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A Quiet Place Producers Learned From Friday The 13th Remake’s Mistakes

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Thanks to A Quiet Place, we’ve been given some assurance that it’s not just Blumhouse Productions who’ll have the horror market cornered in 2018. Having already created substantial buzz with an effective TV spot that aired during the Super Bowl and an impressive final trailer, this supernatural thriller looks like it may prove to be a sleeper hit when it graces cinemas this spring.

Basically, the film sees John Krasinski and his real life wife, Emily Blunt, play characters who live on a remote farm with their children – and there’s the matter that they can’t make a sound as not to attract the attention of a supernatural entity. Communicating through hand gestures and the like, it should be most intriguing to see what the threat actually is and how these people got here.

In fact, it’s that beauty through simplicity and the power of silent performances which are probably generating the most interest. Being no stranger to the horror rodeo, producer Brad Fuller recently had this to say to Cinema Blend regarding learning from supposed mistakes made by he and his colleagues in 2009’s remake of Friday the 13th:

“Our audience is smarter than most people think they are. You don’t have to explain everything. There’s always a backlash. For example, on Friday the 13th, where we showed young Jason, we loved those scenes, but there was so much backlash. ‘Why do you have to show the backstory? Why do you have to tell us that?’ I think in this movie where we don’t have dialogue it offers you the ability to not have to explain as much because you can’t, and it feels like people are enjoying the fact that we don’t say where these aliens are coming from or other things. So, I think we give a lot of credit to our audience and hope that they will be satisfied and they get it.”

Personally, I think those complaints lobbed at that iteration of Friday the 13th are unfounded because the point of a remake or reboot is to reintroduce characters and concepts to new moviegoers. Plus, it’s not like they overdid it on the backstory and humanized Jason Voorhees, as was the case with Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Halloween in 2007.

A Quiet Place opens in theaters on April 6. For more, be sure to check out our review.


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