John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are giving the ever-evolving horror genre a new facet. Back in March, it was announced that the power couple would be starring together in A Quiet Place. Directed by Krasinski, the thriller centers around two parents and their children living in the woods, isolated from society. Unfortunately for them, their lives aren't all sunshines and rainbows.
Instead, they're forced to remain silent and resort to sign language to avoid being hunted by a mysterious entity that's attracted to sound. The film has been surprisingly quiet on the news front, but we finally have an idea of the kind of horrors our protagonists will be facing.
The Terrifying New Trailer For 'A Quiet Place' Has Arrived
A Quiet Place is slated to come out in April, and in preparation for its impending release, #Paramount has given us the film's first trailer. It's a good frightening ride, so check it out:
...Yikes. I won't lie, this had me on the edge of my seat, especially the scene where the little boy drops the candle and sets off his family's unfortunate chain of events. The trailer's level of mystery is also commendable. It gave us a taste of the film, but it still managed to keep important story details wrapped around a thick veil of mystery that we'll most likely not get to lift until next year.
The Film Has A Fascinating Way To Explore Psychological Horror
While there's very little we know about the plot, I'm excited to see whether the movie takes advantage of the great psychological conflict offered by its main characters' inability to verbally communicate their fears, specifically by screaming. Now, that may not sound like a difficult job. After all, keeping quiet for an extended period of time to ensure your survival should be easy, right? Well, not exactly. You see, screaming isn't just an emotional response. As weird as it may sound, it's crucial to our survival.
In 2015, David Poeppel, Adeen Flinker, Anne-Lise Giraud, Luc H. Arnal and Andreas Kleinschmidt, scientists from New York University, explored the meaning behind a scream and its importance in our lives. The team collected screams from various sources, including movies, YouTube and 19 participants. After examining their volunteers' responses to the different sounds, they realized something: screaming is meant to activate an individual's awareness:
"Screaming is arguably one of the most relevant communication signals for survival in humans. Despite their practical relevance and their theoretical significance as innate and virtually universal vocalizations [...] Acoustic roughness engages subcortical structures critical to rapidly appraise danger. Altogether, these data demonstrate that screams occupy a privileged acoustic niche that, being separated from other communication signals, ensures their biological and ultimately social efficiency."
Putting that in layman's terms, a scream is a reaction that kicks our brains and body into high alert and activates the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for processing danger. Consider it a shortcut that immediately puts us in danger mode, a crucial thing when a split second or two of awareness can be the difference between surviving and being killed.
That's what's so interesting about A Quiet Place. Its characters don't have the luxury of screaming. For them, silence means survival, as the film's tagline describes: "If they can't hear you, they can't hunt you." With that in mind, it'll be very interesting to see how the film will handle the psychological problems that can derive from your inability to verbally express fear or warning.
Overall, this movie looks amazing, and I just can't wait to watch it. If you're just as excited as me, A Quiet Place hits theaters on April 6, 2018.
What do you think about our first trailer for A Quiet Place? Are you a fan of the premise? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: Current Biology]