A Very Clever Take on the "Home Invasion" Sub-Genre (by moorecameron94)
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 out horror movie. The opening scenes effectively establish Maddie's story to allow the audience to get to know and care for the character.Once the masked killer arrives, it begins as your typical cat-and-mouse game seen in every home invasion movie. The main character being deaf does allow a fresh spin on this game though. And without giving much away, the movie slowly begins to evolve into a very tense, fun ride. Not to <more>
mention the superb acting from Kate Siegel, given the fact that she was only able to use sign language and other resources as a form of communication. You wonder throughout the film what you would do in her shoes, and you may be surprised by the logic and resourcefulness of some of her decisions.There are several moments that would likely get an audience riled up, so grab a big group of friends and enjoy.
I thought Hush was one of the best Horror movies I've seen in years. It reminded me of Wait Until Dark but with a deaf victim instead of a blind one. I really cared about the main character and all the actors did a fine job. I've been off work this week and have been catching up on 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 you come across a gem. This movie was very well photographed also. There are no scenes so dark that you can't figure out what is going on. I hate that in so many horror <more>
movies. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes horror movies without anything unbelievable in them like ghosts or monsters.
"Hush"- A thrilling and very fun old-fashioned home-invasion flick! Exceedingly well-written and executed. (by MaximumMadness)
One of the great tragedies in modern horror is that many of the best contemporary releases in the genre often go tragically underrated and under recognized by the bulk of audiences, while attaining general apathy and dismissal from those who do give them a chance. High quality and cerebral releases like "It Follows" and "The Witch" are condemned as "boring" and "pointless" by people who refuse to analyze their themes and deeper meanings. Subversive and satirical films like "Krampus" and "The Cabin in the Woods" are blasted for being <more>
"not scary" or "stupid" by those who misunderstand their intentions. And excellent foreign films like "The Babadook" and "The Devil's Backbone" are given barely a token limited domestic release before being dumped onto home video with little fanfare and are ignored by the masses.Being a legitimate fan of all things horror can be hard. You really have to look out for the good films. And even moreso, you have to be willing to give just about every film you find a chance because so many so-called "horror audiences" are, well... way too quick to judge and all to happy to denounce solid films for any number of silly reasons. Case in point? Director Mike Flanagan's highly entertaining and very fun home-invasion thriller "Hush"- a film with a simple but brutally effective high-concept set-up that pays off wonderfully. And yet, despite wide critical acclaim and the film's rampant strengths, it's being dismissed and nit-picked apart by general audiences, like most good recent releases of its genre.We follow lead character Maddie co-writer Kate Siegel , an author who lives alone out in the woods and is struggling to come up with an ending for her latest novel. However, tonight she is not alone- for a twisted and disturbed masked man John Gallagher Jr. appears and begins to stalk her and taunt her, threatening to kill her as he has several others. And Maddie has an incredibly disadvantage... she is a deaf-mute, and cannot necessarily hear him coming. And so, she must rely on her cunning and her creative mind to overcome this devilish threat and try to escape with her life...The film's success lay in its brutally simple but extremely elegant story-line and the top-notch execution that director Flanagan and the cast excel at. The film struck me as quite charming and quaint... almost old-fashioned in a way. It reminded me of other, similar movies from yester-year in a really fun way. Flanagan and Siegel know just how to perfectly structure the film in such a way that it hits just the right beats and never overstays its welcome. It's a very efficient film with just the right sense of urgency and pacing. All the main players are introduced and immediately defined. The action starts quickly and only lets up in a few appropriate key moments to give the audience some breathing room. And every single facet of the story is established and paid off in a really clever way. As far as screen writing goes... the script for this film is pretty much perfect. I could see it being used as a studying tool for aspiring writers and in creative-writing classroom settings. I've seen some people bemoan the fact that some aspects of the story are not explained... but this is just mind- boggling. We learn everything we need to know for the story that's being told. We don't need excessive and unnecessary detail. That would just clutter the narrative and make for a weaker film.The film is quite slick in terms of direction, and I've been finding that Flanagan is quickly becoming one of the go-to's for effective mainstream horror. This is the third film of his I've seen, and he seems to grow more and more with each release. He's confident with his visual storytelling without letting it become a distraction, and he injects just enough style and flourish to augment the story and really drive it home. He never relies on cheap tricks like incessant camera-shake or false jumps... he knows the situation is frightening enough in and of itself. Very excellent work that is complimented by the top-notch lighting and cinematography of DP James Kniest and the dreary tones of composers The Newton Brothers. And to top it off, the performances are excellent. Siegel is endlessly likable as our lead, and she's never too strong or too vulnerable. She feels like a real person stuck in a truly terrifying situation. Gallagher Jr. is devilish fun as our adversary and is a truly slimy, threatening presence. And supporting roles by the likes of Samantha Sloyan and Michael Trucco are ideally cast and expertly performed.It's quite a disservice to such an excellent film that it was never given a proper theatrical release and was instead released predominately as a Netflix film. This is the sort-of movie I'd kill to see on the big screen with the right audience, as we gasp, scream and applaud together. It's a wonderfully made, highly efficient and wickedly well-written film and is easily going to become a go-to for Halloween night viewings and late-night horror-movie marathons for my friends and I. I freaking loved every second of it.There's no other way to say it... I gotta give it a 10. There's basically no faults to be found here. It gives you everything you could possibly want from a high-concept home-invasion thriller, and then some.
