There’s a certain type of movie-goers I’d like to define, based on box office results, and that type is what I always call: Horror Moths. Mostly for jump scares (the ones I’ve skipped for obvious reasons), I mock them with an alien voice “MUST SEE SH*TTY HORROR MOVIE.”
However in other cases, there are horror movies that are smart. Last year, we had the Oscar-nominated “Get Out,” the thrilling “It,” and this year, we are given “A Quiet Place.” And all these movies are smart, thought-provoking, and thrilling. I saw this in a full house, and I was at the edge of my seat.
Don’t say: “That’s what they said about “Paranormal Activity,” and look what happened: they made too many sequels.” “A Quiet Place” is better than that in a lot of ways.
The movie takes places in a post-apocalyptic town, where a family avoids a deadly alien race that has such sensitive hearing, any noise they make, may be their last. They communicate through sign language and some whispers, and the only places the monsters can’t hear them, is the local waterfall, and an underground bunker they make.
John Krasinski directs himself as Lee, who leads his family to safety. They consist of his pregnant wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt, Krasinski’s real-life wife), their deaf daughter Regan (the deaf actress Millicent Simmonds from “Wonderstruck”), and their hearing son Marcus (Noah Jupe from “Wonder” and “Suburbicon”).