Horror classics are few and far between. When they do happen, they take us by surprise. With A Quiet Place, director/star/co-writer John Krasinski — yes, Jim from The Office — delivers an unrelenting thrill ride. Showing exactly what one can do with so little, A Quiet Place sets out to scare the pants off audiences and succeeds brilliantly. Co-starring alongside wife Emily Blunt for the first time, Krasinski and company have made the year’s first great horror film and it’s gonna be tough for anyone else to outscare this one.
The Abbotts are not having the best 383 days. Dealing with a creature invasion is bad enough, but they still have yet to move on after their youngest, Beau (Cade Woodward), is killed. Secluded in a silent world — the creatures hunt by sound — Lee (Krasinski), wife Evelyn (Blunt), Regan (Millicent Simmonds), and Marcus (Noah Jupe) have to make sure they don’t fall prey. Lee, as a part-time hearing aid audiologist, spends his time trying to make hearing aids for Regan (who is deaf), while everyone else helps soundproof a panic room. Before long, the creatures come calling as the Abbotts are plunged into a fight for their lives like never before.
A Quiet Place is thrilling, exciting, scary, terrifying, and emotional. Krasinski — and co-writers Bryan Woods and Scott Beck — takes a barebones idea and crafts a stunning horror achievement we don’t see the likes of very often. There’s no big twists to worry about, but there are huge scares. Krasinski leaves you breathless with an amazing climax that ends exactly where it should. Filled with fantastic acting, impeccable direction, and breathtaking set pieces, by the time it’s over you’ll wonder when you last took a breath. A Quiet Place exceeds the hype as a new horror classic has been born.