John Krasinski took inspiration from classic horrors for A Quiet Place

John Krasinski took inspiration from classic horrors such as Jaws and Alien when directing A Quiet Place – because he’s too scared to watch modern ones.The Office actor makes his first foray into horror with his third directorial effort, in which he st…

John Krasinski took inspiration from classic horrors such as Jaws and Alien when directing A Quiet Place – because he’s too scared to watch modern ones.

The Office actor makes his first foray into horror with his third directorial effort, in which he stars alongside real-life wife Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe as a family of four who must live in silence to survive while hiding from creatures which hunt by sound.

John is a self-proclaimed “scaredy cat” who can’t watch horror films, so he wanted to make A Quiet Place a slow-burning character-driven thriller along the lines of Jaws.

“I was trying to make a more classic version of a genre movie or a thriller,” he told SciFiNow magazine. “Because I hadn’t seen many of the modern really scary movies I went back to Jaws and Alien and all the (Alfred) Hitchcock stuff, and a lot more character-driven so I was in interested in that.

“It’ll definitely scare you but it’ll scare you for the right reasons rather people’s faces getting ripped off!”

The 38-year-old never thought he would work in the horror genre, but he couldn’t resist when he got the pitch from executives at Platinum Dunes, who make The Purge and Ouija films, because they presented him with “one of the best one-liners I’d ever heard”.

John believes being too afraid to watch scary films made him a good horror director because he had a decent idea of what scares the average viewer.

“These producers at Platinum Dunes have produced a bunch of horror films before so they were sort of barometer for what’s scary,” he explained. “But the good news is as someone who doesn’t see a lot of horror movies and gets scared easily, I have to say I was my own good barometer too!

“Because when we were designing shots and even when you saw a storyboard or something, you’d say, ‘I don’t know, that might scare the c**p out of people.’”

A Quiet Place hits cinemas from 4 April (18).

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13 Reasons Why’s Katherine Langford talks critically acclaimed new movie

Rising star Katherine Langford was able to shake off her 13 Reasons Why character during the extended rehearsal period for her new film Love, Simon.Australian actress Katherine shot to international fame last year (17) after being cast as suicidal stud…

Rising star Katherine Langford was able to shake off her 13 Reasons Why character during the extended rehearsal period for her new film Love, Simon.

Australian actress Katherine shot to international fame last year (17) after being cast as suicidal student Hannah Baker in Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, the series based on the best-selling young adult novel by Jay Asher.

Not long after wrapping on season one, the 21-year-old began work on the critically acclaimed Love, Simon, a comedy drama about a closeted gay teen who’s forced to confront his own identity when his secret is threatened.

“I think to a degree,” the actress told W magazine when asked if it was a challenge to get into a different mindset for Love, Simon. “I’m saying this being very young and being very new in my career and having literally only done a handful of projects, but I feel like when you leave a character, and I definitely felt it with Hannah, it takes a little bit of time to shake them off.

“But I think going into Love, Simon, what I think was so helpful and I think monumental in this film was the director, Greg Berlanti. Not only did he have such an incredible, solidified, and truthful vision, but he also allowed us as actors to have a two-week rehearsal period, which really helped.”

The film co-stars Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel, with Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson playing the title role.

Like 13 Reasons Why, Love, Simon is based on a best selling book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, with author Becky Albertalli also penning a follow-up based on Katherine’s character Leah coming out as bisexual.

Asked if she’d sign on to the sequel Katherine replied: “I mean, it’s always a discussion of who would make it, but if the script was good and the filmmaker had a great vision, then I would be totally down. I’m always down to tell a good story.”

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