If you saw A Quiet Place and didn’t die from fright or a panic attack as I almost did, then you’re probably two things: 1. Still scared and 2. Asking yourself what art those creatures?
The movie did a great job on all fronts except for explaining what these strange beings with perfect hearing but no eyes are exactly. I mean, I think it was pretty obvious they were aliens. And now A Quiet Place director and star John Krasinski has confirmed that.
“They are absolutely aliens,” Krasinski said during the Empire Film Podcast. They’re from another planet. Where I developed the idea of them and what I wanted them to look like was most alien movies are about takeovers, agendas, they’re a thinking alien creature, and for 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 I love to watch is RocknRolla and they tell that whole story about the crawfish in the Thames and that’s what I mean, the introduction of something that can’t be held back.”
And for further backstory?
“The idea behind all that is they’re definitely aliens and they’re an evolutionarily perfect machine,” Krasinski continued. “So the idea is 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 so that’s why they’re bulletproof and all these things. I had to make it make sense. I needed the rules of the monster to adhere as tightly to the rules of the family. The family, we had set up all these incredible rules, and I needed the monster to not just be convenient.”
But why did the come to Earth?
“And the other idea was the armor is also the reason why they were able to survive kind of the explosion of their planet and then survive on these meteorites, because they’ve evolved to be bulletproof,” he explained. “Until they open themselves up to be vulnerable, they’re completely invulnerable.”
What did you think of A Quiet Place?