This time last year the whole horror community was already flooded with pod-cast reviews and ending explanations for some mind-boggling masterpieces. We already had the glorious and spine-chilling ‘Get Out’ and ‘Split’, as well as the awesome but less acclaimed ‘Havenhurst’, and that awkward ‘A Cure for Wellness’, which still weirds me out to this day. This year isn’t that exciting I’m afraid, but don’t worry. There’s a lot to look forward to.
So far, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing the latest and already critically acclaimed ‘Hellraiser: Judgement’, which was a refreshing and worthy installment in the iconic franchise started by the legendary Clive Barker. Aside from that, there wasn’t much to jump behind the sofa and scream about. ‘Winchester’ turned out to be one huge “meh”. Sure, it rocked box offices worldwide, but ultimately it was a critical flop. ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ was also a disappointment. After ‘Cloverfield’ (2008), and ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ (2016), we were expecting more, and this sequel just gave us a lot of good acting within the plotless jibberish of a movie. One of the latest theater assaults was ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’, which was OK, but undeniably weaker than its predecessor.
At this point, you probably think I’m here to bum you out or something, but let me prove you wrong. Have you heard of John Krasinski? Yeah, he’s the funny dude from ‘The Office’, who married ridiculously hot Emily Blunt. John Krasinski’s only tie to horror was some voice acting in Paramount’s ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’, and Disney’s ‘Monsters University’. Duuuh, I know those are not horror movies, but at least their titles sound like they are. Anyway, Krasinski had this unique horror movie idea and based on ‘A Quiet Place’ trailer he delivered that idea quite successfully.
John Krasinski directed, co-wrote, and also stars in this upcoming horror tale, which follows a family of four who has to live in complete silence, or they will be hunted and eaten by terrifying creatures living in the surrounding woods and cornfields. Once I checked out the trailer I concluded two things: this movie gives me the apocalyptic horror film vibe, and I can’t wait to see it. Since the family’s movement is mostly limited to the house, the trailer has that claustrophobic terror to it, that always comes in handy when you’re making a family horror movie. Now cue in the cameraman….aaaand look at the creepy cornfield and cover your eyes, as the agoraphobia kicks in. It’s needless to say that this combination is a complete win, and I loved the trailer.
For the role of Evelyn, mother of the Abbott family, Krasinski hired his lovely wife Emily Blunt. The role of Marcus, the son, went to magnificent Noah Jupe, who you already know if you’ve watched Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’. For the lead of family’s deaf daughter Regan, Krasinski looked for a deaf actress. He said he wanted “someone who lives like that, and who could teach him”, and that move alone puts him in a row of great directors if you ask me. Millicent Simmonds from ‘Wonderstruck’ (2017), got the part and from everything we’ve had the chance to see so far, she nailed it. Since the family in the movie uses American Sign Language for communication, Simmonds also helped her fellow actors learn ASL.
‘A Quiet Place’ has all the ingredients of a great horror movie: innovative idea, great cast, fantastic trailer, and a cornfield. I dubbed it “the upcoming” because it hasn’t hit theatres yet, but it premiered at The South by Southwest Film Festival. That resulted with some great reviews and an astounding social media growth, so we can rightfully expect a lot at this point
Get ready horror freaks, because April is about to kick it off like a dead leper’s head.