Next time I read one of your article, I hope you desist. Thank you.

    • Ryan

      I’m not sure what you’re talking about, but thanks for reading.

  26. tcs

    Hey thanks again man for diggin up the bones of this backstory for us! Got here searching for that, and this is the best info i see out here with a quick (ish) search.

    I’m a hardcore skeptic, yet a firm believer that theres about 3% of reported phenomena with firm objective reality and absolutely no rational explanation. But hey, from the links provided, the only hoaxy thing i got (besides the whole affair, admittedly) was when the narrator said that other groups were able to reproduce the results of the experiment. Well, we all know thats just ridiculous other than people lifting tables up with their knees in a corny seance. (no offense to seance goers)

    Thanks again!

    • Ryan

      Glad you enjoyed it, man! It certainly raises some interesting questions, that’s for sure.

  27. mason lamb

    A true story about a fake creation. What a pile of crap.

  28. Alaska

    I’m confused! If this is not based on a true experiment… where did they get the pictures that were shown after the movie, of people seemingly being the real people involved in the initial experiment…?

  29. Deb

    I’m looking forward to watching this movie. I’m picky about horror movies that claim to be based off of true events, or true stories. This one seems to have just taken the headlines and made a movie. I don’t mind when they do that. There not calming that it is true, just based from.

  30. clarisol galarza

    I have experienced scary, and horrific inexplicable things since I was 4 years old, and continue to this day…would love to know why.

  31. Ange Rodriguez

    great article. Very interesting.

    However at the end of the film, there are a number of photographs that suggest the film has a more accurate back story then the one told above. Are these “actual photos”? Does anyone know anything about THIS story? or if there even is one?

  32. joshua gordzelik

    You can’t take the mind for granted; although don’t take the spirit world for granted. I’ve experienced both ghosts and poltergeist activity the poltergeist when me and my wife were nowhere around. If you constantly think and concentrate you will see or possibly cause an object to move, but in another aspect what do spirits and poltergeist and demons need…… ? That’s energy your brain puts off enough for them to use. Demons attack the weak at heart rarely attempt to harm someone they can’t intimidate. Ghosts or spirits play on what you want. Think about the fourth dimension and portals these spirits use or why kids are so susceptible, ask why do animals sense the same as you in this exact moment. The experiment was stupid and by creating this character and doing this out of pure humor and trying to prove a point sets them in a very vulnerable state and malevolent spirits will attack at that time believe me I stood watch when my storm door was shattered by a mist on a sunny day.

  33. Anonymous

    My religion says they are real. If I’m a spirit I’ll try to make you believe I’m someone I’m not. I’ll even say I’m the devil just to frighten you. I can pretend to be whomever or whatever I want and none would be the wiser. It’s a game.

    • James McMackin

      That’s the problem today, people believe in something without proof only faith but is faith enough I wonder? Good luck with that.

  34. James McMackin

    Let me start off by saying I do not believe in the supernatural and you’ve got to be extremely gullible to think ghosts are real. I’ve followed the research over the years because I have an open mind and like most people I’d like to experience a supernatural event. That being said I’d like to ask the writer and the readers of this blog a question. Does anyone know what the quantum theory is? The quantum theory is the theoretical basis of modern physics that explains the nature and behavior of matter and energy on the atomic and subatomic level. I believe that Dr. Masaru Emoto who has discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts are directed toward them. He found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words shows brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns. In contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors. The implications of this research create a new awareness of how we can positively impact the earth and our personal health.Half of the earth is water; our body is three-quarters water. Water represents the interface between the 4th dimension in which we live and the 5th dimensional sphere of our very being. What has put Dr. Emoto at the forefront of the study of water is his proof that thoughts and feelings affect physical reality. By producing different focused intentions through written and spoken words and music and literally presenting it to the same water samples, the water appears to “change its expression” Our minds are more powerful than we realize and I believe it’s not fear that plays with our mind or eyes but its negative thoughts that manifests the supernatural. What I mean is whatever supernatural event you’ve encountered is a serious of powerful emotions projecting within our imagination but also with the bits of information that our eyes process and send to the brain. What are ghosts? Mythology would tell us that ghosts are the lingering spirits of the dead. A ghost is, put simply, an impression upon the subatomic weave of the universe, created via strong emotion of a sentient observer. To understand this phenomena, one must first grasp one of the most fundamental principles of quantum mechanics: observation changes the subject being observed. The simple act of observing or measuring a particle forces it into an energy state. Unobserved, a particle may take any energy state available to it. In which case can be a ghost or a creepy noise, like a knock or even foot steps. Whatever the case is I know it to be fact that ghost are as real as you make them. I really enjoyed reading this blog and I gave the movie two thumbs up. If you’re a horror fan this movie is one wild ride that you’ll wish you could keep riding.

