A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home.
We’ve all seen an home-invasion thriller/horror. There are lots of badones but they’re has been some good ones in recent years (You’re Nextwas a great home-invasion film with a twist). Now this film isINCREDIBLE. It has superb acting (especially from Kate Siegel, shereally blew me away, it shows you don’t need dialogue to be a greatactor), it has interesting sound design, it’s greatly filmed and it wasso suspenseful. I can’t remember a last time where a horror film haskept me on the edge of my seat. Now many people are comparing this filmto You’re Next and The Strangers. Now while The Strangers and this filmare technically more ‘scary’ than You’re Next, I would say this movieis as great as them. A thing that really surprised me was how I wasNEVER bored. It kept my attention all the way through, I really caredabout the character and I was surprised on how they didn’t hold back onthe violence which is always a plus. There was a scene (which I won’tspoil) that was so hard-to- watch that I covered my mouth. This moviecould’ve defiantly be released in theaters and it’s one you shouldwatch with an audience or a group of friends. Make sure you turn up thevolume and watch it on a dark scary night. Thrilling and scary, Hush isa winner for a modern horror classic.
To make this short and sweet, all I need to say is watch this movie.Watch it with a big group of people.
It takes a very simple plot and makes it into a very well-thought outhorror movie.
The opening scenes effectively establish Maddie’s story to allow theaudience to get to know and care for the character.
Once the masked killer arrives, it begins as your typical cat-and-mousegame seen in every home invasion movie. The main character being deafdoes allow a fresh spin on this game though. And without giving muchaway, the movie slowly begins to evolve into a very tense, fun ride.
Not to mention the superb acting from Kate Siegel, given the fact thatshe was only able to use sign language and other resources as a form ofcommunication. You wonder throughout the film what you would do in hershoes, and you may be surprised by the logic and resourcefulness ofsome of her decisions.
There are several moments that would likely get an audience riled up,so grab a big group of friends and enjoy.
Rating a 9 because it cant be any less!! I remember watching thetrailer of the movie and I thought maybe its just the trailer thatsgood, until….i Saw this movie today!!
The actress who played the lead is so amazing as an actress and i hopeto see more of her in the future!! Unlike other movies from this genre,it did not appear anything extra anywhere at all and felt more real.
The serial killer as well was amazing played by the actor!
I held on to my breath till the credits started rolling and I am stillin that mood of the film created by it.
The lighting, the cinematography, the acting, direction is just soright up to the mark!
These kinda gems come only once in a while! I hope the team is readingthis review someday 🙂
Guys you did an AMAZING job and this has been one of the most perfecthorror/thrillers I have recently watched! The kinda film that willalways be remembered once you watch it.
I thought Hush was one of the best Horror movies I’ve seen in years. Itreminded me of Wait Until Dark but with a deaf victim instead of ablind one. I really cared about the main character and all the actorsdid a fine job. I’ve been off work this week and have been catching upon all the movies on Netflix. Most of the time I don’t expect much,especially from the direct to video movies. Every once in a while youcome across a gem. This movie was very well photographed also. Thereare no scenes so dark that you can’t figure out what is going on. Ihate that in so many horror movies.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes horror movies withoutanything unbelievable in them like ghosts or monsters.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. The premise has been done a milliontimes before, but it is delivered very effectively here. There weremultiple times throughout this movie that I felt genuinely stressedout. I was on the edge of my seat for much of the run time. There isreal suspense to be had here, as the film strays away from cheapjumpscares.
The actors are all fantastic. Kate Siegel manages to pull off a stellarperformance with practically no dialogue. You really care for hercharacter and are rooting for her the entire time. John Gallagher Jr.is the best I’ve ever seen him. This is, hands down, his bestperformance. (granted, I’ve only seen three of his films.) He’s verycreepy and intimidating.
Props to the director for making this simple premise so effective. MikeFlanagan is, no doubt, very talented and I’m excited to see what hedoes in the future.
Watch this film if you want some genuine tension and suspense. It’s avery decent horror film.
The only reason why I didn’t give it a 10 is that I HATE horror moviesespecially when it involves brutal killing, but I ”watched” it with myhusband (who’s a sucker for them). I only watched the first maybe 15minutes (when it was less tense), then I couldn’t watch it anymore.Instead, I just listened. What I noticed was that there was less soundthan most horror/thriller movies. Usually, music/sound takes over tensescenes and the music kinda tells you what’s going to happen next, butnot this one, which made it even more tense because you really have noidea what’s gonna happen. Most of the time, I only remember hearingheavy breathing, footsteps, organic sounds produced byobjects…etc…not much music/post sound effects (that I couldremember). That played to the fact that the main character is deaf,which helped you care for her. It felt like YOU were in her shoes andyou literally were terrified. My husband (who’s a big fan of thesemovies) really enjoyed it. It was well made and the cast couldn’t havebeen better. I’m still paranoid by it!
The film started off quite well from the outset, with a nice setup.Having the main character be deaf is interesting, but unfortunately itdoesn’t pay off very well. There’s not much buildup to the game of catand mouse that makes up the bulk of the story and so the viewer isthrust into the action in a way that seriously lessens its impact.There are flashes of promise in the first ten or so minutes but afterthat it’s a fairly clichéd survival horror that doesn’t offer anythingspectacular. Some fleeting moments of tension and shock make it worth aone time watch if you’re curious, but don’t go into it with highexpectations.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I remember in 2008 when ‘The Strangers’ came out, sitting in thetheatre and just thinking how great of a concept this was. A killer/swith no apparent motive who are in complete control. It made for a verytense and affective horror movie. A planned sequel is still yet to bereleased. ‘Hush’ is a very similar movie, with an even more helplessvictim, a deaf woman. Does it still work 8 years later? It does. Theshock of a killer with the audacity to walk straight into the victim’shouse and stand watching her without her realising remains a verypowerful thing to watch. Too many horror/thriller movies these days aretrying to speed up the action (take the ‘Friday the 13th’ remake in2009 for example where ‘Jason’ even runs) and are consequently losingthe thing that makes horror great – tension. Look at the original‘Halloween’ by John Carpenter, a studio would never let you make ahorror film that slowly paced in this day and age, and yet ‘Halloween’is considered one of the greatest horror films of all time.
That’s not to say ‘Hush’ is a slow film, it isn’t. In fact I’d suggestthe pacing was nearly perfect for what it was trying to achieve. KateSiegel gives a great performance in the lead role. I genuinely likedher and cared for her character, another thing frequently found lackingin modern horror – likable characters. The thing I liked the most aboutthe entire film though was the thought in the back of my mind that nocharacter was safe, and there was nothing that couldn’t happen. I hadno idea whether I was in for a ”happy” ending or not. I love that in ahorror movie and if it isn’t there, at least to some extent, I won’t behaving a good time. Altogether a very fine effort.
A MUST SEE GEM of a movie. This is one of those movies that gets
you in every aspects and it surely succeeds too. This movie is perfect.
for guys like me , who just wanna see one great horror thriller intoday’s time of drama,comedy,or marvel age 😀 (no offense there to anyfans) but you guys got the idea. This movie is scary and a joyride towatch at the same time, It lets you feel for the actors but doesn’tkeep you from not having fun. It lets you guess whats going to happenand than prove you wrong not much movies are able to achieve that inrecent times especially a horror/thriller movie. And the actors havedone a great job too. Bang on target emotions and just great stuff.
Final verdict AWESOME so go watch this one you won’t regret a singlesecond of it.
This is absolutely one of the best thrillers i even seen. I couldactually hear my own heart bumps most time of the movie going. But Iwould be really thankful for a better explanation for the movie, but Iguess it’s on your own head to think about what causes this. I willnever move to an dark forest after seeing this movie, never.
The only thing that was pretty annoying, it was a bit to quite here andthen, almost fall in sleep after I accepted the horror in the movie.
Anyway, the actors were so good in this movie. I could really feel thefear in me, as I looked into the girl’s eyes. Amazing acting from thepsycho and the woman! But the beginning and to halfway, oh my god, sogood! Great movie!
‘Hush’ is a lot like ‘The Strangers’, except instead of strangersplural it’s only one man, and instead of a husband and wife beingterrorized it’s a deaf and mute recluse. It’s very tense and cleverlywritten bar a few cliché tropes that come with this kind of movie. Italso has a minimal synth score, something I notice more and more horrormovies are utilizing – ‘You’re Next’, ‘It Follows’ – to give it an ’80sclassic slasher atmosphere. It’s hard to even call it horror though asit offers far more thrills than actual scares. I was thoroughlysatisfied watching this movie. It’s constantly engaging, and that has alot to do with the terrific performances of both the man and Maggie,and there are a few scenes that are genuinely depraved and chilling. Itdoesn’t break any new ground, but following ‘The Babadook’ and ‘ItFollows’, ‘Hush’ continues to reinspire the subtle, quiet corner of thegenre and bodes well for the future of psychological thrillers. Highlyrecommended.
Mike Flanagan is one for two in my books. His first big film wasAbsentia, which was a slow boring mess of a film. Interesting ideas,but nothing much else was going on in the film. His second output was avast improvement, Oculus. Flanagan showed promise and improvement,which made me interested in seeing what else he had for futureprojects. Well, he has two films coming out in 2016 and I want to talkabout Hush, his take on the home invasion sub-genre.
Home invasion films have been done to death. Some are great (You’reNext), some are tolerable (The Strangers) and some are downrightterrible (When A Stranger Calls, 2006). So how does one make their homeinvasion film stand out from the rest? There has to be some twist onthe story to make it memorable. You’re Next was a great deconstructionof the genre itself and had the heroine be a survival specialist. Thetwist Hush brings us lies in the fact that our protagonist ifcompletely deaf.
The key element that makes or breaks this film is the sound design. Ifelt like the crew pulled it off and we have a solid thriller on ourhands here. Maddie is a deaf author and she has secluded herself in ahouse in the woods to write her next book. Problems arise when someoneoutside her house decides to play a deadly game with Maddie and knowshe has to keep him out and escape alive. Again, this is a simplepremise that is only made interesting by the fact that she is deaf andhow the filmmakers decide to handle that aspect of the story.
While the film does inevitably go down routine routes with the story,Flanagan does so with skill and finesse. Multiple times throughout thefilm we are in Maddie’s shoes as Flanagan completely mutes the audio.We see the terror happening behind her, but we cannot hear it. He canbe entering the house at any point and we will not know. Flanaganmanages to seep the viewer in suspense throughout the whole film andwhile there are some gory and squeamish scenes, he doesn’t rely onthem. They feel real and earned. Looking back at the film there aremultiple sequences where I was taken back or had a huge grin on my facewith the ingenuity of it all.
People will ultimately try to find inconsistencies with how the filmhandles the deaf aspect. I had maybe one issue myself, but can lookpast it for the benefit of the enjoyment I ultimately had because ofthe film. With a small cast of only four people and hardly any dialogue(maybe 15 minutes total?) Hush is a well crafted film that earns aviewing from anyone who likes this genre.
It takes a lot to hold my attention and this movie didn’t do it. Likehis other movies there were a lot of flaws which for me drew me out ofthe movie. Now if you’re the type who can sit and watch a movie withoutarguing about the flaws and non-realism for a realistic movie then itwon’t matter.
As far as home invasion thrillers go it’s not bad but I’ve seen betterand I spent most of the time wondering what the characters were doing.
If you don’t like supernatural horror movies and you don’t think toomuch while watching a movie then it’s probably great for you. Otherwisefind another thriller.
This movie is down right stupid. An amateur work of cinema. Its a wasteof time for anyone to even critique about it.
What pisses me off is that there are all these fake reviews going upfrom people who joined IMDb like 4-5 days after the films release.
There is just no point of looking at new releases and expecting anhonest recommendation. IMDb is just good for finding older movies andseeing how recent Mega-block busters rank in the box office.
The first 30-40 reviews for less popular movies are always fake. lol…well all that being said, there is nothing to comment about this movie.Its simply amateur and a waste of time.
Take a good script, take less than a handful of actors who can act, onelocation and a director who knows how to direct.
I was captivated as soon as the movie started…it just had my fullattention from the beginning and more even so till the end.
Even the ending was very well thought out. As soon as the movie startsyou will learn very quickly what the main character is about.
At that point i thought where the movie was going and i could predictthe rest of the whole thing.
Luckely i was wrong and i kept me guessing. Without being disappointedi finished the story and i must say….what a rush. Big thumps up!
Before I even talk about this movie a standing applause to MikeFlanagan and Kate Siegel for this movie! Wherever you are, if you’rereading my comment, please let me know how I can contribute to help youmake more movies as this one swept me off my feet, Totally!!! Rightfrom the beginning to the very end until the titles rolled out, wasintense tension and edge of the seat scenes. The lead actress did abrilliant job and so did everyone else. The location, camera work,background music, sound effects..everything was just top notch! This isexactly how a thriller movie should be made and those aspiringdirectors must learn from the way this movie was made. The script isalso rare and well written. A deaf and mute girl in the woods, attackedby a stalker! Good God almighty!, they certainly made the best of thisscript. I would recommend this movie to anyone any day and also ensureI buy a Blue Ray print of its copy.
To all those who like real thrillers, the likes of real home invasion,this is a MUST WATCH AT ANY COST! 10/10 and PleeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaseeeeGive me more of these!!!!!
Definitely not a horror movie. If you’re expecting serial killertorture porn, this ain’t it. Very old school thriller genre. There’svery little gore.
It’s pretty simple premise, the deaf mute aspect of it isn’t used inany cliché way it merely adds to the perspective. In a weird way itsort of forces you into her shoes since there’s almost no dialogeverything is told through sound and cinematography. From a vocalperspective the tables are turned in that the killer does most of thetalking, because he’s fascinated by this woman who becomes his prey bymere happenstance but in fact she proves herself far more capable thanyou’d expect. If I could think of a movie that this most reminds me ofit would be some combination of ”The Collector” and ”Panic room”. Ireally can’t think of anything to complain about. On a side notewhoever came up with that credits theme. Wow after such an exhaustingexperience that was perfect just perfect.
Mike Flanagan is a director to keep his eye on, especially with thelong-delayed Before I Wake. His knack for taking familiar horror tropesand adding a little twist to them has allowed him to make some of thebest psychological horror films of the past few years in Oculus,Absentia and now Hush. Hush takes the ever-popular home invasion tropeand adds an interesting surprise to the plot: the main character isdeaf. This makes for some incredibly intense sequences where someonewho can hear could easily get out of the situation, and she has to relyonly her sight and touch to survive the night. Even if the homeinvasion plot doesn’t offer much new, there are some incrediblyoriginal sequences that arise due to her disability. Also, the intrudercut the lights to the house, so she can hardly use her eyesight to helpher anyway. The deaf woman, Maddie, is an author, so she has to come upwith several different endings to her books and decide on the rightone. She does this several times in the movie when trying to figure outhow to get out alive including one part that provides one of the bestshocks in the movie. Mike Flanagan creates a home invasion thrillerthat distinguishes itself from the pack by being both original andbrutally effective.
