The past few years have seen our screens graced with some rather spectacular horror films including Get Out, It, The Conjuring and Don’t Breathe.
Horror has never been more popular thanks to the likes of these movies and it looks like its popularity won’t be dying down any time soon.
Enter A Quiet Place – one of the most unsettling, terrifying and refreshing horror films released in the past decade leaving you unable to sleep at night.
Before you read on, check out the trailer for the film here:
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The premise is nothing but pure genius and unlike anything you have ever heard of before giving A Quiet Place a unique and raw edge that allows it to stand out.
In 2020 society has collapsed following the arrival of horrific creatures which pounce on anything which makes a noise, instantly attacking and killing.
And worst of all the world is unsure where the creatures came from. Are they aliens? Vampires? Monsters from the very depths of the Earth? A human creation?
All we know is if they hear you, they will hunt you. Now I did tell you it was a clever and completely terrifying concept.
The film follows a desperate family man (John Krasinski who also directs) as he struggles to protect his family knowing one single sound could attract danger.
In this post-apocalyptic world you can’t even speak properly and so the characters communicate mostly by sign language.
With little dialogue, the film is almost completely silent and so when a noise is made, it has an impact leaving you shaken and nervous as you await the horror you know is coming.
With the threat ever present, ironically A Quiet Place doesn’t give you a moment of peace leaving you on the edge of your seat throughout.
It really does never let go with the suspense constantly heightening. Trust me, you will still be rather stressed out hours after it has ended.
Director Krasinski ensures the whole experience is ruthless taking full advantage of sound making this is a film you should see in a dark cinema, with a crowd and loud speakers.
Just watched #AQuietPlace. Congrats @johnkrasinski, I can’t sleep and I’m all out of Gilmore Girls to watch to clear my head. What psycho wrote this? Oh you did. What crazy person directed this. You again. Cast your real wife as your wife? Come on!?! We have to talk. https://t.co/CE2hYbAGUs
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) April 3, 2018
#AQuietPlace was so damn good! It's cleverly executed, genuinely scary, and one of the tensest cinematic experiences I've had in ages. Great performances all around. Emily Blunt is an international treasure and should be cast in everything. pic.twitter.com/YwkO1WemPQ
— Dan Casey (@DanCasey) March 30, 2018
WOW. #AQuietPlace is the real deal. Incredibly tense, scary, and heartfelt. So well acted and well executed. I LOVED it. See it in a theater with a crowd and awesome sound! #horror pic.twitter.com/rWkC4NAHIj
— Clarke Wolfe (@clarkewolfe) March 30, 2018
Not playing by the rules, the film never descends into cliches so don’t go in expecting ghosts, possessed children and other horror motifs.
Instead A Quiet Place feels like a much needed breath of fresh air with Krasinski really putting his mark on the film.
Perhaps his smartest move was the decision to continually switch between what the majority of the characters hear and what the young deaf daughter hears allowing us to feel fear using all our senses.
Many horror films are let down by poor performances from the cast but this isn’t a problem here.
Although we never learn their character names, thanks to the incredible actors you really bond with the family meaning you will be tearful during the emotional climax.
Both Krasinski and Emily Blunt, also married in real life, give terrific performances as despairing parents trying to hold themselves together for their children.
Hearing-impaired Millicent Simmonds though is a completely revelation often stealing the limelight away from the more experienced actors.
A must see at the cinema, don’t forget to listen closely, move carefully, and never make a sound. If they can’t hear you, they can’t hunt you.
A Quiet Place creeps into cinemas April 5.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.