A photo play in exquisite evil! Hush, evils version of “cat and mouse”
With great anticipation, I have waited to see this film! I dodged reading reviews and conversations with colleagues. The unadulterated perspective was a must! In laying out the groundwork, we are brought into a world where a blind (and mute) woman, Maddie (played magnificently by Kate Siegel) has chosen to seek privacy amidst the thick wooded landscape.
We learn this escape was needed in order to finish a book she has been writing. As any great horror story goes, life seems perfect. A friend drops by, some friendly exchanges on several topics. But when that friend leaves and dishes are to be done, the sun sets on all things good and happy. The nightfall is about to bring a very very evil man to Maddie’s back door! Very quickly the “man” is introduced by a brilliant scene in which the friend is brutally executed just inches from Maddie, against her back door. Due to Maddie being deaf, She is unaware of the carnage taking place behind her! Quickly the story evolves into an intense situation of survival for Maddie! She is trapped and he is waiting for her to come out! When desperation hit is all time high, the savvy insertion of hearing (audience) Maddie’s inner voice kept the pulse rate brisk! So many of us naturally watch a movie and think “they/he/she should do this” or several people actually say those same sentiments to the tv directly! I appreciated how that “inner voice” was stating what we , the audience, were most likely thinking or saying! And when you think you know, trust me, you don’t! And it’s not just a one trick pony, it delivers a false sense of security a couple of time!
I loved this film! It was the right amount of everything! Environmental isolation, brilliant character impairment, that too, isolated the victim on a physical level as well. John Gallagher Jr executed his antagonizer role with command! The mask he wore was blank in expression but his ability to remove the mask and maintain that same level of barren regard for his actions, was impactful!
I truly enjoyed this! And next week, Director, Mike Flanagan answers more questions about this exquisite evil he named “Hush”.
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