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"Equal and Opposite Reactions"
by Patti Liszkay
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Last week I saw "A Quiet Place,"
...then multiplying that movie's jump-out-of-your-seat moments,
Thus the humans in the movie have learned to live in silence, to be ever on guard against any inadvertent move that may bring on the monsters, or at least the terror that the monsters might be on their way. It's a stressful existence for the movie characters and, by extension, for the audience while they're watching these characters.
But during a conversation with my daughter about the movie she offered me a deeper - and rather troubling - insight into "A Quiet Place.".
I could, in fact, understand how the movie could be an emotional trigger for anyone who'd ever lived in a state of subliminal anxiety, who'd ever been conditioned to watch every step so as not to suddenly arouse the inner monster lurking within some close and inescapable relationship.
In fact, since that conversation with my daughter about the movie I've been thinking about a book by Allen Long that I read and subsequently blogged about a few months ago called "Less Than Human" (See post from 10/16/2017),
Hence as children Long and his brother lived what seemed to them a normal existence regularly spiked with moments of terror and physical assault, sometimes the terror being worse than the assault.
I recommend reading "Less Than Human."
I also recommend seeing "A Quiet Place."
They're really the same story.