Cast: Kate Siegel as Maddie, Michael Trucco as John, Emma Graves as Max, Samantha Sloyan as Sarah, John Gallagher, Jr. as Man
Synopsis: A deaf writer is terrorized by a psychotic masked killer in her isolated cabin.
Wow. Two Kate Siegels in a week! The first Kate Siegel from last week’s review of “Mother, Can You Not?”. Now this week, we spend time with another Kate Siegel in the new movie “Hush”. And I happened to like both Kates. “Hush” takes place entirely in and around Maddie’s cabin. Initially, it’s a comfortable place. It has everything that Maddie needs and wants, including her computer. The portal to the world Of course, it does not stay that way for very long. I should start watching more Netflix original series and movies. Anyway, on to the review…
There are only 5 characters in this entire movie–2 main characters and 3 supporting ones. All of the characters did a great job in their roles. But Kate Siegel was the star of the show, both literally and figuratively. Hers is probably one of the best performances I’ve ever seen in a horror film. Maddie was such a survivor. She was tough, smart and fairly quick. I’d like to see her in other parts in the future. John Gallagher is the crazed killer. He did a good job overall with his character, but he got kind of annoying towards the end. I think the fact that we know practically nothing about him makes him even scarier. He’s a psycho, and Maddie is his victim. And that is all we know. Maybe that’s all we need.
“Hush” takes on a premise that is kinda similar to the first “Purge” movie. Both movies takes place completely inside of the person’s home. It’s a pretty unique premise because there’s nowhere to run or hide. This is what make work so well. It’s a terrifying cat-and-mouse race that is entertaining to watch….for the most part. Towards the end, it got a little infuriating though. After a certain amount of time, you just want the killer to leave Maddie alone.
Despite a few minor problems, I really liked “Hush”. Mike Flanagan directed a thrilling, intense story of survival. It was a simple yet entertaining ride. It is streaming on Netflix right now. Go watch it, but not alone. I’d give it a 8 out of 10.