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‘Hush’… Silence can be killer

PHOTO PROVIDED The movie poster for “Hush” is shown.

For my throwback review this week, I decided upon reviewing one of my most-watched movies on Netflix: Mike Flanagan’s 2016 film titled “Hush.”

“Hush” is a psychological thriller that has me on the edge of my seat every time that I watch it. While this film may lack in quantity, starring a small cast composed of Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Samantha Sloyan, and Michael Trucco, it surely does not lack in quality.

The film begins focusing on the main character, Maddie (Kate Siegel), who is a young woman living in the middle of the woods by herself. Not off to a bad start, considering this is a thriller movie! Within the walls of her cabin home, she is seen working on her latest publication, awaiting inspiration to strike.

After contracting a bacterial infection when she was in her teenage years, Maddie lost the ability to both hear and speak. Although she cannot communicate verbally, she uses her writing to communicate nonverbally with the people who adore her work.

Maddie lives close by her neighbors, Sarah (Samantha Sloyan) and John (Michael Trucco), who are huge fans of her novels.

On her way over to return a copy of Maddie’s latest book, Sarah is attacked by a masked individual with both a crossbow and a knife who eventually stabs her to death. Sarah screams for help as she is being attacked but goes unnoticed by Maddie as she continues to work on her book.

The masked individual, played by John Gallagher Jr., is confused as to why Sarah’s screams do not catch the attention of Maddie. He makes loud noises that confirm his suspicions about Maddie’s ability to hear, alas, he may be able to get away with what crime he has just committed.

After watching Maddie for a while, the man with the mask decides that she would be an easy target for his next killing… or so he thinks.

The man with a mask sneaks into Maddie’s house without her being able to hear his every move and is able to steal her phone so that she cannot call for help. He sends her pictures of herself that are forwarded to her laptop and she knows immediately what she has to do.

She locks every door in her house and is on the lookout until she is able to see the coward that is targeting her. In an attempt to call the police from her laptop, the masked man shuts Maddie’s power off, making it easier for him to sneak up on her, however sneaking up on her may be harder than he thinks.

The rest of the film displays the back and forth battle of Maddie trying to escape from the man in the mask’s grasp and the ending is sure to live up to your standards.

This 1 hour and 27-minute film is ideal for any thriller movie lover who dislikes lots of dialogue within their movies. This film contains 15 minutes of dialogue. The other 70 minutes without a single word spoken are jam-packed with action that you will not want to miss.

Hush is rated R for strong violence and terror as well as foul language. It has scored a

93% on Rotten Tomatoes and is available for viewing on Netflix.

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Avery Heverly is a staff writer for The Express.

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