Hush is the story of a deaf woman who lives in a remote house in thewoods who one night is suddenly confronted by a masked murderer with acrossbow. And that’s it. There is no explanation as to who this guy isand why he want’s her dead but you just know he does and you have toroll with it. Of coarse he has to wear the obligatory silly mask anddespite killing others with no thought , he wants to play a game withthis woman instead of just bumping her off. It’s your typical Fridaythe 13th type psycho Slasher and nothing more. It’s not terrible butit’s not a film that will stay with you for too long either. Thankfullyit’s just 82 minutes long.
Honestly, one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time, horror ornot. 5 stars, 100%.
I didn’t even realise there were only 5 characters throughout the wholething until the credits, I was so hooked. Neither have I been soattached to a character in a long time and was legitimately scared forher. Truthfully, a lot of what happened was just lucky but it was stillan amazing experience and an incredible movie to watch. It’s way morerealistic than most horror movies as it’s not based on thesupernatural, which only made it better in my opinion. This movie is aone in a million find and I would recommend it to anyone.
For his third film (after the extraordinary Absentia and the brilliantOculus), director Mike Flanagan decided to leave the supernaturalsubjects aside in order to focus on a more realistic, but not lessterrifying because of that, story. The result is Hush, a fascinatinghorror movie with an excellent screenplay, good performances andperfect direction. Co-screenwriters Flanagan and Kate Siegel (who wasalso the main actress) built a solid fusion of character and suspense,dedicated to impulse the story with each scene. Before watching Hush, Ifelt some distrust because of its ”domestic invasion” sub-genus, one ofthe horror formulas I find the most monotonous and tiring. Fortunately,Flanagan and Siegel distilled the basic components of it in order toeliminate any unnecessary element, transmitting the simple but powerfulfear of the hunter and the prey… but without sacrificing theingenuity of a logical and well planned story. On the negative side,some small details of the screenplay could have been better polished,but that’s widely compensated by the many pros this movie has to offer.By the way, the ”disabled woman tormented at her home” concept evokememories of the classic film Wait Until Dark, but Hush is verydifferent on tone and atmosphere… more violent and more emotional atthe same time, something which is complemented by the brilliantperformances from Siegel and John Gallagher Jr. And even though Hushdisplays a bit of blood in some scenes, the most important thing is thepersonal drama, and not the special effects. Flanagan has alwayshandled that formula during his brief but distinguished filmography.And even though I keep thinking that Absentia is his best film so far,Hush deserves a very enthusiastic recommendation, because itscombination of suspense, psychological dread and sporadic violencecaptures the elegant simplicity of the horror which doesn’t needunnecessary complications or happy endings.
As the result of a bout of meningitis at the age of 13, author Maddie(Kate Siegel) is now unable to hear or speak. One evening, whilestruggling to write the ending to her latest book, she comesface-to-face with a psychopath (John Gallagher Jr.) armed with a knifeand crossbow
I have to question the wisdom of an attractive deaf and mute womanopting to live alone in an isolated house in the middle of the woodswithout any form of self-protection: doing so makes her dumb in moreways than one. She’s not alone in her idiocy, though, because the menin this film make equally bad decisionschoices that prove very costlyindeed. The attacker frequently allows opportunities for his victims togain the upper hand, despite supposedly being experienced at thekilling game, while neighbour John (Michael Trucco), who comes lookingfor his missing girlfriend Sarah (Samantha Sloyan), clearly possessesthe IQ of a potato: he actually believes that the bad guy is a cop,despite him looking more like a textbook criminal than a lawman(unshaven, wearing a hoodie and sporting a neck tattoo).
Although directed with style by Mike Flanagan (Absentia, Oculus), andwell acted by its limited cast, Hush is still plot-hole ridden,derivative dreck that delivers very little in the way of innovation,save for a single scene where Maddie uses her analytical writer’s mindto run through the potential scenarios and come up with a plan. Sheopts to fight, which leads to the inevitable bloody showdown that, onceagain, offers nothing new to the home invasion genre.
Hush is an exceptionally tense thriller that consists of a plot we’veseen a million times before. However, it is presented with a refreshingtwist that enables new situations of heart-pounding intensity to bedemonstrated.
The high level of suspense found in this movie is primarily achievedthrough to Flanagan’s clever direction, and use of silence as a crucialhorror element. Kate Siegel’s fantastic performance also helps set thetense atmosphere, as her character’s hearing disability pushes her tothink outside the box and find clever ways to fend off the psychotickiller in her home.
The good aspects in this movie greatly overshadow the negative, whichthere are only a few of. John Gallagher Jr.’s performance as theantagonist is only passable, as a more compelling villain could havebrought an interesting layer to the movie’s rather simplistic story.However, the movie is well aware that it’s a simple, tense slasherfilm, and doesn’t go out of its way to become anything more. Thisallows for more time to be spent on developing the intensity of thesituations presented in the film.
Overall, Hush is a solid film that any suspense/horror fan must see.Though it does have its few and minor flaws, the films direction andpremise quickly overshadow them, as the viewer is drawn in for afamiliar experience, that at the same time feels new and refreshing.
For some reason on IMDb, horror movies get a lot of hate and tend to berated lower for whatever reason. This movie deserves at least a 7average to be fair. It was truly a scary movie, however it was moresuspense throughout than horror. The suspense was maintained constantlyuntil the end of the movie, and the ending was really fantastic, jobwell done. It didn’t become too silly or ridiculous like some peopleare saying, it was actually very reasonable and believable, not thetype where you yell at the TV throughout; ”you stupid person!” The onlydownside was that the movie was too dark at times to see anything, soat some points it was difficult to discern what was going on, but otherthan that it was wonderful! Highly recommended!
”Hush” is a stellar example of how to create intense thriller withsimple premise. It starts with a small cast and modest runtime, but itcapitalizes on every chance to instill any available tension. The deafmain protagonist presents exactly this kind of opportunity to exploitthe already volatile situation into uniquely compelling sequences.
Kate Siegel as the hearing impaired heroine is trapped on her own houseby a stalker. This is not the typical slasher with random scrabbling orplate tossing. It’s a meticulously drawn condition with grave danger onevery step. This might give the movie slightly slow pace, but KateSiegel performs admirably as the lead.
She works by gestures nearly the entire time, the movie sets this uppretty well with opening intro of her interacting with her neighbor.There are clear signs of panic as she goes through the night and hersurvival odd dwindles. It’s also a clever way to present the perimeteraround the house without the protagonist being too conveniently savedor stupid for the sake of plot.
With a shorter than average runtime, ”Hush” gives out the very essenceof thriller movie, it’s enjoyably riveting with carefully craftedcondition.
kate seigel is the bomb. there are a few goofs; she’s supposed to bedeaf and mute, but there are some very subtle articulations that madeit through editing. nothing that threatens suspension of disbelief toomuch, and does not detract from the suspense.
this does not give anything away particularly but the killer’s mask isonly too creepy, far scarier than any menacing clown or hockey maskcould ever be.
there are unexpected turns of events.
good casting, great performances, extremely well edited considering thenear absence of dialogue–the pace and timing will not let you down.absolutely ten stars, a gem in its genre.
This movie was awesome, I have never posted a review but had to sign upand post one because of the bad and mediocre reviews, I thought thismovie was brilliant! I’ve never heard of Kate Siegel before and thoughtshe was superb as well as the psycho guy in the movie, this movie keptme at the edge of my seat and left me wanted more. It’s refreshing tosee a movie that’s not all blood and gore and the same boring stuffover and over and over again. Hope to see more of Kate Siegel in futuremovies. I was skeptical after reviewing the star ratings (I never readthe reviews because of the spoilers) So I would definitely give thismovie a try and see for yourself, you will not be disappointed orbored, I know I wasn’t and have already watched it 3 times LOL
So here’s the thing. Hush is ‘Censored’.
That’s it, unless you personally enjoy my writing/commentary yourjourney has come to an end. It’s ‘Censored’.
Not because of the premise. The premise is decent. Missing one of ourfive senses is something we rarely think about and certainly wouldprefer not to. So the main chick is deaf. She’s also a little‘censored’. Both of those are handicaps in their own right (though‘censored’ is only a handicap if you’re not hot enough to pull itoff…. and she isn’t, so… whatever). Typical trope: psycho,knife/crossbow (it doesn’t matter so long as it’s something that killsbrutally) and an isolated maiden. More so because she can’t hear. Blah,blah, blah who gives a ‘censored’? The bad guy is marginallyintimidating for all of three minutes, then shows his face and runs hismouth and loses all intimation factor. ”Can you read my lips?”; maybe,if they weren’t hanging open like a ‘censored’ flytrap and glisteningwith drool because you’re a functional ‘censored’ who looks like heworships Eminem and sagged his pants at his uppity private school.Seriously, the clerk at my local 7-11 would beat this ‘censored’‘censored’ to death with his own femur. To the actor; you have a‘censored’ face. You look like a ‘censored’. I’m a ‘censored’ and uponseeing your face, instantly knew I would be able to ‘censored’ you up.
Frankly, it kills the movie. And I know he’s a ‘censored’ because nodirector in their right mind, even the ‘censored’ dumbest, would casthim as a bad guy. Which someone did, therein indicating he ‘censoredthe meanest ‘censored’ this side of the Atlantic. Kid must do full‘cradle’ ‘censored’ and ‘censored’. There’s no other way someonethought he would make a ‘bad guy’… the ‘censored’ at Costco who yousaw kicking a puppy, then darting off in his mom’s Jetta blaring‘censored’ rap… maybe, just maybe.
I didn’t even finish the movie from this point. Like, my shirt rode upa little high for my comfort while I was sitting there watching it andin the time it took me to tug it back down, I’d already arrived at”censored’itville’ for this flick.
In summary; decent (the same way Trump is a ‘decent’ candidate forpresident) premise and horrible casting. Checking my balance at an ATMis more suspenseful than this ‘censored’ venture. To the director orwriter, whatever: should have kept the mask on your boy. Bet he brusheswith a Maxi-pad… ‘censored’ ‘censored’ face.
Excuse the ‘censored’; apparently IMDb believes in censorship, nothonesty.
Wow. Talk about a ride. Without giving anything away that you can’tread in the blurb up top, she’s a deaf woman being stalked by apsychotic man hellbent on terrorizing her and killing her. What givesthis movie a fresh new spin is that she’s deaf and there is very littledialogue in this movie. Though, until it’s over you hardly noticebecause you are so on the edge of your seat through every moment thatit’s going on.
You cannot help but place yourself in her shoes and imagine what youwould do if you were being stalked in the middle of nowhere with nocommunication AND couldn’t hear. There are some truly terrifying partswhere even as a grown man I wanted to just close my eyes and not evenlook, because at some point, I needed to go to bed and didn’t think I’dbe able to after watching this movie.
My recommendation would be one of two things, either watch it all byyourself in the dark or with a group of people who won’t talk duringthe movie. I really feel like it would take you out of the experienceto have side chatter during a thrilling game of cat and mouse as thisis. Very well done. Horror/Thrillers don’t get any better than this.
Hush surprised me in that nearly every horror movie cliché was absent.While viewing this movie you will find that there were very few, ifany, jump scares. However, that does not stop you from being on theedge of your seat for the entire runtime.
Hush puts a great twist on the home invasion thriller. As you are inthe IMDb review section you may already know the plot, but here is abrief review anyway: the film centers around a deaf writer (KateSiegel) who lives in seclusion in order to focus on writing her newmystery novel. When a serial killer (John Gallagher Jr.) shows up ather house and traps her inside, she must find a way to thwart thismysterious masked individual. The decision of the writers to make theprotagonist deaf was a very good one. It makes for some good sceneswhere you want to shake her and say ”LOOK BEHIND YOU!!!”
One thing that stood out to me in this film was the direction. Theattention to detail regarding little sounds made in the background wasvery prevalent. If you know horror movies, than you know that creates amore jumpy environment. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Mike Flanagan’searlier work, Oculus. I found the ending to be dark just for the sakeof being dark, as opposed to an ending that fit the rest of the movie.However, that’s not to say the direction wasn’t great. Hush not onlyputs that direction to good use, it has a satisfying ending.
Another thing that stood out to me was the acting of the two mainplayers. Kate Siegel is definitely someone to look out for in thefuture. She is great at playing a deaf person, and also great atshowing emotion without speaking. Her acting gets you to cheer for thecharacter, which makes you rejoice every time she gets ahead of thevillain in any way. However, the real standout in this movie is JohnGallagher Jr. as the serial killer. He was great in 10 CloverfieldLane, but he is even better in this, and that is saying something. Fromthe beginning to the end, he really messes with your head and at timeshe even tricks you so badly that you start yelling in anger. Butbelieve me, that is a great thing.
The only complaint I have with this movie is that there is a dreamsequence near the end that kind of ticked me off. Dream sequences havebeen proved not to work, (I’m looking at you Batman v Superman) andthey do not in this one either. But besides that minor flaw, Hushtranscends most other movies in ts genre, and leaves you looking outthe window in fear.
I give this movie a 9/10
PS Watch this movie in the dark if you want the full experience.
Definitely not an original film by any means of the imagination. Yet itstill really, really works. Why? I’m not sure, but part of it is thatthe film doesn’t take too many of the drastically stupid turns thatthese sorts of films do. I also think that it has a really inspiringarc for the lead character, and the emotional investment is greaterthan what the usual would be. I also think the film, while not beingvery original, still plays it a bit differently than the norm. Youwould expect a film like this to be mostly build-up, but it’s not atall, sometimes to its detriment though. It gets to be a bit repetitive.The fact that the assailant also shows his face pretty early on is alsosort of surprising. This isn’t anything mind-blowing, but it’swell-paced, very well-directed, very well-acted (Gallagher Jr. killingit once again after his wonderful turn in 10 Cloverfield Lane), andultimately a good time.
A home alone deaf & mute woman realises she’s being played with by apsychopath.
I was initially attracted to the terrifying realism of the trailer. Theway the stalker sends the photo through to her Mac so she knows she’sbeing watched – that is the behaviour of a psycho-stalker in 2016. Thatmodern element was enough for me to know this film is going to be good.
If you’re looking for a genuinely good horror film with good acting andsuspense I strongly suggest you watch this. Think about how manyutterly awful horror films are out there – rest assured this isn’t oneof them.
I can’t really fault the film to be honest. I think most criticism iseither clutching at straws or simply finding something to complainabout for the sake of it.
This movie was very funny. She lets out her inner animus and then aftermuch tango…gets her desire. She is a writer after all. Writers aredeaf and dumb and only listen to themselves and speak thru theirweirdness (often to themselves). The message of this flick? STAY AWAYUNLESS YOU REALLY REALLY WANT A GOOD TIME.
My review is not ready for submission? O boy, you IMDb you. I know.Cinephilia (ms? uh?) can be a serious pastime like being a directorscreenwriter, actress or actress or even reviewer.
