Cert: 15 Runtime: 81 mins Director: Mike Flanagan Cast: Kate Seigel, John Gallagher Jr, Michael Trucco and Samantha Sloyan
When you wish you’re dead… that’s when I’ll come inside
Everything that falls under the Horror label has a reason for being frightening. Usually, it’s derived from basic human fears which in most cases relate directly to survival instincts. Hush’s main story line deals, obviously, with Home Invasion, but aside from that it deals with the loss of senses. Usually, as we’ve all seen and read in Horror films and stories, the sense of sight is the one focused on. This time – a film has set out to show us just how scary the loss of hearing could be, and has done a wonderful job! What is Hush about? The story is quite simple. Maddie (Kate Siegel) is a deaf writer living on her own, with very little human interactions, mostly her friend and neighbour Sarah (Samantha Sloyan) and her sister Max (Emilia Graves, with whom she chats online). There are also references to an ex boyfriend by name of Craig. One night, out of nowhere, a killer (John Gallagher Jr.) arrives at her doorstep with the sole intention of toying with her, and finally killing her.
The acting is very impressive, especially Gallagher as a profoundly creepy and unnerving killer, and Siegel as a deaf woman fighting for her life. However, the greatest feature is by far the direction (Mike Flanagan). The focus on certain sounds to emphasize Maddie’s deafness, the cutting of all audio in certain scenes to show things from her point of view (or more appropriately hearing), the wonderful use of a single location in the project – all have added value making this good film great.Hush is not a masterpiece, especially because of the over-simplified plot and lack of any twists or actual turning points. A smarter story, with half the thought shown to given by Maddie to her books’ endings, would have really made the film exquisite. However, even with the story as it is, Hush is suspenseful, authentic, relatable and on in all manners fun and rewarding.