A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place ★★★½

Trying to measure the actual dread and horror of a “horror” film is pretty simple if you take out the calculated jump scares and then ask yourself if it actually succeeds at being terrifying beyond the forced moments of fear. A Quiet Place actually does that in a lot of cases where lingering suspense of a scene really works in heightening the experience. Though this would have instantly been an even greater horror spectacle had they stripped the film of its score and relied on the barebones of its essential conceit of silence to heighten its atmosphere and accentuate every beating moment of raw dread through its cold and empty soundscape. Still I kind of dug this, and maybe that’s because it actually dedicates itself to humanising its characters by having a clear underlying core that’s built around familial themes and the bond of it all.

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