Synopsis:A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.
Hush (2016) is an 87 minutes American horror thriller about a home invasion that will be released on Netflix on April 8, 2016. It is a low budget film that was set/filmed in one location with a small cast consisting of about five people but manages to stand out from many other home invasion movies. Director, editor and co-writer Mike Flanagan (Oculus (2013), Absentia (2011), Oculus: Chapter 3 - The Man with the Plan (2006), Ghosts of Hamilton Street (2003)) did an incredible job executing his strong script. The movie was a masterpiece as it terrifies the audience as it is unnerving to see the characters being messed with.
Hush revolves around Maddie (Kate Siegel - Oculus (2013), Dahlia The Curse of the Black Dahlia (2007), Steam (2007)) who cannot speak or hear after having bacterial meningitis when she was younger. Maddie is now a writer who writes thriller novels and lives in a secluded location. She does not want to deal with everyone and the world, so she secludes herself from everything by living far away from the majority of the population. Maddie has a cat whose name is Bitch and a few neighbors. Her neighbor Sarah (Samantha Sloyan - In the Key of Eli (2011), Plus One (2009), Area 407 (2012), Shamelove (2006)) tries to keep Maddie informed with what is going on in the world although Maddie does not like it.
Sarah was brutally murdered on her property one night by a man (John Gallagher Jr. - Short Term 12 (2013), 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), Pieces of April (2003), Jonah Hex (2010)) who soon after concluded that Maddie is his next victim. The man/killer/murderer realizes that Maddie cannot hear and decides to play a game with her so he can have fun while chasing his prey. Maddie is one handicap person he should not have messed with because she puts up a fight that he was not ready for because she is determined to live although she likes to be alone.
Kate Siegel gave an incredible performance as Maddie, and her performance was realistic as it was easy to believe that she was a handicapped person with keen senses. She did justice to her part in the movie which made the movie all the better to enjoy. All of the pain and situations Maddie/Kate endured appeared genuine as though it was happening to her in real life. I am looking forward to seeing more movies with Kate Siegel after viewing her excellent performance in Hush. I felt sorry and felt pain for Maddie as she struggles through her home invasion. I was appalled when I saw the killer taunting Maddie with Sarah’s corpse, unbelievable but it is those moments that makes the movie what it is. All of the departments did an excellent job putting Hush together. Hush is a home invasion movie that horror fans who love a good thrill should not miss.
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Writers: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel
Director: Mike Flanagan