Director: Mike Flanagan, Writers: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel, Stars: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Trucco |
I have scrolled past Hush several times on my Netflix streaming menu. It just did not jump out at me. But after hearing several friends praise the shocker, I decided to give it a try. I was more than pleasantly surprised. Expecting a twist on The Strangers and Hostel, I got something that vaguely resembled that mash-up but was much more.
Maddie (played by Kate Siegel) is a deaf writer who lives in a very secluded spot in the woods. After her close friends and only neighbors are viciously slaughtered by a masked maniac (John Gallagher Jr., in a very surprising performance) Maddie becomes the killer’s target and a senses-deprived game of cat and mouse develops.
Now, full disclosure… I am not a huge fan of director Mike Flanagan’s previous work. I expected a very by the numbers slasher flick but when the enigmatic killer removes his mask, things get very different and deep. The whole dynamic of the picture changes, and you get to know the killer in a way that makes the premise much more frightening.
This movie is very stylish, does some very out of the box things, plot wise, and Siegel and Gallagher turn in marvelous performances. There are no clichés, no formulas, no moments of disbelief. Nothing for you to scoff at or roll your eyes. It’s tense, well-written, well-shot and well-acted.
Hush is a winner. I can’t wait to see more from everyone involved.