I don’t watch many horror movies. In fact I typically avoid them.
My reasoning is simple. I enjoy sleeping peacefully at night. I like being able to walk into a dark room without creepy thoughts lurking in my mind. And most significantly I believe many horror films glorify violence. Simply put I don’t find them entertaining.
But occasionally a horror film grabs my attention.
Such is the case with “A Quiet Place” (PG-13), the 2018 hit movie that stars John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. It began streaming April 2 on Amazon Prime and Hulu.
The dystopian film tells about a family trying to survive after Earth has been invaded by bug-like monsters. These creatures are unique. They have ultra-sensitive ears but no eyes. They’re blind.
This means they hunt for food via sound. Of course this also means the people better be quiet. Very quiet.
These creatures have eaten most of the population. However, one heroic family has thrived hidden away out in the country. They know sign language because their daughter is deaf so they don’t have to speak.
But now their very existence is threatened because the mom is pregnant — and will deliver a crying baby any day.
“A Quiet Place” ranks among my favorite horror/thriller films because it’s not graphic. Most of the scares and thrills are implied. It’s also void of coarse language (not even a “heck”) and sexuality (not even a kiss).
It also ranks among my favorite scary films because of its positive messages about parenting, family and love. Most importantly it has a pro-life message — a loud pro-life message — that you can’t miss.
Also streaming this month:
- “Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid” (Netflix) — If you like clean comedy then you’ll probably love Bargatze, who is so talented he’s appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” His comedy is dry, smart and hilarious. It’s also mostly rated G. It began streaming March 26.
- “You vs. Wild” (Netflix) — Adventurer Bear Grylls travels the globe and puts the viewer in control in this interactive series based off his popular “Man vs. Wild” program. “You’re in charge here. … You decide,” he says. No doubt viewers will learn a lot about survival and have a great time exploring this interactive series.
- “Valkyrie” (Netflix) — At least six assassination attempts were made on Hitler’s life. This film tells the story of one of them by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg. Of course it also raises ethical questions about war. Rated PG-13 for violence and brief strong language.
- “Rick Steves’ Europe: Complete Season 10” (Hulu) — The PBS traveling personality takes us to Scotland, Portugal, England and Greece, among other locations. He offers travel tips for each place and Europe in general and shows the top places to visit.
- “Spy Kids” (Netflix) — Carmen and Juni Cortez learn the spymaster ways of their mother and father — and in this first installment, help rescue their parents too. A few OMGs and a misuse of “shiitake mushroom” keep this one from being 100 percent family-friendly. Rated PG for action sequences.
- “Happy Feet” (Hulu) — A young penguin who can’t sing learns to survive in a world where singing is essential. This animated film won an Oscar. Caveat: Some parents may find some of the song choices inappropriate for children. Rated PG for some mild peril and rude humor.
EDITOR’S NOTE — Michael Foust covers the intersection of faith and entertainment as a media reviewer for The Alabama Baptist. He also is the husband of an amazing wife and the father of four young children.