RELEASED 2016 RUNTIME 81 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION MIKE FLANAGAN SCREENPLAY MIKE FLANAGAN, KATE SIEGEL STARRING JOHN GALLAGHER JR., MICHAEL TRUCCO, KATE SIEGEL MUSIC THE NEWTON BROTHERS
Hush is another horror thriller from Blumhouse production, which also brought you movies like Sinister, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge and Whiplash (?!) – yup!
Hush could also be described as a modern slasher movie. It reminded me a little bit of the first 15 minutes of Scream, which similarly shows a killer who traps a woman in her house. So if you loved that aspect of the film, you probably gonna really enjoy Hush, since it’s all about that.
Only difference: Our protagonist can’t hear anything, which gives her a big disadvantage.
Luckily our killer is a psycho who enjoys killing for fun. And since he gets to knows about her handicap he decides toying around with her for a while, which makes for some really interesting dynamic.
The best part about the film is that our protagonist is not dumb. You actually feel that she is on par with you in terms of intelligence (hopefully) and, therefore, you can very much identify with her. She constantly tries to figure out how to escape this miserable situation and outsmart the killer creeping around her house. Every time she does something that brings her on top, you cheer and each time she fails, you really feel bummed out. It’s very intense it that way.
Speaking of characters, John Gallagher Jr., who plays the killer, is fucking despicable. You learn to hate him so much that you just want him to die in the worst possible way. He is the definition of a deuce-bag in the worst possible way. The movie doesn’t give you any background on him which I thought would be a criticism to the movie, but when I think about it, it actually makes him even less sympathetic. Imagine you knew about his family situation or what he went through to become such a fucking psycho. You may feel sorry for him and you don’t want that! Not in this instance.
Kate Siegel, who plays Maddie, also gives a very good performance. Since her character is not able to speak, she has to convey her thoughts and emotions through her mimics and body language, which she does really well. You actually feel very sorry for her, which also intensifies the drama. It gets you really invested and wanting her to succeed.
There isn’t much negative things about the movie to say. There is a few jump scares, which is alright, I guess. At least they come very sparingly. But other than that the movie is a really fun time. I’m not the horror type, but I love good thrillers, and this is certainly an incredibly intense thriller with horror elements. As I said, if you like the first 15 minutes of Scream, you should check this out!
One more thing – the movie is being distributed by Netflix. So you can watch it right now without even going to the cinema 🙂