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A drama/thriller/horror film that I'm honestly surprised didn't already have a thread.
Following a family trying to survive in a world in which it is crucial they make as little sound as possible. Some are already calling it an instant horror classic - not sure if I'd go that far, but I did think it was a really good movie.
Wrote, directed, and starring John Krasinski from The Office, and also co-starring his real life wife, Emily Blunt.
I saw it yesterday. Probably a definitive example of how important sounds, editing, and camera work can be when you don't have dialogue and other things to convey plot. It was great and I loved it.
Courtesy link- A Quiet Place.
Saw it tonight and generally agree. It's an example primarily of the strength of a director confident in their vision more than anything else. The sound design is great, but also not played up as a gimmick. It works in tandem with the performances, visuals and editing to create an atmosphere. You become aware of every sound the same way the characters are, there were times I wasn't sure if a noise was from the movie or an audience member shifting in their seat.
In many ways it reminded me of Get Out!, mostly in how the direction was confident in its script, but I had similar feelings of disappointment when the movie edges back into the horror genre, which this film does extensively in the second half.
Massive hit, something like $45 million on opening weekend, which is about $2.50 for every dollar spent making the movie. Which just goes to show that this thread may get to, oh, ten posts.
edited 8th Apr '18 10:43:37 AM by jamespolk
I remember seeing someone saying: “John Krasinski’s strength as an actor is his silent Aside Glance bits on The Office. So he made a movie that consists entirely of that.”
So that weird dude from The Office made a great horror movie? What's with comedians making excellent horror movies lately?
Matthew Perry is banging away at a keyboard as we speak.
Comedy is just taking the horrors of life and finding something to laugh at. Horror is just taking one step fewer.
edited 8th Apr '18 6:23:33 PM by InkDagger
All great stories from any genre have some underlying commentary about the human condition. Get Out! is a lot more obvious about it, but a large number of horror films from the past few years have really built up that genre past the generic slasher trappings. Blumhouse Productions is responsible for a lot of them, including It Follows and The Purge. Traditionally, a lot of horror films were appealing to younger filmmakers to get their foot in the door because they are actually surprisingly cheap to make, they film in darkness so you don't have to show anything clearly, use existing locations, make gallons of fake blood for only a few dollars and say you have a special effects heavy movie. That's why Sam Raimi did The Evil Dead.
Funny enough, I was initially under the impression that the movie was rated R before I saw it, after seeing it I saw it was PG-13 and was surprised. There is quite a lot of blood and some VERY intense scenes.
I saw this! Pretty cool! That's all I can add to the conversation!
(ackshually) Blum didn't have anything to do with It Follows.
This movie's box office take is hugely impressive, and the Cinemascore is good for a horror movie, too. To think that all it took for Platinum Dunes to make good horror movies was to stop doing micromanaged creatively bankrupt remakes and start being more like Blumhouse. Hopefully, other studios learn the right lessons.
Just saw it on a whim (not a horror guy), and I'll echo the praise. Extremely well-executed, and a perfect use of the medium of film to enhance the story and premise. I couldn't imagine it as a written story. It doesn't lean on over-dramatic jump scares, but relies on spectacular sound design and subtle tension-building to make the scares land. Pacing is terrific. The economical storytelling and world building show trust in the intelligence of the audience. And most importantly, at the center of everything is genuine emotion and characters you care for.
John Krasinski has a lot of potential as a director in this genre. And it's proof that PG-13 doesn't have to be a limiting factor for horror films if you execute well. I've never heard a cinema so quiet in my life. Overall, this may be the best thing Michael Bay's name has ever been attached to.
edited 15th Apr '18 6:36:12 AM by edvedd
There's gonna be a sequel to this movie. Not sure if it has it's own thread or not, so I'm bringing it up here.
I'm curious about what a sequel could do because I felt the first film was very "open-and-shut". Doesn't seem like continuing it would be the best idea to me. But since the first film was so good, and with Krasinski still behind the wheel and some great additions to the cast I want to have some faith that this will be good.
Here's the trailer for it. I guess we're going the Walking Dead route where they find a colony of survivors that'll inevitably be fucked up by the aliens when they get there.
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