Yes. I did watch the whole comedy on netflix. And yes. It was stupid.Not exactly Hitchcock. And surely not Andy Milligan.
I would have wanted this film to succeed. There is a basic structure tobuild a great thriller – a deaf single woman lives in the woods and akiller just arrives uninvited. Fantastic! However, there are just toomany holes and unexplained sequences in the plot. You will either shoutin frustration or to say ”awesome” because you ain’t got a clue.
A plus point first – there are sequences that make you sit on edgebecause something bad is about to happen and it is not going to benice. Whilst this is not unique, you certainly can’t rely on a fewscary sequences to make a good film.
The bad points are many – you don’t know why the assault should to takeplace, why the assailant takes so long to ‘finish’ the job. … andthere are more whys. If it was not daft, it would be quite original. Iam disappointed.
Home invasion horror movies aren’t even worth making anymore unlessthere’s going to be a gimmick that sets them apart. In ”Hush,” thegimmick is the deafness of the protagonist, a young woman who lost herhearing to meningitis as a teenager and now lives in a secluded cabinin the woods (of course). The man who wants to kill her wants to killher just because, and he enjoys terrorizing her first. Her deafness isportrayed as both a hindrance and an advantage. On the one hand, shecan’t hear her stalker but he can hear her; on the other hand, she’sforced to think creatively and act in ways that her attacker isn’tnecessarily expecting.
The film’s set up is handled well. In an opening scene, we’re almostoverwhelmed by the snap, crackle, and pop of the heroine making dinner,sounds we would normally take for granted thundering at us over thesoundtrack. This primes us to pay attention to aural cues throughoutthe rest of the movie, and indeed one finds himself cringing at eachlittle squeak and rustle the protagonist makes as she runs and hidesfrom place to place. At one point, she realizes the only way to beatthis dude is to do the one thing he won’t expect, and that’s to fightback and kill him. And while I agreed wholeheartedly with thissentiment, I also found that the air goes out of the film a bit fromthat point forward. The filmmakers make such a point of establishingher deafness early on that I wish that condition had played more of arole in her actually triumphing over her attacker. But in the end, herdeafness becomes beside the point and she deals with him much the sameway as anyone would. It’s refreshing to find a heroine in a horror filmwho doesn’t act as a ninny, but by the end, gimmick aside, there wasn’tmuch to distinguish ”Hush” from any number of similar films. The filmit most reminded me of in recent memory is ”You’re Next,” which wasn’ta great film either but did a better job of sustaining its gimmickpremise all the way through the film.
”Hush” does have some nail biter moments though, and horror fans willprobably want to check it out.
Hush follows a deaf and mute woman whose home is invaded by amysterious murderer who decides to hold off killing her just to messwith her head.
The plot is pretty interesting. It’s a simple idea, and it tends towork. It’s one of those movie that takes place completely in one place,specifically the woman’s house. The horror aspect of it is really goodat the beginning and end, but the middle is just okay. At first it wasreally creepy, especially because we had no idea who the murderer wasdue to his creepy mask. Unfortunately, he only wears it for the firstfifteen-ish minutes, so throughout the rest of the movie he just wasn’tnearly as creepy. The events that were used to build tension at firstwere good, but they got repetitive. There was one particular thing thatwas used about three times in the movie, and by the second or thirdtime it was already wearing out it’s welcome. It did switch it up atthe end, so naturally it picked up, especially with the climax.
The characters are pretty good. I didn’t think that they were horriblystupid people either, especially the main female. In fact, I’d say thatshe was actually pretty smart. She thought of solutions that not even Ihad thought of. The murderer, on the other hand, could be a littleinconsistent. He knew to do some things, yet time and time again he ranright into somewhat distractions the main character created for him.Otherwise, with the small cast it had I think that they werewell-developed enough.
Overall Hush is a solid horror movie. It’s pretty suspenseful with somegood characters, but it fails to provide new ways of scaring theaudience around the halfway point, but it doesn’t stay that way. In theend I would recommend this movie.
This is gonna be a long one, so hang tight. Right off the bat thismovie sucks. It’s so awful. It’s literally the concept of The Strangerswith a deaf person plastered onto it to make it seem unique, and bestpart yet? They went out of their way to avoid actually hiring a deafactress/adviser or research anything about what it’s like to be in thedeaf community (outside of sign language or ”vibrations”). I can writea freaking novel on all the issues that I have with this film, but I’llkeep it short. And, let me point out, I’ve never gone out of my way towrite a bad review for anything. 1) It lacks plot and depth, and thedepth that is provided the writers couldn’t even stick to. The whole”unique” idea to this girl is that she is deaf, yet capable of livingon her own. It’s pointed out in the beginning of the film that she canrespond to vibrations, yet upon being right next to her friendscreaming and banging on a door she doesn’t react to those vibrations.HOWEVER, she does respond to vibrations created from tapping on awindow. And, don’t even get me started on the countless scenes wastedtalking about her ex Craig, as if he was going to play a pivotal rolein this film at all. 2) The countless upon countless times this broadcould have been murdered. The killer’s intent was to toy withher….yet all he did was one thing. The rest of it was him pacing for80 minutes and then getting hurt. If this was in any way realistic shewould have died at least twenty times, especially given the numerousidiotic ways she tried to escaped or especially the end. If she had ATLEAST died in the end I probably wouldn’t even care. Oh, yeah you’realready on the verge of bleeding out to death (the director clearlychose to point this out by her vision blurring and her appearingdrowsy) but you got enough energy to stab a dude ONCE and then hobbleoff and then fight him again and then get choked out….but stillsurvive? What, we gonna chop this up to adrenaline? Nah, and I’m onlynaming one real scene that had blatant evidence that this movie sucks,you’ll encounter a lot more before you even get remotely close to thispart. All in all, it’s gratuitous to say that this movie is anythingmore than a waste of time.
This film is without a doubt an excellent thriller ! There are so manyfilms out there from big studios and small as well that try hard topush these indie horror films but they never deliver, so it was such asurprise when this short little film shocked me.
The element of suspense was perfectly captured in the battle of amute/deaf woman and her psychotic tormentor.
The final girl moments are played out really well given this final girldoes not have many advantages going for her, so the scene where sheplays out the scenarios of her death over and over is pretty much whatevery other final has done to survive in all horror films.
Filled with suspense and some actually bone chilling moments this makesfor an excellent horror film, with a good actress and a clever take onan old tale.
Wish there were more films like this out there. One only complaint,however, is the short running time … when something is thisentertaining one hopes for a longer joy ride.
Final Grade A
Hush is a film about a mute/deaf who gets terrorized by a psychopath. Ilove how simplistic the story-line is, but at the same time I wish Iunderstood why the villain was doing the things he was doing. I get thewho ”he just wants to watch the world burn.” but why this girl, whynow. Serious serial killers, like dance choreographers generally have atheme in mind.
That being said John Gallagher Jr., who I know as the lovable JimHarper from The Newsroom, plays the psychopath to point. He’s crazy forsure but he hasn’t lost all of his marbles which makes him a morebelievable character, I just wish there was some sort of reason to hismadness. His character doesn’t even have a name. I adore that in thewriting.
Speaking of writing, the film is not only stared by Kate Siegel but isalso written by her as well. The director Mike Flanagan also helpedwrite, but I’m glad to see the two together again. They worked onOculus if you’re wondering the connection. Back to Kate, she waswonderful. She didn’t have many lines since her character is a mute.Sure the first few scenes are boring, but the movie jumps straight intoterror early on and she has to act to entertain rather than leave itfor the writing.
Michael Trucco is also in the film. He’ll always been Samuel Anders tome though from BSG. He plays a side character that is an importantscene to develop John Gallagher Jr.’s character. Even though this castis only 5 people I still think he did a good job as his character.
Verdict: Watch at least once, don’t buy. There is a persistent and fastpaced feeling of dread throughout most of the movie with a few breathermoments. Not many jump scares, but if you’ve seen any slasher film youknow when they’re going to happen.
I had very low expectations going in; the movie looked and sounded liketypical genre fare but it proved me wrong by being a bit different. Thecharacters were very well realized, for the most part, and the plotmoved along well without seeming too contrived. I didn’t find it scaryor even particularly suspenseful, but it intrigued me from the get go.
Apparently the story was written by a married couple who team up formovie making, and it was neat to discover that. Indeed, similar toOculus (an earlier Flanagan/Siegel project), dull predictability took avacation and was replaced with something truly unique. I can only guessthat as the team continue improving, their films will grow intosomething special.
While I would not call it a masterpiece by any means, I do consider ita cut above similar titles I’ve seen.
Okay, so I went into this film not expecting anything at all, and I wasnot disappointed. It is the usual fare of ‘the survival fight’, but itdoes have some nuances that elevate it – I wont tell you what!
The protagonist and antagonist are quite deliciously – whatever theyneed to be – evil, tough, stupid, etc..
There were some obvious plot points that might irritate you if you tryto make everything too realistic, but hey! this is a movie, so go aheadand enjoy it. That being said, there are some very very real momentstoo…! the movie does fall for some familiar tropes in the genre, buti was able to forgive them that. You will find yourself yelling at themain actor to do this or that; what more do you want! 🙂 It is a filmthat will involve and engage you, but you have to let it. Then it’s afun ride.
All in all, it is a good way to spend time.
Well it’s arrived, folks. The first truly effective horror film of theyear (that I’ve had a chance to see anyway). I was drowsily browsingNetflix and came upon Hush, sporting a snazzy poster and a premiseripped straight from the vintage horror flicks I grew up with.Compelled to give it a shot, I was rewarded with a slick, atmosphericand sturdily made exercise in suspense. It’s not often I feel truegiddy tension while watching a thriller (even though most brashlyguarantee it on the DVD cover), but this baby delivers in spades. It’sfunny because the storyline is identical to many movies of the past,and similar to countless more. The secret to success, obviously, is inthe execution, and Hush is made with a caring love for a genre deeplyingrained in cinematic culture. Director Mike Flanagan clearly loveshorror films, and seems to want to rise above the primordial crust,calcifying his effort with a steady hand and fresh direction that giveseven the most knowing plot turns a dose of torque using simple tools: akiller soundtrack, whiplash inducing editing and…and.. What’s themost important thing in any horror film? I’ve said it before and I’llkeep saying it: atmosphere. The setting finds us in a dusky, desolatearea, where a deaf novelist (Katy Siegel) toils in isolation, churningout the trimmings of her next book on a laptop, content in herloneliness yet on the verge of unease stirred by cabin fever,restlessness or something else. It’s not long before the film lands thefirst punch of many: a masked, crossbow wielding serial killer (JohnGallagher spits on his previous good guy image, both terrifying,unrecognizable and superb) begins to stalk her with methodical menace,watching from the inky shadows of her home’s exterior while she cowersin terror. He catches on quick about her deafness and uses it againsther, terrorizing her at every turn. Now, the film does use genre tropesto churn out its story, and anyone expecting something truly unique topop out of the ether may be disappointed. But to those who yearn forsolid, extremely well made horror entries to wade out of the muck andforetell the return to form of a genre that gets maybe two, threewinners every year, can rejoice. This one comes up aces. Siegel isinstantly likable and gorgeous to boot, giving her protagonist aresilience that is actually believable, which can’t be said about everygirl being pursued by a killer on screen. Gallagher is icky as thepsycho, branded with certain idiosyncratic symbols of society whichsuggest that he’s a jaded outcast driven to sickening extremes by thehand he’s been dealt, given in to his dark impulses completely. Forgenre fans: this begs a watch and will likely be a highlight of theyear. For casual viewers: fun, fun times and a vibe to get sucked inby. For non horror fans: just watch it anyway.
Why not make a horror film about a deaf girl that gets harassed by acomplete stranger, only out to mess with her. There’s the story inHush. It actually is quite an interesting idea with a rethinkingperspective but unfortunately it quickly destroys that and becomesboring. So, a deaf female author has moved out into the woods to liveher life secluded from the rest of the world. She doesn’t seeminterested in dating and prefers to be alone. Suddenly a psychotic manarmed with a crossbow arrives and starts to harass her. The directorMike Flanagan has a certain love for horror films and has directed acouple of them before.
This type of film is actually usually pretty monotone and not verydeveloping. But what other films do better than this one, is to atleast tell us why things happen. A total stranger with a crossbow showsup, looking to kill and harass and we have absolutely no idea why. Thedeaf girl is established in an OK way. We get that she lives there. SheSkypes with her friends and then rejects them to spend the night alone.But we barely know anymore than that.
The thing that Hush does well is to use the fact that she is deaf.Computers, phones and alarms comes in handy because she can’t hear asound. That of course also results in a lot of scenes where he easilycan surprise her and sneak up behind her. PRetty exciting. But if youremove all that then there’s not much left to take with you besides apoor deaf girl in the forest. Couldn’t they have tied the perpetratorin some way to the girl? Perhaps director Flanagan wants to show somesort of horror scenario for people living in the woods. You are neversafe. Unfortunately I don’t think that is the case here. I think hejust wanted to make a horror film about a poor deaf girl. Could havebeen much better.
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As with the first major film from director Mike Flanagan, Absentia, andto an extent Oculus, the originality of a set-up isn’t the mostconcerning thing. Everything for him comes down to storytelling,storytelling, g-ddamn visual storytelling. How are you going to set upyour shots, get your actors to connect with the audience, to make surethat past the set up that he knows we’ve seen before – a man comes backafter years being ‘missing’ but what he missing; two adults fight backagainst the demonic entity that took their parents; a woman who is deafhas to stop a home invader-killer – and make it CINEMATIC?
I put the emphasis on that last word because many horror movies tend toforget that last part (the most awful and excruciating example beingUnfriended, but I don’t want to crap on Blumhouse getting somethingright here so I’ll let that go for now). It can’t just be thesituation, and a director has to keep that in check when puttingforward all of the dots together. This doesn’t mean a movie like Hushis anything perfect – in fact it almost falls apart in the last five toten minutes, and I wish they had used the fact that this protagonist isdeaf a little more, at least as something dramatic that could be usedagainst her (it does happen, just not enough) – but that’s not thepoint I’m trying to make here.
Why should you stop what you’re doing and check this out on Netflix?Well, the larger question is why didn’t this get a theatrical release?This is shot as something that really should be experienced in atheater, or at least in the dark with awesome sound and a bright, largescreen. For lack of a better term, Flanagan’s canvas is sharp as atack, and as much as I can praise the cinematography (and I do), thewriting from Flanagan and Siegel is what’s sharpest of all.
All of these actions that the characters take, whether it’s Maddie orthe killer, have to be written out and thought out. In this sense it’scloser in scope to No Country for Old Men for major portions, withthose set pieces where the characters face off, go from one part of thehouse to the other, and there’s barely a word (if any at all, usuallythere isn’t) in the space of five, ten, fifteen minutes at times. Ifelt in the grip of this film not because its concept was anythingmind-blowing (though, for once in I don’t know how long, it makes senseand is logical to be set in a rural environment surrounded by trees),but because I get caught up in what each figure, hero and villain, willdo next, and the vulnerability of her position made me think what Iwould do in that position, deaf or not.
Are there some contrivances? Sure. And in the time this evening sinceI’ve seen the film I’ve thought of some things that can be nitpicked ortaken apart. It’s not as complex as Absentia or as visually warped asOculus. But for what Flanagan and his co-writer/star Katie Siegel setout to accomplish (she completely sells every moment she’s given, everybreath, every time she has to do things like pull back the bow and itdoesn’t quite get all the way repeatedly), and within their limitationsthey set for themselves, it’s an awesome success.
If you like (honest to goodness ie Halloween 78′) slasher flicks, orwhen a home invasion movie has reasonably solid logic (note: this isn’tThe Purge in case you’re wondering, there’s no politics or any bigquestions like that) and just want to get completely scared out of yourminds, this is the thing to watch right now, and Flagan is one of thedependable young filmmakers working in horror.
The reason I really wanted to watch this film was the plot of it. Deafmute woman is threatened, pursued and attacked by a crazy guy in anisolated cabin (my personal favorite in the house-invasion genre.) Ihad high hopes for the film and Flanagan’s execution of it. I didn’tmuch like Oculus but I was sure the plot alone would suffice andcompensate for any shortcomings this movie may possess. I was wrong.
Hush begins with an introduction to the protagonist, Maddie, a deafmute writer. We are immediately assaulted with a barrage of evidencethat Maddie is in a ”complicated relationship” with some dude namedCraig. We then come to know that her friend worries about her due toher isolated existence (the reasons for which are never trulyexplained.) While Maddie writes her novel, a man breaks into her house,steals her phone and stands around for long enough to hear half theconversation she has with said concerned friend on Facetime. He thenwalks out as if he owns the damn place. The panic begins soon after inthe form of initial menacing images of Maddie in her lounge sent to herlaptop by her stolen phone. Terror ensues.
My main problem with this movie is just that; the man waltzes into herhouse, walks around, steals her phone and listens to her conversationwith her friend? Like, damn, I know she’s deaf but IS HE ALSOINVISIBLE? There are several scenes like that where the world isfalling apart around our protagonist without her taking even theslightest bit of notice. One could argue that since she lost herability to hear at the age of 13 instead of it being a birth defect,the fact that she doesn’t notice a man standing literally 10 feetbehind her is justifiable. But even so, for the sake of the movie,there is an immense number of cool things they could have done with hersensory defect. They could have used it to her advantage, shown how shegets the upper hand on the killer because of this problem or is justgenerally more aware with her other senses (vision, touch, olfactoryeven) and uses this to her advantage, the one thing the killer neversees coming. Instead the hearing loss is used to make her seemdownright stupid in some scenes. Take a page from Al Pacino from Scentof a Woman, why don’t you?
The characters and the things they did made me yell. ”Pick up thatknife!” ”Don’t go outside!” ”Turn the power back on somehow!” ”Pick upthat DAMN KNIFE!” There were a good many situations in which Maddiecould have stabbed her killer. I counted at least 2. Furthermore, inthe beginning of the movie, she tells the intruder that her boyfriendis coming. But that’s never really the case in home invasion films, isit? (Jennifer Hills, anyone?) How interesting would it be if instead ofrelying on things the audience has seen a billion times before, theboyfriend actually did show up and affected the plot somehow?
Despite this, it kept me watching and even though I was annoyed, I waseager to see how it would all turn out in the end. The finale isintense and gory. For a second, the audience really doesn’t know whichdirection the ending might go. The issue I have with Hush is that itrelies heavily on slasher film clichés. Single female, masked madman,best friend’s murder, no phone/power, general stupidity of itscharacters, a lot of hiding and running. The one original thing thefilmmakers had to offer, they forgot to utilize it to it’s fullestextent. Hell, I even forgot she’s deaf in some scenes! It seems morelike a random fact than anything which may affect the plot of the film.
Much like Oculus, the film had an interesting premise but thefilmmakers had no idea what to do with it. It could have went so manyways but instead it chose to become a poorly executed mess of a slasherfilm lacking depth, substance or originality.
I will begin by mentioning that I am a big fan of Oculus. It is one ofthose horror movies which is very evenly paced and takes a potentiallysilly premise and turns it into some wonderful psychological horror.What I liked about Mike Flanagan’s work was that he created characterswe root for and want to make it out alive. He is not interested inmaking cookie cutter slashers where we want the killer to get creative.That is a good trait in a horror filmmaker and Flanagan is definitelyvery good.
Hush touches upon a premise which is a personal favorite. The homeinvasion story, if done properly (The Strangers, Black Christmas, Whena Stranger Calls, Halloween), can be very compelling. Add Hush to thelist. It takes an overdone premise and adds twists in it which you donot see coming. The character of Maddie might seem like a cheap storydevice but Kate Siegel does a wonderful job of getting us on her side.At the same time, the dangerous but smug antagonist is essayed verywell. We want to see Maddie live and the killer die a horrible, painfuldeath. The amount of stupid decisions made by the protagonists is keptto a minimum and ultimately, it makes for really satisfying viewing.
To conclude, Hush is a must watch if you like intelligent and visceralhorror movies. You cannot help but think that you might just bewatching the work of the next big thing in Horror.
Not much new added to the ”murderous psychopath terrorizes gal alone inthe house” formula with the exception of one intriguing twist in”Hush”. Kate Siegel’s damsel in SERIOUS distress character of Maddie isboth deaf and mute. But this is not to indicate that she is in any wayfragile or weak. For we come to discover that Maddie is a flat-outTOTAL badass.
Siegel (who co-wrote the script here with her husband Mike Flanagan,the film’s Director) does a superb job with an extraordinarilydemanding role across a number of fronts. And while the conclusion to”Hush” was fitting I suppose, I just thought it would be a bit cooler.More special.
More…well…at the risk of being droll…resounding.
*** (out of 4)
Maddie (Kate Siegel) is a deaf writer who lives in a secluded housedeep in the woods. She’s currently struggling to find an ending to herlatest novel but her world is turned upside down when a man (JohnGallagher, Jr.) shows up outside her home trying to kill her.
Mike Flanagan’s HUSH is the perfect example of what you can do withnice performances, a good story and some creative directing. The filmcertainly has some flaws along the way but for the most part this is anextremely effective thriller that uses creativity over cheap CGIeffects or obnoxious loud band noises to try and get scares.
What impressed me the most was the simple storyline and how directorFlanagan managed to use it to the perfect effect. The biggest issue forour female lead is that she can’t hear the killer and the killer’s bestprotection is that he can hear her. This here creates some greatsuspense because of scenes like where the killer is standing behind herknocking on a window but she can’t tell that he’s there. There areseveral scenes where the killer is right there making noise but ourdeaf person can’t hear it and this just milks up the suspense.
The film really makes you understand and feel what our lead characteris going through. I say this because while it’s obvious what it meansto be deaf, this film manages to really let you see and feel the fearthat the character would be going through in this situation. Thedirector perfectly milks all of these scenes and the screenplay is alsoextremely effective because of the creative scenarios that our lead hasto go through.
Siegel is extremely effective in her part because she has to do so muchwithout saying a single word. She’s certainly very believable in herrole and she certainly makes you believe she’s a deaf woman. Gallagher,Jr. is also good in the role of the killer as he brings a certainlycold and clam nature to the role. The two work very well together andoff one another.
As I said, there are some flaws including one really bad dream-likesequence but for the most part this is one of the more creativethrillers in recent years.
Hush is a ”horror” movie that leans on the fact that the main characteris deaf. This could have been great, if done properly. There is a sceneat the outset with Maddie cooking, and it removes all the sound atpoint, putting us in her shoes as a deaf person. Pretty cool.Unfortunately, that is the best moment in the entire movie.
Normally, when someone describes a movie as ”dark”, I assume they’rereferring to controversial subject matter. In this movie, being ”dark”is quite literal, with large swaths of footage impossible to see.
Some people get stabbed, beaten, etc., but it’s hard to figure out whodied because the movie was apparently shot in the photo development labof a Walgreens.
Acting is pretty sub par here, and the killer has all the dangerouscharisma of a head of iceberg lettuce.
It’s never good when a horror movie has you on your hands and knees 20minutes in saying ”Just break the window and kill her already!”
oh, this movie came so–SO–close to being something really, reallyspecial. as it was, hush (2016) was pretty darn good, and were it notfor a poorly conceived fifteen minute stretch preceding the finale, itmight have been a classic.
this spare and intelligently put together slasher movie pits maddie, adeaf writer struggling to end her current novel, against a killer withno motive and an eternally built in element of surprise. maddie is agreat character, plucky and resourceful, who never gives up despitewhat must be paralyzing fear, being so vulnerable. kate siegal playsher wonderfully; she also co-wrote the script! extra cool. the killeris way more menacing behind his mask, which he sheds much too quickly.and then he talks way too much. nonetheless, he and maddie engage in avery entertaining game of cat-and-mouse.
everything is humming, just moving along with entertaining crackle,great dialogue, lovely camera (filmed in good ole alabama), and a greatsynth score from the newton brothers, until the movie runs off the roadfor a piece. suddenly, all the characters make a series of rashdecisions that defy credulity, and which snapped me out of hush’s starkhold for a stretch. to their credit, director mike flanagan andscripter siegal wrestle the car out of its’ ditch and deliver anexciting–and satisfying–conclusion.
one of my hopes was that the filmmakers would be clever about how theyused sound, and they did not let me down. at times, we are drowned insuffocating silence, which reminds us how desperate maddie’s situationis: literally, he could crash through a window or even a wall, and shewould be none the wiser. she’s mute which smartly removes a classichorror movie trope–screaming female victim. it restores some of herpower lost by not hearing anything, depriving him of the pleasure ofhearing her suffer. and then the volume gets turned up here and there,reinforcing to us how much maddie is missing: if only she could hearthat, this would be all over! hush is a smart and feisty movie thatpresents us with a uniquely powerful final girl. the movie is filmedgorgeously, and definitely shows us what flanagan might do with a newhalloween flick (which obviously had some influence on this one). ihope siegal remains with him as writing partner. there are far too fewwomen in horror, and a writer who is also a talented actor would be avaluable talent in our genre. a siege movie, home invasion, cabin inthe woods, slasher, hush is a great little flick, gently affecting, andperfect at 80 some-odd-minutes.
This movie was amazing. The depth and complexity of every moment wasamazing. The actors and actresses were great. Bravo! I genuinelyappreciated the fact that us watchers were able to experience life inher point of view. She did an amazing job of expressing her trueemotions and feelings even though being what I would certainly call”challenged”. Those challenges that she was faced with gave the storymore meaning. You don’t see movies, TV shows, or even books, that havesuch problematic details. This movie showed emotions in a less obviousway, a way that made me truly appreciate such a film. However there isa line to be drawn. The message was able to be found however it wassimply too hard to be found. So for the dozens of people who don’t tendto see the complex things that matter in life, or the moral, it madethe film harder to understand or relate. As I watched the movie theother people tended to see not the moral, just what was there. So thegreatest part of the movie was also its weakest link. However thatdoesn’t take away from the fact that it’s still incredible.
Director Mike Flanagan has already proved himself on the horror genremany times before. Now however, he exceeds all of his previous workwith Hush. A psychological horror thriller movie that is veryentertaining. This movie is perfectly directed and amazingly written.The premise is nothing new but the execution is what makes it, specialand as good as it is. Even though it is produced on a small budget andhas a rather short running time, it still manages to keep us intriguedand at the edge of out seats. The ending is also very satisfying too.All the actors do a wonderful job here. The dark tone and the R ratingis what helps this movie qualify as genuinely scary at times. It takesthe familiar premise and the clichés that come with it, and makessomething new out of it. And that’s a very hard thing to do, but provedpossible by M. Flanagan. I really enjoyed Hush, and while it isn’tgroundbreaking or anything (which it isn’t even trying to be), it isstill a fast paced, thrilling, scary and tense movie completed by verygood performances and amazing directing.
My husband had been asleep in front of the TV but once this gotunderway he was wide awake. It was a surprise as was not expectingsomething this good. When you wake up the next morning and are stillgoing over the scenes then you know it was pretty darn good. The actingwas great especially when no voice could be used by the main character.All the way through you are involved rooting for the heroine. It is nothorror so people should not be put off by that. It is scary but notmore than is needed to tell the story of a brave, determined youngwriter who uses her imagination to help defend herself. We watched itat bedtime but still were able to sleep. It is not suitable forchildren or teenagers though! I recommend it to people who love a goodthriller.
I was totally hesitant watching this movie as it appeared to be thesame old story. The filmmaker did a fantastic job shooting the movieshowing the different perspectives. Going in I merely thought woman ina house stalked by killer, boring. A deaf woman, ups the ante infilming and sound or lack there of. I found the cinematography great inthis movie as well. It had a dark, eerie essence about it and it was amulti climactic movie. This movie did its job and was creeping me outfor a couple of days. It has been a while since a thriller/horror flickhas had that effect. Watch the movie for yourself. Don’t even look atthe ratings or even my review!
One thing on most animal lovers lips during this movie is ‘does the catdie?’ Fortunately for you guys, it doesn’t.
But this movie offers more than just a reasonably happy ending. Itshowcases the talent that is John Gallagher Jr – a rising star whoneeds to take on more bad guy roles as he absolutely smashed it out ofthe park in this movie. He gets every characteristic of his part acrossin the first few minutes on screen and once we are comfortable withthat, he just goes on to emphasise each trait to reveal just how trulysick and twisted he is. We know this type of character, sure, we’veseen it before, but John Gallagher Jr does something impressive hereand stands out, even alongside husband and wife/director and star duoMike Flanagan and Kate Siegel.
Everything that falls under the Horror label has a reason for beingfrightening. Usually, it’s derived from basic human fears which in mostcases relate directly to survival instincts. Hush’s main story linedeals, obviously, with Home Invasion (following other titles like PanicRoom and Strangers), but aside from that it deals with the loss ofsenses. Usually, as we’ve all seen and read in Horror films andstories, the sense of sight is the one focused on. This time – a filmhas set out to show us just how scary the loss of hearing could be, andhas done a wonderful job!
The story is quite simple. Maddie (Kate Siegel) is a deaf writer livingon her own, with very little human interactions, mostly her friend andneighbour Sarah (Samantha Sloyan) and her sister Max (Emilia Graves,with whom she chats online). There are also references to an exboyfriend by name of Craig. One night, out of nowhere, a killer (JohnGallagher Jr.) arrives at her doorstep with the sole intention oftoying with her, and finally killing her.
The acting is very impressive, especially Gallagher as a profoundlycreepy and unnerving killer, and Siegel as a deaf woman fighting forher life. However, the greatest feature is by far the direction (MikeFlanagan). The focus on certain sounds to emphasize Maddie’s deafness,the cutting of all audio in certain scenes to show things from herpoint of view (or more appropriately hearing), the wonderful use of asingle location in the project – all have added value making this goodfilm great.
Hush is not a masterpiece, especially because of the over-simplifiedplot and lack of any twists or actual turning points. A smarter story,with half the thought shown to given by Maddie to her books’ endings,would have really made the film exquisite. However, even with the storyas it is, Hush is suspenseful, authentic, relatable and on in allmanners fun and rewarding. Very recommended.
I like the idea of a female who lives in some sort of woman who can’thear, that what really got me into this movie , is the fact that shecouldn’t hear and then some random psycho killer was playing with herhead through out the movie , until the end where the acting all stars..but it was an interesting plot , with a great Acting from a Lead Actorand the Psycho dude was quite good as well , the movie is a bit violent, it not extreme violent but there were like 2 or 3 scenes that werepretty brutal , but overall i enjoyed this movie and i would recommendto see this at least ones , i FELT LIKE this was more of a thrillerthen horror , so I definitely wouldn’t say this is a horror . But gocheck it out! it good.
Hush is a beautifully executed psychological thriller. I questioned ifI should turn it off when I was watching it only because I was aloneand scared, but I don’t think I could have turned it off if I reallyreally wanted to.
There is very little dialogue seeing as how the protagonist (KateSiegel) is deaf. But what she lacks in words she makes up for in actionas you stay in suspense the entire time you watch this movie. Not tomention the sadistic mindset of the antagonist (Jihn Gallagher Jr.)causing you to feel unbelievable angst. Unlike other ”cat and mouse”movies, this one is intensely realistic and has all bases covered asfar as keeping you in suspense and not letting you have any ”oh give mea break” kind of thoughts.
With that being said, I highly recommend it and hope this review washelpful….. Whatever you do, watch with a buddy!
Hush is a must see movie even if suspense thrillers aren’t usually yourthing. It’s not the type of big budget production that leaves you witha memorable logo or over-priced souvenir. No, it’s the type of moviethat leaves you with something else. It’s the type of movie that hasyou screaming at the main character to ”turn around!” or ”don’t move!”so loud and so fiercely that you rip your cotton spread in your barehands (because grown-ups don’t use blankies, right?). It’s the type ofmovie that produces Moby Dick size waves of relief followed bypounding, quick-breathed panic in your chest. Hush is a remarkablywell-done thriller, but it’s also much more than that. It has a seriesof details that command your mind to think about it long after you’vechanged your spread and turned in for the night with all door, windows,and shutters closed. It’s about a talented writer, with a disablingbout of writers block that wouldn’t seem to go away. She’d evenconsidered giving up on her second novel after coming up with sevendifferent endings for it that seemed impossible to even begin choosingfrom. Shortly into the film, we learn she lives a life of seclusion,not only because of her location, a small home in the woods with oneneighbor, but also because she has been deaf and mute since she’d beena teenager. She moved out to the woods to get away from thedisorienting noise of the city where she could write in peace. As awriter, she mentioned that she had voices in her head, narrating everypossible story line like a movie playing out in her mind. This is whyshe was such a great writer, but also why she couldn’t decide on oneending for her second novel. Her writers block became the least of herworries when a malicious stranger showed up at her secluded home. Iwon’t give out any spoilers, but I’ll tell you this; the voices in herhead that caused her frustration in not being able to finish her bookis the very thing that may or may not have saved her. My thoughtthroughout the film and at its close were that, if she survived, shewould no longer be indecisive in telling a story. She would have astory alright. A story of how determination led to her self-preservation, gained through incomprehensible pain and suffering, or anuntold story. A story of how just a few more seconds or a weapon thatmuch closer or that one last chance would have saved her life if onlyshe could’ve had it. Either way, it’s still a great story.
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After very weak character development this movie becomes tense andinteresting playing well off the concept of the protagonist’sdisability. Until, of course, ten or so minutes after the killer isintroduced the movie completely forgets the deaf gimmick that makes itinteresting in the first place.
The first few minutes of the killer stalking are the best moments inthe movie then it takes dive after dive in quality making you wonderwhen it’s going to end so you can move on with your life. Luckily themovie is short and has a treat to reward you for your time in themoments before the final confrontation between the protagonist andkiller.
Even with the short run time this movie suffered from it’s length,stumbling around to find the next thing to throw into the conflict toconnect the beginning and ending. It would have been much better withonly 40-50 minutes cutting down on some of the boring cat and mousescenes which would allow them to write the characters as clever or atleast not stupid. Removing the unnecessary additions to the story thatplay no role except to extend the play time would greatly enhance it aswell.
If you have an hour and a half to kill and want to be entertained forat least half of that time, then this movie is a good choice if you’rea fan of thrillers.
If an original horror film can achieve any chance of standing out inthe genre, it needs to be, well, original. A unique premise orstory-telling device to hook genre fans and non alike in. Hush deliversthe torment and endurance through the perspective of a deaf-mute butmars them in an entertaining if fairly underwhelming home invasionformula.
Entirely competent best describes the success of Hush. The expectancyto be so intrigued by the heroine’s condition as to be distracted fromthe uneventful generic narrative is barely there, however. Writer anddirector Mike Flannigan had the opportunity to milk the concept dry andyet barely scratches the surface of her plight. The inability to hearand speak seems abundant in horror potential and yet sound and visualdesign is sparingly directed around it.
Compare the Haneke’s direction in both Funny Games, the extended scenesof pure silence are profuse in tangible tension. There are the expectedcat-and-mouse hide-and-seek games found here but none of them arememorably distinct from any other slasher. The rare moments ofdirectorial flourish are welcome such when the struggling thrillerwriter visualizes her methods of escape but only contrast with the barerealism of the overall tone. This is even more disappointing whenFlannigan’s Oculus engaged the story from every angle that wonderfullyplayed on the suspense-fueled curiosity.
A couple of reviews ‘warned’ not to expect a story and hopes wereexpecting another minimalist raw experience similar to Funny Games. Thetruth of the warnings were more so not to expect a notable story to befound in such an interesting hook. There’s just little engagement to befound in both cat and mouse.
That’s not to critique the few actors present, lead Siegel delivers agreat performance that does invoke both sympathy for inherentvulnerability and excitement in eventual bravado in survival. Oppositeher, Gallagher Jr. does his best with a progressively underwhelmingantagonist. Given we learn nothing of his character, it seems needlessfor him to be so chatty and casual when the premise naturally invitesthe silent stalker archetype of Myers and Voorhees. The initialintroduction is strong but the film’s intention to humanize him presenthis sieges as pathetic and then uninteresting.
Going in blind to Hush was a satisfying surprise, a tense and enjoyableride. Unfortunately, I didn’t really go in blind as I had just recentlyseen another home invasion horror with a crossbow wielding maskedmaniac which overshadows this in aesthetic and pacing tremendously. Nowit does seem unfair to compare films like this when they should standon their own merits and with that, give Hush a watch sometime. It’sgood… but just don’t watch You’re Next around the same time.
‘Hush’ provides the viewer with a consistent stream of tension andsuspense, as well as a surprising number of ideas and plot twists giventhe movie’s relatively simple premise. What you’ll also get out of thismovie is a likable and resourceful protagonist and a sadistic andcalculating villain. I will say that there are moments where the plotdrags a bit, and that the ending requires a little suspension ofdisbelief, but it’s still a satisfying movie that will have you holdingyour breath, and wondering what will happen next. I will defiantlycheck out Mr. Flanagan’s other works in the future. My verdict is fourout of five.
I have just finished watching Hush and even though I never writereviews, this film alone compelled me to start. The story was wellwritten and paced well. It got started immediately and didn’t let upthroughout its run time. At no point did it feel like it dragged on andit kept me guessing although the ending is as one would predict, it wasfun and unpredictable getting there. Both victim and assailant weremore competent than most films have shown and I really liked thecharacter development. The film was immersive in how it showed what themain character Maddie was thinking and and dealing with in hersituation. A very great film that I would recommend to anyone wanting anew take on a slasher movie.
I like films where masked attack people stranded in a house, and thismovie started of quiet well, the same as others like it but with theadded twist that the woman is deaf,
however very quickly the mask is removed and the woman, in between herapple adverts she does through the movie, makes some strange decisions,but the ‘killer’ guy is so awful, he’s not scary or clever, which wouldbe fine but the movie tries so hard to make him both.
I thought the movie would use the fact that the main woman is deaf, totighten suspense and tension, apart from the opening twenty minutes,they don’t really make as much of this as they could of, and most themovie is just a man outside a house, and then trying to break in.
Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) lives a life of utter isolation afterlosing her hearing via bacterial meningitis at age 13. She’s retreatedform society, living in seclusion, and existing in a completely silentworld. But one night, that fragile world is shattered when the maskedface of a psychotic, crossbow-wielding killer (John Gallagher, Jr.)appears in her window. Without another living soul for miles, and withno way to call for help, it appears that Maddie is at the killer’smercy, but he may have underestimated his prey. As this horrifying gameof cat and mouse escalates to a breathless fever pitch, Maddie mustpush herself beyond her mental and physical limits in order to survivethe night.
My introduction to the works of writer and director Mike Flanagan cameabout in April of 2014 when I saw his independent horror thrillerOculus in theaters. I had a blast with that film. It was clever, it wascreative, it was intense, and it dripped with dread, tension, andatmosphere. With Flanagan’s Before I Wake getting pushed back severaltimes due to Relativity Media’s filing for bankruptcy, Netflix pickedup Hush (his second collaboration with Blumhouse after Oculus) andreleased it worldwide on April 8th. With Hush, Mike Flanagan has nowfully proved himself to be one of the new masters of horror, right upthere with James Wan, Ti West, and Alexandre Aja among others.
If this and Oculus are any indication, Mike Flanagan is masterful atcreating chilling atmosphere and building up nerve-wracking tension.Very unexpectedly so, the horror starts quite early into the film andboth the tension and suspense never let up. The scares Flanagan andco-writer/lead star Kate Siegel (husband and wife in real life) createare genuine, not false. Whereas many other modern horror films rely oncheap jump scares, CGI overload, and characters making dumb decisionsfor the sake of the plot to shock and frighten, Hush takes its time inconceiving true scares. The intense violence also gets pretty brutaland gory as the film goes on, but in a way that’s not over-the-top butinstead helps serve a purpose to the story and add to it.
One of the biggest pros and surprises in any modern horror film is goodcharacters. Hush focuses on only two. Let’s first focus on Siegel’slead protagonist, Maddie, who finds herself in a game of cat and mousewith the villain and has to rely on her keen wit in order to survivehis wrath. Aside from conversations she stages with a speaking variantof herself in her head, Maddie doesn’t speak a single line of dialoguein the film and she still manages to be one of the most likable,resourceful, and whip-smart horror protagonists in years. This is avery physical performance that must have be incredibly hard to pulloff, but luckily, Siegel knocks it out of the park, delivering aterrific lead performance and I sincerely hope she gets more work afterthis. She is wonderful (not to mention, so gorgeous).
But as the old saying goes, the hero is only as good as the villain.Hush definitely doesn’t disappoint in this area. As the psychotickiller stalking Maddie, John Gallagher, Jr. works wonders in this role.He scared the ever-living hell out of me with his performance. Hischaracter is motiveless and yet that trait the character has workssurprisingly incredibly well for the film. He starts off wearing a maskand is already very menacing, but when he takes the mask off, hemanages to become even more so. Gallagher delivers one of the mostintense performances of the year and after this and 10 CloverfieldLane, I’m very much looking forward to seeing what he has under hisbelt next.
Flanagan and Siegel’s screenplay is very cleverly written, trying toground the series of events happening in reality with good results. Isit entirely realistic? Admittedly, not really. There are someoccasional bothersome lapses in logic and common sense, but for themost part, it’s believable enough for me to take what’s going onseriously. Fresh off of replicating James Wan & John R. Leonetti’svisual style of The Conjuring for its prequel/spin-off Annabelle, D.P.James Kniest teams with Flanagan here and his work here isbreathtaking. This is a very good-looking film and Kniest’s smoothcamera-work and perfect lighting add to the tense atmosphere Flanagancreates alongside the fantastic musical score composed by the NewtonBrothers.
In summary, if you want to see a good example of how the horror genrehasn’t lost all of its dignity just yet, you should definitely checkthis out if you have the chance. It is well worth your time. Withbeautifully written characters, terrific performances, atmosphericcinematography and direction, and wonderfully built up tension, Hushcomes highly recommended.
The main character is deaf, so it seems that they wrote this in to thefilm to make it different – but it doesn’t. You have to know someonethat is actually deaf/mute to realize that this story-line is by no waybelievable in the least.
I won’t put any spoilers, but every other chiller, thriller, horrorfilm has made it into this film. Seems even viral video things havemade it into this film. The scene setup, camera angles, lighting,ridiculous sound effects, everything has been done a million times inother movies.
You have to ask why bad films/scripts keep getting the funding whenthere are so many good writers here in Southern California looking forthat backing yet have a hard time getting it.
Let us start with the fact that this is not a horror movie. It’s athriller, with some interesting unusual aspects, as well as a fewcringe-worthy flaws (in character logic, as the case always seems tobe).
So what makes this movie stand out and feel almost fresh? The obviousfirst is that our protagonist is deaf-mute. Not being an expert on deafpeople, I still believe this was played quite consistently to themovie’s credit. It is interesting to occupy the head space of someonemissing such an important sense in a frightful situation.
Another thing I noticed is the total lack of jump scares. There isn’t asingle jump-scare in the movie, which only further distances Hush frombeing a horror movie. In fact the usual creep factor as a whole is keptto a minimum. It quickly becomes a cat-and-mouse kind of battle of witsmore than anything else, which I found a pleasant surprise, despitebeing more of a horror fanatic.
The third curious thing is that from the get go it’s made clear thatthe killer is very much human. We don’t know what his motivations are,he’s just out to kill and doesn’t give much of a s*** about anythingelse but his upper hand. He doesn’t have much of a plan and has toimprovise, as does our protagonist to survive.
I found the thrill in this movie to be more intellectual than primal.The gore is neither profuse nor lacking, it’s there when it’s needed.It’s well shot, acted, directed and edited, considering the modestbudget, and doesn’t overstay its welcome. I’d recommend it for a rainyevening if you want to see the thriller genre try something new.
They committed to a simple choice here to create the funhouse in whichhorror is going to play out for our delectation. The distraught victimwho is all alone in the remote cottage is a deaf mute. A killer isskulking the perimeter and has all night to toy with her, prolongingthe thrill of watching and teasing through windows that mirrors our ownexperience of having come to see. It shows viewers who slip in and outof sight, one and then a second viewer vying for control of thisintermediate space, having to make imaginative choices.
