Well… here we are! Let’s finish up Flanagan week with a little piece on his latest movie Hush, a home invasion movie about a deaf / mute chick who gets stalked by a serial killer. There are some really killer, noiseless sequences in this that made me really happy, no one makes stupid fucking mistakes, I believed in the characters and, honestly, there just wasn’t anything dumb about it. There are two parts towards the end that I especially enjoyed and, well, Flanagan is three for three in my book. If I had to gripe about anything it would be that most of the movie takes place at night either in the woods or a dark house so my old eyes couldn’t make out some of what was going but that’s my fault, not the team’s. No spoiler but I did have to watch it twice to see what happened in that bathtub. I mean, I watched it twice anyway because it was so good but I really had to concentrate on that one part. Good job, guys!!
Kind of like how I have to make my font bold these days to read my own posts…. I’m so old…
So that chick there is an author who moved out into the woods. She tells her friend she did it because “the city was too loud” but that’s a joke because she can’t hear shit. Anyway, she’s working on a new novel when something very cool happens that she doesn’t hear and then someone suddenly starts sending pictures of her sitting on her couch from outside her window – from her own phone. So that means someone had been in her house standing behind her while she didn’t know it. I’ve said it before, but I don’t really like home invasion movies mostly because I love my home and that’s my HQ and to think of someone in there defiling it makes me sad. So thinking about just sitting here typing this post up with some creep standing behind me, staring at me gives me the fucking willies. And yes, i’m talking about you, Itch.
Shortly after that, things get awesome and pretty wonderful up to the end. Like Gary said in his post, a TON of movies fall flat towards the end and this one doesn’t. It kept me engaged until the end credits started and THEN – just like in Absentia we talked about the other day, the music over the credits is wonderful! I was thinking, during this particular movie, that Flanagan had gone flat on the actual score this time around but they made up for it over the end scrolls.
I doubt a shit-ton of people will see this because it’s an indie horror and most people think indie horror stinks, but if they do, a lot of people will probably compare this to The Strangers. I guess that’s fair enough but, while I liked The Strangers OK, to me, it fucking failed at the end with this shit:
“WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO US???!??!?!?!?!”
“Because…” dramatic pause and head lean. “We can.”
Whatever – worst excuse in the History of Excuses. When this thing first came out, Gary was the only one who had posted a comment or two on the IMDB message boards. I looked today and there are many more comments – one of which went something like this:
“This movie sucks. What a F***KIN joke. Write by teens. Wuz the motivation for the killerk??? Fock off my life is ruinged!! I’ll nenenever watch movies again,,,,” grammar and syntax verbatim. Well – I hate assholes like that in general but here’s your answer: the guy’s a fucking serial killer who wants to hunt and kill some more people. Have a nice life fuckface.
I guess to wrap this up, I totally loved this thing. It has a couple of flaws but this really was my type of serious movie – I watched it twice and would watch it again if I could. I don’t understand how the team keeps going wrong with the movie posters for his movies but we could have done a lot better than that thing on the top. Great acting, great sequences, less talking, enjoyable ending – I totally dug it.
I’m back to New Smelly next week where I have NO time. Do you guys want me to post some of the old shit no one has ever read or do you prefer my silence?