Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hush Movie Review

Hush Movie Review

Director: Mike Flanagan

Writers: Mike Flanagan and Kate Siegel

Starring: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, Emma Graves

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.

Review: In a genre that is now reduced to cheap pops to scare audiences rather than tell an actually story, Hush is a nice break from the current day horror movie stereotypes.  The reality of the situation that takes place during Hush is both bone chilling and terrifying, even more so because this movie could absolutely happen in real life. Maddie, played by co-writer Kate Siegel, is a deaf writer who is living on her own in the woods working on finishing her next book.  John Gallagher Jr, who plays the killer, gives a great performance as a man with no other goal then to slowly destroy his victims.

The simplicity of this movie is what makes it work so well. While this is a story that has been told several times, Flanagan structured the movie perfectly for the audience to feel exactly what Maddie is going through. It is very cat and mouse, but getting to see how Maddie plans her next move really is the most relatable part of the film. The scene where Maddie has to decide her next move literally puts the audience in her head, she knows she can’t run, but if she tries to hide she wont make it. Knowing that flight is not an option, Maddie realizes she must fight to survive this.  She is going to have to kill this man before he kills her if she wants to survive.

I’m not sure who’s idea it was, but kudos to who ever decided not to give the killer a name. With a story so realistic, what is scarier than leaving the villain as a mystery? He could be anyone. Also, the soundtrack, or lack there of sometimes, made this movie. I’m a sucker for a good soundtrack, but being a movie that revolves around a deaf character, taking out the loud sound effects really contributed to this movie. The suspense in the silence did more for the movie than any soundtrack ever could have.

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1 comment:

  1. Nice review. I agree about the great use of silence in this one.

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