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"Hush" Review

 Just finished watching Mike Flanigan's Midnight Mass series on Netflix and in reading about the production discovered that while he was trying to develop it into a novel or film, he had made it a book within the movie Hush, which starred and was co-written by his wife Kate Siegel, who stars in his projects. Despite not currently available to stream anywhere, I *obtained* a copy to check out.

 Siegel stars as Maddie, a deaf-mute author who lives alone in a rural wooded area. One night a mysterious masked man (John Gallagher Jr.) lays siege to her home, cutting her power & taking her cellphone, isolating her from contacting anyone. Armed with a crossbow, she can't just outrun him, so how will she survive?

That's pretty much it. Who is this stalker? Don't know. Why is he targeting her? Looks like mere chance as he was chasing his previous victim to her door. It's a lean story set in one house which probably made horror producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse fame eager to greenlight the project other than it being mostly a night shoot.

 Seigel is effective especially considering she doesn't have any dialog other than one scene where her interior monologue is dramatized; she communicates solely through sign language. Gallagher is adequate in a one-note role and fans of Midnight Mass will enjoy brief appearances of Michael Trucco and Samatha Sloyan as Maddie's neighbors. The direction is taut and atmospheric considering the limited room to work.

Score: 7/10. Catch it on cable. (Not on available on any streaming service at the moment, however it appears someone posted it on the tube of you site. Ahem.)


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