The Morning Watch - A Quiet Place Scene Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, we focus on the hit new horror movie A Quiet Place with director John Krasinski breaking down one of the most tense scenes in the film. Plus, a new edition of Anatomy of a Scene takes a look at how the movie creates sounds from the perspective of different characters, and James Corden has fun with a parody of the movie. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 462 – A Quiet Place

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Devindra, Jeff, and Kristy discuss Emily Blunt’s latest film, A Quiet Place.

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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: A Quiet Place is a good horror movie, even if it’s not a horror movie made for horror fans.)

A Quiet Place is an easy movie to love. It was directed and co-written by John Krasinski, star of The Office, who oozes the same sort of self-deprecating American charm that made Jennifer Lawrence a superstar. Krasinski acts in the film alongside his equally likable real-life wife Emily Blunt and a cadre of cute kid actors. It has a simple, air-tight conceit: a family is forced to live in silence after the world is occupied by alien creatures who are drawn to sound. The world-building is effective, the scares all earned, and the emotional core is well-developed. The ingredients are all there, and for the most part they gel.

A Quiet Place is a good movie – but is it a good horror movie? Spoilers follow.

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The Office and A Quiet Place Mash-Up

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a perfect mash-up of the recent horror hit A Quiet Place with the beloved sitcom The Office. Plus, find out a bunch of information that you never knew about Tim Burton’s favorite Beetlejuice, and learn about how Denis Villeneuve uses a specific color palette to convey certain emotions and tones. Read More »

a quiet place sequel ideas

A Quiet Place not-so-quietly crept up to the top of the box office this weekend, scoring the second-best opening ever for an original horror movie and earning actor-turned-director John Krasinski accolades. So naturally, people are already buzzing over whether this horror hit could turn into a successful franchise.

And the writers of A Quiet Place are already on board — theoretically. Though it has yet to be greenlit, screenwriters Bryan Woods and Scott Beck already have a handful of A Quiet Place sequel ideas.

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A Quiet Place Deaf Character

As audiences become more adept at understanding misrepresentations of women, race, and sexuality, the landscape is slowly turning towards acknowledging the lack of proper representation of disabled people. More than any genre, interestingly, it is horror that has covered disability in new and unique ways.

Last year, Jordan Peele’s Get Out subtly interrogated the nuances between race and disability between its main character Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Stephen Root’s blind Jim Hudson. Other works, like Cult of Chucky, Hush, and the Oscar-winning The Shape of Water, have led numerous advocates with disabilities to question whether we’re moving in a positive or negative direction. As a disabled writer who’s often focused on disabled representation in cinema, I’m seeing a small crack of the glass ceiling happening, rather than a full-tilt shattering.

John Krasinski’s latest feature, A Quiet Place, is another film that makes tenuous steps toward disabled representation through the deaf character of Regan (Millicent Simmonds). Guilt-riddled over a death in the family, Regan is left isolated from her family, trapped in a world of literal quiet as well as existential alienation. Is Regan a character whose disability is just another “spidey sense?” Or is Simmonds’ portrayal, and the script that creates it, another small step towards a more inclusive look at disability?

Spoilers for A Quiet Place follow.

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John Krasinski and Emily Blunt in the MCU

Married couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt can currently be seen together in the creepy A Quiet Place, but in an alternate dimension, both would be appearing together in Avengers: Infinity War later this month. Both actors nearly joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the past, but lost out on their respective roles. Recently, the actors revealed they’re not bothered by their missed Marvel opportunities. More on John Krasinski and Emily Blunt in the MCU below.

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A Quiet Place writers

Harrowing, suspenseful, and emotional, Paramount’s A Quiet Place is a terrific piece of horror storytelling that pulls you in from its opening frames and doesn’t loosen its grip for the entire runtime. You probably know the premise by now: a family tries to stay alive in a world overrun by creatures who hunt using sound, which means one stray noise or careless mistake could spell the family’s untimely demise.

John Krasinski stars opposite his real-life wife Emily Blunt, and he also co-wrote the script and directed the film. While Krasinski is the public face of the movie, this project is the brainchild of writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who came up with this concept ten years ago and have been trying to bring it to life ever since. Earlier this week, I spoke with them about the movie’s unique premise, their writing process, crafting tension, world building, the possibility of this being a Cloverfield movie, and the unexpected reason they couldn’t be on the film’s set. Read More »

A Quiet Place Producers Interview

John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place had its world premiere at SXSW Film Festival on March 9th (read my review here), during which a theater filled with rowdy film fans sat in riveted silence, absorbing this terrifying, largely dialogue-free horror film that is unlike any other.

A Quiet Place producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, Ouija, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jack Ryan) spoke with me about that memorable screening, what it was like working with real-life married couple Krasinski and Emily Blunt, and the twisty road to delivering those sound-hunting beasties.

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