When you’re looking for a movie that’s the perfect mix of high concept and low budget, then it’s time to pick a horror film. This genre is full of films that will leave you on the edge of your seat while sending your mind racing, and there is perhaps no better example of this than the Emily Blunt horror film A Quiet Place. And take our word for it: your own place will be anything but quiet once you stream this horror hit on Paramount+.
Emily Blunt stars in A Quiet Place, a unique horror movie written and directed by her husband John Krasinski.
If you’re not familiar with A Quiet Place, it has a scary simple premise…we follow a small family as they try to survive in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, but their every move may get them killed. Why is that, though? If Emily Blunt’s character or the rest of her family makes too much noise, they risk getting immediately attacked by vicious alien beings who can’t see but have a sense of hearing that would give Daredevil a run for his money.
In this way, A Quiet Place bucks the typical horror conventions: instead of worrying about a killer chasing them in some cabin in the woods, our protagonists must worry about getting attacked at any time and in any place.
Speaking of protagonists, the film has a small cast of gifted actors, including some very familiar names. Emily Blunt plays a mother who must keep her children alive in a world full of terrors, and she is joined by The Office star John Krasinski, who plays her husband. Interestingly, Krasinski is also the director of the film, and this movie was such a hit that it singlehandedly proved he was just as skilled behind the camera as he is in front of it.
If that’s not impressive enough, Krasinski is a co-writer of the screenplay along with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. And all of them contributed immensely to the story: Beck and Woods were raised in Iowa, and their farmland familiarity helped give the movie’s rural setting some real authenticity. These two were also major fans of silent films, and that helped them craft a movie that is largely silent because even a stray word from the characters could get them immediately killed.
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are fans of silent films, which comes across in the silent, tense moments of A Quiet Place where one simple noise means death.
As for Krasinski, he and Emily Blunt had just had their second child, and he poured his understandable anxieties about raising a new child into this tale of parents facing their worst nightmare: a world where something as simple as a baby’s cry could lead to disaster. Blunt also encouraged Krasinski to direct, and while he had directed smaller features before, it was a big win for the whole family when Paramount Pictures not only bought the script but agreed on having Krasinski as the director, making this his first directing role for a major studio.
Originally, Emily Blunt had no intention of starring in A Quiet Place, and she originally went so far as to suggest a number of other actors that should be the female lead in her husband’s film. That all changed when she was on a flight and had time to read the script, which is when she decided that she herself was perfect for the role. After Krasinski agreed that it wouldn’t be too weird for her to star in her husband’s film, Paramount cast both of them as leading actors, and they give understandably immersive performances as a marital duo whose sole focus is keeping their family alive.
And whether it was due to the killer performances from John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, the tight script, or a bit of both, audiences fell instantly in love with A Quiet Place. It ended up making $341 million at the box office, which is insanely impressive for a film with a budget of only $17 million. Thanks to this unexpected success, Paramount greenlit a sequel, and a third movie, as well as a spinoff, are planned for the coming years.
A Quiet Place is one of the largest successes in Emily Blunt’s career, bringing in $341 million and launching an entire franchise.
If the box office performance doesn’t win you over, then this might: over on Rotten Tomatoes, A Quiet Place has a 96 percent critical rating, and ratings this high are exceedingly rare for films in general and the horror genre in particular. Fortunately, you can experience this high-quality Emily Blunt and John Krasinski horror flick from the leisure of your own home by streaming it on Paramount+. Just be wary: the entire family will hear every crunch of the popcorn during the film’s many, many quiet scenes.