A Quiet Place Totally Useless Movie Trivia
10. There is very little talking.
9. A raccoon falls from the roof, giving the audience a scare, and it is very loud.
8. Is rated PG-13 since labor delivery blood is not considered gory.
7. John Krasinki's character has a beard for most of the film.
6. Emily Blunt does not.
5. Was given the Helen Keller award for most quiet film with sound.
4. Wood conducts sound better than brick.
3. A child plays with a toy, and dies because of it.
1. Filmed in Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Actress Millicent Simmonds has been deaf since infancy due to a medication overdose. This was the second film she starred in, with Wonderstruck (2017) being her first.
Bryan Woods and Scott Beck's original screenplay contained only one line of dialogue.
The bathtub scene with Emily Blunt was done in one take. According to John Krasinski, who is also Blunt's co-star and husband in real-life, as soon as he said, "Cut," Blunt immediately fell out of character and asked the crew, "What's everyone having for lunch?"
In the opening scene, most of the shelves in the grocery store are cleared off, but the chips are completely untouched because they would make too much noise to open and eat.
Actor-director John Krasinski has said that the single greatest compliment he received regarding the film, was in a tweet from the master of the horror story himself, Stephen King: "A QUIET PLACE is an extraordinary piece of work. Terrific acting, but the main thing is the SILENCE, and how it makes the camera's eye open wide in a way few movies manage" (6 April 2018).
The filmmakers purchased twenty tons of corn and hired local farmers to grow it.
Shot in thirty-six days.
None of the characters' names are mentioned during the movie, with the exception of youngest son Beau, whose name appears in his room.
The opening sequence was the last to be shot, as it required John Krasinski to shave most of his beard.
The device Reagan wears is not a hearing aid, but a cochlear implant. Hearing impairment usually involves damage or underdevelopment of the cochlea, which translates vibrations in the air into nerve impulses that the brain perceives as sound.
Bryan Woods and Scott Beck's screenplay was named one of the ten best scripts of the year on Tracking Board's 2017 Hit List, an annual list voted on by industry professionals.
John Krasinski almost turned down this film just as he was about to start work on the series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (2018). When asked by the producers if he'd be interested in appearing in a horror film, John replied that he did not do horror. But when he was presented with the premise about a 'family that can't make any noise and you have to figure out why,' he jumped on board straight away.
After hearing about the project, Emily Blunt first suggested husband John Krasinski cast one of her friends for the female lead. But after reading his draft of the script, she asked Krasinski to cast her instead.
In an interview with the website SlashFilm, screenwriters Scott Beck and Bryan Woods revealed that Paramount Pictures originally intended to incorporate A Quiet Place (2018) into the studio's Cloverfield (2008) film franchise. As Beck said in the interview, "I guess it crossed our mind and we had spoken to our representatives about that possibility. It was weird timing, though, because when we were writing the script, 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) was at Paramount. We were actually talking to an executive there about this film, and it felt from pitch form that there might be crossover, but when we finally took the final script in to Paramount, they saw it as a totally different movie." The screenwriters and director John Krasinski were ultimately relieved and grateful for Paramount to finally decide to allow them to make the film as a wholly original, stand-alone film, rather than to make it as a part of the Cloverfield film franchise, or any other film franchise for that matter. "One of our biggest fears was this [the film] getting swept up into some kind of franchise or repurposed for something like that," Woods added. "The reason I say 'biggest fear' - we love the 'Cloverfield' movies. They're excellent. It's just that as filmgoers, we crave new and original ideas, and we feel like so much of what's out there is IP. It's comic books, it's remakes, it's sequels. We show up to all of them, we enjoy those movies too, but our dream was always to drop something different into the marketplace, so we feel grateful that Paramount embraced the movie as its own thing."
There are real family photos of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt and their children used in the film.
Although the characters' names are listed in the credits, not a single name is said in the entire film.
In an interview with E!, John Krasinski said, "I would love to direct Emily Blunt, [but] I'd rather act with Emily than direct. I don't know if I need that responsibility. She's so good and I'd be so scared to screw it up, but [I'd be] happy to be in scenes with her. That would be really fun. We're always up for doing something. It's just got to be the right thing...Give us a good one! I would love it!"
