Directed by Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Before I Wake), Hush is a 2016 horror movie. Maddie (Kate Siegel, who also wrote the screenplay) is a deaf mute, living alone in the woods as she works on her next novel. When The Man (John Gallagher, Jr.) attempts a break in, he soon learns of Maddie’s condition, and sets about to torment her. What follows is a terrifying game of cat and mouse as Maddie attempts to survive against a killer she will never hear coming.
+ Kate Siegel is Maddie, a deaf-mute author living in isolation in the woods. Because Siegel doesn’t speak, it is instead her facial expressions which make it so easy to get behind her character
+ The Man (John Gallagher, Jr.)’s mask is very plain, which is what makes it so scary, but the way he messes with Maddie is absolutely terrifying. Once he is allowed
+ due to Maddie’s being deaf, the film has long sequences of no dialogue (and sometimes silence altogether). The music in these parts is dramatic and really helps build up the tension
+ a few little twists and turns are unexpected, and really keep things interesting right until the end
– converse to the long silent scenes, when there is sound is is often ear-drum burstingly loud (but if you turn the volume down, you can’t hear any speech). It’s a pet hate
Should you see this film: From the Netflix preview image, I expected a sort of ‘The Strangers‘ rip-off, but this was not like that at all. This was tense, bloody and realistically quite scary, and overall definitely worth a watch.