You know a film’s scary when you can’t eat your na­chos

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - Lucy Pen­man

Ihave to ad­mit that I do not have a good track record when it comes to watch­ing scary films. I walked out af­ter 10 min­utes on a re­cent cin­ema visit, as I was so scared I feared I would never sleep again. That did not stop me go­ing to see A Quiet Place, though, af­ter hear­ing so much about it that I thought fore­warned may be fore­armed. Oh that dear, naive, un­sus­pect­ing per­son I used to be.

For any­one who has yet to see it, this film ba­si­cally in­volves a fam­ily forced to live in si­lence as there are blind mon­sters roam­ing the world, hunt­ing their hu­man prey through sound. I know, but it is ac­tu­ally the most ter­ri­fy­ing premise and the film does not let up with the ten­sion from be­gin­ning to end.

I jumped out of my skin ap­prox­i­mately a gazil­lion times and when we emerged from the cin­ema, I re­alised my gums were aching as I must have been clench­ing my teeth through­out.

But the re­ally ex­tra­or­di­nary thing was that a packed cin­ema, full of peo­ple with smelly food in their laps, was ab­so­lutely silent for the du­ra­tion of the film. No crunch­ing of na­chos, popcorn or slurp­ing of drinks. I think many peo­ple took the pre­cau­tion of scarf­ing their snacks dur­ing the trail­ers. Be­cause per­ish the thought we can go for more than an hour with­out some sus­te­nance.

The re­spect­ful si­lence of the au­di­ence added to the hor­ror of the film and, I have to ad­mit, I was so scared that I had trouble fall­ing asleep that night. As well as be­ing prop­erly scary, it is also very clever and beau­ti­fully acted so I’m very pleased I made it to the end.

I’m still a first-class sap when it comes to hor­ror films but at least I man­aged to stay the course (even if I had my eyes cov­ered for much of the ac­tion). Who knows? It could be a sign of ma­tu­rity. Per­haps I’ll now be able to watch Poltergeist or The Shin­ing with­out burst­ing into tears and hav­ing to sleep with the light on. But maybe not. Small steps.

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