Top 9 Movies Like 'A Quiet Place' No One Should Miss Out On
What Films Are Like A Quiet Place?
A Quiet Place might only be just over an hour and a half long, but it leaves a long-lasting impression on the audiences before credits roll. In a movie with minimal dialogue or sound, the whole thing unfolds with such precision that you feel as if you have heard everything you need to.
It does all the explaining through background settings, something you must pay attention to. From the spacious shots to tight camera angles of the claustrophobic home the family lives in, every minute detail of plight and horror have been captured in unprecedented detail.
Despite the presence of some familiar horror tropes, a crab-like giant monster, for instance, A Quiet Place is a genre-bender in every manner, making you shriek out loud every now and then with its brilliantly placed scares.
What should you watch after this movie? Don’t worry. I have got you covered with my compilation of some harrowing movies like A Quiet Place that will give you nightmares. It’s not like you wanted to sleep, anyway.
Movies Similar to A Quiet Place
- 10 Cloverfield Lane
- Rosemary's Baby
- The Visit
- The Invitation
- The Gift
- Get Out
1. 10 Cloverfield Lane
10 Cloverfield Lane is a sequel to 2008’s Cloverfield, but only in name. The original was a found-footage horror movie while this one takes a more conventional approach to storytelling with its masterful camera placements. Some clever camera work makes living in a basement appear more suffocating than it actually is.
The opening scenes of 10 Cloverfield Lane sees Michelle, a young everyday woman, meeting a horrific car accident. She gains consciousness, only to find herself in a basement with two other people. The air outside is contaminated. Nowhere is safe but this claustrophobic basement, or at least that’s what she is told. With no way to determine the truth, she takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of it. The unexpected turn of events that follows will leave you dumbfounded.
This slow-burn will surely catch you off-guard with its gasp-inducing twists. Although the outlandish and somewhat protracted ending doesn’t quite fit the premise, the jolt factor is still there.
Before you go in to watch Mother, understand that you won't come out with a gooey, giddy feeling. Its part disturbing part repulsive that will provoke your moralistic and religious beliefs. It's best if you watch this movie without reading any tidbits about it. Let it surprise you and wash you over with its unholiness.
To whet your appetite, I'll summarize the convoluted plot in a few words. The meticulously crafted story features Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in the role of a couple living in the middle of nowhere. When the strange, uninvited guests come and start staying in their house, things start to go south. The husband pays no heed to the wife's concern about these uninvited guests who have overstayed their welcome, leading to chaos. Final few moments are off the rails, in a good way
3. Rosemary's Baby
Ask anyone about their favorite horror movies, and The Exorcist would probably be on their list. Not many people, however, remember Robert Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby with such fondness. Fast forward over 50 years, this movie is still making noise, more than when it was released in 1968, thanks to the internet where words spread like fire. With my breathless hyperbole out of the way, let’s talk about the movie itself.
Rosemary’s Baby is not a simple movie to stomach, not even for the most hardcore cinephiles. It’s hard to see our heroine going down the rabbit hole of madness as she succumbs to her own demons.
Rosemary’s Baby is a masterpiece- a cruelly dark spin on the horror genre that will leave you exhausted by the time credits roll. The tension and paranoia are ever-present, both on the surface and in its bleak undertone. This Polanski’s feature, more than his other films, demands your attention all the way through. Rather than relying on good old generic horror tropes, he prefers to take the route of the slow buildup of dread.
4. The Visit
The Visit is a grim, twisted tale about two teenagers who visit their estranged grandparents on a vacation. Everything appears normal when they arrive and meet their cheerful grandparents. Things slowly turn sinister as their aberrant behaviors start freaking the kids out.
Over-complicated plots don’t resonate well with the audience, and who knows it better than Mr. Shyamalan, who learned this lesson by trial & error. After the early success of his directed features like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, he seemed to have lost his footing. Recently, however, he has found his mojo back with the success of Split and The Visit.
The Visit works as an amalgamation of horror and suspense, partly because of its simple premise that doesn’t outstay its welcome. It’s a short movie that compels you to acknowledge its trickery by leaving you with a mind-boggling ending. I mean, it’s Shyamalan. He has built his prestigious career upon movies like these where they end with a larger-than-life twist. If you’re have admired his previous work, The Visit will appeal to you.
5. The Invitation
When a man gets invited to his ex-wife’s party, he reluctantly obliges, bringing his girlfriend along as well on what could be a life-changing experience for both. The hosts seem a little too gracious, as they keep emphasizing how everyone needs to relax and enjoy themselves. Yet, beneath their calm and composed exterior, something sinister is brewing.
