Silence is Deadly has New Meaning in ‘A Quiet Place’

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Olivia Norwood

Over the last fifteen years, ‘scary’ has become practically extinct and falsely used in horror cinema. This was revived in all its power first with 2017’s Get Out and now 2018’s A Quiet Place.

Welcome to a world where silence is an absolute necessity. If you don’t abide by that rule, you die. Family of four Evelyn (Emily Blunt), Lee (John Krasinski), Marcus (Noah Jupe), and Regan (Millicent Simmonds) provide us with exactly how important silence is and what will happen if anyone makes a sound as the focus of 2018’s first horror thriller.

Trust me, no one wants to see what happens if you make a noise. Unless you want to see very realistic spider-like monsters whose faces can separate into pieces, which I know you do. That’s not sarcastic, either. Props to the video editors who have learned how to make monsters not look CGI.

Krasinski, who starred as the unforgettable Jim in The Office, comes to light as the director and does everything necessary to prove himself as just the horror director that we needed. And, while we’re at it, the horror actor we needed.

All four of the actors give a strong performance, each could very well be seen as their best performance. That is not something that comes across often enough from the horror genre.

This movie uses suspense to its full advantage as most horror movies do, or at least try to. A Quiet Place, however, uses it the best. Imagine sitting through thirty minutes of pure silence before a monster lets out a high pitched squeal so close to your ear that your eardrum is exploding while you want to pee your pants. Something is wrong with you if you don’t flinch a little.

A Quiet Place 3
Courtesy of Platinum Dunes

 

I’ll be truthful, when I first saw this movie trailer i thought it was going to be just another awful horror movie like those of The Curse of Lizzie Borden and the entire Wrong Turn series. I couldn’t be happier that I was wrong.

Beyond the scary, the torture, and the suspense, there laid a deeper family touch to it. By that, I mean that it provided a look into how an innocent family of four would react to such a difficult situation as having to stay silent for the rest of their lives which most people put at the top of their list for biggest fears.

A Quiet Place has set a new bar for horror thrillers. Combining a completely stand-alone unique story with splendid actors who have genuine chemistry (Blunt and Krasinski are married in real life) makes for a brilliant masterpiece that’s quickly becoming the best horror movie of 2018.


My Rating: 90%

Acting: 3.7/4

Cinematography: 3.3/4

Story: 3.7/4

Enjoyability; 3.7/4

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