When we commute alone late at night our worst fear is that we are either being stalked or going to be attacked. And that’s what The Quiet Zone is essentially: a person’s worst nightmare. It is quite common that we find ourselves alone at night and start seeing things because of our consciousness. Writer/director, Andrew Ionides feeds off of this fear, adds it to an every day scenario, and what we get as a result is a disturbing and hypnotic film.
The story is about a woman, played by a brilliant and engaging Jessica Bayly, who asks an annoying commuter to be quiet because they’re in The Quiet Zone. When she gets off the train, she begins to suspect that the annoying person didn’t take their earlier interaction too lightly. Simple premise? Yes, but with some wonderful direction and a script full with unpredictable twists, Lonides takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary.
It’s simple: the film makes you uneasy, and there is always a sense of dread when you are watching it. That’s a testament to the excellent camera work which allows the film to build up suspense. Not only that, but Jessica Bayly’s brilliant performance engages the viewer. You fear for her and have actual concern for safety.
The Quiet Zone is what a horror film should be — scary, terrifying and engaging. Andrew Ionides has made such an accomplished piece of work, and to do it in such a short amount of time, too, is outstanding. We’re curious as to what he has to offer next time around. Keep an eye out for him.
The Quiet Zone via Screamfest: