Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Movie: Hush (2016)

I'm not much for home invasion movies, I tend to find them boring, BUT Hush kept me on the edge of my seat and I really enjoyed it...AND there's a fluffy white Persian kitty in the movie named "Bitch". Um YES! More kitties should act in horror movies. The basic premise is it's about a deaf and mute writer living in the woods and there's a masked killer that learns about her disability and wants her dead. It's no surprise that this is a very quiet movie, but the action speaks for itself. (See what I did there?)


Spoilers ahead (sort of)...

The first fifteen minutes set the tone for the rest of the movie. We find out how isolated Maddie is living in the woods and just how she lives with her condition. The killer comes in and steals her cell phone and then starts taking pictures of her without her knowing and messages them to her on her laptop. She freaks out and locks herself in the house ~ now she's a captive. He seems pretty smart, he kills her closest neighbor, steals her and her neighbor's cell phones, cuts the power and slashes her tires. He taunts Maddie and shows her Sarah, her dead friend through the window, in the hopes that she'll break. He even pretends to be the police when her neighbor's boyfriend comes by to check things out. She in turn sets off her car alarm to distract him, steals his crossbow, sprays him with wasp killer and sets off the house fire alarm that is extra loud and vibrates the whole house.


As a writer she runs through all the possible scenarios in her head of how to escape. In all of them she ends up dead, except for one. I won't tell you what that is, but it makes sense that she thinks this way.

There's lots of good realistic gore in the movie too. It's really well done!


Bitch Kitty survives! Yay! She's a Final Girl.

In retrospect, this whole killer situation could have been avoided if she had basic life tips:

A. She kept her cat inside. (Reasons why you should are here.) Even her neighbor is concerned that she leaves her cat outside and asks her about it! Her door wouldn't be open if the kitty was inside.

B. Call me paranoid BUT she has tons of bare windows and really needs to have curtains and keep them drawn at night. If she did, the killer might not know that she was even home.

C. Keep your doors locked when you're home alone at night in the middle of nowhere! He would have never stolen her phone if he couldn't get in the house. Duh.

D. Don't sit with your back to an open window or door, it's bad feng shui (or something like that).

Also I knew I never wanted to live in the country, that's where aliens land and home invasions happen. ;)

Trailer


Side tangent...If you like the suspense of no sound in horror movies, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode where everyone lost their voice was also called "Hush" and is definitely quiet. The Gentlemen Demons in the episode are always rated in the top three scariest monsters on BtVS.


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