Director: Mike Flanagan
Writers: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel
Cast: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco
Maddie, a deaf and mute writer, lives peacefully alone in the woods. Some masked killer appears at her house. Now she must fight for her life without any backup, whatsoever.
Silence can be killer
In most films, they use music to raise the suspense. This one is rather scary because of the opposite. Having a deaf character who is not able to hear the steps of a crazy man is terrifying. It definitely works in the movie advantage.
There is still some soundtrack in this movie, but that is not what it is about. The disadvantage of Maddie has is crucial at that moment.
I’m going to give away something from my personal life. I actually have a deaf sister (Not mute). They actually approached some specific characteristics that deaf people typically do.
For example, you had a fire alarm, which is a real thing for deaf people. The movie succeeds in giving us answers to some questions we have about them. Another one is that my own sister calls a lot. Many people would wonder how she does that? The answer is simple: facetime!
Her sense of feeling things is better than another regular person. Some scenes brilliantly show how she uses that to her advantage.
They are all small details, but I love it when a movie does their research!
Maddie has to fight for herself
Kate Siegel conveys to us of her vulnerability by the first sight of the masked killer. As the movie progresses, she becomes more determined to beat this intruder.
The man does not want to kill Maddie immediately. Instead, he prefers to take his time and torture her emotionally wise. He can enter the house any time he wants.
If I were Maddie, I would keep a kitchen knife the entire time. I felt annoyed when she was not equipped with at least some weapons. Sometimes, she just leaves a knife behind, and this gets under my skin. I do not understand why you would do that. But then again, this is a horror movie.
The strength of this movie is Kate Siegel’s performance. She has this fearful look in her eyes that persuades us. We feel trapped and afraid by connecting with her emotions through the screen.
Hush is underrated. The silent approach is an addition to its experience. Small films can be good too! Give us a location, a few actors, and some thrilling scenes, and we are set to go!