Media Minute

"A Quiet Place"

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I absolutely love horror movies. 

Ever since I was a little girl, possibly too little if you ask some people, nothing has been more fun or more thrilling than having the wits scared out of me by a well-done film. I even wrote for a horror blog for a spell in high school. 

I’ve seen so many at this point that I have become more than a little picky about what I consider a good scary movie but “A Quiet Place” definitely makes my top five favorite modern horrors.

This film is right up there with “The Conjuring,” “Insidious” and “The Babadook.”

While I had my doubts about Jim Halpert directing a scary movie, John Krasinski did not disappoint in his first foray behind the camera. 

What’s more is, because he was acting alongside his real-life wife Emily Blunt, the chemistry between the two felt exceedingly genuine. 

This movie took the old adage of a creature-feature and transformed it into something that came across as entirely original, which is a breath of fresh air in the horror industry these days. 

Featuring only several-dozen spoken words, viewers have to not only read subtitles but tune in to body language and facial expressions in a whole new way when watching this film. 

There was very little music and background noise, so every little sound and movement felt like a jump-scare, which in my opinion made the experience all the more captivating. 

Another key player in this powerhouse cast is Millicent Simmonds, who is actually deaf and plays Abbot’s preteen daughter. 

While the role could easily have played by a hearing actress, Krainski pushed for Simmonds and it payed off. She gave a great performance and added a whole new layer of depth to the film. 

While undoubtedly exhausting to watch, because you’re gripping the edge of your seat the whole time, “A Quiet Place” is superbly done and I highly recommend it to anyone thinking of going to the theater this month.

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