Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
After THE OFFICE closed its doors in 2013, it seemed as though John Krasinski would have a difficult time getting himself out of the pigeonhole of being the reactionary, lovable goof — and that ended up being, for the most part, true. I honestly couldn’t take Krasinski seriously as a drama actor in movies like 13 HOURS and DETROIT, and most recently as an action star in the teasers for TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN. It’s not a supernatural problem to have; he just hasn’t found that role/movie yet to tear down that wall.
His latest directed-film, THE QUIET PLACE, may be it, however.
The first trailer for the Paramount Pictures horror film released this morning, and it stars real-life couple Krasinski and Emily Blunt. While the official plot hasn’t been released yet, all we know is “If they can’t hear you, they can’t hunt you.” Check out the trailer below!
Krasinski’s previous film, THE HOLLARS, didn’t land with many critics and audiences, despite having a knock-out cast. With THE QUIET PLACE, it seems as though intimate horror may be Krasinski’s ticket to escape his role as Jim Halpert. Slap a beard on him, remove any and all dialogue and allow him to communicate all the film’s tension through body language and camera movement.
This is an effective trailer that gives us just enough information to recognize that it’s a monster movie (as learned by the claw marks on the characters’ house walls) and a smart one at that. Like its title suggests, this house/location is void of all noise and talking. Characters communicate through sign language and keep quiet to steer clear of whatever beasts are lurking outside their walls. The fact that the monsters can only hunt when they hear noises brings a blood-in-the-water element to the story that elevates it above your average creature feature. And considering that IMDb doesn’t have a composer currently attached, further supports the notion of the film being set in a “quiet place.”
I’m excited and pulling for Krasinski to wow audiences by stepping outside his comfort zone.
THE QUIET PLACE opens next year on April 18.
Feature Photo: Emily Blunt in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures.