Director: John R. Leonetti
Starring: Kiernan Shipka,
Release Date: April 10th (Netflix)
Director John Leonetti definitely has a preference for “jump scares” and gory scenes. Leonetti is most famous for his 2014 thriller Annabelle. Since then, he has added 2017’s Wish Upon and Netflix’s original The Silence to his résumé.
The Silence follows the Leonetti formula: over the top blood and constant jump scares. This formula isn’t uncommon by any means. Filmmakers have been using it for years, which is why his most recent project has not made any noise.
Stanley Tucci stars as Hugh Andrews, a father and businessman who is trying to protect his family from a post-apocalyptic world, where the more quiet you are the safer you are. An unknown bat like creature has escaped from a northeastern cave, and preys on anything making significant noise.
Kiernan Shipka, who is most known for her role in Mad Men, is Hughes’ daughter, a deaf teenager whose only form of communicating is American Sign Language — a skill in this John Krasinki (A Quiet Place) spin off that is unbelievably valuable. With the clear cut unoriginal concept, from the first 20 minutes you know this movie is going to be a failure.
Horror movies can be found everywhere. You can find all sorts of hidden gems. With that being said, you can always find a ton of terrible ones. Of the hundreds of options on Netflix, The Silence is one that when you stumble across it, you should keep on stumbling. From the surprisingly poor acting to the oversaturated theme, this is something anyone who has watched a scary movie over the last five years has seen.
The Silence doesn’t do much to further a genre that has been on the rise. With Jordan Peele making two classics in Us and Get Out, the genre appears to be in a good spot. The It reboot from 2017 was a smashing hit. These movies have opened a lot of people up to watching horror movies. Movies like The Silence will do nothing but turn these same people away.
This style of movie will always have a place. There are some people who just want to get a thrill on a Friday night with some friends. Even if John Lronetti can’t seem to make a good movie, he does realize that what he is doing will always be safe. There will always be an audience for a blood bath, gory movie. No matter how bad it is. After all, there was a point in time when the Saw franchise was a model movie franchise.