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Blu-ray Tuesday

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Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages…

My name is Matt Holland and I’m excited as hell to start writing for Branded Sports! Two things I love are movies and WWE, which will be my primary focus of the articles I publish. Finally I can ramble on about these things all I want! One article that I would like to post weekly is going to be called Blu-Ray Tuesday, where I will discuss movies being released on Blu-ray that day, which I deem worthy of being purchased to enjoy as frequently as you wish. That being said, let’s get to it.

I’m a huge fan of movies in general but there is one genre that will always be nearest and dearest to my heart, and that is the Horror genre. This week, one of the best horror movies that I have seen in a long time finally comes to Blu-ray and I couldn’t be more excited. When it was in theaters, everyone from Chris Pratt, all the way down to my girlfriends annoying ass “woo girl” friends raved about this movie. I’m talking about John Krasinski’s directorial debut, “A Quiet Place”.

If non-stop tension supported by some creepy as hell looking monsters is your thing, I highly suggest you scoop this up on your way home from work today, put the kids to bed early (unless you’re lucky and didn’t make that mistake yet) and pop this in. Taking on a much different role than when we fell in love with him as Jim Halpert, this movie shows how versatile Krasinski really is. He’s great in front of the camera and having also directed this film, it shows he has just as much talent behind the camera as well.

For those who don’t know, the concept is that there are these creatures that appeared on earth that can’t see for shit, but they hunt using only sound. I mean like, the slightest of sounds can cost you your life. The pitch Krasinski received for this movie was, “It’s about a family that has to be quiet and you have to figure out why.”  Somehow, John used a mere $17 Million budget to turn that simple one liner into the horror spectacle that earned $326.3 million worldwide.

Amazingly, there’s little to no dialogue throughout the movie. The characters occasionally let out a slight whisper, but mostly communicate through sign language (so yes lots of subtitles, get over it). Which, the actors actually learned for the filming and so they could communicate with one of the main stars, Millicent Simmonds, whom is actually deaf.

The movie instantly demands your attention with a great “Holy shit did that actually just happen” moment from the start. The sense of dread and tension grips you by the throat and doesn’t ease up for the entirety of the film. Krasinski does a great job of instilling the fear of living this lifestyle into the audience, to the point of an on screen cough making your butthole pucker. I’m anxiously looking forward to his future releases.

If you’re a fan of well-made movies in general, but especially of a good horror flick (which seem to be few and far between these days) then I can’t recommend “A Quiet Place” enough. With Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart all having it currently priced at $19.99 for the Blu-ray-DVD-Digital combo, you can pick your poison and enjoy this film tonight for a great price! I know I certainly will be.

 

-Matt H.

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