• Horror • Thriller A deaf and mute writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.
A deaf and mute writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window. A deaf and mute writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window. When John tells the killer Maddie would have been unable to call 911 because she is deaf and mute, this is incorrect for several reasons.
Most importantly, emergency response services are equipped to communicate with a deaf/mute person. Even if for some reason Maddie.was not able to "speak" with an actual operator, they would still have sent someone to investigate the call.
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, 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 hush 2016 watched!
The kinda film that will always be remembered once you watch it. Directed by Mike Flanagan . (directed by) Writing Credits Mike Flanagan . (written by) & Kate Siegel . (written by) Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verification John Gallagher Jr. . The Man Kate Siegel . Maddie Michael Trucco . John Samantha Sloyan . Sarah Emma Graves . Max Produced by Jason Blum . producer (produced by) Phillip Dawe .
co-producer Michael J. Fourticq Sr. . executive producer Kate Lumpkin . executive producer Trevor Macy . producer (produced by) Melinda Nishioka . associate producer Couper Samuelson . executive producer Jeanette Volturno .
executive producer (as Jeanette Brill) Music by The Newton Brothers . (music by) Cinematography by James Kniest . director of photography Film Editing by Mike Flanagan . (edited by) Casting By Anne McCarthy . (casting by) Kellie Roy . (casting by) Production Design by Elizabeth Boller Set Decoration by Jaan Childs Hush 2016 Design by Lynn Pelzman Makeup Department Tiffanie Hudson .
hush 2016 makeup artist (as Tiffany Hudson) Hush 2016 Witt . makeup department head Brad Darvas . toby sells creature makeup fx shop (uncredited) Cass McClure .
toby sells creature makeup fx shop (uncredited) Mark James Ross . shop foreman: Toby Hush 2016 Creature make up FX Shop (uncredited) Toby Sells . prosthetic designer: Toby Sells Creature make up FX Shop (uncredited) Hush 2016 Witt . special makeup effects artist (uncredited) Production Management Jason Habelow . production supervisor Kate Lumpkin . unit production manager David Townsend . post-production supervisor Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Maggie Ballard .
second second assistant director James Grayford . first assistant director Rico Savage . second assistant director Art Department Seth M. Johnson . assistant property master (as Seth Johnson) Kevin Martiniere .
construction coordinator Andy Rodriguez . graphic artist Joel Sappington . lead man Mike Scherschel . property master Brock Larsen . mask design (uncredited) Bruce Larsen . mask design (uncredited) Sound Department Joshua Adeniji . sound effects editor Nicholas Cochran . adr recordist Tana David . facility adr manager Robert Dehn . sound studio manager Chris Diebold . sound effects editor Rachel Grissom . additional sound mixer Steven Iba .
supervising sound designer Kate Jesse . boom operator Mak Kellerman . foley mixer Richard Kitting . additional re-recording mixer Michael B. Koff .
sound mixer Travis MacKay . adr mixer (as Travis McKay) James Miller . sound designer Erdem Onder . A.D.R. Mixer Veronica J. Valentini . adr recordist Vicki Vandegrift . foley artist (as Vicki Oreilly Vandegrift) Jonathan Wales . re-recording mixer Special Effects by Tommy Badger .
special effects Ken Gorrell . special effects coordinator (as Kenny Gorrell) Skylar Gorrell . special effects Visual Effects by Steven Mark Chen . lead compositor (as Steven Chen) Bret Culp . visual effects supervisor Karanveer Dhunna .
hush 2016 Peter Lee . matte painter Zebulon Pike . compositor Vikram Sanghai . compositor Brian Jeremiah Smith . additional visual effects Joseph Soloway . compositor Patrik Witzmann . visual effects generalist D.J. Shea . visual effects (uncredited) Stunts Chuck Borden . stunt coordinator Eddie Matthews . stunt utility Camera and Electrical Department Jim Bridges . still photographer Jake Campbell . set lighting technician Chip Carey . gaffer Eric Damazio . key grip Tony Damazio .
best boy grip (as Anthony Damazio) Sodric Dira . grip Glen Fendley . grip Erin McFarland . second assistant camera D.J. Phillips . dit Thomas Valko . camera operator: "a" camera (as Thom Valko) / steadicam operator (as Thom Valko) Adam Viademonte . set lighting technician Troy Wagner . first assistant camera Chris Weaver . best boy Casting Department Suzanne Massingill .
local casting Morgan Robbins . engine casting assistant Costume and Wardrobe Department Stephanie Durkac . costume supervisor (as Stephanie Fowler) Caitlin Wells . costumer Editorial Department Matt Blackshear .
