Today's Film Friday post is one for the horror lovers out there.
A few days ago I watched Hush. If you haven't heard of it, don't fret. Neither had I. As it turns out it's pretty new.
It debuted in March at South by Southwest and was released by Netflix on April 8.
It caught my eye because it stars John Gallagher Jr (who you may have read me talking about in my review of 10 Cloverfield Lane recently).
The movie follows a reclusive young author, Maggie (Kate Siegel) who lost her hearing and voice as a teenager due to meningitis.
Let's think about that, a deaf and mute victim. Did I mentioned this is a home invasion movie? Yeah. Definitely a concept I haven't seen done before.
Home invasion flicks are pretty ubiquitous in the horror genre these days but add an intelligent but hearing and speech impaired young woman and we add a whole new set of issues and possibilities to the mix.
Hush is a great example of the cat and mouse concept with the mouse getting the upper hand more than once along the way.
If you're not one for a tense atmosphere, I wouldn't risk this one. I was basically on edge for the entire film.
The action begins pretty early on when we see Maggie's neighbour (Samantha Sloyan) being brutally stabbed outside after failing to get Maggie's attention and in turn her help.
The unknown masked killer is soon playing with Maggie's head by sending pictures of herself to her laptop, letting it be known he's watching.
Things are already pretty tense but things escalate even further and the stakes stay high basically until the last possible moment.
I've seen more than my fair share of these types of films and I enjoy them in general but rarely do I see one that I can honestly recommend with any guarantee of quality, but if you like a good atmospheric real world situation horror/slasher film, this is well worth a watch.