[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for A Quiet Place.]
One of the many brilliant aspects of the filmmaker John krasinski‘smash hit horror thriller of 2018 A peaceful place it’s their economy of storytelling. There is no fat in the film. There is no unnecessary exposition, no prologue explaining what happened to Earth or how the monsters arrived. The film begins on the 89th, following when “they” first arrived, and viewers find themselves in the middle of a story that is already in progress. Through Krasinski’s meticulous lens and the cast’s incredible performances, we learn everything we need to know about this family in order to bond with them emotionally and take deep care of their well-being. And as a result, we don’t really care what we know or don’t know about the origin story of monsters.
But that doesn’t mean that Krasinski still hasn’t figured out what these Peaceful place are the monsters and where did they come from when you worked on the script. And rather than keeping things ambiguous, Krasinski freely admits that he plotted his entire backstory, if only so he could approach the movie armed with as much knowledge as possible.
Speaking in the empire podcast In April 2018, Krasinski revealed the Peaceful place origins of the monsters, confirming that they are in fact aliens:
“They are absolutely extraterrestrial. They are from another planet. Where I developed the idea of them and how I wanted them to look, most alien movies are about acquisitions, agendas, they are a thinking alien creature, and to me this idea of a predator, this idea of a parasite, this idea of something that is introduced into an ecosystem [was interesting]. One of my favorite movies that I love to see is RocknRolla and they tell the whole story about crabs on the Thames and that’s what I mean, introducing something that can’t be suppressed. ”
In developing the backstory of what happened when the aliens first arrived, Krasinski made an appropriate but disturbing comparison:
“I remember a terrible joke that I said it would be, it’s disgusting and disturbing, but it’s true, it would be like releasing wolves in a nursery. This is how the world responds. ”
Krasinski worked closely with ILM to develop the designs for the creatures, and in doing so discovered why they look the way they do:
“The idea behind all of that is that they are definitely aliens and they are an evolutionarily perfect machine. So the idea is that if they grew up on a planet that had no humans and no light, then they don’t need eyes, they can only hunt by sound. They also develop a way to protect themselves from everything else, which is why they are bulletproof and all these things. He had to make it make sense. He needed the monster rules to adhere so strictly to the family rules. The family, we had set all these incredible rules, and I needed the monster to not only be convenient. ”
In Krasinski’s mind, aliens came to Earth after his home world was destroyed:
“And the other idea was [the armor is] also the reason why they were able to survive the explosion of their planet and then survive with these meteorites, because they have evolved to be bulletproof. Until they open up to being vulnerable, they are completely invulnerable. ”
The filmmaker also explained why he decided to reject any kind of initial exposure in the film:
“That horrible joke about the wolves in kindergarten is like, it happened so fast that there isn’t; I wanted to break all the rules or conventions that I had seen in the alien movies, which is like a speech by the president and the people deciding how to survive. There was no decision, it just happened so fast that you survived or not. So it puts these people in a really tense place. ”
And it worked! The movie is downright brilliant, and while I love the decisions Krasinski made to eliminate any unnecessary explanations, it’s also fascinating to hear the backstory he came up with to justify the monsters’ existence and attributes. It is also fascinating now, having seen A quiet place, part II, which we know the sequel doesn’t delve into the origins of the monsters and instead keeps the focus on the human characters.
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