Shhh! A Quiet Place and the Rise of Hush-Hush Horror

Adam Fay,

The reviews are in. A Quiet Place Part II is a genuine critical and commercial hit that many are saying is even better then the original. Not bad for a sequel that had a lot to live up to. John Krasinski’s 2018 box office smash was a breakout favourite that is adored by fans of suspense and horror.

Now that A Quiet Place Part II has arrived on the Fetch Movie Store, we thought it only right to shed some light on a little known sub-genre of horror movies that I have dubbed, “Hush-Hush Horror”

Here’s 5 movies where making a noise could cost you your life. So sit still, hold your breath and don’t make any sudden movements….

Don’t Breathe

What’s it about?

A Trio of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong

Why makes it scary?

With a knockout bad-guy performance from Stephen Lang, this is a truly terrifying and wholly original suspense shocker. Yes, it has that dread and tension of always being unsure about what is going to jump out at you from around the corner, but Don’t Breathe soars above other films by being unpredictable and just that little bit twisted.

Watch Don’t Breathe now in the Fetch Movie Store

The Descent

What’s it about?

A group of friends go on an expedition to a cave. Their expedition turns into a nightmare when they get trapped inside the cave and are pursued by blood-thirsty predators.

Why makes it scary?

Bursting onto the scene from nowhere in 2005, The Descent quickly became the most buzzed about horror film in years. Many would say it’s the claustrophobic setting and the tight spaces that make it impactful, and while it certainly is that, The Descent also builds tension through its solid character development and strong female cast, wringing every ounce of fear and dread out of its relatively modest runtime.

Watch The Descent Now on Stan


What’s it about?

A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears in her window.

Why makes it scary?

Arguably the cream of the crop when it comes to home invasion thrillers, Hush is a well-made heart-stopper that doesn’t loosen its grip throughout. It’s short, sharp and frenetic – with scares that will have you checking twice that you’ve locked your doors and windows tonight before bed.

Watch Hush Now on Netflix


What’s it about?

Living inside a fallout shelter, a couple (Alexander Skarsgård, Andrea Riseborough) and their young daughter face a mysterious threat from the outside.

Why makes it scary?

Before the Duffer Brothers went on to make Stranger Things, they served up this tense apocalyptic thriller that is shot with enough skill to make you actually feel as trapped and isolated as the family in the film. With an 80% Rotten Tomatoes score, Hidden is an under-appreciated gem that is well worth checking out.

Watch Hidden Now on the Fetch Movie Store

Silent House

What’s it about?

A girl is trapped inside her family’s lakeside retreat and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt the house with mysterious energy and consequences.

Why makes it scary?

Silent House boasts the rare hook of being shot in real-time as one long uninterrupted take. It’s a gimmick that adds to the creepy tension of the film but only truly succeeds thanks to a tour de force performance by Elizabeth Olsen. Her acting alone makes it worth the price of admission, but Silent House has some good atmosphere and moments of edge-of-your-seat chills.

Watch Silent House Now in the Fetch Movie Store

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