7 Movies to Watch If You Like ‘A Quiet Place’

If you’re like me, and you enjoyed A Quiet Place, then you’re probably a fan of survival horror and thriller movies. The best ones will keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you thinking about how you’d survive a similar event, even long after finishing the movie.

While some people may not consider A Quiet Place horror, this surprise hit has earned its place in the hearts of many horror fans, thanks to its incredible ability to create tension and suspense. Directed by the talented John Krasinski, A Quiet Place follows a family as it navigates a post-apocalyptic landscape where survival hinges on absolute silence. The film has garnered adoration for its unique take on horror, with fans applauding its relentless tension, exceptional storytelling, and superb performances – making it feel more like high-quality horror. What makes A Quiet Place truly captivating is its exploration of the survival subgenre, a personal favorite of mine.

To celebrate the upcoming release of A Quiet Place: Day One, I made a list of films that echo the tension, survival instincts, and heart-stopping moments that make A Quiet Place a standout in the horror genre.

1. A Quiet Place: Part II (2020)

A Quiet Place: Part II, the much-anticipated sequel to A Quiet Place, is again directed by John Krasinski and stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe. Picking up where the first movie left off, the Abbott family faces new challenges outside their sound-sensitive world. With their home destroyed, they venture into the unknown, discovering other survivors and the deadly creatures that hunt by sound. The film maintains the intense suspense of the original, emphasizing the importance of silence in the face of peril. A Quiet Place: Part II builds on the tension and survival themes that made its predecessor a hit, offering fans another thrilling and heart-pounding ride. If you loved the first movie, watching the sequel is a no-brainer.

2. A Quiet Place: Day One (2024)

The A Quiet Place franchise will soon have a new addition: A Quiet Place: Day One. Directed by Michael Sarnoski, the film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, Alex Wolff, Djimon Hounsou, and Denis O’Hare. Although plot details have not yet been revealed, we do know that it’s set in the same universe as the original film as a spin-off and prequel that will give us a closer look at the events that caused the world to end. A must-watch, of course, to expand the story of the original film.

3. Bird Box (2018)

Bird Box (2018), directed by Susanne Bier, is a must-watch thriller featuring a star-studded cast including Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, and John Malkovich. The story unfolds in a world where mysterious creatures drive people to madness and suicide if seen. To survive, Malorie (played by Sandra Bullock) must navigate a perilous journey blindfolded, relying on her senses. Similar to A Quiet Place, where silence is crucial for survival, Bird Box explores a different sensory challenge – sight. Both movies share the theme of characters facing peril from unseen forces. If you enjoyed the suspense in A Quiet Place, Bird Box is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

4. Hidden (2015)

Hidden (2015), directed by The Duffer Brothers, features a strong cast with Alexander Skarsgård and Andrea Riseborough. The story unfolds in an underground bunker, where a family tries to survive an apocalyptic event that has devastated the world above. The narrative explores their struggles, secrets, and the challenges of staying hidden from an unknown threat. Hidden shares similarities with A Quiet Place in its focus on survival against mysterious dangers. Both movies create tension by emphasizing the importance of silence to evade danger. However, Hidden takes a unique spin by adding a sense of confinement within the underground setting. If you enjoyed the suspense and survival themes in A Quiet Place, Hidden offers a different take on the genre with its own set of thrills and mysteries.

5. The Silence (2018)

The Silence (2019), directed by John R. Leonetti, features a talented cast including Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka. The storyline revolves around a world under siege by deadly creatures attracted to sound. Kiernan Shipka’s character, Ally Andrews, and her family must navigate this perilous new reality in total silence to survive. The movie shares similarities with A Quiet Place, as both explore the challenge of staying alive in a world where making noise can be deadly. While The Silence delivers some heart-pounding moments, the payoff never arrives and the pacing, intensity, and strategic use of sound design in A Quiet Place far exceed it. But it’s a must-watch if you are looking for the exact same type of plot.

6. The Mist (2007)

The Mist (2007) is hands down one of my all-time favorite horror movies, and you’ll find that I recommend it a lot. Directed by the talented Frank Darabont, this film has a stellar cast, including Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Andre Braugher, and Laurie Holden. The plot follows a small town engulfed in a strange mist, trapping a group of people inside a local supermarket. As they deal with fear and uncertainty within the group, unknown creatures lurk outside, heightening the suspense. What makes The Mist such a gripping watch, similar to the tension in A Quiet Place, is the shared theme of a group desperately hiding from mysterious and deadly creatures. The film’s eerie atmosphere and unexpected twists will keep you on the edge of your seat, making it a must-watch for fans of A Quiet Place‘s intense storytelling.

7. It Comes At Night (2017)

It Comes At Night (2017), directed by Trey Edward Shults, features Joel Edgerton in a gripping tale of survival. The film follows a family living in a secluded house to avoid a deadly pandemic that has taken over the world. As they welcome another family into their refuge, trust issues and paranoia heighten the tension. Much like A Quiet Place, the movie explores the theme of survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Both films delve into the psychological toll of living in constant fear and isolation, where any and all human interactions are met with suspicion. While A Quiet Place focuses on sound as a threat, It Comes At Night uses an atmosphere of distrust and uncertainty to create a similar sense of suspense. If you enjoyed the psychological intensity of A Quiet Place, It Comes At Night is sure to captivate you with its own unique take on survival.

What are some of your favorite movies similar to A Quiet Place?

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