“We’re making the impossible, possible”
Director John Krasinski on making big horror noise from a tiny budget
SOME DIRECTORS ARE tyrants, ruling with an iron fist. John Krasinski, however, is more a cheerleader, enthusing wildly about the cast and crew on his third feature, A Quiet Place. “I probably listen to opinions too much,” he says. “I love hearing everybody’s ideas and then I make a concrete decision. But all of this stuff just finds its way into the tapestry of the movie.”
Krasinski’s latest directorial outing is a thriller about a rural family under threat from something that hunts by sound. The parents (Krasinski and real-life wife Emily Blunt) must keep their kids safe and, above all, quiet. “The moment I read the spec, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. It’s, ‘What would you really do for your kids?’”
Krasinski, who also rewrote the script, claims he’s “not a horror guy” and modelled the film more after suspense classics, from Psycho to Rosemary’s
Baby to Jaws. But the key for him is the almost mystical way that crew, location and cast came together over the seven-week shoot. “We’re doing things that are way out of our budget range and we’re making it work. This crew are making the impossible, possible. They’re making this movie look like the biggest movie in the world.” Krasinski is already his crew’s biggest fan. Hopefully the finished film will show us why.
A QUIET PLACE IS IN CINEMAS FROM 3 MAY
Above: John Krasinski. Director-star Left: Mum under duress Emily Blunt. Below left: Krasinski’s dad is tested to the limit.