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There are scenes in A Quiet Place that not even the crew creating the horror film could handle.

While appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, actress Emily Blunt revealed some of the more unusual aspects of starring in A Quiet Place, the latest horror movie directed by her husband, John Krasinski. The sci-fi horror has received heaps of praise from fans and critics, and still boasts a 100 percent Certified Fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes. That doesn’t mean filming the apocalyptic hit was a walk in the park.

Emily Blunt on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

“I don’t particularly love horror movies,” Blunt revealed to Colbert with a laugh. Initially, she and Krasinski had someone else in mind to star in the film, but after reading his script, Blunt said she was moved by its daring storyline and demanded to join the cast. “He wrote it, and I had previously suggested a friend of mine for the film, and then I read his script and I was like, ‘You need to fire her. Now. You need to call her and fire her.’”

A Quiet Place showcases family dynamics while surviving an apocalyptic alien species. “If they hear you, they hunt you,” and the Abbott family must find a way to quietly escape the monsters with good hearing. The premise lends itself to groundbreaking styles for the genre and the silence adds an extra layer of terror to an already suspenseful scene.

One scene in particular was too unsettling for some of the crew members. After showing a clip from A Quiet Place in which Blunt’s character silently suffers through contractions in a bathtub, the star said that some of the crew found that scene too disturbing to watch.

“Some of the male crew members were like, ‘That’s not something I needed to see, man,’ and then women were crossing their legs while watching it,” Blunt said. Sometimes, the horrors of childbirth are too much to bear, even to the creators of horror.

Photos via Emily Blunt on Stephen Colbert