A QUIET PLACE Conquers–But Should It Get A Sequel?
The film opened to a $50 million take this past weekend. It has both geek critics and even most of the commoners raving. Stephen King called it an “extraordinary piece of work.” It knocked READY PLAYER ONE from the top spot. It bested the opening weekend totals for GET OUT and SPLIT. It WAY outdid THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT and almost doubled the amount brought in by PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING on the latter’s opening weekend. (It didn’t come close to the opening weekend box office for last fall’s IT, but it is a better movie. Yes, I said it.) Any way you slice it, this monster movie was a monster hit. Does that guarantee a sequel? Probably. But is that a good thing? I say no.
A QUIET PLACE is perfect, as is. The story is as complete as it should be. We don’t NEED to know the origin of the monsters. We don’t NEED to see Emily Blunt’s character killing more monsters with a shotgun, now that she understands the creature’s weakness. Could they do a sequel and it actually turn out good? Yes. But it would be an uphill climb. I would much rather see more original pieces, of comparable quality to A QUIET PLACE, than a potential franchise of cookie-cutter facsimiles.
If they simply MUST do a sequel, it should have nothing whatsoever to do with this current movie, and should feature entirely new characters and an entirely new storyline. Maybe set it in a big city or something.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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