  35. Lulu

    The logical part of my brain screams a repeating line of simple truths. Crystal can hold information, and we’re talking serious loads of it. As we speak specially designed crystal hard drives are being developed in multiple countries around the world. We also know that the patterns made by certain types of energy can be stored as data, particularly when we’re dealing with electromagnetics. So it stands to reason that the large deposits of natural quartz crystal in the ground where I live (the western portion of New York state) are simply storing the energy from past events, ready for playback under the right circumstances. Take one of a small percentage of carbon-based lifeforms (let’s call it between 1-2 percent) who are innately capable of manipulating kinetic energy, and the playback will begin, most likely without said lifeform being any the wiser. All these things I know, and I repeat them without end.

    Yet I feel an explosive energy, see my surroundings change, hear the voices of those who are long since gone, and suddenly that rational voice falls silent. I have seen things that I can’t explain, visions that come from somewhere else. Not just recordings of a few forgotten moments, but a changing, responsive intelligence that if nothing else can be understood at the very least as something that exists, separate, on its own. I won’t define it with words like “ghost,” “entity,” “spirit.” I don’t believe those things can describe it accurately, because it isn’t just the incorporeal leftovers from a single human life. It’s something bigger, better, that is all those remnants at once and more. For anybody who hasn’t seen it, it’s sadly likely that you never will, but for those of us who have, it makes us feel like fools.

    Scientists, journalists, philosophers… Once we see it, we suddenly become something else too: believers.

  36. Anonymous

    I saw my great grandfather when I was 14 on the night of his death at the exact time of his death wearing his suite at his burial did I mention I never meet him he died before I was born I didn’t even know he existed so ya I believe

  37. Neo

    Well to be honest everything is possible it is not the question why cuz I believe many are sick of human whys it is the question of how !! well that is the reason people still trying to study abnormal things beside the normal life but I have a question for your eager mind :) what is Normal ? if mind can create abnormal and emits it then it also emits the normal one which will leave you wondering with more whys and hows, I’ll see you around ;)

  38. Thirst4Truth

    Enjoyed the article definitely gave me the rundown of “inspired by true events” in this movie. Always disappointed that there isnt a 100% fact base movie as this but then again what else is hollywood good for except putting spins on things. see the movie for yourself. Also as this movie stated “ghosts” could be a manifest of ones own imagination… i know i lose my cool sometimes alone in the dark then i come back to reality. Also as the movie states maybe you have seen something or someone in previous days the you cannot totally recollect but ones subconscious mind does. You want the true power of that, pay attention to your dreaming. I could glimpse someone on the street and never recall anything about them physically but then later dream as they were. Humans are more capable with their mind then most can fathom i can walk through my days and get so caught up that out of my peripherals i think i see someone there or a reflection only to realize it was nothing. I do not believe or atleast have yet been proven of any such thing as paranormal.

