In John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, sound is the enemy, one wrong move and that could be it. So, the characters of A Quiet Place make sure they go to extra lengths to make sure they’re not heard. The same concept is used in the 2016 horror film Don’t Breathe, except, instead of some giant, flesh-eating monsters, the villain is a blind man.
Three teenagers (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto) break into the house of an old man (Stephen Lang) who they believe to be both blind and very rich. While he is both of those things, he’s also an ex-military soldier. Describing it themselves as the perfect job, they break into the house and find that everything is not as expected. As the man attempts to get rid of the intruders, things start to get violent and you eventually realize that he might have ulterior motives for getting them out of his house.
The crux of the film is that if you make a sound the man will be able to come and find you. This means that most of the film is incredibly quiet, with little to no music playing. There are times when the action is so intense that you’ll be trying to not make a sound at the same time as them. It’s a wonderfully dark experience that replicates the incredible level of sound design A Quiet Place has to offer.