Actor John Krasinski, best known for playing Jim on NBC’s The Office, is stepping way outside his comfort zone to direct his second feature film, the horror hybrid: A Quiet Place. But despite his lack of experience in the genre, critics are heaping serious praise on the film.
So, how did a TV comedy actor and sometimes action star end up directing a horror movie? Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller provided some insight to CinemaBlend.
Form and Fuller explained that Krasinski had a fascination with a certain Steven Spielberg movie: Jaws. Interestingly, this was also Spielberg’s second feature film, and his career turned out OK. So what did Krasinski see in that film that he brought to A Quiet Place? The producers explain:
“Creatively, John was always talking about Jaws. From the first conversation we’ve ever had about the movie, he was referencing that film. We’ve all learned that, Brad and I have worked on a lot of these genre films, the less you show the scarier. We really talked about when do you show the creature? How much here or there? That scene in the cornfield with Reagan, the daughter, that scene could’ve been two minutes longer with the two of them. It was really talked about, how much to show.”
Hiding the monster in horror movies is pretty standard stuff these days. Alfred Hitchcock brought the technique to mainstream movies in his 1960 film Psycho, but its real origin was the classic monster movie, Godzilla, from 1954).
Jaws, however, was quite different from Psycho and Godzilla: it was a horror movie masquerading as a summer blockbuster. And now Krasinski is employing the same tactic; he’s replacing the ocean and a giant shark with an isolated farming community and hearing-enhanced aliens. And he’s keeping them off-screen as much as possible for maximum tension.
But when we do get a full view of these murderous aliens — who’ve apparently slaughtered most of the entire planet — and what can we expect? They’re neither fish nor lizard, apparently:
“The design of the creature was definitely the hardest part of it. Luckily, we had ILM on the movie, who to us, are one of the best in the world, and we just kept challenging ourselves, because everyone will always say to you, ‘Everything’s been done. What’s your creature look like?’ How do you do anything new anymore, with the amount of movies that have been made? So you have these artists drawing designs and everyone looks at them and they’re like ‘No, that looks like [Ridley Scott’s] Alien or that looks like this, that looks like that,’ and it’s really a challenge to come up with something fresh and new.”
Well, that really doesn’t tell us much, which is good because the reveal of these creatures should be shocking and horrible. We won’t spoil it for you, hopefully you won’t spoil it for us, and we can all recoil in unison.
Do you think that Jaws is the best source material and reference for A Quiet Place? Let us know in the comments down below!
A Quiet Place hits theaters on April 6, 2018.
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