It seems we’re all thirsting for horror shows at the moment, but the good news is Netflix just keep on delivering.
From The Haunting of Hill House to Velvet Buzzsaw, Bird Box to Kingdom, there’s been no shortage of scary stuff on the streaming service recently.
So open wide, because here comes another one rolling into town on the horror train.
New film, called The Silence, is hitting Netflix next month, and seems set to fall right in line with standout films A Quiet Place and Bird Box.
As Netflix describe it:
When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven. But they discover a sinister cult who are eager to exploit Ally’s heightened senses.
The Silence is based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Tim Lebbon. It’s directed by John R. Leonetti, who directed Annabelle, so you know it’s in good hands.
It stars Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) as Ally, alongside Stanley Tucci, Miranda Otto, John Corbett, Kate Trotter and Kyle Breitkopf.
You can watch the trailer here:
From the off, it’s obvious this post-apocalyptic story is using sound and silence as a central figure. However, it’s also revealed that, unlike films it’ll inevitably be compared to, there seems to be a group of no-so-nice humans lurking in the shadows too.
The whole ‘creatures who can hear really well so you better not make a sound’ thing seems kinda popular right now… Still, this trailer does make it look intriguing to say the least.
Also, the book the film is based on was released in 2015, so it’s safe to say the story predates both A Quiet Place and Bird Box.
Maybe that’s because of the bats, but I’m guessing these bats have even better hearing, and even more of a bloodlust, than real bats.
Director John R. Leonetti recently revealed that Shipka learned sign language for her role in the film, saying the lead actress had ‘an almost innate sense of what it’s like being a deaf person’. However, this was met with some criticism from the deaf community, according to ScreenRant.
The Silence creeps onto Netflix on April 10.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.