Netflix Buys Indie Horror Film; “Hush”
Netflix Streaming “Hush” April 2016
Hush Film Details
Director: Mike Flanagan
Writers: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel
Release Date: April 8, 2016
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“Hush” is soon to premier at SXSW in Austin before launching on Netflix on April 8, 2016. “Hush” is a micro-budget horror, thriller by director Mike Flanagan and produced by Intrepid Pictures and Blumhouse Productions. You’ve also seen Flanagan’s work in “Oculus”, “Abstentia”, and “Before I Wake”. Joining Flanagan as co-writer and actor is Kate Siegel. You’ve seen her in “Oculus”, “The Curse of the Black Dahlia”, and “Ghost Whisperer”.
The synopsis of “Hush” is
“..a deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home.”
The trailer for “Hush” is very intense. It starts off subtle then ends with a bang. A peaceful, relaxing evening turns in to a fight for survival as this woman is forced into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. She can’t hear, she can’t speak, and she’s all alone. Her secluded home is isolated deep in the woods, so she’s pretty much stranded with no outside help. The masked killer proceeds to stalk and harass her with sadistic mind games.
“Hush” pays homage to films like “The Strangers” from director Bryan Bertino. We see a couple being invaded in their isolated vacation home by three masked killers who pursue the happy couple by stalking and harassing them. Also, “Vacancy”, the horror, thriller from director Nimrod Antal. A young couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They realize that, unless they escape, they’ll be the next victims of a snuff film. We can even go back a bit and mention “Funny Games”, a thriller from director Michael Haneke. A family is invaded and taken hostage in their vacation home by two psychotic young men, who forces them to play sadistic games with one another for their enjoyment.
We’ve seen quite a few of these films, where unsuspecting, innocent people get themselves caught up in a deadly fight for survival. “Hush” takes a different approach, whereas the victim is deaf, mute, isolated, and completely alone. But that doesn’t mean she is completely helpless. The trailer suspects she has some fight in her.
John Ghallagher Jr (“10 Cloverfield Lane”, “Jonah Hex”)
Michael Trucco (“The Librarians”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “Battlestar Galactica: The Plan”)
Samantha Sloyan (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “Criminal Minds”, “Area 407”)
Looks like “Hush” will certainly be a winner. It’s already achieved a 9.1 out of 10 on IMDb, and great reviews from top critics.
“Hush” will premiere at SXSW, and then will launch on Netflix on April 8, 2016.