– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Were you let down a bit by A Quiet Place‘s overall ambiguity? Sure, there is a bit of a hint, but in a film where silence is the key, that sort of reveal is very difficult to pull off. But where do these creatures come from? Are they from Earth, or are they…extra-terrestrials?

Speaking with Empire, director John Krasinski revealed that, yes, these baddies are indeed of the extra-terrestrial persuasion.

“They’re an evolutionary perfect machine,” Krasinski told the outlet. “The idea is, if they grew up on a planet that had no humans and no light, then they don’t need eyes, they can only hunt by sound. They also develop a way to protect themselves from everything else – that’s why they’re bulletproof. […] The other idea was it’s also the reason why they were able to survive […] the explosion of their planet and then survive on these meteorites. Until they open themselves up to be vulnerable, they’re completely invulnerable.”

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Interestingly enough, this idea does sound very Cloverfield-esque in nature. Based on this premise alone, it’s easy to see why the writers thought about merging it into that very universe. But had they done so, it’s likely that some of the flourishes that helped make its identity would have to be nixed in favor of the larger universe. Plus, I’m not sure the idea of blind, bulletproof monsters are in keeping with the Cloverfield mythology.

What do you think of Krasinski’s comments? Do you like that he gave a direct answer to the question? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Empire

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.