The horror game-changer, A Quiet Place, hit blu-ray and DVD this week from Paramount Pictures, and it’s just as amazing and terrifying in your home theatre.
Director and star John Krasinksi (who also had his hand in the screenplay – and for some people will always be Jim from The Office, though this film definitely gives him cred as a genre director which will mean good things for the greenlit sequel, and his starring turn as Jack Ryan in the Amazon series that debuts this fall) aptly proves himself with this fantastic, and frequently terrifying film.
Strange monsters have ravaged the world, drawn by sound. To survive, silence must reign, and the Abbott family is determined to survive. Evelyn and Lee (played by real life couple Emily Blunt and Krasinski) are trying to protect and raise their family, Regan (Millicent Simmonds), and Marcus (Noah Jupe).
Communicating through sign language, learned due to Regan’s (and Simmonds’) deafness, the film keeps viewers eyes riveted to the screen, with sharp intakes of breath at the slightest sound, as if our own terrified noises could draw these creatures to us.
A captivating and inspired piece of horror storytelling, Krasinski keeps the film to a taut hour and a half, and it’s a white knuckle, and emotional ride the entire time. It’s also beautiful film making, and does what a movie does best, tells a story through images – like Hitchcock said “If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.” This film embraces that concept, and belief, and makes it the drive of the story itself, and gives each of the characters a complete character arc that drives the film’s emotions.
This is a completely stunning watch, that is filled with nail-biting moments that have you on edge. With one film, Krasinski proves himself an able storyteller able to balance the small emotional moments with the big scares.
This is undeniably one of the best horror movies in recent years!
I don’t want to give away anything more of the plot than I already have, if you haven’t seen a trailer, avoid them, just tryst me on this one, and pick it up!
The blu-ray and DVD are rounded out with some stellar extras, a trio of featurettes documenting the making of the film. And these extras make me enjoy the experience of the movie that much more.
And heck, if you don’t want to take my word for it, listen to what Stephen King said about it “A QUIET PLACE is an extraordinary piece of work. Terrific acting, but the main thing is the SILENCE, and how it makes the camera’s eye open wide in a way few movies manage.” And if anyone is going to know tense horror, this guy knows his stuff.
A Quiet Place is available now from Paramount Pictures on blu-ray and DVD, and this one is a must-see. Check it out today!