"I can come in anytime I want. And I can get you, anytime I want. But I'm not going to. Not until it's time. When you wish you're dead... that's when I'll come inside."
This quote from the antagonist of the film describes it best. Maddie is a deaf-mute writer, living in a secluded home in the woods (typical location, right?). Unbeknownst to her, a villain approaches her windows, looking to invade her home.
Being severely hearing-impaired myself, I've often thought of shooting a film based on a character much like Maddie. The concept of not knowing what you are missing, what clues via sound that you needed so badly to protect yourself, is terrifying to me. To see Gallagher get so close to Maddie without her knowing he's there is so gut-wrenching to watch.
This movie brilliantly weaves the performances between John Gallagher, Jr. and Kate Siegel. It's difficult to create a single-location film, but director Mike Flanagan masterfully chose the shots to keep the audience engaged and on the edge of their seats.
The film is not without its imperfections. At times it is cliched, but it works very well. What I do like is how silent much of the film is, staying true to its name. This only serves to elevate the suspense at the right times.
My overall score? 6 bits out of 8.
Check it out tonight on Netflix at the link below: