Spooktober Movie Review: A Quiet Place (2018)

What is A Quiet Place?

A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. A Quiet Place is directed by John Krasinski and stars John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, and Millicent Simmonds.

A Quiet Place is one of the most unique horror movies you could ever see. A Quiet Place is like if you combined a horror movie with a silent film, but that silent film will occasionally break for some dialogue. Limiting the use of dialogue in A Quiet Place may seem to some to be a gimmick, a hook to set A Quiet Place apart from other horror movies. Some people may have gone to see A Quiet Place to see how a horror movie could be done with much sound and dialogue and it is intriguing. That’s what I initially all I thought the movie was a gimmick horror movie similar in the vein to Bird Box because of how it was pitched to me but honestly, the limited dialogue is much more than just a gimmick or a hook. But the limited dialogue and sounds are what make the movie terrifying and worth watching. It’s more than just a hook, it’s the whole movie.

A Quiet Place is carried by its unique use of dialogue which is to be expected with a title like that. But what surprised me was how they were able to effortlessly workaround using dialogue and how seamless it feels. Usually, in horror movies or movies in general characters, provide exposition in order for the audience to understand what’s happening in their universe. However, in A Quiet Place, there are subtle details laid out for the audience to catch onto but there’s no dialogue to help out the audience to listen to understand what’s happening in this particular universe. The audience has to pay attention in order to be ultimately rewarded by the end of the film. And boy it sure does reward the audience for paying attention to the details in the film. The more you details you noticed, the more satisfying the rest of the movie will be for you.

Something I have noticed watching horror movies this month is that my favorite horror movies are usually the movies that double as something more than just being a horror film. Peeping Tom while a horror movie also doubled as a psychological thriller. American Psycho thriller first and foremost before being a horror movie. A Quiet Place not only is a horror movie but it’s also a family drama and that’s why I liked it so much. It’s amazing seeing the filmmaking working around using very limited dialogue and the horror that comes out of it, but my absolutely favorite thing about A Quiet Place has to be the family drama interweaved throughout the film. It’s awe-inspiring seeing this family amiss all the pain they have experienced keep going because their love of each other conquers all, even aliens. A Quiet Place May have hooked audiences into watching the film because of the idea of a horror movie with little sound and dialogue is intriguing, but I believed it’s the family drama aspect of the film that will be best remembered about A Quiet Place for the years to come.

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