When Marcus, the little boy, set off the fireworks in A Quiet Place, why did only one alien come?

At the climax when the gun was fired by Emily Blunt, enormous aliens came.

This seems inconsistent.

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    not answered in the movie but one could speculate that the fireworks got them coming and we just didn't see them on-camera until the gunshot drew them specifically to the house May 23, 2018 at 20:16
  • Both monsters came running from the crop fields out the front entrance of the house, which is the direction the fireworks were. So that seems a pretty clear hint that the fireworks drew them from far afield to search the area near where the fireworks went off, then, the gunshot and other noises drew them from those crop fields to that part of the house specifically. Oct 28, 2018 at 10:10

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First, the film indicates that there are only three creatures in the area. The whiteboard in the basement has a note that the family has spotted three different creatures, and after the gunshot you can see two more running towards the house. It's not covered in the film if this is due to the creatures having established territories & packs, the result of a geographical boundary, or some other reason.

As for why the gunshot drew them straight in but the fireworks did not, they are very different sounds. The gunshot makes a loud noise in one spot inside the house, whereas the fireworks created many different sounds from multiple moving objects over a long period of time, and with the loudest sounds actually occurring in the air above the farm. While all the noise certainly drew them to the general area, it would have been nearly impossible to track the sounds of individual people over all the noise of the fireworks.

A bit of unconfirmed speculation: during the fireworks, the other two may have been attacking nearby homes. In a previous scene, the father lights a fire on top of the grain silo and notes several other fires being lit in response nearby - presumably a prearranged system for nearby survivors to communicate that they're still OK. After the fireworks, the children briefly light a fire on the silo, and do not see any fires in response. Maybe it was the wrong time to light fire (no one watching that late), maybe the fire wasn't lit long enough to be seen, maybe everyone is still in hiding at the other communities after hearing the fireworks, or maybe things went very poorly for the other survivors during the fireworks...

  • The fireworks were quite a long way from the farm, even further than the spot where the long fuse was lit. That seemed to be the purpose of them - to create a loud distraction in an emergency, a safe* distance away from the farm, if the farm was under attack. (*safe enough to do relatively-quiet things like sneak into the house and lock up, not necessarily far enough to get away with firing a shotgun indoors...) Oct 28, 2018 at 10:13

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