A Quiet Place (2018) – Review

Guest post by Liam Springate-Jones

A Quiet Place is an extraordinary piece of work. A masterstroke of suspense, thrills and survivalist dread, it racks up the tension and makes brilliant use of silence as a storytelling device. This film was stuck in my head for days after watching it. It’s a horror film that creates genuine terror and crafts scares in subtle, interesting ways, and all with such a simple premise: in the near future, an unknown species hunt people by sound and attack anyone who makes a noise.

A father, mother, daughter and son live on an isolated farm, and Lee Abbott (John Krasinski) and his wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) are expecting another child. We don’t get much backstory on the family and the same goes for the post-apocalyptic world they inhabit, but we do know there’s been some sort of global disaster or invasion, and slimy, reptilian monsters now roam the Earth. In this dystopian world, the only way to survive is to keep silent, which is quite possibly one of the worst scenarios imaginable. The characters do their best to communicate via sign language, but with Evelyn expecting they’re forced to confront a worrying question: how are they going to deal with a crying baby? A world of horror awaits this tight-knit family.

A Quiet Place explores a number of themes, such as sacrifice, the unknown and parenthood. These themes enrich the viewing experience, as they give the film a strong emotional core – for a movie with such a thin premise, there’s a lot going on. It gets you thinking about whether it would be possible to live a normal life without noise. We live in such a fast-paced, noisy world that the film makes you wonder if we could somehow do without sound.

And there’s something refreshingly “old-school” about the film. It’s a back-to-basics horror movie that’s low on gore but still manages to be blood-curdling. Best of all, you really care about the characters on-screen. Almost every character makes a decision that could potentially get them killed and you become invested in their fates. While the jumps scares are a bit excessive, watching the family fight to survive is an absolute thrill ride.


With its emotional power and agonizing suspense, A Quiet Place is an intense, engrossing movie. It’s smart, stripped-back and grabs your attention in the opening scene. You’ll be tense and breathless – but you’ll also be having fun. This is the kind of horror flick that makes you feel empowered. It’s also a great creature feature with impressive monster designs. For me, it is a must-see movie without question.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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