‘A Quiet Place’ is the best kind of horror

Samuel Cox

“A Quiet Place” is making loud noises in the box office, collecting more that $50 million in its first week in theaters.

There is so much to appreciate about this unique drama-horror film. Concepts of the horror genre are stretched by this bold new film, written and directed by and starring John Krasinski, who is most famous for his role as Jim Halpert in the U.S. sitcom, “The Office.”

This particular film portrays the Abbott family, stuck in an eerie and isolated Midwestern farm. The Abbott parents (Krasinski and Emily Blunt) must protect their children (Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Cade Woodward) from terrifying creatures that attack at the slightest sound.

Krasinski said on “The Tonight Show,” “I have never been a fan of horror, but I am now.”

He spoke about the film’s deeper meaning, saying, “I just had my second daughter and [this movie] is really just a love letter to my kids. It’s about what extremes a parent will go to protect their kids.”

With only 90 lines of dialogue, the audience has no choice but to remain as silent as the actors on screen. This uncomfortable silence only adds to the suspense of each scene. Once a whole crowd is that silent, the energy of each scare can make two hours feel like forever. But waiting on the edge of your seat is worth it when you are given a plot this well executed. I have absolutely no complaints with this movie. I have already gone to see it twice and am still left with so many questions, but that’s the point. The suspense doesn’t end when the credits begin to roll.

What kind of movie will Krasinski come up with next? I would not be upset to hear of a prequel.

Watch the suspenseful trailer here.

Rating: 4.5/5