Rating: 7 of 10
A tense, pulse-pounding game of cat-and-mouse in which there’s really no mouse.
Synopsis: “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.” (source)
My thoughts: A home invasion is scary enough. A deaf woman living alone in the middle of nowhere — the fear factor skyrockets. Fan-freaking-tastic! And that’s coming from someone who thought for sure they were at their limit for home invasion slashers. Then comes along HUSH with its perfect setting of a house in the woods, strong yet vulnerable protagonist (who named her cat Bitch), and a masked maniac with no discernible motive.
I will say, for the record, I was disappointed when I learned that Kate Siegel, who plays Maddie, isn’t deaf. I feel like the filmmakers missed an opportunity by not casting an actor with a real hearing-impairment.
(Watched on Netflix 4/21/2016)