The film was written by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods for Paramount, who submitted the script to John Krasinski to star. Krasinski's wife, Emily Blunt, also read the script and then wanted to co-star in the film. In addition to starring in the film, Krasinski is the film's director.
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are married both in this film and in real life. As of the film's release, they have two daughters.
The bridge featured in the movie is the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Bridge in New Paltz, New York.
The final look of the creature wasn't fully figured out until pretty late in the process, during post-production.
Emily Blunt encouraged John Krasinski to direct the film.
Since the characters communicate in American Sign Language to avoid making sound, filmmakers hired deaf mentor Douglas Ridloff to teach ASL to the actors and to be available to make corrections.
John Krasinski wanted his movie creature to be extra special and so discussed its general design and animations with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) veteran visual effects wizard Scott Farrar, who'd been responsible for some of the memorable effects in such films as Cocoon (1985), Backdraft (1991) and Transformers (2007).
During filming, the crew avoided making noise so diegetic background sounds (e.g., the sound of rolling dice on a game board) could be recorded; the sounds were amplified in post-production.
This film marks the first time real-life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star alongside each other. They both appeared in The Muppets (2011), but did not share any scenes.
The initial inspiration for Millicent Simmonds's deaf character came from an earlier character sketch in Scott Beck and Bryan Woods' unfinished screenplay "The Piper," which was an adaptation of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
During the press tour of this film, fans have grown to love Krasinski and Blunt's chemistry as a real life couple. They eventually turned out to be many of the fans' top choice for Reed Richards and Sue Storm for the next Fantastic Four reboot, should there be any. Krasinski has expressed interest in pursuing the role.
It was initially intended to leave the American Sign Language un-subtitled, believing the audience would understand the emotional subtext of what was going on--the first trailer notably does not translate the signing. However while editing the early sequence where Regan argues with her father regarding her hearing aides, it was decided by the filmmakers that the sequence would have to be translated, so then the whole movie's use of ASL became subtitled.
The third feature film directed by John Krasinski.
Partial filming for the movie took place in Little Falls, New York.
Emily Blunt mentioned in interviews that she initially advised John Krasinski to cast Blunt's friend for the role Evelyn Abbott. After reading the script (and loving it and the character), Blunt asked her husband to call the friend, fire her and cast Blunt instead.
Significant location shooting took place on West Dover Road in Pawling, New York.
While Evelyn is homeschooling her son Marcus, at the back on a white board, it reads the first four verses from Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare.
Production designer Jeffrey Beecroft headed the creature design, and special effects supervisor Scott Farrar created the creatures.
Inspiration was also drawn from bog people: cadavers that have been mummified in peat, turning the skin black and giving it a sagging, leathery look."
Once John Krasinski agreed to direct the film, he asked his wife Emily Blunt to play opposite him. She was reluctant at first, having even suggested other actresses for the part, but she finally agreed to play the role.
It is based on a story by Bryan Woods, and Scott Beck.
During the scenes in Lee Abbott's (John Krasinski) basement, you can see a variety of newspaper articles on the wall, with one headline proclaiming that "[A] meteor hits Mexico with the force of a nuke". Potentialy alluding to how the creatures got to Earth.
Simmonds actually made John Krasinski cry on set with a suggestion to change an important part of the script. During the climactic scene between Lee and his kids (in the truck), the original script just had him signing "I love you." However, Simmonds suggested that he should sign "I've ALWAYS loved you," which made Krasinski cry.
As Regan visits her little brother's grave, You can see it says 2016-2020, which means the majority of the Movie takes place in the near future, circa the year 2021.
The death of the little brother occurs on 'Day 89', as indicated by the title card in the beginning. The year of death on his memorial cross is 2020. Assuming that day 89 occurred somewhere in the autumn (judging by the brown leaves and winter clothing), that means that the alien invasion probably took place in the first half of 2020.
In the advertising of this film, there are many scenes containing the youngest child, Beau(Cade Woodward), in which he's seen causing alot of noise and more problems for the rest of the characters. It's unclear whether or not this was done on purpose or if some of his scenes were cut, but he is killed within the first few minutes of the film.
The Man in the Woods who sacrifices himself out of grief over his dead wife is played by Leon Russom. Russom played a character in season 2 of Prison Break (2005) who did not speak either, although it was to prevent his voice from being recorded.
A Quiet Place (2018)
PG-13 | 1h 30min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 6 April 2018 (USA)