Discussion Questions for “A Quiet Place”

Please write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts.

What is the significance of this film being called “A Quiet Place”? How are sounds important to the narrative? How are they important to the characters? How are sounds used to separate and/or to connect characters and plot elements?

Compare and contrast the portrayal of family in “A Quiet Place” with the portrayals we’ve seen in the previous three films in this series – “Hereditary,” “Tigers Are Not Afraid,” and “The Witch.” You may address this topic as broadly or as narrowly as you like.

To explore this film’s use of ordinary objects to provoke suspense, choose one particular item of focus in this film and discuss how it is first shown to the viewer, why it emerges as an important object, how its presence is emphasized and amplified, and how it finally erupts into the action of the film.

Like the other films in this series, “A Quite Place” has been called “elevated horror.” Do you think this is an apt label for this movie? Why or why not? Is this actually a horror film at all? Why or why not?

Published by Chuck Caruso

writer of dark fiction (crime, horror & western noir), literary & textual scholar (american gothic, noir, po-co, sf), and cultural critic

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