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A QUIET PLACE’s Millicent Simmonds on the Movie’s Soundscape

Warning: This post contains spoilers for A Quiet Place, so if you don’t want to hear them you better cover your ears (and your eyes).

A Quiet Place caused an uproar at the box office thanks to its unique use of sound–as also silence–to build a terrifying world where alien monsters hunt down humans when they make noise. Since it’s one of our favorite films of the year, we wanted to know what it took to defeat those seemingly unstoppable creatures. So what better way to ask the film’s unlikely young hero what it was like to bring her own personal experiences to a horror movie that made a splash by staying silent…than by visiting one of the world’s quietest places with her?

In this special edition of Nerdist News our Kyle Hill traveled to Orfield Labs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, literally one of the quietest places anywhere on Earth, to talk to Millicent Simmonds, the movie’s breakout star who played the Abbott’s daughter Regan. Simmonds, who is deaf, told us what it was like to work on a film that used sound in such an unusual way, how her own problems communicating when she was younger helped shape her performance, and how she felt when she learned Regan would be the key to stopping the monsters the cast not-so-affectionately called the “Angels of Death.”

We realize the irony of this statement, but we’re not going to stop talking about A Quiet Place anytime soon. But of course while Simmonds was happy to speak to us about the movie, when it came to chatting about the sequel she clammed right up.

Guess we’ll have to wait to hear what the next movie will look–and sound–like.

What did you think of the film? What other movies also use sound in a unique way? Don’t stay quiet: we want to hear from you in the comments below.

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