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‘Hush’ thrills even horror vets

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Written by Kayla Stroud, Web Editor

After receiving critical success with his surprisingly-enjoyable mainstream attempt with “Oculus” (2014), director Mike Flanagan returns with “Hush.” Last month, it premiered to a packed house at the SXSW Film Festival but as of April 8, the film can be found on Netflix.

“Hush” follows Maddie (Kate Siegel), a young women who went deaf as a young teen. She locks herself in her secluded home away from the busy city life as she finishes completing her writing for her upcoming novel. Also mute, Maddie is completely cut away from all communications from the outside world with only a distant neighbor to keep her company. This makes her the perfect target for a masked man (John Gallagher Jr.) with devious intentions.

Much like “The Strangers” (2008), the attack is random making Maddie’s situation all the more sinister.

“Hush” follows a simple concept. There are very few frills and none of the overplayed horror jump scare tactic included in this film.

As a huge horror fan, I’m rarely surprised with what the genre churns out. From demonic car tires, to rabid gingerbread men running amuck, to possessed refrigerator; I’ve seen just about all the genre has to offer.

However, as someone who’s personally experienced the horror of someone breaking into their home, there is no subsection of horror film that will always have my heart racing more than home invasion thrillers.

This film is well worth the 81 minutes. I would definitely suggest you give it a shot.

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