I’ve seen hundreds of horror movies throughout my life, so I’d like to think that it takes a lot to impress me at this point. I’m pretty familiar with the common tropes, so I was thrilled to find a movie recently that just sucked me in with its originality: Hush. This one is my pick for Day 4 of 31 Days of Halloween.
IMDB’s Description: “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.”
This movie was absolutely fascinating. It was the first horror movie I’d ever seen where things were almost always eerily silent (and yes, this one came out before “A Quiet Place.”) The film is shot in the style where we’re closely following the protagonist, Maddie who is deaf. Because of this, almost everything is silent. In fact, there’s about 70 minutes without a single word of dialogue (plus about 15 minutes with dialogue as other characters enter the scenes). This one is a complete rush of adrenaline as we watch Maddie’s silent struggle for survival. She’s obviously a character you want to root for, but the odds are definitely stacked against her.