As the plot thickens, so does the atmosphere in the house. You can sense that something isn’t right from the beginning, but it‘s hard to pinpoint. The more you learn about the hosts, the more it becomes clear that they’re not what they appear. All the drama and suspense converges into an action-heavy last half, delving deep into its superstitious side to take you on a ride.
If this film taught us anything, it’s that accepting your ex’s invitation is never a good idea. For all you know, she might still have a few wicked tricks up her sleeve.
This brilliant masterpiece slowly builds up the distrust among the hosts and the guests to the tipping point, and finally delivers on its promises with an off-the-rail twist.
6. The Gift
The story follows a couple living a normal life until they run into an old friend from the past. Soon, he starts dropping off mysterious gifts on their doorstep, inching just a little closer every time into their personal lives. And just so you know, it doesn’t end well for this couple.
The movie refuses to walk on the path of other films where heroes and villains are clearly defined. You’ll have a hard time picking a side here, as both have their own vices. Will you root for a ruthless bully or a stalker who is contemplating merciless revenge? As the plot progresses forward, motives become crystal clear, and all the build-up of tension manifests in blood, gore, and sweet little revenge.
The Gift is not an intricate movie, but not for the lack of trying. It tries playing coy, but you as a viewer will more or less guess what’s coming for this couple. Nevertheless, its predictability doesn’t lessen the impact it so wants to leave upon you. You’ll come out of this movie, feeling a little assaulted and confused.
The plot follows three teenage girls who get kidnapped by a deranged man with 23 different personalities, with each persona bringing an ordeal of its own kind. The three girls wake up to find themselves trapped in a house with no way out. And then this nightmarish ride begins.
Split marks a rebound of Night Shyamalan, who has come out all-guns-blazing after a few hits and misses (mostly misses) in the last few years. And what a resurgence has it been! Split delivers a familiar, Shyamalan-style jaw-dropping, mother-of-a-twist near the end, leaving the audience with a lot to contemplate upon.
While the whole cast has done an amazing job, James McAvoy’s performance as a deranged, and possibly possessed soul is head and shoulders above the rest, eliciting all sorts of conflicting emotions as his different personalities emerge throughout this movie. This movie keeps you thinking, and the more you wrap your head around its story and characters, the more you understand the gravity of the situation, which, by the way, is graver than you might imagine.
The whole movie plays like a psychological thriller, only to reveal its trump card near the end when you learn that there is more to McAvoy’s illness than meets the eye. This Shyamalan’s directed feature is a wicked, twisted delight that will blow your socks off with its brilliant narrative.
If you're looking for some movies like A Quiet Place, Split should be your best bet.
8. Get Out
Where to even start with this ‘catch-all?’ it’s sometimes hard to figure out if Get Out is a dark comedy or a plain no-nonsense horror movie. It starts off with some awkward teenage romance, transforms into a satirical social commentary, and then brazenly trades its light-hearted exterior for a heavier, sinister tone.
The story follows Chris, a dark-skinned guy, who gets invited to meet his white girlfriend’s parents. He doesn’t want to go as he worries what people might think of their interracial relationship, but she is persuasive. Reluctantly, he agrees to pay them a visit.
To his surprise, they seem nice, a bit too nice for comfort. While his girlfriend assures that this is normal, Chris suspects that this family is not what they appear on the surface. When the dark secrets of this family resurface, Chris finds himself in a world of danger.
The combination of satire and horror works in favor of this movie, thanks to the expert direction of Jordan Peele. Hidden beneath its dark comical tone is a deep message that surfaces once you’re done with this movie. Get Out’s comment on racial and equality issues will get a rise out of quite a few people, but its in-your-face approach doesn’t make it less appealing.
Directed by Ari Aster, Hereditary easily falls into one of the best movies of 2018, and arguably the best horror film to come out in the last five years. When I went in to watch this movie on the big screen, I was expecting it to deliver a few jump scares here and there and be done with it. After all, the plot and setting seemed familiar enough; A dysfunctional family and a troubled teenager making stupid decisions. We have all been there. I thought I knew what I was getting into, and then it all begun. I was left dumbfounded, and honestly, a little rattled by the end of this feature.
The plot revolves around a family who’s reeling from the death of their matriarch. They deal with one tragedy after another hoping that this onslaught will end. When they come across a lady who claims she can get in contact with dead people, they get drawn into the world of perpetual chaos and satanic possessions. The faster they run from their inevitable tragic fates, the closer it gets to them.
It’s not an easy movie to grasp. Since it refuses to hold your hand and decipher its satanic verses, you’re left to piece together all the clues by yourself. Take this movie for its face value, and you’ll never get to the bottom of it. If you’re like me, you’d want a detailed explanation of everything. The DigitalSpy’s attempt to untangle its mysteries is pretty much all you need.
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