conform editor Dana Blumberg . digital intermediate administration Corinne Bogdanowicz . colorist Michael Cioni .
digital intermediate management Peter Cioni . digital intermediate management Manny Dubon . conform editor Derek Eby . digital intermediate producer Monique Eissing . finishing artist Katie Fellion . digital intermediate executive producer Paul Geffre . digital intermediate management Danny Keefe . hush 2016 intermediate assistant Nancy Kirhoffer .
post production producer Ryan McKeague . digital intermediate systems administrator Devon Meadows . digital intermediate assistant Caroline Mills . digital intermediate administration Josh Minton . digital intermediate administration Keenan Mock . digital intermediate hush 2016 Dean Mozian . digital intermediate assistant Chris Peariso . digital intermediate management Paul Rehder . digital intermediate assistant Homer Reyes . digital intermediate assistant Rachel Sloan .
digital intermediate administration Brian Jeremiah Smith . assistant editor Austin Harvey Stock . supervising editor Katie York .
digital intermediate producer Alexander Akoka . head of post production (uncredited) Philippe Akoka . head of post production (uncredited) Michael Feerick .
additional editor (uncredited) Tanya Feerick . additional editor (uncredited) Christopher M. Lundy . additional editor (uncredited) Sean Maher . additional editor (uncredited) Megan McHugh .
additional editor (uncredited) Music Department Wyatt Baer . assistant to composers Brett Pierce . music editor (as Brett Snacky Pierce) Matthew J. Ward . score mixer (as Matt Ward) Tama Leia . playback singer (uncredited) Transportation Department Peter Beveridge . unit driver Kaylon Damazio . driver Russell D. Equi . transportation George Mills . driver David Stewart . unit driver Additional Crew Noor Ahmed . legal services Brian Anderson .
hush 2016 Melissa Anderson . caterer Maggie Ballard .
set production assistant Matt Banfield . production assistant James Banks . production associate Jennifer Bender . accounting clerk Tony Bowers . stand-in Ryan Bradley . epk Donna Brower . production secretary Stacy Chrisco . stand-in Edwin Reid Cole . set medic (as Reid Cole) Billy Delaughter . caterer (as Billy Delaugher) Clint Edwards .
stand-in: John Gallagher Jr Amanda England . first assistant accountant Andres Farrell . stand-in Glenn D. Feig . legal services (as Glenn Feig) Travis Fields . caterer Jamie Flanagan . set production assistant (as James Flanagan) Tommy Gebhart . set medic Khristian Godbout . animal handler Amber Grunte . legal services Christopher Jarvis .
legal services (as Chris Jarvis) Stephene Klein . stand-in (as Stephene Hosey) Ashley Kravitz . clearances Heidi Krilanovich . legal services Maggie Means . accountant Jeremy Morris . set medic Tracy Oliver . head animal trainer Hush 2016 Pauley . legal services Jackson Rambo . production secretary Benjamin R.
Reder . legal services (as Ben Reder) Lindsey Rosen . stand-in Nick Ruff . epk producer Jason Saucier . production assistant Zachary Saux . stand-in Charlie Saylors . animal handler Arpit Sehra .
production assistant Brady Smoot . legal services Jamie Stimach . animal trainer Heather Tyler . post production accountant Stoney Weaver . set medic Patrick Williams . post production accountant Karie-Ann Robinson . head chaperone (uncredited) James Smotherman . security captain (uncredited) Thanks Oscar Beguiristain . the producers and director wish to thank Ricky Damazio .
the producers and director wish to thank Laura Flanagan . the producers and director wish to thank Tim Flanagan . the producers and director wish to thank Eva Gholson . the producers and director wish to thank Diane Hall . the producer & director wish to thank the following for their contribution Willow Hernandez .
the producer & director wish to thank the following for their contribution Brandi Hoover . the producer & director wish to thank the following for their contribution Ashley Kravitz . the producers and director wish to thank Martin Lanaux . the producer & director wish to thank the following for their contribution D. Scott Lumpkin . the producers and director wish to thank (as Scott Lumpkin) Dan Lumpkin . the producers and hush 2016 wish to thank Marla Lumpkin .
the producers and director wish to thank Lucia Macy . the producers and director wish to thank Paige Macy . the producers and director wish to thank Erin Manacker . the producers and director wish to thank Hush 2016 Martinez .
the producer & director wish to thank the following for their contribution Diane Martiniere . the producer & director wish to thank the following for their contribution Kevin Martiniere . the producer & director wish to thank the following for their contribution John McDuff .
the producer & director wish to thank the hush 2016 for their contribution (as Dr. John C. McDuff) Tony Nachar . the producer & director wish to thank the following for their contribution: Tony Nachar Salon Kevin O'Sullivan .
the producer & director wish to thank the following for their contribution Kit Romano . the producers and director wish to thank Phil Schriber . the hush 2016 and director wish to thank Aaron Truesdale .