It’s a potent scenario, one that was long coming perhaps. They keep itfairly safe overall, trying to avoid off notes more than imaginativelyextending, making me wish for an energy like Hooper’s. But the house isspacious, affording funhouse games of anticipated surprise. Knowing noone will be coming and agony must be suffered in silence helps toenvelop. They secured a woman with a strong presence to anchoremotional torment. The killer isn’t the usual hulking crazy but a nextdoor creep who came out to play and probably has a 9 to 5 lifesomewhere close.
This movie was very VERY enjoyable from beginning to end. I was notexpecting to like this movie as much as I did and I am a veryopinionated about my horror movies. The movie had me on the edge of myseat the while time.
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The fact that the main character is deaf add such an interesting takeon this kind of movie. The length of the movie was perfect. Was justlong enough so you get to know the characters and what relation theyhave, and was not too long to where you are becoming eager for it toend. The violence was quite strong throughout, but not in anoverwhelming or out of place kind of way.. It was not overly gory andit all fit very well with the premise of the movie.
I haven’t seen this type of movie this good in a long time and I willdefinitely recommend to others and be watching it again myself in thefuture!
A deaf writer (Kate Siegel) who retreated into the woods to live asolitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer(John Gallagher) appears at her window.
Stephen King tweeted about the film on April 20, 2016, saying, ”Howgood is Hush? Up there with Halloween and, even more, Wait Until Dark.White knuckle time. On Netflix.” Now, I don’t necessarily always agreewith King. He’s a giant in horror, of course, but that doesn’t meantaste can’t vary. However, an endorsement from him never hurts and inthis case I think he is right.
Maybe this is not as good as ”Halloween” (that seems outrageouslybold), but the comparison with ”Wait Until Dark” is perfect. While thatfilm is a classic, in some ways this one goes an extra step — themovie is not silent, but is very, very sparse on dialogue. That wouldbe like ”Wait Until Dark” being a radio drama.
For ”Hush”, we have an excellent use of reflection, the smooth cameramovements are great, and everyone involved makes this far better thanthe average horror film. In fact, while I would say horror on averageis getting worse, this film allows me to believe it can get better. Ijust have one question… is the title a ”Buffy” reference or what?
this film surprised me in a good way.it’s taut,suspenseful andthrilling.it’s a bit like the movies Hard Target(jean Claude Van Damm)Surviving the Game(Rutger Hauer,Ice-T),or the classic The MostDangerous Game(1932).the only difference is this one’s on a smallerscale and our main character is deaf.it’s unpredictable and I wasn’tsure how it would end.as for the acting Kate Siegel(who also co-wrotethe film)stars as our heroine Maddie.Maddie is a very sympatheticcharacter and you can’t help but root for her.after watching The movieThe Invitation(which I found uninspiring and sorely lacking any thinggood) just prior to this movie,I was relieved that the nite wasn’t atotal loss.for me,Hush is an 8/10
I read a couple of bad reviews before watching this so I was a bitunsure. The slasher movie has been done to ‘death’ so I thought here wego again.
This slasher movie is different not just because the main star is deafand mute but also there are some changes to the normal ‘Man in mask’routine but I won’t spoil anything. Also the fact she is deaf reallyadds some scary moments to some scenes and allows the writers to reallyplay with some great ideas (Breath on neck etc). The movie startsfairly slowly but once it gets going it does with a bang and never letsup with some great twists along the way and the acing is top notch fromall the cast.
Really enjoyed this movie and it was a breath of fresh air in a tiredtired subject matter
Palpably tense, downright captivating & endlessly thrilling, Hushbegins like a fresh breathe of life in the home-invasion slashersubgenre of horror, and had all the necessary ingredients to become amodern slasher masterpiece but, thanks to some poor decisions made bythe filmmakers, it isn’t one. And it really is a shame because therewas so much up for grabs plus it did many things right too.
The story of Hush follows a young, deaf & mute writer who lives asolitary life in the woods and is working on her next book. But herquiet & peaceful life is disrupted when a masked killer appears at herdoor and, after learning about her disability, takes advantage of thesituation and torments her all night. But as this cat-n-mouse gamenears its conclusion, our writer realises that there is only one way toend this ordeal.
Co-written & directed by Mike Flanagan, the home-invasion story thatHush packs in isn’t new by any means but the decision to turn itsprotagonist deaf & mute does add an interesting spin to it. Sure it mayfeel like a gimmick but in all honesty, it helps raise the stakes by anextent. Flanagan’s direction is brilliant for the most part as he keepsthe suspenseful vibe alive but when it was time to make some bolddecisions, he chose to compromise.
There were numerous things the director could’ve done differently thatwould’ve benefited this thriller immensely, and made the ride all themore engrossing. Some possible alternatives include, narrating thestory like a silent thriller, using sound such as ambient noises but nodialogues, or never letting the killer take off his mask or eliminatingthe unnecessary exposition that ends up ruining few moments. Itwould’ve been a challenge but it also would’ve allowed some creativityto come into play.
Kate Siegel, who co-wrote the screenplay with Flanagan, also plays ourdeaf & mute protagonist and does a really good job at it. I don’t knowif Siegel playing a handicap woman has anything to do with it but hercharacter is really likable and it isn’t difficult to get behind herwhen things go south. The controlled camera-work, apt lighting &fitting colour tones greatly enhance the tone n feel of the story,Editing never lets the tension seep out of the equation, and thebackground score does amplify its mood at times.
On an overall scale, Hush had the opportunities to take its genre in adifferent direction and set a new bar for modern home-invasionthrillers in the process but it settles for much less than what it wascapable of. The film is still a taut, compelling & edge-of-the-seatexperience that will satisfy majority of its viewers but due to a fewshortcomings, which were totally avoidable, it just falls short ofjoining the ranks of the greatest examples of its genre. I actuallyenjoyed what this psychological horror had in store for me but I stillcan’t stop picturing the masterpiece it just missed out on being.
This movie was a huge let down for me… I don’t know why people aresaying this is a fresh take on an old concept…. Making the star deafis the only unique thing about the film
Other than that, it’s prettylame, predictable, anticlimactic, and boring…. Also, we never knowanything about the characters or their motivations. They’re just onscreen doing things that lead to gore and violence… And then themovie is over…. It’s a lazy form of story telling to inventcharacters that have no reason behind their clear motives… I mean,the killer is NEVER explained in any way… He’s just a psycho with nobackground, who shows up to kill people… That’s not scary or thoughtprovoking… It’s too simple to be scary or creative.
The film is so bad that I cannot believe the good reviews.
Not sure if someone already pointed it out but if you lose your hearingat 13 years there is no way you cannot speak. Your language acquisitionfinished more or less at seven years old. That’s why if you learn a newlanguage after that you cannot get the accent or the fluency as withyour mother tongue.So, she has had 6 years of full language (English, Ipresume) before the meningitis made her deaf.
She is a writer as an adult, so she supposedly might have a pretty goodcommand of English.
Even if you cannot hear because of the meningitis, your brain wouldn’thave been affected, neither would your mouth,tongue, larynx, etc.
Being deaf should be enough, not sure why they did have to make her(unbelievably) mute. Avoid it and watch any other film in history, itcannot be worse.
Like a previous reviewer I too had to join just to let people with halfa brain know how truly ridiculous a movie Hush is.
Anyone over thirteen should watch this movie for no other reason thanas a comedy.
You will hate the stupid deaf woman more than the brain dead stalker.My family was all rooting for him in the end. This woman should beblind because she is already deaf and dumb.
We thought it must be a good twist on a usually brain dead movie genre.But this was ten times worse than any I have ever seen. It is almostthe worse movie I have ever seen.
Forget the teenage reviewers on here. Watch this movie to see how trulybad it really is.
In the movie ”Hush” Maddie, (Kate Siegel) a deaf and mute writer findsherself fighting for her life when a man, (John Gallagher Jr.) stalksand threatens her from outside her house. The Man continuously tauntsMaddie with the idea of coming inside to kill her. Though seeminglylike your typical ”serial killer in the woods” thriller, the movie”Hush” provides the viewer with powerful characters, phenomenal sounds,and twists that are such to pack a punch.
Both the main actors, Kate Siegel and John Gallagher Jr. do a profoundjob of gaining the viewers attention through their strong emotionalconnection and quality of acting in general. Most commendablythough,Kate Siegel did a phenomenal job of playing the role of the muteand deaf Maddie. Due to Maddie’s life situation,Siegel has to relysolely on physical appearances to show emotions, rather than typicalsound cues. Even though it seems far-fetched without the normal loud,gut wrenching, cries of complete and utter despair, when Siegelexpresses pain, the viewer can’t help but feel the pain as well. Whenexpressing pain, the audience is drawn in through Seigel’s wrenchedshut eyes, trembling body, her position on the floor, and her mouthextensively open as if it was filled with loud screams. Siegel’sfantastic quality of acting really does an amazing job of not onlycatching the viewer’s attention, but also keeping it throughout thewhole movie.
The minimalist approach sound-wise that ”Hush” takes really does afantastic job of not only adding to the overall ”spookiness” of themovie, but it also helps the viewer relate to the main character. Thereare many points throughout the movie when the sound cuts out, duringthese times the viewer is forcibly placed into Maddie’s position, thistemporary situation creates a bond between the viewer and the maincharacter, which adds to the overall enjoyability of the movie. Whenthe sound does come back on, it is mainly focused on small subtlethings, the sound of the knife on a chopping board, crunching leaves,breathing, and creaky steps, these small sounds help add to theeeriness of the movie.
During the final fight scene the quality of the sound effects seems todecline, *cue super dramatic fight song here*. Despite the overallminor hiccup at the end, the movie’s sound effects were of high qualityand really increased the viewers attention and emotional connection.
”Hush” is a thriller guaranteed to keep the viewer on the edge of hisor her seat. ”Hush” not only has extreme character-to-audienceconnections, but it also makes use of some not very common soundeffects, engaging the viewer. So grab your friends, popcorn, and someblankets
.”Hush” will not disappoint.
This was a waste of time. It is impressive for the low budget, whichalmost earned it an extra star, and great acting, but otherwiseeverything else about it is trash.
The use of silence is nonexistent and in a movie about a deaf personthat seems like a horrible misstep. There was so much potential here todo something that hadn’t been done before in the horror genera, butinstead it followed the home terrorizing tropes at every step.
The protagonist is constantly acting like a complete moron and missesevery opportunity to defend herself until the best part of the movie,the final scene. I spent most of this movie face palming and admiringthe fantastic acting, but as a horror movie it is a huge waste of time.With this movie getting rave reviews I had much higher expectations,but all it has done is make me loose faith in the sites I have alwaystrusted to have reliable reviews. Save yourself an hour and a half andpass up the terrible movie.
This is an excellent thriller horror movie with an amazing maincharacter that you’ll get behind immediately. The side characters arealso great for what they are and all push the story forward and all ofthe actors are doing a fine job. This film is also well shot, nothingspectacular but exactly what it needed to be shot like. The villain isso damn great and I really hated him and I almost never do that. Hereminded me of the girl in ”Gone Girl” which I also hated, which isprecisely what the movie makers wanted. Twists and turns are also athing in this Netflix original, to say the least. I was fooled once,heads off to that.
This movie had me at the very edge of my seat most of the time anddeserves the best rating for me. I know it’s probably the best thefirst time you watch it but I loved it and I think I’ll watch it againa few times. Really great.
Now on the surface, the story sounds pretty standard and even kind ofbland, since home invasion stories are anything but new, but it’sexecuted fairly solidly. The main character is very easy to root for.She’s not the stereotypical dumb female that we see in a lot of crappyhorror films, but she’s also not an axe wielding overpowered bad assthat is suddenly invincible and unstoppable. She’s just a person tryingto find her way out of a bad situation by any means she can. She’s notstupid. She’s actually really smart. In fact, there’s a pretty cleverscene at one point during the film, where she’s imagining a bunch ofdifferent scenarios to escape from the cottage and what the finaloutcome will be, which is actually based off a technique she uses tofind a preferable ending to her novels. Most horror movies give acharacter a backstory and not have it tie into anything, but this flickcleverly ties it in and it works very well. So yeah, I like the maincharacter.
The killer, I assure you, you will despise. And I mean that in a goodway. This guy is creepy, mysterious, vulgar, sadistic, and just astraight-up douche. You’re just waiting for him to drop dead at anyminute. But at the same time, he’s smart as well. So him and the maincharacter are evenly matched making it harder to predict what theoutcome of each scene will be. It’s true, we don’t know much about hispast or his motive behind why he’s even trying to kill this girl tobegin with, but in this case, I think it’s just the mysteriousnessbehind his character that makes him all the more intimidating andunpredictable. You just never know what this guy is going to do next.
The film is also not nearly as violent as you’d expect. Sure there’sblood and stabbing and some of the basic crap you’d expect from a movieabout a killer, but it mostly relies on its atmosphere and suspense tomove the story forward. It doesn’t feel like it needs to pander to thelowest common denominator just for the hell of it. It just wants totell its story the way it intends and feels that it doesn’t needexcessive gore. The film doesn’t have as much dialogue as you’d expecteither. Yeah, there’s actually huge portions of this film with littleto no dialogue. But it’s still just as suspenseful, I might even arguemore suspenseful, than the scenes with dialogue. It relies on itsatmosphere and its intimidating antagonist in order to build tension.So the film does show an understanding of how to build suspense.
I would recommend checking out this film. It’s an entertainingsuspenseful thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat andmight even leave you a bit disturbed. Check it out on Netflix. It’sdefinitely worth the watch.
I was excited to see this film as I really enjoy the home invasiongenre and I have known Flanagan’s movies to be average but not reallybad. I was let down. I thought this could be the best film he has tooffer but unfortunately for all of us, it is not the case. In fact it’shard to even say which one of his movies is his best. He’s nailed the”average horror film.”
I like the spin they give the movie by having our heroine be deaf butother than that there’s not really anything special. There’s nothing inthe film that keeps it interesting past that one little detail. Siegeldoes a good job displaying emotions without her voice and herperformance is only visual but it’s good.
I think that the idea of the movie is really cool but it falls prey towhat most home invasion movies fall prey to… It fails to keep youinterested and doesn’t throw any crazy stuff into the movie to spice itup. One of the cool things they did was have one scene where she runsthrough the various routes available to her as she plans out her”escape.” I just wish there was more of that.
Overall it’s a decent movie but fails to stay interesting past thebeginning.
I don’t know if it’s supposed to be ironic that the main actress whoplays a writer, also co-wrote the story here. Maybe it’s supposed tohave that Meta level feeling and for some that may work more than forothers. Other than that this tries to distance itself from the usualhome invasion shtick, by having its lead being deaf. It’s made clearfrom the beginning what you are about to get.
Overall it’s decent, but even with that ”different” approach (andwithout any major jump scares, for better or worse), this is prettydecent. But it doesn’t really have the weight to carry itself even withonly around 80 minutes to ”play” with (no pun intended). Majorcharacter flaws and holes in logic/script in general may give youpause, if you actually try to tackle what you see. If you just watchand enjoy, not minding anything and just being gripped by the ”hunt”,then obviously you’ll enjoy this more
I really can’t fault anything about this film. It’s as if somebody withactual intelligence decided to make an antidote to the likes of LastHouse On The Left, or all of the many, many other stalkyslasher-cum-revenge films out there, all of which end up making theirhero into something equally as disgusting as the original villain. Thisfilm doesn’t do that, it simply sets out what would happen when a realperson gets stalked and preyed upon by a very realistic madman, and itplays it so you root for her, not so you’re forced to endure crueltyfor cruelty’s sake. Indeed, she gets a blow in EVERY single time hecomes near her, not to mention her striking the first thereof.
The deaf angle is very interesting, and allows the most part of thefilm to be very quiet and tense, almost strangely calm, which makes awelcome change from almost every other film I have ever seen of thistype, these tending to be laden with clichés, poor dialogue, terriblecharacterisation, blah blah blah.
The psychopathic antagonist is portrayed exactly as those types are inreal life; cowardly, ridiculous, pathetic, but also devious andmanipulative. I guess this makes him less scary than some might like,but in my opinion this is the film’s strength. It’s not, ”oh look, abig nasty man is being all horrible to a poor defenceless woman,waaaaaaagh”, it’s more, ”what a horrendous c*nt this guy is, I might aswell have some self respect and try to get the better of him”.
Bravo! Hope to see more refreshing original horror films like this. I’dwritten off the genre years ago.
This is a simple genre exercise, nothing more. Its premise is sound anduncomplicated — a blind woman attached in her cabin in the woods allalone at night — and the storytelling and characters basically non-existent in service of thrills and chills.
The problem is, it’s competently made, but it offers nothing newoutside its set-up. It’s neither an interesting story/character study,nor some crazy new take on the genre, so tight and intense as to becomeprofound in and of itself. It’s pleasing enough and then forgettable.
My biggest gripe is that although the deaf angle provides a few uniquescenes (including a ridiculous opening wherein her neighbor getsstabbed by a window right next to her which she doesn’t hear,neglecting her peripheral vision which should be heightened) it doesn’tmatter nearly enough. It’s forgotten for stretches and only serves asan easy way to let the killer sneak up on her. There’s no tension fromhow much sound she’s making as she’s sneaking around, something shewould have no way of gauging, or scenes where the audience is blankedinto her silence (there’s an occasional glitchy static sound meant torepresent her hearing but it’s not used for much) nor anything elsecompletely unique like that.
I loved the concept of this movie, but the execution just didn’t backit up. While the acting was great, the characters (victims) were justplain stupid. I can maybe accept a one time slip at not actually takingadvantage of the killer when he/she is in a position of beingdefenseless, but over and over and the movie just loses me. This makesme believe that the deaf/dumb victim is just plain ”dumb”. Some funscenes here and there, but no real scares. The ending also was prettylame and I think they could have come up with a more clever way toresolve this. Overall it was entertaining, but not something I wouldwatch again as I have with so many horror movies that are far superiorin content and execution.
A chess game of suspense involving a deaf girl and a serial killerlocked outside her home in the woods.
It sounds like a cliché with a twist, and it is, but it’s a really goodcliché with a twist.
For a start the premise that the lead character Maddie, the deafwriter, who is home alone after a relationship break up, opens up a boxof plot twists and devices that are unfamiliar in their familiarity.
Second, Maddie, (Kate Siegel) dominates the movie, even though it’sessentially a double hander, with a superbly sympathetic performancethat never gets you shouting ”don’t do that”, as is common in thisgenre.
The tension does not let up from start to finish (and it’s only 82minutes so doesn’t outstay its welcome) as the masked invader tries tooutwit Maddie and vice versa.
The temptation might have been to take Maddie’s disability and, likewith Audrey Hepburn’s blindness in Wait Until Dark, use it to heradvantage somehow; but that does not transpire. It’s actually herskills as a writer (she is completing her latest crime novel when thewould be assassin strikes) that gives her some traction in what shouldbe a one-sided battle.
This is an intelligent, well paced and well shot, low budget slashermovie, but on a higher plane.
Wow, this was a better horror movie than I thought it was going to be.A lot of the time, I choose a film and it isn’t scary at all, but thisone was. It grabbed my attention all the way through. The concept isdifferent and it’s directed well. The acting is also good, withbelievable characters. The main character is strong and no shrinkingviolet, which is good to see. I didn’t find it predictable. It makesyou wonder what you would do in the same situation. I liked that themain character is a writer with a big imagination, and you’re not surewhere the story will go. It’s also interesting and real scary thatshe’s deaf – that is, how would you know if you’re making a sound? Goodstuff. Recommended.
”Hush” focuses on Maddie, a deaf-mute writer living alone in a remotehouse, where she is accosted one evening by a psychopath hellbent onterrorizing and murdering her.
Co-written and directed by Mike Flanagan, who many have cited as acontemporary horror maestro, ”Hush” is a straightforward thriller thatcuts to the chase. There’s not a lot of plot; most of the film plays onthe gimmick of the protagonist being unable to hear anything around her(including the noise she makes), which is a clever setup for ahorror-thriller film (I’m actually surprised it wasn’t done earlier).
Comparisons to ”The Strangers” are abundant and probably well-deserved,as that film pioneered the post-millennial home invasion film as weknow it. ”Hush” reduces the equation a bit, stripping it down to aone-on-one cat-and-mouse game, so in some regard it’s a much moreintense film; on the other hand, it’s also remarkably less scarybutthat’s not really what Flanagan seems to be going for here anyway. It’snot a film that intends to scare or get under the skin so much as it isa sparring match between two very different people.
The film is nicely shot and there are some fantastic scenes that playon a collective home invasion paranoia that I think we all have. Thegore is kept to a minimum, but what is there is extremely visceral. Theperformances are solid, which is vital for a film that virtuallyrevolves around two characters; Kate Siegel (who co-wrote the film withFlanagan) stars as the deaf Maddie, and is extremely believable, whileJohn Gallagher Jr. plays the anonymous nutjob who is more despicablethan he is scary. Where the film does falter a bit is in its last act,where the gimmick begins to wear off a bit as Maddie’s situation growsmore and more helpless. There is an amicable payoff in the end, albeita drawn-out one.
Overall, I found ”Hush” to be a relatively well-made film, and anenjoyable riff on the home invasion setup. That said, the film doesgrow dull in areas, and it also offers little in the way of new ideas,but what it does do, it does with class. All in all an entertaining andfairly intense thriller for what it’s worth. 7/10.
I watched this movie by accident (I was trying to find another movieand ended here somehow)and I am so glad I did. When I was going towatch the movie I was expecting no more than pure entertainment, andyou know, the usual: a scared character, dead people and bla,bla,bla;but what I found was completely different!, I was shaking since thebeginning until the very end! the way the movie was developed, thestory, the characters, the little details that changed everything,AMAZING!. This movie just felt so good. You are in suspense all thetime, and somehow you feel there is no hope, no hope for someone likeher, in the circumstances she was, but oh lord I couldn’t have beenmore wrong; I think this movie more than pure entertainment expresseshow much a person can do to save her/his life, the courage it takes toface situations like this one, and how your instinct of survivalovertakes your fear of death, it’s just incredible!.
To begin with the good points some of the acting was good and the audioportrayal of deafness was well done but that’s about it. Onto the bad.There were so many terrible decisions made by all of the characters Ididn’t know which to root for by the end. The villain and the victimshad so many missed opportunities in their aims of kill or be killedthat their actions just became unbelievable. This took away anysuspense that other reviews have mentioned and left me waiting for thecredits to roll. If you are looking for a decent house invasion horrorthen avoid this one. Although it has a different take with a deafvictim there are many better films out there worthy of your time…TheStrangers, Funny Games, Last House on The Left to name a few.
After watching highly acclaimed and box office superhit Don’t Breathe Ididn’t expect much from but here it is another nice little twist tohome invasion horror/thriller genre. This time it’s a woman who wentmute and deaf during teenage and lives alone and quickly becomes theprey of a masked killer. The start of the film reminded me of screamand I knew I was in for a ride.Being mute and deaf she has her ownadvantages but mostly disadvantages. The first ten minutes are simplebut quickly begins the cat mouse chase. Some of the murder scenes arereally brutal and somehow they feel realistic which is really scary.Performances are again even without minimum dialogues are top notch. Nowonder it’s hidden gem of Netflix.As the film progress , the chase goesfurther which is as usually clichéd but the elements of horror and theresourceful and smart nature of our protagonist that somehow stands toeto toe with the villain makes it different. As it goesfor the rest ofthe film , the disability of the main character makes it harder for herand at the same time bringing a more intriguing character development.There’s a lot of blood and some heart wrenching scenes involving a lotof blood. For the ending I think we saw it coming but it was nearly thesame as I expected. Still , as a proper movie it has all the elementsin the right place. It’s a nice thriller/horror which great emphasis onperformances (most horror movies have dumbest performances) and scaryfactor. It’s good but doesn’t break any new ground. I can easily placeit within the likes of Don’t Breathe and Last House On The Left …..
I’m really not sure where to even start with this film, but i’ll giveit my best shot. I decided to watch this film after a night of myfriends hyping it up, but this was probably more disappointing than mydad telling me he doesn’t love me for the first time.
This movie had so much potential, but feel flat in all aspects. Whilethe main character(who I have named ”Mute” at this point) is in fact amute, she still manages to outsmart this killer at every pointpossible. At first, when the killer shows his face and begins tauntinghis victim, there was some level of shock. However, this factor isquickly drained come to release that he has no way of actually gettinginto the house. So what does he do? He decides to circle it about 7times, meanwhile Mute is constantly peering through windows as if he isgoing to change where he goes somehow. This is the most putrid killerI’ve ever seen, at one point even handing Mute his crossbow and losingit. Other things aside, the movie towards the end shows one of thebiggest challenges Mute has to overcome- pulling back the crossbow toload another shot. And this was the BEST scene in the whole thing, interms of comedy. The over- dramatized music with fact that victory isso closed to being achieved should be a good set up for an intensescene, but I was laughing the whole time. The whole part was just toolaughable because of everything that had happened prior to. 1/10 Horror7/10 Comedy (Could use some more dialog)
”I can come in anytime I want. And I can get you, anytime I want. ButI’m not going to. Not until it’s time. When you wish you’re dead…that’s when I’ll come inside.”
There’s one thing you shouldn’t expect to happen in ”Hush”. And that’sthe moment Maddie (Kate Siegel) starts to screech while running around,because she’s being attacked by an unknown person (John ”10 CloverfieldLane” Gallagher Jr.) who wanders around her home in a remote forest.And that’s because Maddie is deaf-mute after suffering from ameningococcal infection when she was young. This with a mask equippedderanged sadist tells Maddie he’ll take his time and when the time isripe, he will break into her home and stick his knife in her withvisible pleasure. The motive for this maniacal act remains unknown. Butthere’s no doubt that this maniac finds a morbid joy in this sadisticgame. Of course, the fact that he isn’t really blessed with asignificant number of brain cells, does play to the advantage ofMaddie. This dweeb makes some ridiculous decisions. On the other handsome of Maggie’s decisions aren’t thought out either. But her handicapcould well have had an impact on her decision powers. So I forgive herthat.
”Hush” is a typical slasher in the home invasion genre. Well, therewere already a large amount of such movies that passed the review. Thequestion is whether this film uses something original. They definitelyused to a large extent the fact that Maddie is deaf and dumb. There aremoments when the sound is completely muted, in such a way that we getan idea in what kind of world Maddie is continuously living. A bubbleof silence where she feels comfortable without any threats. Until acrazy person pierces this bubble at a given time. But that’s it, interms of originality. The rest of the movie just follows the sameguidelines as all other home-invasion movies. Again, a vulnerablevictim in a difficult situation and visibly disadvantaged compared tothe killer. Initially it seemed a piece of cake to send the frail,deaf-mute Maddie to the happy hunting grounds. But then she proves thatshe has a tremendous survival instinct and refuses to give up.Eventually the denouement can be predicted far in advance.
Despite the inventive concept and qualitatively the film is part of thebetter slasher movies, there were still some things that got on mynerves. First, the stupidity and the foolish decisions both Maddie andthe attacker made. Plain ridiculous sometimes. It also seemed likeMaddie’s physical ailments weren’t enough as a punishment, because mostof the film is shrouded in darkness as well (making her partly blind).I know, it all takes place at night in a dark house. So it’s quiteevident that everything is covered in darkness. Usually this isn’t aproblem for the film enthusiast. Unless you can’t see a freaking thinganymore and as a result it’s really difficult to grasp what ishappening. Fortunately ”Hush” only takes roughly 90 minutes to finish.Because, after yet another walk around the house by the man with themask, I started to become irritated enormously. For budding serialkillers I have this advice. Want to scare future victims? Walk aroundtheir house several times. Apparently this helps. And revealing theidentity of the murderer early in the movie, spoils the intendedtension. The moment he drops his mask, the tension decreases rapidly.
The most successful scene is the one with Maddie working on her laptop(still not aware what danger she’s in) and the masked man entering herhome and observing her up close. After that, it’s just a typicalcat-and-mouse game. ”Hush” is exclusively being broadcasted on Netflixand is a perfect movie to watch just before bedtime. I’m sure thishorror / thriller won’t disturb your sleep, like ”Lights Out” perhapsdid. Chances are that while viewing this movie, you’ll be exhibitingsome fatigue symptoms already.
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Hush (2016): Home Invasion thrillers (sometimes termed as horror too)can impress only if they are nail bitingly perfect.But now-a-days homeinvasion thrillers are nothing but dull rehash of the same stories.Hushis not exemption from that too because Hush has the same plot likeother home invasion films but 2 major things gabbed the interest ofmine. 1)Here the lead role is deaf 2)Directed by Mike Flanagan,the onewho brought Oculus which is one my favorite horror film.So how is Hush?
Plot: Maddie (Kate Siegel) is a deaf author, living in a remote housein the woods, settling in for the evening. She’s trying to finish herlatest novel while avoiding distractions, such as calls from herex-boyfriend. But there’s someone outside: a masked intruder (JohnGallagher Jr.)with an arsenal of weapons, and Maddie has to figure outhow to keep him out and then how to escape.
1)Screenplay and Direction: Character development is the major pro inthis film.We instantly get connected to Madidie’s character and herdeafness.Mike Flanagan used this point and crafted a brilliant nailbiting thriller without any dull moments.He’s a rare modern horrordirector who still prioritizes suspense, and he frames the tensealtercations between the pair to maximum effect.All the trials made byMaddie created a tension in audience and whenever the psycho finds outabout it,we feel more tense than Maddie.
2)Performances: Kate Siegel is brilliant in the role of Maddie.Be ither expressions with sign language with her friend or her firstconfrontation with psycho clearly shows us that she has a bright futureahead.John Gallenger looked more terrifying especially in mask.
