Due to the former's often cynical look into the unknown and the latter's fondness for new forms of cruelty, science fiction and horror go hand in hand. There are a few things that everyone has never seen.
Overrated is an overused and nebulous term in modern pop culture debate. Can anything be accurately stated to "deserve" of the praise or attention it receives? Probably not, but in the world of cinema, everybody has a few beloved smaller projects that became drowned out by something with a bigger name attached. Something contributes to their presence on the audience's minds for much longer than on their own merits.
A Quiet Place
The Silence, a horror film released in 2019, received mixed reviews, with many fans calling it a shameless rip-off of a film that had been dropped only two years earlier. Regardless, the original film would've been released shortly after its release, because to a ridiculous amount of publicity Krasinski's got.
Ridley Scott's Alien is a classic sci-fi horror film. It's a simple story. A crew of astronauts encounters a perfect killing machine under strange circumstances. The xenomorph didn't need to be explained, nor did the H. R. Geiger's art of the environments. Prometheus is a complete mess that awkwardly mixes themes of artificial intelligence, religion, and space horror. The franchise is worse for its existence.
What can be said about M. Night Shyamalan? At this point, analyzing his modern works and reflecting on his previous accomplishments is beyond play. Many believe that his fifth feature Signs is his last great achievement, although both are flawed. Not only because of its complete lack of logic, but also for Chekhov's sloppy gun storytelling. His attempt to recapture the glory of The Sixth Sense fails for every major oversight he overlooks.
Like A Quiet Place, this film was made famous more because of its central premise rather than for anything that happened in it. In addition, it's a film about avoiding a deadly menace that requires the elimination of one of humanity's few evolutionary advantages, which includes a million dumb decisions from the actors.
Matt Reeves' breakthrough sci-fi horror film was a decent film with an incredible marketing strategy, in an era before that technique became woefully overdone. It's scary, smart, and stylish, but it's not groundbreaking beyond combining two genres that hadn't yet met. The fact that Cloverfield spawned a franchise that isn't relevant to the original film's narrative proves its enormous success and simplicity.