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Violence & Gore • After the killer gets wasp spray in his eyes which gives damage to him the girl then takes a loud flashing smoke/fire alarm and makes it flash in his eyes (when his eyes have just been sprayed to make the pain more intense for him) Edit • A girl dies. She is covered with blood, gets shot hush 2016 the back hush 2016 a crossbow and stabbed with a knife in the stomach repeatedly.
She is then shown getting hush 2016 off of a porch. Although, this scene is dark so it is somewhat obscured but we do hear a squishing sound and this scene is still hard to watch. Details • Full Cast and Crew • Release Dates • Official Sites • Company Credits • Filming & Production • Technical Specs Did You Know? • Trivia • Goofs • Crazy Credits • Quotes • Alternate Versions • Connections • Soundtracks Photo & Video • Photo Gallery • Trailers and Videos Opinion • Awards • FAQ • User Reviews • User Ratings • External Reviews • Metacritic Reviews TV • TV Schedule Related Items • News • Showtimes • External Sites A chess hush 2016 of suspense involving a deaf girl and a serial killer locked outside her home in the woods.
It sounds like a cliché with a twist, and it is, but it's a really good cliché with a twist. For a start the premise that the lead character Maddie, the deaf writer, who is home alone after a relationship break hush 2016, opens up a box of plot twists and devices that are unfamiliar in their familiarity. Second, Maddie, (Kate Siegel) dominates the movie, even though it's essentially a double hander, with a superbly sympathetic performance that never gets you shouting "don't do that", as is common in this genre.
The tension does not let up from start to finish (and it's only 82 minutes so doesn't outstay its welcome) as the masked invader hush 2016 to outwit Maddie and vice versa.
The temptation might have been to take Maddie's disability and, like with Audrey Hepburn's blindness in Wait Until Dark, use it to her advantage somehow; but that does not transpire.
It's actually her skills as a writer (she is completing her latest crime novel when the would be assassin strikes) that gives her some traction in what should be a one-sided battle. This is an intelligent, well paced and well shot, low budget slasher movie, but on a higher plane. Hush combines the familiarities of the home-invasion sub-genre with the unpredictability of its interesting premise.
Kate Siegel plays deaf author Maddie with persisting conviction and aids in mining the story's nailbiting potential. It doesn't surpass every trope there is within its category, but it sprinkles plenty of "oh, how will this turn out?" questions across its short runtime to keep you on your toes. 'Hush' is a lot like 'The Strangers', except instead of strangers plural it's only one man, and instead of a husband and wife being terrorized it's a deaf and mute recluse.
It's very tense and cleverly written bar a few cliché tropes that come with this hush 2016 of movie. It also has a minimal synth score, something I notice more and more horror movies are utilizing - 'You're Next', 'It Follows' - to give it an '80s classic slasher atmosphere. It's hard to even call it horror though as it offers far more thrills than actual scares. I was thoroughly satisfied watching this movie. It's constantly engaging, and that has a lot to do with the terrific performances of both the man and Maggie, and there are a few scenes that are genuinely depraved and chilling.
It doesn't break any new ground, but following 'The Babadook' and 'It Follows', 'Hush' continues to reinspire the subtle, quiet corner of the genre and bodes well for the future of psychological thrillers. Highly recommended. The slasher genre was at it's peak in the 80's, when the 90's came it began to struggle and in this guys opinion it's never fully recovered. Sure every once in a while a high profile slasher movie pops up but the interest never seems to last. I'd say a primary reason is that they're all the same but that could be said about a lot of horror sub-genres.
Here we have the story of a mute/deaf author who lives out secluded in the forest and you guessed it she falls foul of a masked killer. The fact she's deaf actually adds more of an element to the movie than you'd imagine and though Hush suffers from the same Slasher tropes as every other it manages to stay fresh regardless.
Well shot, well written and well acted by both little known leads I came away hush 2016 Hush very satisfied. Sure it's nothing revolutionary but it didn't need to hush 2016, it's a demonstration that slashers still have life left in them. The Good: The pets role in the film Hush 2016 well crafted moments Both leads were excellent The Bad: Slasher tropes 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, while struggling to write the ending to her latest book, she comes face-to-face with a psychopath (John Gallagher Jr.) armed with a knife and crossbow I have to hush 2016 the wisdom of an attractive deaf and mute woman opting to live alone in an isolated house in the middle of the woods without any form of self-protection: doing so makes her dumb in more ways than one.
