This week, John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place Part II has once again hit our screens for the home entertainment release of the movie in 4K Ultra HD+Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ and DVD formats.
The film follows Krasinski’s first directed movie A Quiet Place which pulled in 350.3 million USD at the box office. Though many cinema goers were drawn to the incredible cast of A Quiet Place including John Krasinski, Emily Blunt and later joined by Cillian Murphy in A Quiet Place Part II, there was another feature that kept audiences going back for more; the terrifying monsters.
With A Quiet Place Part II appearing on our screens once again, we look at 5 of the most nerve-shredding monsters that have appeared on the big screen.
The clicking and rattling noises created by the monsters of A Quiet Place II are some of the most memorable and haunting aspects of the movie. Much like Jaws, the sound of the creature comes before the appearance of it, making audience members cringe at the idea of possible jump scares. These creatures, that some say resemble the “demogorgons” from Stranger Things, arrived on earth by meteors and are extremely sensitive to noise. Executing anything in their way that makes a sound, only a few survivors (including the Abbott Family) remain. The Abbott Family regularly use sign language to communicate with their daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds), which is critical for their survival. This, combined with Regan’s discovery that the high pitches from her hearing aid incapacitates the monsters, gives the family a fighting chance against the terrifying creatures.
With over 30 years of the Alien franchise comes one of the most recognisable monsters in cinematic history. The “Xenomorph” features in all six of the Alien movies and appears in many different forms throughout the films. However, many types of “Xenomorph” aliens appear in the movie and all start off as eggs, relying on a host body in order to survive. In the first of the Alien movies, a chamber of eggs is discovered by Executive Officer Kane, leading to him becoming a host for a “Xenomorph” that famously erupts out of his chest. The aliens have a particularly gruesome life cycle and perhaps one of the most sinister parts of the fully developed creature is the lack of eyes. Swiss artist H.R. Giger designed the creatures this way so that their killings seemed more emotionless and audience members could not find anything relatable about the aliens. With the lack of eyes and shape of their skull, these monsters are definitely some of the most horrifying that have appeared on our screens.
“Crawlers”: The Descent
The “Crawlers” in the 2005 movie The Descent took audiences by surprise after appearing in the caves with the main characters of the film. The “Crawlers” are believed to have been originally human but evolved to live in the caves since prehistoric times. As the adventurers get trapped in a cave after descending, Sarah believes that she has seen someone in the cave to which the other adventurers ignore due to her history of hallucinations. What Sarah has seen, is one of the “Crawlers.” These creatures have supernatural abilities including hypersensitive hearing, superhuman speed and strength. After Sarah’s sighting of the creature, the rest of the movie features the adventurers fighting the monsters for survival and learning about the monsters’ abilities. Not only are these creatures terrifying to look at but they also play on the audience’s fear of the unknown.
“The Dementors” The Harry Potter Series
“Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them.” (Remus Lupin, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). “The Dementors” are some of the most terrifyingly portrayed characters in both J.K. Rowling’s book series and the Harry Potter movies. With no face or distinguishing human features other than a rough human figure, “The Dementors” appear as some of the most disturbing ghoul like creatures in the series. Perhaps one of the most frightening elements of a “Dementor” is the “Dementor’s Kiss” which is the act of sucking out a human’s soul, taking away their happiness, their memories and leaving them in a vegetative state. Safe to say, there are better things to come across at Hogwarts!
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat” (Chief Brody, Jaws). One of the most famous monsters of the sea is “Bruce” the huge Great White Shark from Jaws that put movie lovers off swimming for decades. Though Bruce’s likeness to real predators of the ocean scared people, audiences were equally fascinated by the engineering of “Bruce”. For the original movie, 3 versions of “Bruce” were actually created for filming and these versions of the monstrous shark had to survive the waters of Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts. Pneumatically-powered, the original Bruce weighed 1.2 tons and was 25 feet long and though much of Bruce is featured in the movies, some scenes were actually clips of Great White Sharks filmed just off the coast of Australia. Animatronic or not, “Bruce” has definitely made people think twice about swimming in the ocean!
A Quiet Place Part II is available to Download & Keep and on 4K Ultra HD+Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ & DVD now!