This book contains 180 horror movie reviews; five of the best releases for each year between 1980 and 2016. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.
If The Silence feels familiar, you’ve probably seen A Quiet Place. We’ve had a few horror movies based on some of the five senses, this decade, and thankfully they weren’t all this redundant. At some point, this film loses its gimmick and focuses on action. There’s an awful lot of car crashes in this; more than a story about primeval creatures with acute hearing needs.
At face value, I’d totally recommend this. Being an apocalyptic invasion story, it’s better than most zombie flicks out there, and the special effects aren’t too shabby. The creature design is interesting, too. The main protagonist is deaf. Now, her condition seems intermittent. At times, she appears to hear just fine. I’m not sure if I should blame the script or the execution.
The actors do a fine job with what they’re given. The dialogue has its ups and downs. This is a well-made movie with good photo, good pacing and a thick ambiance. That being said, it’s hard to wash away that constant déjà vu. Some of the screenplay’s weaknesses are so predominant that they become plot holes. The Silence hits and misses. It’s fun but it just isn’t very memorable.