Movie night – Hush (2016)

…………….SO I’M ON A ROLL and I’m gonna post 2 entries in one day 😂😂

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Without further ado,

Hush is a home invasion thriller set in a (typical) cute cottage that is practically see-through with lots of big windows, no electrical alarm or grills to protect the people inside from the creepy wilds outside. As in all home invasion flicks like When A Stranger Calls, I Spit on Your Grave, The Strangers and You’re Next, there are only two sides. The Owner and the Invader. The others didn’t matter. They’re just props 😎 That’s being said, the director tried different premise, the owner is a deaf and mute woman who is a published writer staying in the cottage in the middle of the woods, and the nearest neighbour is 5min walk distance. Of course, writers seemed to be the most suitable profession to alienate themselves and then gets chosen by the opportunist invader. The invaders can give them random silent phone calls, or cuts the power supply, or throw stuff at their windows and make weird creepy noises to scare them. However in this case, how do someone gets the attention of a deaf and mute person that they’re gonna be his next victim? It gets tense 10 minutes in and very interesting indeed. It’s terrifying to watch and to think if this stuff happens in real life. When you know that your’re actually being watched, and that person intentionally wants you to know what he had in mind for you.

Locked inside, Maddie (Kate Siegel) have to rely on her impeccable wits to survive for as long as she can. This cat and mouse game started early and you wonder what’s more in the 1 hour plus runtime to the ending where fans of thriller like this would know, it could be as merry as she survives miraculously or she could just chopped to death, with the outro refuse to shed an ounce of sympathy to the victims. It’d end in senseless killings and you’d hate it. In Hush we were anxiously watching and wishing that Maddie would succeed, even in the condition she was in – completely hopeless against a psychopathic invade. The action although minimal was done in a realistic way. It wasn’t too great nor bad, it was just standard. What the movie excels in this genre that a few could have achieved, is to get the viewers feels for Maddie in her battle to survive. You know there are those female protagonists that you half heartedly wish for her survival despite being explicitly lucky in all dumb decisions she made and you’d yell at the screen how the fuck she didn’t die. Or the other one whom you have no sympathy at all, since she’s too well equipped and does things too correct, and you hates it when in a horror-thriller somebody being too right, cause where’s the fun in it? And they usually end up killed first lol

Maddie is a very likeable character, with an even dose of incapacity to protect herself and strength to survive. It was played well without the use of dialogue. All the scenes used to further show us how desperate a situation she was in were enough and necessary. Nothing felt overdone in this movie unlike lots of in this genre (runtime too long, comical urban legends, unnecessary hottie characters, violence ;but of course we have another dedicated genre for that…slasher-horror )

Don’t watch it for another dumb heroine making it out alive, No it’s not hanging type of plot and No stupid jumpscares. It’s just you, Maddie and the Invader. It’s a movie made to give us something enjoyable to watch, not too dark that you spent days after contemplating it nor just another horror-thriller flick. It deserved to be watched and be put in a higher place than all the other generics that comes so often to be unworthy of mentions.

Rate : 4/5


Movie night – Regression (2015)

Hi dear 8 years old blog.  Originally I planned to post something so overdue but I changed my mind like I always do. So I’m going to post reviews on movies that I watch cause recently I started watching movies again. I haven’t done so in months. I just watch a few and fail to write anything about it although I feel so strongly about one of them – Mad Max! That movie is a-w-e-s-o-m-e. I wanna write a fic on it so bad but my mental block is worse lol.

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Anyway this movie Regression is a crime thriller – horror movie starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson. The synopsis is interesting enough (yes I’m those people that has to read synopsis before deciding to watch something) about a small town rape case that leads the investigation into the satanic cult world. The movie is very well done in pace and suspense. It kept me at the edge of my seat, just trying to prepare myself for the revelation, and the dread eats at me. Who’s really the victim here? How come the accused didn’t have a shred of memory having done all those horrible things? It’s confusing but then you’re treated to constant crying and fragility of Angela, the character played by Emma Watson – the supposed sexual abuse victim by her own father. It’s disgusting and you quickly sympathised with her situation. The movie lets you be your own investigator, this kind of feeling I missed from lots of crime thriller nowadays. Like in 1995 crime thriller Seven (Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman), God that movie was so amazing. You’re trying to collect the clues yourself. But in this movie I failed big time. I was also deceived by the expert victim playing. Only that I’m female that I don’t get to snog Angela like Det. Bruce (Ethan Hawke) did at the cemetery but I sure fall for her lol. The entire story was fabricated, by Angela and contributed by the regression method in psychoanalysis.

If you read about Regression method, it was real, at least back in Freud’s times. It was re-presented in numerous later books and research papers, it was defined as :

…A defense mechanism leading to the temporary or long-term reversion of the ego to an earlier stage of development rather than handling unacceptable impulses in a more adult way.

Errr…ok in layman’s term – people revert back their emotional self to a childlike stage in reaction to bad things in life. Rather than being an adult and deal with it, they clammed inside their child self shell. If you don’t know about regression the movie can be a little unexplained, especially in Roy’s (Devon Bostick) regression test. The whole concept is really interesting and the fact that this movie was based on real events, it just struck me. And the other important concept that was discussed in this movie was The Devil. Of course in religious terms the devil is the devil, scary looking monster; hairy with pointy tails. The point of the movie is The Devil itself can manifest as a person so evil no matter how angelic they look on the outside. The Devil is in each of us if we chose to do evil. The whole runtime had this air of supernatural creepiness. It was done well, really creeped me out without actually too much jumpscares. It wasn’t surprising considering that this is the same director from The Others (2001). But the real dread comes from the truth – The Devil comes in angelic package of a pretty damsel in distress. Who would have thought? The only thing that doesn’t quite fit in the storyline was the book of satanic cult that was referred by Angela to make up all the terrifying stories and used it to accuse her family members. It isn’t necessary and feels a little out of place, like something last minute thrown into the plot. But then she was 17 and it was set in 1990, we don’t have Reddits and Creepypasta and 4chan and urbex and deep web shit andddddd so I give it a pass.

Watch it for the impending shocking truth and not for the horror cause there aren’t really any. The director is an expert at using silence and dreary washout setting to make you feel the fear lurking inside. Or…if you’ve never seen Aaron Ashmore play as a villain 😄😄😄

Rate : 3.8/5