Silent Fall

Why has autism become a popular device in orchestrating dramas and thrillers like HOUSE OF CARDS (1993), the 1994 telepic "The Innocent", and now SILENT FALL? Now that the on-screen victimization of seemingly helpless women--formerly a convenient concept for suspense movies (e.g., THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE, WAIT UNTIL DARK)--is considered less than PC, more