Hush is a horror, thriller, suspense movie that was released April 8,2016. It was co-written by Mike Flanagan, also the director, and Kate Siegel, who played the main character, Maddie Young. It is possible that Flanagan’s fandom for Steven King’s novels may be a factor in his work with Hush as the book Mr. Mercedes can be glimpsed in a scene.
The movie revolves around Maddie (Seigel) who at age 13 developed bacterial meningitis and as a result developed vocal paralysis and became Deaf. The movie explores the situation behind her being under attack by an unknown serial killer. When the killer sees her he believes that she will be easy prey. Critics assist this theory by calling the movie a “suspenseful cat & mouse thriller” ().
Maddie is displayed to be a helpless woman not only by the limited dialog but also in the style of filming that was used. When Maddie is talking with her sister, Max, and she says that she should move home, because she is worried about her being all alone”. That leads the audience to think that Maddie has a hard time living on her own. Also in the way that Maddie is in high-angle shots or even the bird’s eye shot with the man behind her, it gives the viewer a sense that she is helpless. However, it can be seen that she is not helpless in the way that she handles the situation and has the courage to turn the tide on her attacker. This shows the audience that Deaf or not she did what it took to survive.
While there is few example of true Deaf culture, Hush, however, does a poor job of showing true good examples of Deaf culture. One of the good examples is Maddie’s self-determination. The fact that she grew up in the city while she chats with her sister. She shows her self-determination by...
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...ty beforehand to better understand Deaf culture. The Deaf community is a collectivist society in the way that they work together and support each other. However, this depiction shows that Maddie lives alone and the word ‘isolated’ shows up many times in the movie implying that she is isolated.
This film does show that she is able to live on her own and that she struggles with the same things that any hearing person would. However, the fact that Maddie was oblivious to her friend, banging on the door or not, doesn’t sit well. It can be seen out in the Deaf community that there is a better range of vision and it is hard to believe that she would have missed her friends light colored clothing on the dark night background, or even the blood on her deck or door. This seems like a definite want of the writers to add suspense to the film and that being its only purpose.
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