I can come in anytime I want. And I can get you, anytime I want. But I’m not going to. Not until it’s time. When you wish you’re dead… that’s when I’ll come inside.

Year Released : 2016hush_2016_poster
Director : Mike Flanagan
Cast : Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr, Michael Trucco and Samantha Sloyan

So I was browsing Netflix a few days ago and noticed that a film that I’ve wanted to watch for a while had been uploaded, “Hush”. I first saw the trailer much earlier this year and liked the gimmick of having a victim that can’t hear what’s approaching or even scream for help, something that I can’t say that I have seen before, so it instantly grabbed my attention.

There are a lot of films on Netflix that most won’t even know are there, but it seems to have pushed “Hush” into a far more mainstream feel than you would expect me to review on this site, but it’s on the border line at this very moment, so I thought that it was worth going for.

Let’s just hope it lives up to the interesting premise and trailer.

Plot

Maddie (Siegel) is a successful writer and is in the middle of her next book and she lives in seclusion in the middle of the woods as a way to escape from the city, especially as she is both deaf and mute following a bout of meningitis during her teens. She is visited by Sarah (Sloyan) and the two chat about numerous things, although it isn’t long before she returns in terror as she is being chased, and eventually killed, by a masked man (Gallagher Jr).

The man quickly realises that Maddie could be a potential witness, but also soon deduces her condition and after stealing her phone, he sends Maddie a text to her computer and then proceeds to try and force his way in. Maddie manages to keep him at bay at first, but he quickly cuts the power to the house, meaning that Maddie has no way of communicating with the outside world.

Everything she tries to escape ultimately fail, and her last chance at help fails when Sarah’s husband John (Trucco) is killed by the man. Running through the scenarios in her head, Maddie soon realises that her only option is to fight, but how do you fight someone who you can’t hear coming?

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Was this worth waiting for?

It’s not often that I enjoy horror films, very rare infact. I’ve probably reviewed more horror films than any other type on this site, and there aren’t many that I have given the approved stamp to, but this is going to be one of them.

I love the cat and mouse nature of the sub-ninety minute run time, and that the man (who is never named throughout the run time) is a genuine threat. There are many points throughout the film in which you question how Maddie is possibly going to stop him, especially as he isn’t just your typical killer, like a Michael Myers or Jason Vorhees type. He is a genuine threat because he can not only outstrength and outrun Maddie, but he is a very cerebral killer, as seen when he relatively easily takes John out of the equation.

My favourite scene in the film’s run time is just after that murder, with Maddie thinking through all of the scenarios and figuring out that her only chance is to fight, because as smart as she is, she quite is clearly outmatched in each and every department. She is shown to be quite intelligent throughout the movie, but even when she tries to outsmart the man, he quickly adapts and turns the situation on it’s head.

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The movie most definitely isn’t a slasher, even though there is a small body count. With a cast of only four people, two of whom are in the film for no more than a few minutes each, this was always going to just be a battle of two people, and the enclosed environment is what makes it different from most others. There is practically no easy way to escape due to the surroundings of the house, such as branches, twigs, etc, and no matter which way she moves she will create a noise, and as is pointed out by the aforementioned scenarios sequence, the only room that she can hide in and barricade herself in effectively, is also requiring her to practically kill herself as she won’t have any method of escape.

That’s not to say that the film is perfect and it is obvious that they go some sort of funding from Apple given that she uses an iPhone and a MAC, and that the link between the two is clearly marked throughout. And there’s also the problem of lip reading, or more specifically man takes his mask off, he asks “can you read my lips?” without really moving his lips.

For me the film does someone lose an element of creepiness when the man does take off his mask, and it probably would have been more terrifying if he had kept it on, afterall, there isn’t a lot of dialogue between the two for obvious reasons.

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Summary

“Hush” is a very decent cat-and-mouse style horror film, and one which is far above the majority of other films that involve a serial approvedkiller. I’m not say it’s perfect, but it is definitely worth giving a watch. The run time is excellent for the film and it never feels like it overstays it’s welcome, which is a rarity in horror films.

With acting that is fairly decent, all it needed was a good plot and it got though. It’s not complicated, it’s not contrived, it is simply a story that has heavy cat-and-mouse elements, and I loved that.

Definitely give this a watch if you can.

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