You have to feel sorry for films that were due for release just before the world went in to lockdown due to COVID19. I remember walking the streets of London when no one else was around and seeing a wilting limp poster for this film over 6 months ago… it missed its release window due to the pandemic and it was sad. It was a film that had such a buzz and as with all marketing you have budgets and I can imagine those budgets have escalated with every new release date. Each end card on a trailer you update has a cost attached, each edited ad campaign has a cost, keeping a PR agency on board has a cost… but Paramount stood by this film and good on them!

A QUITE PLACE PART II is everything you hope it will be and then some. With all horror sequels you have this fear “Will it be as good as the first film?” and the answer to that question is YES.

John Krasinski is back in the writer/director seat and also appears once again to expand on the story of the Abbott family as the humanity is hunted to the brink of extinction by creatures that react only to sound.

Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

It’s remarkable just how well A QUIET PLACE works as a horror franchise.  A good horror isn’t just about the kills and the scares; it’s about creating a situation in which you can see yourself, that the characters decisions and reactions can be relatable to you in a believable or even an unbelievable situation.

Krasinski and writing partners Scott Beck and Bryan Woods do that with the Abbott family. Disability in some circles is still a hard sell but for this family, it gave them a head start in a world where a simple sound could give them away to an apex predator. That’s what makes A QUIET PLACE such an engaging concept the fact that what others perceive as a weakness is the one thing keeping this family alive.

The cast as always are spot on Emily Blunt is a queen and elevates the film to another level of quality horror entertainment. Millicent Simmonds still remains one to watch and offers great representation on the screen for the deaf community, it’s also beautiful to watch her grow as a person and an actress through this franchise, her character brings a new edge to the “final girl” trope which shouldn’t really be referenced but it is because as genre fans that’s what we like to see.  Noah Jupe as the son falls in to some tropes of his own during the films character development but just wait for that thrilling finale, this boy deserves some love.

Cillian Murphy also joins the cast and whilst the trailers for this film seem to give away everything his character has to offer there’s a few moments where his character steals the show… a man who has not had it as lucky as the Abbotts but with the help of one girl and a message of hope… he just may redeem himself.

A QUITE PLACE PART II is a chilling, suspenseful addition to the great list of must watch films you need to see alongside the first film. The first film made me jump and cry… this one had me on the edge of the seat from start to finish. 

Do yourself a favour and go see this film. It’s good, it’s great and with cinemas opening up again, support your local indie or cineplex because hey…. There’s nothing quite like the experience of the lights going down and that screen coming to life alongside an awesome surround sound system. Movies are meant to be loved and enjoyed… so enjoy whatever the hell you want to see in the coming months as an eclectic mix of blockbusters and indie films hit the big screen.

A QUIET PLACE PART II in UK cinemas from JUNE 3