– by David Kozlowski

John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place is a low-budget horror film with sky-high expectations. The film has a tiny budget of $17 million, two popular stars, and a fantastic premise: an alien invasion where the monsters are attracted to noise — if you make any, they will hunt you, and it will not be pretty. The high-concept premise could result in this year’s Don’t Breathe or (if they’re very lucky) Stephen King’s It.

A Quiet Place is a small, focused monster movie set against the backdrop of a sedate, rural farming community. The Abbot family — Evelyn and Lee and their three kids, Marcus, Regan, and Beau — make up three-quarters of the cast, which only reinforces their isolation and desperation. They are survivors of a devastating attack by extraterrestrials, according to the latest (and final) trailer, which looks absolutely terrifying.

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The film’s early teasers and trailers were a bit shy regarding the origin of these monsters, but thanks to this latest trailer we now know that a sudden, massive takeover by aliens is the source of the catastrophe. In the spirit of The Road, 12 Monkeys, I Am Legend, and M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs, much of this setup appears to be take place off-screen and prior to the beginning of the movie.

The rest of the trailer is a montage of running, hiding, sweating, crying, and shaking, as the Abbott’s do all they can to evade the encroaching aliens, while also not making a sound. A Quiet Place looks like a tremendously scary movie about self-reliance and determination against impossible odds.

A Quiet Place faces plenty of competition in theaters, as Ready Player One enters its second weekend and the teens vs. parents comedy, Blockers, debuts in wide release. However, the brilliant premise of Krasinski’s movie and its clever marketing has positioned it to compete head-to-head with these other films (Rotten Tomatoes has A Quiet Place at 100% and critics appear to be blown away).

Are you excited for the first big horror movie of 2018? Let us know in the comments down below!

A Quiet Place hits theaters on April 6, 2018.

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SOURCE: Paramount Pictures

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.