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A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place (2018)
42 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Unless "Mary Poppins Returns" bombs this December (and I am confident it will do the opposite), Emily Blunt is set for an amazing 2018. She should immediately be in early conversations about this year's Best Actress category (Blunt has never been nominated). Her fierce, mostly silent performance in "A Quiet Place" is a revelation in director (and co-star/real-life husband) John Krasinski's new classic horror film.
Blunt plays Evelyn, wife of Lee and mother of Regan (love the name; think MacNeill, green vomit, head spinning), Marcus, and Beau. She is also pregnant with her fourth child. The family is evading a terrifying creature, which attacks and kills when it hears loud noises. This takes places in the very near future. The family mostly communicates via sign language, and the quiet tension is nerve-shattering. This film is reminiscent of the fantastic "10 Cloverfield Lane" and last year's ambitious but [ultimately] disappointing "It Comes at Night." The suspense lies in both what goes unseen and the terrifying images we see on screen.
Like the best horror films, the real terror is the subject of grief and loss. I was reminded of the priests discussing the nightmare befalling the family in "The Exorcist"; they pondered the devil was invading their lives (i.e., possessing Regan) to see them despair. Grief goes hand-in-hand with shaking off the devil, in my experience. There is symbolism aplenty in "A Quiet Place," used to superb effect. My appetite for excellent horror films continues as the genre's resurgence continues. "A Quiet Place" is up there with the best of the best of recent horror classics like "The Babadook," "The Witch," and last year's mass appeal game changer "Get Out."