a/perture cinema, the Official Movie Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents The Less Desirables Movie of the Week, Hush (2016), starring Katie Siegel and John Gallagher, Jr.
Per IMDb: “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 at her window.”
Maddie Young (Siegel) is a deaf writer who is working on her second novel while living in semi-seclusion. She’s having trouble figuring out where to take it or how to end it. She has seven files for the ending on her Mac. Her friend and neighbor, Sarah, really liked her first book and can’t wait for the second. All of a sudden, the smoke alarm goes off. The dinner that Maddie was unsuccessfully creating was over cooking. Sarah alerts Maddie to the fact and they go into the kitchen where there’s a ridiculously loud alarm and flashing strobe light. Maddie explains that it has to be loud for her to hear the vibrations if she’s asleep.
After Sarah leaves, Maddie starts to clean up. All of a sudden, Sarah appears at her back French doors beating it and screaming at Maddie to help her. Suddenly, an arrow is launched into Sarah’s back. She turns and a masked man comes up to her and stabs her, no less than eight or nine times. Maddie hears none of this. The killer stands, staring at Maddie through the window. She doesn’t see him. He taps on the door, nothing. Hits it harder, nothing. He drags Sarah off the back porch. Moments later, he shows up, lets himself in and grabs her phone. He then goes back outside. He’s ready to play with her. How will she handle herself? Does she suffer the same fate as her friend Sarah? You’ll have to watch to find out.
The screenplay was written by the director, Mike Flanagan, and the star, Katie Siegel. I think her having a part in the screenplay enabled her to feel what was going through the character’s mind throughout this ordeal. It all happened at night and the lighting wasn’t very good, so it was hard to see everything going on. But, it was a very suspenseful film. Creepy, in fact. I think there were some plot holes but the plausibility was still there. It was hard not to say to the TV, don’t you hear him right there? when the answer was, of course, no. She’s deaf. There’s really not a lot to tell you about the film other than it was mostly edge-of-the-seat suspense. Was it a great film? No. Was it a good film? Yes.
It made it’s world premier at South By Southwest in March of 2016. By April, 2016, Netflix announced it had acquired worldwide distribution rights. Rotten Tomatoes has it rated at an astonishing 94% Fresh with an Audience score of only 74%. IMDb has it at 6.6 stars out of 10. I, of course, saw it on Netflix and rate it a 4 stars out of 5. Have you seen it? What did you think? What would like to hear/read me review?
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