A silent place is one of those horror franchises that will send shivers down your spine without using horror tropes like skulls and bones, paranormal activity, and graveyard shooting; in fact, it bets on survival through a mostly silent narrative. There are currently two entries in the franchise. The first iteration, A silent place, sees lead character Lee Abbott (played by John Krasinski), Evelyn Abbott (played by Emily Blunt), and their family (Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe) navigate a post-apocalyptic world where blind noise-sensitive monsters roam. the earth, attacking any living being it hears. The following, A Quiet Place Part IIpicks up where the first film ends, continuing the Abbott family’s journey away from home and in search of a safer place to live.
Per EW, a third film, titled A Quiet Place: Day One is in the works, serving as both a spin-off and a prequel to the first two films in the franchise. While Krasinski will step down as director for the film, Pig director Michael Sarnoski is set to helm the project. A silent place was smitten with critics and audiences alike because it offered them a unique horror franchise they could connect to. While spinoff/prequel details are scarce, let’s look at the franchise’s six scariest scenes (so far), ranked.
6 The Island Attacks – A Quiet Place Part II
Searching for radio signals, Emmett (Cillian Murphy) and Regan (Simmonds) leave the silent world they’ve adapted to and embark on a journey, hoping to encounter survivors in this chaotic world. Far from their miserable lives, they locate an island full of people who still embrace pre-apocalyptic times. Watching this, a wave of unimaginable happiness filled them, but little did they know it would be short-lived: a creature had hitchhiked with them and was therefore terrorizing the island and its inhabitants. The whole scene finds nothing but chaos and the death of islanders. Taking matters into their own hands, Emmett and the group decide to honk their horns and drive the car to the outskirts of the island in order to ward off the creatures. Unfortunately, death follows them there too. What’s scary about this scene is the massive devastation caused by a monster, highlighting how fierce they are.
5 Beau’s Death – A Quiet Place
While the Abbott family is dispatching to a drug store for needed supplies, Beau, the youngest child, secretly rips a loud airplane from the store. This spooky sequence takes place on the quiet bridge as the family returns home. Beau falls behind the group and innocently plays with his new toy, completely unaware of the consequences and danger of his actions. As his toy screeches in the otherwise silent landscape, Lee runs towards it before a nearby monster can. What follows is a chilling introduction to the world the Abbotts live in: the monster, hidden in the forest, rushes towards Beau in seconds.
4 The Death of Lee Abbott – A Quiet Place
This scene slowly evolves into a situation where Lee realizes he must die to save his children. On one side of this market hangs the life of Lee Abbott, and on the other his vulnerable children, Marcus (Skirt) and Regan, who are trapped in a truck and attacked by a creature. In this short and simple, yet utterly impactful scene, the father’s love shines brighter and Lee chooses to sacrifice himself, screaming at the top of his voice. The creature charges towards him, while the children retreat to safety, away from the battlefield but watch their father die.
3 The Bear Trap – A Quiet Place Part II
The Abbotts, traveling far from home, decide to take refuge in a deserted factory. However, it is not as uninhabited as they assumed: a man with a sniper rifle hides inside and has set traps along the perimeter, intended for monsters. In their desperate attempt to run for shelter from a nearby monster, Marcus accidentally steps on a bear trap, causing him to scream in pain. Although they manage to kill one of the monsters, there are still too many of them to hunt. The chilling sequence sees stealthy threats and the continued survival of the Abbotts from this ambush.
2 Trapped in the Factory – A Quiet Place Part II
It’s a tight sequence that splits the family into three groups: Emmett and Regan heading to the island, Evelyn heading out in search of an oxygen tank, and Marcus and baby Abbott in their factory haven. Emmett and Regan get attacked by the men at the dock. Attracted by the noise of the fight, the creatures rush in turn. On the other side, hiding from the monsters lurking outside the shelter, Marcus and the baby are trapped in the tight space, with an alarming level of oxygen. To amp up the fear factor, Evelyn is also pitted against the creatures as she searches for an oxygen tank. With every sound the characters make, they also get closer to death.
1 Evelyn’s Birth Scene – A Quiet Place
Evelyn, alone in the house, endures the excruciating pain of labor and, adding to her misery, she accidentally stepped on a nail on the stairs. As she tries to recover from this crisis, trouble has decided not to leave her, and she finds herself cornered by the monsters. She distracts them and runs, and finds herself in a tub, where a trail of blood drips from her body. Per Slash Film, the sequence features Evelyn, biting and brutal. If she submits to the pain and the screams, she and the baby die; if not, she must harbor the unimaginable pain until help arrives. It’s as if the longer she held her nerves, the higher her chances of survival.