3)Duration: A duration of just 1hr 21 min is a perfect duration forthis home invasion thriller.Flanagan perfectly edited this moviewithout any drag.
So,Hush is a perfect home invasion thriller after a long time with anengaging screenplay,lot of nail biting moments.
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I hardly every review movies, but i was seriously frustrated aboutwasting my time watching this nonsense.This movie makes zero sense, itsmade by a director with aptitude of a .2 year old. Guy could havebroken in any time by taking a stone and breaking the freaking glassdoors. Apple might have paid them enough to cover their losses. clichécrap, got all the good reviews, because apple paid for them.
One of the great tragedies in modern horror is that many of the bestcontemporary releases in the genre often go tragically underrated andunder recognized by the bulk of audiences, while attaining generalapathy and dismissal from those who do give them a chance. High qualityand cerebral releases like ”It Follows” and ”The Witch” are condemnedas ”boring” and ”pointless” by people who refuse to analyze theirthemes and deeper meanings. Subversive and satirical films like”Krampus” and ”The Cabin in the Woods” are blasted for being ”notscary” or ”stupid” by those who misunderstand their intentions. Andexcellent foreign films like ”The Babadook” and ”The Devil’s Backbone”are given barely a token limited domestic release before being dumpedonto home video with little fanfare and are ignored by the masses.
Being a legitimate fan of all things horror can be hard. You reallyhave to look out for the good films. And even moreso, you have to bewilling to give just about every film you find a chance because so manyso-called ”horror audiences” are, well… way too quick to judge andall to happy to denounce solid films for any number of silly reasons.Case in point? Director Mike Flanagan’s highly entertaining and veryfun home-invasion thriller ”Hush”- a film with a simple but brutallyeffective high-concept set-up that pays off wonderfully. And yet,despite wide critical acclaim and the film’s rampant strengths, it’sbeing dismissed and nit-picked apart by general audiences, like mostgood recent releases of its genre.
We follow lead character Maddie (co-writer Kate Siegel), an author wholives alone out in the woods and is struggling to come up with anending for her latest novel. However, tonight she is not alone- for atwisted and disturbed masked man (John Gallagher Jr.) appears andbegins to stalk her and taunt her, threatening to kill her as he hasseveral others. And Maddie has an incredibly disadvantage… she is adeaf-mute, and cannot necessarily hear him coming. And so, she mustrely on her cunning and her creative mind to overcome this devilishthreat and try to escape with her life…
The film’s success lay in its brutally simple but extremely elegantstory-line and the top-notch execution that director Flanagan and thecast excel at. The film struck me as quite charming and quaint…almost old-fashioned in a way. It reminded me of other, similar moviesfrom yester-year in a really fun way. Flanagan and Siegel know just howto perfectly structure the film in such a way that it hits just theright beats and never overstays its welcome. It’s a very efficient filmwith just the right sense of urgency and pacing. All the main playersare introduced and immediately defined. The action starts quickly andonly lets up in a few appropriate key moments to give the audience somebreathing room. And every single facet of the story is established andpaid off in a really clever way. As far as screen writing goes… thescript for this film is pretty much perfect. I could see it being usedas a studying tool for aspiring writers and in creative-writingclassroom settings. I’ve seen some people bemoan the fact that someaspects of the story are not explained… but this is just mind-boggling. We learn everything we need to know for the story that’sbeing told. We don’t need excessive and unnecessary detail. That wouldjust clutter the narrative and make for a weaker film.
The film is quite slick in terms of direction, and I’ve been findingthat Flanagan is quickly becoming one of the go-to’s for effectivemainstream horror. This is the third film of his I’ve seen, and heseems to grow more and more with each release. He’s confident with hisvisual storytelling without letting it become a distraction, and heinjects just enough style and flourish to augment the story and reallydrive it home. He never relies on cheap tricks like incessantcamera-shake or false jumps… he knows the situation is frighteningenough in and of itself. Very excellent work that is complimented bythe top-notch lighting and cinematography of DP James Kniest and thedreary tones of composers The Newton Brothers. And to top it off, theperformances are excellent. Siegel is endlessly likable as our lead,and she’s never too strong or too vulnerable. She feels like a realperson stuck in a truly terrifying situation. Gallagher Jr. is devilishfun as our adversary and is a truly slimy, threatening presence. Andsupporting roles by the likes of Samantha Sloyan and Michael Trucco areideally cast and expertly performed.
It’s quite a disservice to such an excellent film that it was nevergiven a proper theatrical release and was instead releasedpredominately as a Netflix film. This is the sort-of movie I’d kill tosee on the big screen with the right audience, as we gasp, scream andapplaud together. It’s a wonderfully made, highly efficient andwickedly well-written film and is easily going to become a go-to forHalloween night viewings and late-night horror-movie marathons for myfriends and I. I freaking loved every second of it.
There’s no other way to say it… I gotta give it a 10. There’sbasically no faults to be found here. It gives you everything you couldpossibly want from a high-concept home-invasion thriller, and thensome.
I didn’t really see that coming from Mike Flanagan , the idea of themovie was unique deaf-mute girl horror and all but there were manyscenes where he belittles the viewers minds and perceptions i won’tcall the scenes nothing but real silly , because i’m sure everybody inknows it won’t happen in reality , and for performance it wasn’t anyimpressive . i didn’t feel horrifying emotions with Kate siegel shecouldn’t convey how scared she is to me , nevertheless she made feelhow painful is the stabs . John Gallagher is a well-known capable actorbut the role and directions given to him was’t so much so you can judgehis skills here in this movie ,the only person who gained myappreciation in this film The Newton Brothers chose soundtracks fit hescenes .
Brilliant film that executes the ”alone in a cabin with a killer loose”perfectly. We are introduced to a character who is deaf, which sets upa lot of great scenes through the film, and gives our lead just anotherinsane obstacle to jump over. While we never learn the killer’smotivations, I don’t think it was really important. All the tensionbuilds rather nicely, and the film is an exercise in great editing,directing, and acting. Simple story, simple concept, brilliantlyexecuted.
A total waste of time, no real plot, no twists, goes nowhere and it’sextremely generic, predictable, while the story itself is implausible,quite stupid and uninventive. I rarely leave bad reviews but this moviejust made me realize that time is too precious to just waste on suchutter crap. I had to warn others. Stay away at all cost.
I’ve seen a lot of talk about this film about how it handled the deafaspect of the character of Maddie. As a partially deaf horror moviefan, I decided that I had to watch this and make a decision for myselfand hopefully, perhaps shine some light on the aspect itself. This filmdelicately handles Maddie’s deafness and has done an excellentportrayal of a deaf person. I found this to be extremely gripping andI’ve found myself in a mildly similar situation; it’s almost completelydead on. The way she has been portrayed is not offensive in anyway, andis one of the closest portrayals I have seen to being deaf by a nondeaf actress.
Our main character is deaf, and can’t hear a thing. When she was 13,she contracted a disease that took away her hearing and also herspeech. Alone one night at her secluded house buried in the woods,she’s clearing up the burned dishes of her failure of cooking, when asociopath arrives outside her house.
What follows is a tense hour and twenty minutes of a twisted,sociopathic game of cat and mouse. We see Maddie adapt as a characterand see her develop into a survivor, someone who must stay alive for aslong as humanely possible until help arrives.
I have never seen such a strong female character in a horror filmbefore. Maddie was absolutely amazing and someone I aspire to be if Iever find myself in such a horrifying situation. She is the epitome ofdisability does not equal weakness. Kate Siegel did an amazingportrayal of Maddie, and I am personally honoured to have her representthe deaf community in a film such as this.
I didn’t expect for this to be as good as it was. I was expecting acheap thriller (this only had a budget of around $1 million) that didnothing for the viewers. I was not expecting to get goosebumps, and toget paranoid about going near the windows of my house, expecting asociopath to be stood outside, wearing a mask.
The gore in this was actually believable in a horror film. It wasscientifically accurate, and it wasn’t grossly over exaggerated for theshock horror gore aspect, which is always the sign of a good horrorfilm. So much thought went into this beautiful film and it shows, itreally does show.
This is an amazing movie and deserves so much more hype and views. Thiswas absolutely stunning. A definite 10 out of 10 movie for me.
slow, boring, drawn out. nothing interesting, the protagonist isfrustrating and uninteresting. this movie could be condensed to 10minutes and it would have more impact. no backstory. sadomasochisticnonsense. go watch green room instead. there’s a five line rule so i’mhere we go
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”Hush” (2016) is a very simple story effectively told. Basically thereare two characters who ”plays” in cat and mouse when the prize is lifeor death. While the premise is simple and many times seen, movie isdone so well that it kept my attention from the very beginning till thelast frame. Acting by Kate Siegel was nothing short then great – sheholds the film together with tight script, directing and editing.
Overall, while ”Hush” isn’t anything original or really great, it is avery well made movie. This isn’t a horror movie as much as very tensethriller and while the story isn’t fresh, it was done very well.Recommended.
One of the finest movies for weaker personality gender. Good location,may be dog instead of cat. may special alarm for police or She have gunfor her protection.it is easy for man to use rear window for homeinvasion. why he use front door. why he murdered his friend , he maywait for late night.
When I saw this title on Netflix it immediately caught my attention.Luckily I was pleasantly surprised as you never can judge by ratings onNetflix I find. This was an unexpected gem. Expect a quintessentialhorror film basically! The only thing I could possibly pick at the filmabout was why would a deaf woman live in the middle of a woods andleave all her blinds up for any possible predator to look in at her?Other than that it was perfectly practical. I love watching a horrorfilm where when you put yourself in the characters shoes you would makethe same decisions as they do in the film it becomes much moreengaging. Best kind of ‘cabin in the woods’ style film since ‘Beyondthe Woods’ which I saw at a film festival not all that long ago. If youlove this film you’ll love ‘Beyond the Woods!’ ‘The Forest’ is anothergreat horror movie set in the woods I’ve seen recently ignore theratings on Netflix for it, trust me!
A slasher movie that tries to differentiate itself a little bit, thetruth is that it can not, but even has some more details that areinteresting. Starting with the old cliché, the young lady, alone, inthe house, and a psychocopath surrounding her trying to kill, acompletely linear and not a different script. But our protagonist ofthe story is deaf, and this makes the movie more interesting, gives anextra plus, but even so is not enough, with a villain completelymeaningless and with logical failures, and a simple technique, ”Hush”is Everything that we have seen thousands of times, but the film, evenif it is a cliché, it does nothing to make us disappoint completely,the deafness factor of the character could be better used, and thekiller in question loses the fear very early, The short duration of thefilm and without forcing it leaves the pace delicious, and thecharacter is very well developed, and the actress Kate Siengel is wellin the film, and we even have some nice suspense, but that is lostcompletely in the course of the plot.
I just recently watched Don’t Breathe (2016) horror film from FedeÁlvarez and I heard from an angry fan of this movie for Don’t Breaththat Hush and The Conjuring 2 are MIles way better movies than Don’tBreath. I disagree Hush is not even near close better than Don’tBreath. I don’t know about The Conjuring 2, I never watch it and Inever will. I watch the first one and I remember don’t liking it, Iwould rather watch Poltergeist than that movie which is way bettermovie than The Conjuring.
Hush (2016) is a solid horror, but I could have been much better if themovie would make more money and it wouldn’t be so poor. The problemswith the film in my opinion is, it is not scary enough, it is not ascary horror film, it is more a thriller. It start’s well but thanmakes a mistake and goes down hill.
The Man takes off the mask and trough in tier movie we see his face, heshouldn’t do that. It was not scary, i wasn’t scared at all. Have youheard about horror film from 2008 The Strangers? That movie was scaryand a horror film, it scared me so hard that my heart was pumping. Whena Stranger Calls (2006) the remake was even more scarier than thismovie and get’s only 5 on IMDb while this movie get’s 6 I think it islittle too overrated. Actress Kate Siegel as Maddie the heroine wasgood in her role, but she wasn’t convincing enough as the deaf girl shestill could hear people.
Michael Trucco was in this movie too from One Tree Hill he was killed.I liked that Maddie stood against her attacker she was very brave andfearless. I like the last scenes and fighting scenes that Maddie try’sto get away but she find’s out there is no escape and when her neighbortry’s to help her, he get’s killed. I like the crossbow in these moviein which Maddie put’s an effort to put the arrow in the bow but thetrigger mechanism was too hard to put an arrow. I like the blood squibsin here it was pretty good, in which the assailant shots Maddie in theleg and she can’t shout that was really good.
The movie goes very fast around, it is fast paced, it is not slowly notboring and it is solid thriller movie. The assailant try’s to killMaddie’s cat and she shoots an arrow with crossbow at him hitting himin the shoulder that was really awesome.
I love in which Maddie stand’s up and provokes the assailant to come inthe house and she type’s on her computer a goodbye note to her parentsand she wrote I died fighting. On the end she stabs the silent in theneck when he was about to strangle her. She calls 911 with the cell andshe sit on the porch waiting on the cops. Pretty good movie, but itreally cold have been more scarier with the man not taking the maskoff.
The movie is very good thriller, it could have been a good horrormovie. The rating I give is 5/10 -D.
Hush is a 2016 American horror thriller film directed and edited byMike Flanagan, starring Kate Siegel, and written by both. The filmco-stars John Gallagher Jr., Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, andEmilia ”Emma” Graves. The film was produced by Trevor Macy, throughIntrepid Pictures, and Jason Blum through his Blumhouse Productionsbanner.
5/10 Grade: -D Studio: Netflix Starring: John Gallagher Jr. , MichaelTrucco, Kate Siegel, Samantha Sloyan Director: Mike Flanagan Producers:Trevor Macy, Jason Blum Writers: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel Rated: RRunning Time: 1Hr. 21 Mins. Budget: $1.000.000
Maddie’s deaf and mute. That’s about the only thing that differentiatesthis from a lot of other movies that do basically the same thing. Thefirst 15 minutes or so set us up to understand without any doubt thatMaddie’s deaf and mute, and then the killer shows up – having killedMaddie’s friend and now trying to break into her house to kill her aswell. He cuts the electricity to the house, making this a very darkmovie (yes, in plot – but I’m talking about the lighting.) It’s reallydark and you can’t see much, so you have the irony that Maddie can seebut she can’t hear and the viewers can hear but can’t really see. A lotof this depends on noises – footsteps, breathing, sobbing, alarmsringing, etc. But for me it fell kind of flat. I wanted something morevisual and I found that the movie (mostly in darkness with little or nodialogue) was difficult to remain focused on. In fact, the first time Iwatched it I fell asleep. I did give it another try and I made it allthe way through – but not without some effort.
It’s a pretty simple movie (one with more than a few plot holes and/orpretty dumb scenes and/or characters) with a small and little knowncast and a very simple set. Simplicity appeals to me, and from thedescription, I thought this had some potential, but in the end it waspretty tough to slog my way through it and it disappointed me. (2/10)