The much-anticipated horror film A Quiet Place hit theaters on Friday to widespread critical acclaim. Among those championing its unique direction — in particular its use of silence to create suspense — was none other than the Master of Horror himself, Stephen King.
Here’s what Mr. King had to say:
A QUIET PLACE is an extraordinary piece of work. Terrific acting, but the main thing is the SILENCE, and how it makes the camera's eye open wide in a way few movies manage.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 6, 2018
King’s praise of the film got everyone talking:
Stephen King Stamp of Approval
— Adam Siddiqui (@Adamsiddiqui1) April 6, 2018
Daughter saw this last night, recommended it to me but I wasn't sure I was interested. Now I am.
— Godless Hedgehog (@AssembledAtoms) April 6, 2018
And those who have seen the film are in total agreement with King:
Just got back. The way they built tension with such minimal dialogue was incredible! Best film so far this year. Masterclass in visual storytelling and directing.
— Dustin Henson (@dustinhenson94) April 6, 2018
It was fun to play along as well! The silence made me afraid to drink. I didn’t even want to eat my popcorn because of the crunch it makes. It was great @johnkrasinski
— Alex (@SoyelCap) April 7, 2018
I've been warning people to open their snacks before it starts. Also once it starts it feels like you're in it, I wanted to punch a guy who started coughing like “Dude, you're going to get us killed!”
— deanna (@deannamward) April 8, 2018
I knew it!! Just the anticipation of the silence…!! And that's huge praise from you, oh Master @StephenKing Steph! Hope @johnkrasinski johnkrreads it. (Did you know that @johnkrasinski doesn't like scary movies? They terrify him)
— kimberly kemp. (@the12watchout4) April 6, 2018
It turns out director John Krasinski, who stars in the film alongside real-life spouse Emily Blunt, saw King’s tweet and was floored by his assessment.
Here’s Krasinski’s response:
Brain…not processing. Uh oh—don’t black out John, don’t black out— …too late. https://t.co/Hjhl72mr9b
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) April 6, 2018
Twitter users were understandably happy for Krasinski:
Wow, @johnkrasinski John – praised by the master. That's a compliment! Super excited to see the movie
— Jakara87 (@Jakara87) April 6, 2018
You did it @johnkrasinski! <3
— Gato Floro (@Juaniisimo) April 6, 2018
There can be no higher praise for a horror movie than this. Congratulations!!
— Jody (@cambb8) April 6, 2018
Exactly! I'd feel the same way as John. Awesome.
— NavyMom (@JediNavyMom) April 6, 2018
People tried to imagine how The Office star looked upon reading King’s complimentary tweet:
John when reading the praise pic.twitter.com/2nBnx4kZY2
— A-Wizzle ; 5sos3 where u @ (@lordlukequaad) April 6, 2018
You reading this tweet pic.twitter.com/4Av07IKLeG
— •Sarah• (@rainbowsar) April 6, 2018
We all know this is John’s face right now after reading Stephen King’s praise pic.twitter.com/WJdsRZjWaF
— Walt (@UberKryptonian) April 6, 2018
At this point, Krasinski may be wondering, how do I go up from here?
Dude. That's about the best compliment you can get right there. I've been a fan of yours for a long time and am super glad to see you getting this kind of praise.
— Papa Bear (@The_Gristle) April 6, 2018
wow, what an honour… can’t wait to watch it sir. even more-so after this recommendation x
— lewis watson (@levvis) April 6, 2018
Much deserved. Incredible directing and acting @johnkrasinski – rad!!!
— Michael Rosenbaum (@michaelrosenbum) April 7, 2018
So be sure to forgo the popcorn in favor of a silent snack (perhaps Twizzlers). And unwrap that package before the movie begins to avoid the cacophony of crinkling cellophane. In a theater playing what sounds like this year’s best thriller, it might just get you killed.