  39. Anonymous

    boring movie. anything to do with the supernatural is suspect. the movie took too long to get interesting. when movies say “inspired by true events” already it’s a load of crap. basically tack that on to any movie and people will pay to watch it. the conjuring at least was a little more interesting. this had no interesting qualities and rather boring.

  40. Ghosthunter

    Great research Ryan, thanks; gives some good context,. I am half way though watching the movie and wanted to find out what the actual events are that this movies was based on. I think the actual events could be made into a great comedy. That’s some wild shit.

    • Ryan

      Thanks! I never thought of that but I think you’re right! It would be a hilarious horror/comedy.

  41. Triple_A

    Absolutely love your article! I love reading the “true story” behind anything based on true events. That being said, I am a firm believer in the supernatural. I’ve had some experiences that could not be explained, and no outside suggestions sparked the thoughts. Again, great article!

    • Ryan

      Thanks, glad you liked it!

  42. Tobe Damit

    Reblogged this on Loud Alien Noize and commented:
    Just how powerfull our mind can be??

  43. theipc

    You know what? I just watched this and looked at a comment on IMDB about the “true story” thing and there was a link here :)

    I thought it was pretty good – when it was NOT trying to be scary, it was awful boring but the director showed up a few times to build up to some good stuff.

    I’ve definitely seen a LOT worse…

    • Ryan

      That’s awesome!

      Yeah it was definitely a missed opportunity. That’s too bad, the story had a lot of potential.

      • theipc

        I saw that link by some user and I was all “hey I know that guy!” And clicked and 80+ comments! What a beast!!

      • Ryan

        Haha yea this one got shared around a lot. Not nearly as much as The Conjuring story I did, though. The comments on that one got out of hand!

      • theipc

        Awesome! I’ll check it out :)

      • Ryan
      • theipc

        Let me say this, I don’t have time today to go through all of that but – GOD DAMN!!

      • Ryan

        Hahah, I told you it got out of hand! I had to stop trying to read all of them, though. It was impossible.

      • theipc

        I believe it!

  44. Missy

    I read about “Philip” years ago and was fascinated by the story. When I saw the trailer for The Quite Ones I only wanted to see it because it reminded me of Philip. I’m excited to learn that he was the the inspiration! Thank you for the wonderful article!

    • Ryan

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  45. Brenda Dick

    I believe that in order to believe in anything you have to have a sense of reality and an openess to all possibilities….. For instance I moved into my home 14 yrs ago with no background on it but found it had 4 spirits in it- Seen by many over the years….. As I have worked over theyears to identify them stories that match real peoplem have emerged- including a man who died in my house and whose daughter came to the house to see it and looked just like the male spirit often seen!!! coincidence? ah- no. I also researched his death and yes…. he died in my house and worked hard and loved this house…. I can tell so much more but opening other’s minds is painful in some cases…. I live with it everyday and can tell you it mostly just boring…. no one is eaten by the TV, no pea soup here, … no haunted dolls, either… I view life now as more realistic and wonderful because what I live and see and experience, along with many others and that gives me a wider view of what life is and who we are – both dead or alive……… To say it is all in the mind does a disservice to those of us who actually connect real people with who used to be here… who lived…. died….. Not all spirits are evil but do they exist? sure… I again know possiblities exist…. Openess is the key to knowledge…. just saying my thoughts….

  46. BuffyMove

    I think our whole lives are created by our minds, but it has to be things we believe. If we genuinely believe in ghosts, we’ll see them. I remember seeing the devil and the tooth fairy when I was little, no joke. When I got old enough not to believe in them any more I didn’t see them anymore.

  47. Mary Scolari

    Wow!!!! Just watched the movie and all I have to say is…. That’s it??? What made the movie so great??? The Best part was looking it up and finding your page and finding out about the “Inspired by True Events” I have to say I will definitely am a fan and will be following you!!!!! Thank you for the time and research and being so informative!!!! You Rock!!!!!!

  48. will

    Boring and slow…….. if you really want to see a scary movie watch ” sinister “….

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