The last few days I’ve played with some fun niches, focusing my choices toward more specific horror audiences. Today I thought I’d go the complete opposite direction and give you a horror film that pretty much everyone can see. A Quiet Place was one of the biggest horror hits this year. Much like Get Out did last year, A Quiet Place found a way to break through, not only attracting the horror audience, but pretty much everyone. There are a lot of discussions about why this happened, but I’d like to provide my simple argument — simplicity. This is a perfect example of setting up the rules of a world, and then paying off the consequences as characters either follow them or not. Here, the rule is that if you make a sound, you get eaten by weird monsters. Simple. Easy. For those who didn’t see it, the film follows a family living in the country that has adapted to living in a new world where you have to be completely silent. And that’s about it. Outside of some clipped newspaper articles that broadly speak about some kind of invasion, they don’t inundate you with a ton of backstory. Because it doesn’t really matter. That’s not the story. The story is all about how this one small family deals with it. That’s why this movie works. Sometimes the greatest movies set up a large scope idea, but focus only on how one small group deals with it. 10 Cloverfield Lane uses this same kind of template. To me, the real interest here is watching all the clever methods of living in a new world without sound, from the red light warnings to the cotton boardgame pieces to walking on poured flour (or chalk, I may have to watch again) in order to muffle footsteps. This family is resilient regardless of any obstacles put in their way. And trust me, there are obstacles a plenty. I mean the mother is fully pregnant for God’s sake, so what do you think is going to happen? I had a blast with this movie. John Krasinski deserves a lot of credit for directing this simple yet effective, suspense-focused, thriller. He and wife Emily Blunt breathed actual life and stakes into our small family. Even though the idea is large, the small cast, limited locations, and overall helplessness of the idea is so simple that it all just fits perfectly. Don’t look for a huge amount of story, just enjoy for the simplicity of what it is. Everyone can watch this one and have a great time with it. I guarantee. And for those that have already seen it, all I have to say is… that NAIL. I hate that nail! Another example of setting up and paying off in a simple yet effective way. Overall, a really great experience.