The Pestle


Ep 38: “A Quiet Place”

April 18, 2018

We dive into John Krasinki’s 2018 horror film “A Quiet Place” and discuss:

  • the metaphor of “A Quiet Place;
  • the opening scene;
  • sound;
  • acting;
  • and much more!

“‘The empty vessel makes the loudest sound. – William Shakespeare

Notes & References:
Screenwriters Scott Beck and Bryan Woods explain how they went from under-the-radar directors to make a big budget horror movie.

This Week’s Recommendations:


  1. Joe from Hawaii says:

    I’m very embarrassed to say, but once you pointed out that it’s a movie about a family communicating, it was so clear to me. I hadn’t even thought about it in that light, now I can’t not see it that way lol. Anyways, loved the podcast, and looking forward to Se7en!

    1. wes says:

      haha, same here, Joe! It wasn’t until I started collecting my thoughts after the second viewing before it dawned on me. Same thing happened with “Annihilation”, which took me three viewings, not that we’re looking to cover that one but it threw me for a pretty good loop before it all clicked into place.

  2. Marc Israel says:

    Went into the vault for reccos and ended up with this disc despite hearing your spoilers. It’s an old episode but new for me snd the family communication angle was the hook. No trailer seem ir any kniekesmdge except your podcast.

    1) Heard the director say he got the line that sums it up in “Ive always loved you”, from seeing the deaf actress with her family and he knew on the spot he had to steal it.

    2) Show the batteries being grabbed! We would worry about it either way, but showing the youngest do what young boys do shows human nature and how can you protect kids from themselves? Can’t pose that question without showing the batteries being grabbed

    I had a small movie lull so thanks for this one…

    p.s. your podcast recco for “In The Dark”
    season 2 subject now at The Supreme Court and seemingly about to get a death row conviction removed. May have to plan a Vegas trip and ask for reccos! Blackjack? Roulette?

    Better than any sports talk drive time duo!!!

    1. wes says:

      1) oh wow! I didn’t hear that story, that’s awesome! I feel like it’s often easy for filmmakers to shy away from ideas like that because you want the best moments to come from your own brain, but it’s really humble for him to see it and recognize that it’ll make the movie so much better.
      2) Totally true!
      3) Yess! I listened to that episode yesterday, too, it’s just so insane that they’re in the supreme court! I’m hoping for the best, such a heartbreaking story.
      4) Some of my other favorite podcasts are The Dropout, The Dream, Dirty John (oldie but goodie), and Limetown is fictional but amazing.
      5) Oh, I think if I were in Vegas I’d lose a few hundred seeing how bad at Hold ‘Em I really am, haha.

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