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“A Quiet Place” is high-concept horror at its best

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BaronessC

I am not a fan of ghostly horror film. This , however, where the suspense builds on the unseen palpable monsters and the language of silence is definitely more of my cup of tea. I think a crab monster would also translate better into a real life, then lets say, Freddy Kruger. At least you could fight it while awake.

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"John Krasinski transforms a B-movie conceit (concept?) into a smart, nerve-shredding film."

Conceit is appropriate here. "a fanciful expression in writing or speech; an elaborate metaphor" is one of its definitions. The conceit is the need for silence, which is justified by the bug monster plot. Concept could also have been used, but using conceit gives a compliment to the director. The "B-movie conceit" would be a movie where silence is observed as some kind of artificial constraint, in an attempt to be arty or just different for the sake of being different. Because the silence here is the logical result of the situation depicted, the silence is not an elaborate trick being used by the director, but an integral part of this particular fictional universe.