STOXXI'S CORNER: Hush
Genre: Psychological, Horror
Director: Mike Flanagan
Writer: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel
Star actors: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, Emilia Graves
Hush has been garnering praise left and right from all sorts of horror movie critics and fans. The thriller and home invasion flick has apparently been terrifying everyone and anyone who has come across it. However, it's time for a return from STOXXI, that's Steve and Roxxi, to put this movie down. We both watched it and, by chance, we got into conversation about it after discussing another equally terrible horror film (which will see the light of day in another episode later on down the path). This following conversation started mid-way between STOXXI banter and is presented in full as it was said on the morning of April 23rd.
Roxxi: Did you watch that new movie, Hush? The one with the blind woman?
Steve: I actually just watched that a few hours ago.
Roxxi: How fucking terrible is that piece of shit?
Steve: Kate Siegel was amazing. The ten or whatever minutes of introduction was fucking fantastic. The mask and get up the Man had on was creepy. But later on he took off the mask. And then he became a little fucking pussy. The movie worsened as it went.
Roxxi: YES. I was so into it at first. I was like, "Ok, he's creepy, she's troubled, her friend's being GUTTED RIGHT BEHIND HER AND SHE'S CLEANING HER FUCKING OVEN. WHAT A CONCEPT. But then it just became a gimmick. They started off giving some genuine respect to her being deaf. Then they were like, "Well, we took it seriously, now let's make her superhuman, climb rooftops, and shoot arrows and shit." I am still sad about the scene where she threw the flashlight and the killer chased after it because if she hid, he would have thought she escaped. But, instead she does this huge gance on the roof and he sees her. Like, bitch, you are deaf, can't you tell if he can see you?
Steve: You know what part pissed me off? The part with John. That little fucking pretty boy. He comes over and he's like, "Oh, yea, this guy definitely killed my girlfriend and I can easily knock him out in two punches. But, let me play friendly with him and try and knock him out with a rock instead." The guy was a god damned idiot. Too noticeable of an idiot. The scene was painful to watch.
Roxxi: And the worst part about that was that John is played by Michael Trucco who also plays Sam from Battlestar Galactica. I thought, "Oh, Sam's here, it's gonna get real!" And then he was just like: *smiles* "There's a key over there!" *smiles* "Go get it!" *smiles* "Haha!" *smiles*
Steve: And then he gets throat fucked by a knife.
Roxxi: It was just a mess. I did like the scene where Maddie decides to die fighting and types out the killer's description on the laptop. I thought that was a surprisingly strong scene, especially how she had the scenarios in her head where she was trying to figure out the outcomes.
Steve: Yea, as I said, it wasn't the lead woman who was in the wrong in that film; every part with her in it was played with passion. She was an awesome character. And, yea, I was just about to mention that bit about her coming up with all the ways to get out of her situation. That was well done too. But the villain was so, so underplayed. They could have used someone else who actually looked intimidating or psychotic.
Roxxi: The mask was great. When he was silent it was great. But then he was some redneck who had not reason to be there. We never know why he was invading this house in the middle of nowhere with a crossbow.
Steve: At first I was thinking, "Oh, it's Craig, Maddie's ex." But then I remembered Craig was black on Facetime or whatever she was using. And that was a plot that was undeveloped. But, yea, random killer just shows up and tortures someone for no reason. That worked in The Strangers because they kept their identities anonymous. This one didn't. Because it's like the killer wanted to be known. Not just terrorize. And letting your victims know who you are is usually personal.
Roxxi: At first it wasn't, she said she hadn't seen his face so he could leave. Then he shows her his face and now he has to kill her. But nothing happened with that. And, yeah,the whole boyfriend storyline went nowhere; a lot of stuff was set up and went nowhere.
Also I get that they were trying to show how a blind woman might live with sign language conversations, but it doesn't translate to an entertaining film experience when you're watching two people talk in sign language for twenty minutes
If it were a drama I might feel like I was involved in the frustration they might feel, but in a horror it was just a yawnfest.
Steve: I will admit the blood and gore was pulled off well. There wasn't much but when it happened, I was thought, "Ouch."
Roxxi: It was alright but thankfully it wasn't BADLY done.
Steve: What would you give it? I'd probably give it a 5 out of 10. And that's because the lead actress did so well for her role in all honesty. It was everything else that sucked.
Roxxi: A four and a half? The entire movie was based on the gimmick of her being deaf. It's tacky and while her character was given a nice amount of strength, the rest of the movie was a mess. Ten stars for the cat being named Bitch, though.
And there you have it. Add four and a half and five, divide by two, you get four and three quarters out of ten. Sadly, we don't have that score on Brutal, so we'll just round up and give it a five out of ten. Until next time! Don't watch this movie.
May 12 2016
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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