Since the stunning success of John Krasinski’s The Quiet Place, Netflix has been attempting to catch lightning in a bottle once again with not one but two films that take noises and silence to a brand new horrifying level. The first film was the Sandra Bullock vehicle Bird Box. The next is The Silence.
Last week, the streaming channel released not just the poster, as you see above, but also a terrifying trailer that shows stars Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka (of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina fame) fighting for their lives against creatures that resemble bats, but with the head of vicious, very toothy dogs. These creatures hunt by sound and have destroyed the world by their sheer numbers and hearing capabilities.
The synopsis is this: when the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven. But they discover a sinister cult who are eager to exploit Ally’s heightened senses.
The film is already drawing criticism from the deaf community because of Shipka’s involvement as Ally. Where The Quiet Place employed 13-year-old Millicent Simmonds, a deaf actress, in the role of a deaf character, Shipka is decidedly not deaf. It also sounds like Netflix is basically producing a film that smooshes The Quiet Place and Apostle together with the hope of creating something new, which seems a bit counterproductive.
Either way, familiar or not, the trailer, which you can see below is pretty scary, but that could just be because I don’t do horror films very well. You decide.
This isn’t Tucci or Shipka’s first foray into the supernatural drama. Tucci played the titular Patient Zero in last year’s panned Patient Zero, which also starred Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer. When asked about The Silence, Tucci said, “There’s a believability to how fast the world gets turned upside down. I like the family’s dynamic, and that they’re living this normal, everyday existence when suddenly these horrible circumstances bring them together. They become very different people.”
The Silence also stars Miranda Otto, John Corbett, Kate Trotter, and Kyle Breitkopf.
The Netflix horror fest will be released April 10th.