– by David Kozlowski

In recent years Hollywood has maximized the horror movie formula: low-budget, up-and-coming cast, and a scary but novel gimmick. Last year’s super successful Don’t Breathe — budgeted at $9.9 million — was a perfect example; simply take away one sense in a quasi-haunted house and everything else becomes suddenly terrifying — a helluva gimmick! This simple concept, the absence of sound, heightened everything else in that film. 10 Cloverfield Lane leveraged that model, locking its cast into an underground bunker to hide from the monster off-screen.

Jon Krasinski’s latest project — as writer, director, and star — is a creepy, post-apocalyptic horror film that borrows heavily from Don’t Breathe and 10 Cloverfield Lane, plus a bit of The Walking Dead and The Omega Man too. Krasinski’s A Quiet Place focuses upon a single family struggling to survive after… well, it’s not exactly clear what happened. All we can tell from this trailer is that monsters have apparently wiped out humanity — and they have a really keen sense of sound.

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Krasinski, along with fellow star Emily Blunt, are raising three kids on a woodsy farm, under duress of these local monsters with apparently vicious claws (if the marks on the wall are any indication). The family walks around barefoot and communicates via sign language, which begs the obvious question: does anyone speak in this film? I’d love to see the screenplay for this thing!

I’m trying to imagine the studio pitch meeting: it’s a horror movie where we hide the monsters off-screen and no one speaks… whaddaya think? It’s a cool premise, and the trailer nails the sense of fear and quiet. In an era of ever-louder and more spectacular blockbusters it’s awesome to see a filmmaker take a chance with something restrained, tight, and character-based.

Are you ready for a horror movie completely executed in sign language? Let us know in the comments down below!

A Quiet Place hits theaters in April, 2018.

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SOURCE: Paramount

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.