The Terrorising Silence of A Quiet Place

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The Terrorising Silence of A Quiet Place

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n John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, the latest entrant to Hollywood’s reinvigorated horror genre, silence assumes an indispensable mantle in the proceedings. In the apocalyptic frightfest, silence not only leads to survival – it is also the epicentre of the assaulting dread that encompasses the audience. It’s an odd stratagem for a film that falls under the survival horror genre, which has traditionally been defined by jarring sounds and jump scares used to infuse spine-curdling terror. Yet, A Quiet Place triumphs in daring to stray from this formulaic grammar of horror, revelling instead in marinating pin-drop silence with unimaginable fear.

The premise of this taut 95-minute creature feature is both simple and unique: A family of four – Lee (Krasinski), Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and their two kids – fight a lone battle of survival in a world whose population has been decimated by a mysterious band of bloodthirsty alien monsters. Although completely blind, the aliens have an excellent sense of hearing; alert to any sound made by a living being, and hunting its source with razor-focused savagery. The only way to endure this invasion is by leading a completely silent life like Lee and his family.

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