Over the last few years, something truly wonderful has happened. We have seen the horror genre begin to return to its roots. I mean this, not in the sense of tone or plot, though excellent movies like It Follows have revived a Carpenter-esque atmosphere that is missing from most recent soul-less slashers. I mean instead the genre has returned somewhat to the experimental and genre-bending nature that has been absent in favour of paint-by-number gore flicks of the 2000's.

Yes, there has been great horror and thriller films out there. But now thanks to production companies such as A24 and Blumhouse we are now seeing interesting horror get the success it deserves. Look at Get Out (2017) for example, the excellent satirical thriller that director Jordan Peele identified as a "documentary". It was smart, visually stunning and it had comedy that worked while the film didn't rely on jump-scares. This kind of movie would normally end up on VOD or streaming a week after it's short cinema run. But no – in fact the opposite is true, it was number one at box office, had one of the biggest profit margins in recent memory and Peele even won an Oscar for his writing. Due to films like this finally being given an avenue by smaller production companies, it seems Paramount may be taking a cue from them and taking chances on films like A Quiet Place.

A Quiet Place tells the story of one family's survival in a bleak world, where creatures lurk that detect any sounds above a whisper and instantly locate and attack the source of the noise. This leaves the family, led by John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, to have to adapt to a new, near silent existence. The cast performs mostly in sign language through the entire runtime and gives very emotional performances while using very little spoken dialogue. At times the movie is eerily silent to the point where any slight sound from the audience can trigger the same fear as any scene from the film.

This is one of the key reasons the film is so effective. The amazing acting, gorgeous visual direction and score help sell it, but the committal to the premise elevates the film to an almost four-dimensional experience. Again, one of the flaws of contemporary horror cinema is its repetitive reliance on the inappropriate jump-scare. A Quiet Place does uses jump-scares and in a few instances, it is cliché, but for the most part every jump scare is earned.

The film captures the characters paranoia and shares it in a very interesting way with the audience. In this world, a slight sound of dropping a glass, would impact like an atomic bomb. The film sets up an atmosphere where you are constantly on edge.

A Quiet Place isn't strictly straight-up horror, a fact truly in its favour. A horror film isn't scary when it sticks to a tired list of conventions but rather when it colours outside the lines. The true connection of A Quiet Place comes from the family drama of the story. You truly believe this is a family trying desperately to hang on to some sort of normalcy in a chaotic world. The silence plays into this, it is hard to play house when zombies can be heard groaning in the distance.

When the world is forced to be peaceful to survive, you can be fooled into thinking that it actually is peaceful. Though anxiety effects every moment, you are equally invested in parents who must keep their family safe and together and the strain that can have on a person. At this point I haven't said much about the actual plot or action in the film because this is a film where you should know as little as possible before seeing it.

The movie isn't perfect, occasionally the film will dip its toes into generic action or horror. But that is only about 2 percent of the movie and it is outweighed substantially by the rest of the well-constructed elements.

Even taking into account the film's miss-steps, it is a cut above the majority of modern horror films. Here's hoping this is a trend that continues and that films like this are given more chances in the future with style and substance taking equal footing.

There has been a distinct lack of medium-budget cinema that doesn't take from an existing franchise. So, it is exciting to see not only acclaim but success for films like this. I hope this is a trend here to stay. Then again there was a trailer for Strangers: Prey at Night before the film, so generic slashers aren't going away either it seems.

If you liked 10 Cloverfield Lane, It Comes at Night or The Babadook, I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy in A Quiet Place.    

Catch A Quiet Place in theaters April 6 and go here and here for official clips from the film.