Held my breath till the credits rolled! (by tanpurepiyush)
Rating a 9 because it cant be any less!! I remember watching the trailer of the movie and I thought maybe its just the trailer thats good, until....i Saw this movie today!!The actress who played the lead is so amazing as an actress and i hope to 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 still in that mood of the film created by it.The lighting, the cinematography, the acting, <more>
direction is just so right up to the mark! These kinda gems come only once in a while! I hope the team is reading this review someday : Guys you did an AMAZING job and this has been one of the most perfect horror/thrillers I have recently watched! The kinda film that will always be remembered once you watch it.
Absolutely awesome, hard to find words (by just_in_case)
Definitely not a horror movie. If you're expecting serial killer torture porn, this ain't it. Very old school thriller genre. There's very little gore.It's pretty simple premise, the deaf mute aspect of it isn't used in any cliché way it merely adds to the perspective. In a weird way it sort of forces you into her shoes since there's almost no dialog everything is told through sound and cinematography. From a vocal perspective the tables are turned in that the killer does most of the talking, because he's fascinated by this woman who becomes his prey by mere <more>
happenstance but in fact she proves herself far more capable than you'd expect. If I could think of a movie that this most reminds me of it would be some combination of "The Collector" and "Panic room". I really can't think of anything to complain about. On a side note whoever came up with that credits theme. Wow after such an exhausting experience that was perfect just perfect.
Director Mike Flanagan has already proved himself on the horror genre many times before. Now however, he exceeds all of his previous work with Hush. A psychological horror thriller movie that is very entertaining. This movie is perfectly directed and amazingly written. The premise is nothing new but the execution is what makes it, special and as good as it is. Even though it is produced on a small budget and has a rather short running time, it still manages to keep us intrigued and at the edge of out seats. The ending is also very satisfying too. All the actors do a wonderful job here. The <more>
dark tone and the R rating is what helps this movie qualify as genuinely scary at times. It takes the familiar premise and the clichés that come with it, and makes something new out of it. And that's a very hard thing to do, but proved possible by M. Flanagan. I really enjoyed Hush, and while it isn't groundbreaking or anything which it isn't even trying to be , it is still a fast paced, thrilling, scary and tense movie completed by very good performances and amazing directing.
One of the best thrillers of time ever. (by victorsehlin)
This is absolutely one of the best thrillers i even seen. I could actually hear my own heart bumps most time of the movie going. But I would be really thankful for a better explanation for the movie, but I guess it's on your own head to think about what causes this. I will never move to an dark forest after seeing this movie, never. The only thing that was pretty annoying, it was a bit to quite here and then, 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 the fear in me, as I looked into the girl's eyes. <more>
Amazing acting from the psycho and the woman! But the beginning and to halfway, oh my god, so good! Great movie!
Hush is a perfect home invasion thriller after a long time with an engaging screenplay,lot of nail biting moments. (by shobanchittuprolu)
Hush 2016 : Home Invasion thrillers sometimes termed as horror too can impress only if they are nail bitingly perfect.But now-a-days home invasion thrillers are nothing but dull rehash of the same stories.Hush is not exemption from that too because Hush has the same plot like other home invasion films but 2 major things gabbed the interest of mine. 1 Here the lead role is deaf 2 Directed by Mike Flanagan,the one who 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 house in the woods, settling in for the <more>
evening. She's trying to finish her latest novel while avoiding distractions, such as calls from her ex-boyfriend. But there's someone outside: a masked intruder John Gallagher Jr. with an arsenal of weapons, and Maddie has to figure out how to keep him out and then how to escape.Plus Points:1 Screenplay and Direction: Character development is the major pro in this film.We instantly get connected to Madidie's character and her deafness.Mike Flanagan used this point and crafted a brilliant nail biting thriller without any dull moments.He's a rare modern horror director who still prioritizes suspense, and he frames the tense altercations between the pair to maximum effect.All the trials made by Maddie created a tension in audience and whenever the psycho finds out about it,we feel more tense than Maddie.2 Performances: Kate Siegel is brilliant in the role of Maddie.Be it her expressions with sign language with her friend or her first confrontation with psycho clearly shows us that she has a bright future ahead.John Gallenger looked more terrifying especially in mask.3 Duration: A duration of just 1hr 21 min is a perfect duration for this home invasion thriller.Flanagan perfectly edited this movie without any drag.So,Hush is a perfect home invasion thriller after a long time with an engaging screenplay,lot of nail biting moments.My rating 7.5/10 Image may contain: one or more people, text and close-up
A Very Amazing Take on an Overused and Dying Subgenre (by writeractor-979-344542)
We've all seen an home-invasion thriller/horror. There are lots of bad ones but they're has been some good ones in recent years You're Next was a great home-invasion film with a twist . Now this film is INCREDIBLE. It has superb acting especially from Kate Siegel, she really blew me away, it shows you don't need dialogue to be a great actor , it has interesting sound design, it's greatly filmed and it was so suspenseful. I can't remember a last time where a horror film has kept me on the edge of my seat. Now many people are comparing this film to You're Next and <more>
The Strangers. Now while The Strangers and this film are technically more 'scary' than You're Next, I would say this movie is as great as them. A thing that really surprised me was how I was NEVER bored. It kept my attention all the way through, I really cared about the character and I was surprised on how they didn't hold back on the violence which is always a plus. There was a scene which I won't spoil that was so hard-to- watch that I covered my mouth. This movie could've defiantly be released in theaters and it's one you should watch with an audience or a group of friends. Make sure you turn up the volume and watch it on a dark scary night. Thrilling and scary, Hush is a winner for a modern horror classic.