REVIEW: ‘Hush’ (2016)

HushTitle: ‘Hush’
2016, USA
Director: Mike Flanagan
Cast: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr.

Trapped inside her own secluded home, a young deaf-mute woman must survive the attack of a psychotic killer.

Of all the horror sub-genres, the home invasion is – to me at least – the scariest. With the paranormal flicks, one can easily convince themselves that it could never happen in real life, that it’s all the product of a writer’s fantasy. You just turn the lights on, and poof, all those ghosts, demons and creatures are gone. But movies portraying the very realistic scenario of human violence and brutality are way more difficult to shake off.

Directed by Mike Flanagan (the man behind ‘Oculus’ and ‘Absentia’, both of which you should definitely check out), ‘Hush’ spends only a few scenes introducing the main character and the story’s setting, before the tension and gore start running high and never let go up until the very end.

Giving the protagonist a hearing impairment was a really good idea. It makes for a huge obstacle to overcome, and that keeps the stakes higher and Maddie’s choices much more interesting and less obvious.

Kate Siegel, who co-wrote the script with Flanagan, is amazing in the way she never lets her character become a victim, in spite of her being constantly under attack. The portrayal she gives is that of a true survivor, a smart and resourceful heroine the audience can identify with and root for. Of course, this kind of movie needs a truly scary psycho villain to work properly, and John Gallagher Jr. provides just that.

★★★☆☆

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One comment

  1. Nice review! I really enjoyed this film. Nice to read someone else’s take on it. Please feel free to check out my review, I’d love to hear feedback: https://theaspiringfilmcritic.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/hush-2016-%E2%98%85%E2%98%85%E2%98%85%E2%98%85%E2%98%85/

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