John Krasinski, the actor, and filmmaker reacts publicly to Stephen King’s admiration for his 2018 film A Quiet Place. The sci-fi horror thriller was Krasinski’s third directorial effort, and it was by far his most critically and monetarily successful. A Quiet Place helped establish that little films can still be a major success and that Krasinski is a filmmaker worth paying attention to, grossing over $300 million on a $17 million budget.
The idea of the film is set in the not-too-distant future when an extraterrestrial civilization has annihilated Earth’s population. The creatures utilize sound to locate and kill their victim, forcing the cast of people, including Krasinski and his real-life wife Emily Blunt, to talk in whispers or not at all. It’s a really simple-sounding cinematic premise, yet it works really well. The audience is immediately immersed in a tight situation, and it is this tension that keeps the film’s motion running so effortlessly. Krasinski came up with inventive ways for his characters to live in a world that has been made mute, and fans have been excited to see how many more difficult challenges the characters will face in the sequel.
Stephen King, the master of horror, has been an outspoken supporter of A Quiet Place. Shortly after the film’s premiere, King took to social media to express his admiration for the film’s use of quiet to inspire anxiety in audiences. Any horror filmmaker would be ecstatic to have King laud their work, but King went over and above, exchanging letters with Krasinski and even sending the former Office actor his Boston Red Sox tickets. However, in a recent interview with CinemaBlend, Krasinski emphasized how much it meant to him to be praised by King.
King has developed a reputation for being quite picky about the horror he appreciates over the years. Adaptations of his own works, such as Firestarter, The Running Man, and, most notoriously, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, have often been rejected with this level of accuracy. While some may dismiss King’s criticisms of the aforementioned books as nitpicking, the reality remains that as one of the best-selling authors of all time, his opinion counts. This is especially true if you’re a first-time director with tremendous success on your hands.
It’s difficult to estimate how well A Quiet Place Part II will fare in comparison to the previous picture because it was recently released. It’s a reasonable bet that it’ll be another smash for Krasinski, whose friendly connection with King might lead to more possibilities in the future. After all, what King fan wouldn’t want to see Krasinski’s A Quiet Place accomplish the same level of suspense and terror in a film version of one of his books? For Krasinski, whose movie career continues to grow, it’s not such a far-fetched notion.