It is so hard for filmmakers to come around with great scary films these days that has more than just the usual “jump and scare” tactics. Most of the recent horror movies I’ve watched is only good at surprising the audience or making them cringe a little but doesn’t really deliver when it comes to making the story interesting enough.
For me, the ones that still stood out are William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist” (1973), Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” (1980) and most recently Scott Derickson’s underrated 2012 film “Sinister”.
A good horror story, in my opinion, should give you chills even after leaving the theater or every time you watch it. Because the thing that scares you the most is not actually in the film but on how the story was presented.
And surprisingly, this is the exact feeling I got after watching John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” – the plot is simple and the story is incomplete, but the way the story was presented will give you goosebumps all over. Kudos to writers Bryan Woods and Scott Beck.
Set in an apocalyptic future, A Quiet Place tells the story of a family who are adapting to a world where people have become prey to vicious “non-human” hunters. Bug-like creatures that are blind but responds to sound quickly and moves at a terrible speed.
The story starts 89 days after the incident where people learned that the only way to survive is to not make a sound. Now imagine scenarios like a young girl born deaf, a playful toddler, a mother and a father mourning the loss of a son, a pregnant woman giving birth, a child being born – how on Earth could these not make any sound?
Now topped all of that with one of the best sound scoring ever made – and you got one helluva a scary-wonderful “almost silent” film that’s filled with lots of family drama and excitement.
The film doesn’t have a lot of characters in it, the creature effects and CGI’s not perfect but those are small matters to consider in this film.
Director John Krasinski stars in the film as Lee Abbott, the patriarch of the Abbott family. Also starring in the film is Emily Blunt (Evelyn Abbott) who did a very wonderful performance in this film. A very challenging role for both actors.
Millicent Simmonds (Reagan) plays the deaf daughter of Emily and Lee. Simmonds is in real life deaf, and is the heart and soul of the whole film according to Krasinski.
The actors who played the two other members of the Abbott family are Noah Jupe (Marcus) and Cade Woodward (Beau).
The over-all feel of the movie is like Walking Dead meets Starship Troopers, which may possibly escalate the sequel (if there is going to be a sequel) into a more action-packed environment. And for that reason, I am not jotting this down yet on my list.
But as a stand-alone, A Quiet Place is scary-different. It’s actually very terrifying. Let me put it this way, there are so many instances in the film that you would want to scream and cringe but just couldn’t because you are already too immersed in the whole situation that at the back of your mind, staying silent would help save you from the scary situation that you are in. But you are actually inside the theater – so you’ll feel like a fool after watching it, asking yourself: “why the hell did I feel like that?”
Anyway this movie is best watched seated on the comfy couches of SM Cinema’s Directors Club theater – that way, you and your companion won’t worry about noticing each others reaction during the scary scenes. And then brag after, “i didn’t get scared, did you?” 🙂
A QUIET PLACE goes out in theaters nationwide starting April 11, don’t dare miss this film.
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