If you had told me at this time last year that Jim from The Office was going to make a very, very good horror movie, I would’ve laughed right in your face. Today, I ate those words as I walked out of A Quiet Place, a movie that pushes beyond the bounds of a normal scary movie in order to say something more than your average piece of horror.

A Quiet Place stars real life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt as nameless parents to two children (Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe) as they struggle to live life in near complete silence while they avoid otherworldly monsters who hunt via sound.

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It’s a larger than life concept, but at its core this movie is about family. It’s about the lengths that you will go to in order to preserve the people that you love. It’s beautiful in that way, but it’s chilling in its delivery of an almost silent film.

The absence of sound is genuinely the scariest part of the film. Yes, there are perfectly placed jump scares, but the lack of much dialogue here can make it so that the only noise in the theater is the sound of your own impatient heartbeat. It also has a great score that’s paired with that incredible sound design.

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There are very few vices here, and I won’t go into any detail because you almost need to go in blind to really get the feel of this movie. Yes, watch the trailer, but don’t do any research. There are tiny plot points that could be tweaked here and there, but overall, this is a rock solid movie with GREAT performances, especially from John Krasinski, a really, really talented and likeable guy. I think it’s almost impossible to dislike him.

After Get Out and It last year, I found a new love for horror like I didn’t have before. I saw the potential for more than movies full of jump scares and little substance. A Quiet Place now joins the ranks of those two great movies as some of the best horror I’ve ever seen. If you’re out looking for a good movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat and peeking through your fingers, go catch it this weekend.

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