If you’re planning on seeing Emily Blunt and John Krasinski’s new horror film A Quiet Place, you’re gonna wanna skip the popcorn. Cinemagoers have been struck by the silence at their viewings of the US box-office smash, which centres on a monster-inhabited world where humans must live in total silence or risk being discovered and horribly maimed by sound-sensitive beasts.
Silence reigns in the real world, too, as every sound made by viewers is enormously magnified in their hushed screening rooms. It’s like the film is holding up a mirror to antisocial noisemakers at the cinema. For the past few days, audiences have been sharing stories about passive-aggressive behaviour they’ve both displayed and experienced at their screenings, and most of it involves loud eating. Take note.
Eating popcorn is a sure-fire way to earn death stares:
audiences here are so passive aggressive over people making noises if you get a popcorn piece stuck in your throat midway through a quiet place you just have to die
— mary goore (@dunwaIl) April 8, 2018
In fact, if you bring popcorn in, you might want to wait until the end to eat it:
Another tip – avoid nachos:
Saw a quiet place. Was really good apart from some dude loudly eating nachos for the first 20 min. The movie is (you guessed it) quiet so we all could hear every mash of his chewing.
— remy lebeau (@Xelof77) April 10, 2018
FFS. A man made entirely of crisps has just walked into my screening of A Quiet Place.
— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) April 9, 2018
Really, chowing down on any kind of snack is a no-no:
Me in the theater watching 'A Quiet Place' pic.twitter.com/uRDgrZ1oPL
— 100T NoahJ456 (@NoahJ456) April 9, 2018
Make sure you’re not hungry before the film either:
saw A Quiet Place tonight and
my stomach: pic.twitter.com/NBjmCyquDJ
— Connor Feimster (@CPFeimster) April 10, 2018
Despite the hushed atmosphere, some cinemas are still full of people who seem not to give a crap about their fellow viewers:
Just been to see ‘a quiet place’ &made me realise how NOT a quiet place the cinema is, slurp slurp crunch crunch, like fucking feeding time at the zoo
— Chanélle McCleary 🕊 (@MissMcCleary) April 9, 2018
So, if you care about your fellow humans, try and stay silent. You don’t wanna be this guy:
Just saw A Quiet Place. Huge props to the team for making such a rad movie and huge props to the motherfucker giggling his way through the film in the theatre, annoying me the entire goddamn time.
— Liam Allen-Miller (@RSSLiam) April 9, 2018
Congratulations! You’re ready to watch A Quiet Place.