I'm a huge fan of well-craft horror. It's exciting, fun, and profitable for the studios. With the success of films like Split & Get Out, Hollywood seems to be on a decent run with the genre.
The reviews of A Quite Place have been very positive, and the film does seem to be hitting the box office quite hard. I'm glad, because I think it's a deserving entry into the genre.
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt play a husband and wife, who with their children, are living in a world that has been devastated by mysterious creatures who are completely blind, but who have incredible hearing. Make a sound that seems out of nature, and they race toward you and eat you. The family survives by living on a farm, and remaining as quiet as possible. However, they have a child on the way, and have to come up with a plan to ensure the crying newborn doesn't get the entire family offed.
Krasinski does a decent job in his directorial debut, especially given the budget. Like Jordan Peele, however, there is definitely room for growth, and I hope we see it with both directors.
There is a solid amount of tension in much of the film, but I do think they overplay the Alien moments when the monsters get too close too often. I almost wish we hadn't seen a monster until the final act. They do come up with some very creative stuff regarding how the characters handle the life within the silent world. And the family dynamic is rather well developed for this genre.
My biggest complaint with the film, and the primary reason I feel it's good and not great, is how the family obtains the monsters' kryptonite. It's not necessarily an awful solution, but I feel it is the weakest part of the script. A more fulfilling discovery would have really elevated the story. Yet, this is horror, and the way it is written is definitely good enough to make the film entertaining and profitable.
I recommend A Quiet Place. It's solid overall, and very good in parts. I'm glad it's doing well, so we may continue to see these very moderately budgeted horror films hitting the theatres. If we keep getting box office successes, eventually we may start seeing bigger budget horror films, and then we'll get a greater chance of seeing something as beautiful and scary as The Exorcist. Films like A Quiet Place, are a crucial Hollywood step to get us back to that place.