Monday, September 20, 2021

John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ Is A Masterpiece Among Horror Thrillers

John Krasinski and Emily Blumt at the Four Season in New York. (MMoore Photo)

John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” “is a masterpiece among horror Thrillers.  A definition of masterpiece is “a consummate example of skill or excellence,” and that definitely describes  “A Quiet Place.” The horror genre—deluged with guts and gore—has not had a film of this ilk in decades.

A modest Krasinski told me he thought it was nice that I considered his film a masterpiece at the Four Season Hotel, where he and cast members were doing interviews.

“That is so nice you feel that way,” he beamed. “But as someone who grew up Catholic, I never can consider this a masterpiece. So you saying that is amazing and I don’t even know if I can process that, but it makes me feel really good.”

Asked when did he know he had something special, John told me it was at South by Southwest.

“There, the audience truly allowed me to see the movie for the first time. I had an absolute blast. The night before the screening, Emily (Blunt) said, ‘What would you want if you could have one thing with this movie?’ I said if at the end they cheered. And when they stood up, clapped and everyone went nuts, it was one of the greatest moments of my career.”

(L-R) Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds in ‘A Quiet Place,’ from Paramount Pictures.

In addition to directing, starring in and co-writing “A Quiet Place,” Krasinski is also an executive producer. Best known for “The Office,” Krasinski directed three other films, played a real life hero in “13 Hours,” and took on Tina Turner in “Lip Sync Battle.”

When wife Emily Blunt saw the script to “A Quiet Place,” she knew immediately it was something special.

“This was super exciting because the concept was so incredible,” said Blunt.

The closest creative concept to “A Quiet Place” is the Emmy nominated “Hush” segment of “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer.” In “A Quiet Place,” the family of four must live in complete silence or be destroyed by mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe star as the children. “A Quiet Place” opens April 6.       Twitter: @thefilmstrip

Marie Moore
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.



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