A Quiet Place (2018)
Before seeing this film, I thought right away that it looked like an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Perhaps it would be reminiscent of Signs (2002). I assumed that Shyamalan was the director until I saw that it was directed by, produced by, and stars John Krasinski.
I am really picky when it comes to horror movies that I get excited about. This one sparked my interest. I saw this on opening night, but I did not get to review it until now.
A Quiet Place takes place in the not so distant future where people are being hunted by vicious creatures that attack when they hear sound. The film follows one particular family that is trying to survive.
The movie was directed by John Krasinski and the noteworthy cast includes John Krasinski, Emily Blunt (Krasinski’s wife), Millicent Simmons, Noah Jupe, and Cade Woodward.
Krasinski has come a long way from his days of selling paper in The Office (2005). I really only started taking him seriously after seeing 13 Hours (2016). I think that he has successfully transitioned from comedy to more serious acting and this movie is further proof.
A Quiet Place was way better than Signs.
The chemistry between Blunt and Krasinski felt very genuine. Such a simple thing like that is easy when it is a real life couple onscreen. However, that connection can make all of the difference.
This is not a bloodbath horror movie. That is what I especially enjoyed about A Quiet Place. The film keeps you in suspense throughout basically the entire movie. It is edge-of-your seat excitement with enough jumpy scenes to make it worth your while.
The film is unique because it really does not contain a lot of dialogue. I feel like this adds to the suspense. The theater that I was in was eerily a quiet place. Our eyes were glued to the screen, and the hair on the back of our necks stood up as we were desperately wanting to know what was going to happen next.
A Quiet Place was a breath of fresh air for the horror genre. It is a reminder that a good spooky story meticulously executed is all that it takes to be a quality scary movie. It seems like such a simple concept, but most horror movies these days have trouble achieving this. There really was nothing wrong with this film. It was chilling from start to finish. Alfred Hitchcock would be proud.
I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.
If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:
The Others (2001)
13 Hours (2016)
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High Tension (2003)
High Tension is a French foreign horror film. The movie was made in 2003, but released in the US in 2005. You can watch the film with subtitles or have the French dubbed over in English. Some people don’t like watching movies with subtitles. Others don’t like watching a movie that has been dubbed over in a different language because the lips don’t match up with the words. I have never had a problem with either format, but sometimes it is good to know what you are getting yourself into before watching a movie like that.
The movie is about two college girls, Marie (Cecile De France) and Alexa (Maiwenn), who vacation to Alexa’s family’s house in the country, way out in the middle of nowhere. The girls planned on getting a lot of studying done in the quiet remote home. What they didn’t plan on was getting a strange visitor in the middle of the night who turned out to be a murdering psychopath.
The first time that I watched this movie was in 2005. It was around the time that the movie Saw (2004) was popular. Horror movies had begun to master bloody brutality. Blood and guts seemed as real as they had ever been on screen and horror movies were celebrating this fact. High Tension joined the party of gruesome graphic violence.
It’s hard to enjoy a movie of this kind. However, the shock value throughout the film is highly prevalent. It’s disgusting and disturbing. It’s vile, but full of horror. The unspeakable acts of violence depicted in High Tension are grotesque, but the filmmaking is superb.
The soundtrack in the movie is spine-chilling and it only serves to magnify just how obscenely intense the film actually is. High Tension is the perfect title, because that is exactly what the movie is full of. The film may simply be a slasher strictly for the shock value, but it is one that will keep you on edge waiting for what will happen next. It’s like a horrific car wreck that is hard not to stare at. You don’t want to see it, but you cannot look away. The grisly images become a stain that you can’t seem to scrub from your mind.
The film is a bloodbath. It’s one of the bloodiest, most vicious movies that I have ever seen. If you couldn’t handle watching Saw, then High Tension is probably too much for you.
I don’t usually like this type of movie, and it is not one that I could watch often, but for its genre, the filmmakers did an excellent job. I know good filmmaking when I see it, and I’m not going to fault the film because of its genre. High Tension is the ultimate slasher with a twist.
I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? Buy.