31 Days of Horror: Hush

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A woman terrorized by a psycho killer while home alone is a pretty classic horror movie trope. Home invasion thrillers have been done & redone so many times that I find most of them boring. Hush offers the same trope, but a fresh perspective. The woman being terrorized is deaf & mute & several of the scenes are filmed from her perspective. In other words, pure silence.

Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) lives a life of seclusion & isolation. Living in a house in the middle of the woods, her only neighbors, Sarah & John, live miles away. When both Sarah & John are brutally murdered by the man in a mask outside her house, Maddie is forced into trying to keep the man out of her home & to survive.

What freaked me out the most about this movie are the scenes where we get a glimpse into Maddie’s world & her fight for survival. The scenes are in complete silence, which leads to some of the most intense & nail biting moments throughout the film. Kate Siegel plays the role brilliantly, which helps break away from the cliche home invasion, woman in distress role.

Hush is a well acted, nail biting thriller with plenty of jump scares to keep you on the edge of your seat. Mike Flanagan directed & wrote the screenplay for the film…he also directed Haunting of Hill House, which I recommended in my #31DaysofOctober post, as well as the next movie on the list, Gerald’s Game.

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