Cinema-goers usually fall into one of two camps – those who love nothing more than munching through a bottomless tub of popcorn, and those who get enraged by even the tiniest noise during a film.
So it’s no surprise then that silent horror film ‘A Quiet Place’ is really proving divisive among the two groups.
The film, starring real-life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, tells the story of a family who have to live mutely as they hide from monsters who hunt by sound.
Therefore, much of the film takes place in total and utter silence, meaning you can hear a pin dropping (or a kernel being crunched) in the cinema.
Some snackers have been left not only terrified by the film, but also too scared to eat, while other less-considerate ones have been winding up fellow audience members with their noisy masticating.
As a result, there has been some rather amusing reaction on social media:
Don’t watch A Quiet Place at the movies. You feel like you can’t even eat a chip
— J (@hollywood_jay) April 8, 2018
A quiet place was really good, but gave so much anxiety lmao.
Oh, I made the mistake of getting nachos while watching a movie that 90% makes no sound. You could hear every single crunch. pic.twitter.com/qtZ7XmEWNF
— Brenduh (@brendae_18) April 7, 2018
A Quiet Place, or: a social experiment to see who has the balls to eat their concessions in a dead silent theatre
— zach cokely (@MemeSupremeZach) April 9, 2018
anytime I tried biting into my reese’s pieces while watching A Quiet Place I felt like I was risking the safety of the theater
— nathan zed (@NathanZed) April 8, 2018
The most horrific part of A Quiet Place is when you realize the movie is silent and you’re about to hear every crunch of popcorn, slurp of Diet Coke, and stifled burp in the entire theater for the next hour and a half.
— Simon Curtis (@simoncurtis) April 8, 2018
there’s a special place in hell for people who scrunch wrappers, crunch popcorn, and talk during movies
and 1000 degrees hotter than that is where they send people who do those things during a screening of A QUIET PLACE
— hattie (@hattiesoykan) April 6, 2018
PSA to everyone going to watch A QUIET PLACE in cinemas – don’t buy nachos.
Nachos are amazing but every crunch will make an audible, distracting noise in a film that’s very quiet. Be considerate to other viewers and yourself. Enjoy this film with the silence it demands.
— Faisal Hashmi (@FaisalHashmi) April 8, 2018
The film has already topped the US box office and also looks set to be a hit here in the UK, following its release last Friday (6 April).
Critics have also given it the thumbs up, with it currently having a 97% approval rating on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.
You can watch a trailer for ‘A Quiet Place’ below (spoiler: there’s not much in the way of dialogue)…