“A Quiet Place” is undoubtedly a horror film. The basic premise is that grasshopper-esque monsters have killed off most of humanity. But for the hard-of-hearing, an unusually quiet movie may seem like an extra layer of nightmare, given that they already struggle with perceiving the sounds of their daily lives.
In actual fact, the opposite is true. “A Quiet Place” is one of the most hearing-accessible films in today’s blockbuster climate! Katherine Anderson, a graduate of John Paul the Great Catholic University (Class of 2016), recently wrote the following for JPGCU’s Impacting Culture blog. “Aside from blind and deaf characters, and more importantly casting blind and deaf actors, Hollywood still has much to do in making their films accessible to blind and deaf audiences. Closed captioning and audio description is available in theaters, but not at all uniform.”
“A Quiet Place” is one of the few films that you can count on always being close-captioned. Even during its debut period in commercial theaters. For those with limited hearing abilities, including many older adults, this can provide a welcome respite from straining to catch each word of dialogue or every important auditory cue.
Gwen Fraser, our Administrative Assistant here at Seventy Five State Street, had this to say about her own viewing experience: “I think people assume that subtitles will be distracting, when for many audience members, they’re actually essential. This movie is a great example of seamlessly incorporating accessibility. The [closed captions] don’t take away from the experience whatsoever: the theater audience was still hanging on every word.” She noted that it’s no coincidence that the film’s director (and male lead), John Krasinki, recently made Time’s 100 Most Influential people list for 2018.
Now, that doesn’t mean that all older adults enjoy horror films… but it’s a step in the right direction!
Have you seen “A Quiet Place” yet? What did you think?