There is no set manner of arousing fear. From creepy shadows to eerie backwood sounds, terror can be found everywhere. And for Mike Flanagan, that’s not an unfamiliar practice. Having written and directed over five feature films during the course of his relatively nascent career, the prolific director has set his eyes on a new source of fear. Instead of focusing on the paranormal— which all of his previous films have done — Flanagan is instead aiming to make you jump in your seat with the fear of home invasion.
In what will already be his third feature of the year, the adrenaline-inducing director has set his eyes upon making you fear not what you see or hear, but rather what you don’t. “Hush” tells the story of Maddie Young (Kate Siegel), a deaf young woman who has secluded herself in the woods after having lost her hearing as a teenager. The isolated author has since retreated from society, living in utter silent isolation.
But that fragile world is set to be dismantled as Maddie begins to be terrorized by a masked psychotic killer. Without a living soul for miles, and no form of communication, the timid writer must find a way to not only beat the killer at his own game, but also learn to overcome her physical and psychological limits and adapt in she’s to survive the abyss of the night.
Catch the skin-crawling trailer above before the film’s SXSW world premiere on March 12. But if you can’t make it to Austin, you can drop by Netflix come April 8 to watch the heart-pounding film.