Mike Flanagan, the director of Oculus, has a new horror film coming to Netflix just next month. Hush is a feature that debuted at SXSW this past weekend. The film is about a deaf woman who is being taunted and hunted down by a psychotic killer. Hush stars John Gallagher Jr., Katie Siegel, Michael Trucco, and Samantha Sloyan.
Check out the trailer:
When I first heard about this film I was intrigued. I've never seen a horror from this perspective before. To have the main character and protagonist be deaf is extremely bold, and I'm very excited to see how it plays out. Will we be watching the movie play out with sound? Or will we experience the film in the main character's shoes without sound?
I see the film going one of two ways. I see it either playing out like The Strangers, except the audience is fully aware that the protagonist cannot hear; or I see the movie playing out in a creepy silent way with blurts of sound to catch the audience off guard.
I have two concerns, however, with how the film could play out: If it's like The Strangers then what differentiates it from any other home invasion horror film? Or is the audience literally just tortured by the fact that we know the main character is deaf? This will definitely engage the audience and make us feel for the character, but it might get a little tired after a while.
Now, if the film plays out almost as a silent film, then how will we as an audience be terrified? One of horror's strongest tactics is the sound design. Some sound design carries the film completely. For example, all the insidious films have such intense sound and music production that the audience is terrified by that alone. Some people have complained that they wouldn't be afraid of the Insidious films if it weren't for the music or extremely loud jump scares.
All in all, I'm extremely excited to see what Flanagan does this time around. I'm sure that the way the film is be set up and played out will be very interesting. Who knows, Flanagan might just knock us all off our feet this time around with Hush. Be sure to catch Hush on Netflix April 8th.