Hush (2016)

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Written by: Mike Flanagan and Kate Siegel
Directed by: Mike Flanagan
Starring: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, and 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 in her window.
Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) was diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis at the age of 13, causing her to suffer hearing loss and vocal paralysis. Complications from surgery made her loss of hearing and inability to speak permanent. But Maddie didn’t let that get in her way. Now an adult, living the single life with her cat, she became a published author with her book Midnight Mass, and is in the process of finishing up her latest book, Sweetwater, if only she can come up with a good ending. She’s dealing with a writer’s dilemma, she can’t decide which ending she wants to use out of the many ideas that have come to her. But that is the least of her worries, as she has failed to notice a masked man staring at her from outside her door, looking to make her his latest victim. The killer (played by John Gallagher Jr.) is cold and calculating, as he learns of Maddie’s disability, he uses this to his advantage to torment her, taking his time before going in for the kill, stalking his prey with sadistic amusement. Like a cat toying with a mouse before tearing it to shreds. Maddie’s once tranquil solitary lifestyle becomes a haunting nightmare as she realizes her life is being threatened. The question soon becomes will Maddie allow herself to be a victim or will she fight back with all that she’s got?
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It’s a straightforward concept, deaf/mute woman living alone is terrorized by a sadistic killer, and it’s terrifyingly brilliant. Writers Mike Flanagan and Kate Siegel (who plays Maddie) create a story with loads of suspense. Taking place entirely at Maddie’s home, it’s a testament to the great storytelling and entertaining atmosphere this movie creates as there’s never a dull moment. It’s one of those movies that will get you talking back to the screen wanting to help Maddie get out of the dire situation she finds herself in, as danger lurks at every corner, hopelessness grows stronger, and the tightening grip of death moves in closer and closer.
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Reminiscent of a classic film from 1967 called Wait Until Dark which starred Audrey Hepburn (as a blind woman being tormented in her home by a group of thugs), it’s no surprise that Flanagan and Siegel are both big fans of Wait Until Dark, and were influenced by it. And from that inspiration the concept for Hush was born, a well crafted, well told, awesome horror thriller with a claustrophobic feel that brings the suspense and tension.
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