She's not alone in her idiocy, though, because the men in this film make equally bad decisions—choices that prove very costly indeed. The attacker frequently allows opportunities for his victims to gain the upper hand, despite supposedly being experienced at the killing game, while neighbour John (Michael Trucco), who comes looking for his missing girlfriend Sarah (Samantha Sloyan), clearly possesses hush 2016 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), and well 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 mind to run through the potential scenarios and come up with a plan.
She opts to fight, which leads to the inevitable bloody showdown that, once again, offers nothing new to the home invasion genre. Mike Flanagan is one for two in my books.
His hush 2016 big film was Absentia, 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 a vast improvement, Oculus. Flanagan showed promise and improvement, which made me interested in seeing what else he had for future projects.
Well, he has two films coming out in 2016 and I want to talk about Hush, his take on the home invasion sub-genre. Home invasion films have been done to death.
Some are great (You're Next), some are tolerable (The Strangers) and some are downright terrible (When A Stranger Calls, 2006).
So how does one make their home invasion film stand out from the rest? There has to be some twist on the story to make it memorable.
You're Next was a great deconstruction of the genre itself and had the heroine be a survival specialist.
The twist Hush brings us lies in the fact that our protagonist if completely deaf. The key element that makes or breaks this film is the sound design. I felt like the crew pulled it off and we have a solid thriller on our hands here. Maddie is a hush 2016 author and she has secluded herself in a house in the woods to write her next book.
Problems arise when someone outside her house decides to play a deadly game with Maddie and know she has to keep him out and escape alive. Again, this is a simple premise that is only made interesting by the fact that she is deaf and how the filmmakers decide to handle that aspect of hush 2016 story.
While the film does inevitably go down routine routes with the story, Flanagan does so with skill and finesse. Multiple times throughout the film we are in Maddie's shoes as Flanagan completely mutes the audio. We see the terror happening behind her, but we cannot hear it. Hush 2016 can be entering the house at any point and we will not know. Flanagan manages to seep the viewer in suspense throughout the whole film and while there are some gory and squeamish scenes, he hush 2016 rely on them.
They feel real and earned. Looking back at the film there are multiple sequences where I was taken back or had a huge grin on my face with the ingenuity of it all.
People will ultimately try to find inconsistencies with how the film handles the deaf aspect. I had maybe one issue myself, but can look past it for the benefit of the enjoyment I ultimately had because of the 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 a viewing from anyone who likes this genre. "Hush" focuses on Maddie, a deaf-mute writer living alone in a remote house, where she is accosted one evening by a psychopath hellbent on terrorizing and murdering her.
Co-written and directed by Mike Flanagan, who many have cited as a contemporary horror maestro, "Hush" is a straightforward thriller that cuts to the chase. There's not a lot of plot; most of the film plays on the gimmick of the protagonist being unable to hear anything around her (including the noise she makes), which is a clever setup for a horror-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 we know it.
"Hush" reduces the equation a bit, stripping it down to a one-on-one cat-and-mouse game, so in some regard it's a much more intense film; on the other hand, it's also remarkably less scary—but that's not really what Flanagan seems to be going for here anyway.
It's not a film that intends to scare or get under the skin so much as it is a sparring match between two very different people. The film is nicely shot and there are some fantastic scenes that play on a collective home invasion paranoia that I think we all have. The gore is kept to a minimum, but what is there is extremely visceral.
The performances are solid, which is vital for a film that virtually revolves around two characters; Kate Siegel (who co-wrote the film with Flanagan) stars as the deaf Maddie, and is extremely believable, while John Gallagher Jr.
plays the anonymous nutjob who is more despicable than 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 grows more and more helpless. There is hush 2016 amicable payoff in the end, albeit a drawn-out one. Overall, I found "Hush" to be a relatively well-made film, and an enjoyable riff on the home invasion setup. That said, the film does grow dull hush 2016 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 and fairly intense thriller for what it's worth. 7/10. 'Hush' is a fast-paced modern slasher flick with a twisted take on the genre. Well, the twist here is that the lead protagonist is deaf and mute from her teens and the director-writer combo of Hush 2016 Flanagan and Kate Siegel (who also happen to be husband-wife in real life), places this character in a stuck-up hush 2016 where a killer is on the prowl and all odds are stacked against her.
Questions start piling up but a good thirty minutes into the film, the viewer is given enough leads to estimate where the film is headed. A film such hush 2016 this, where the entire scenario revolves around a minimalist location, one feels inclined to applaud director Flanagan's knack for not making the film look like yet another typical home-invasion flick.
The protagonist Maddie's inability to speak or hear is put to good effect in the screenplay. I won't spoil those brilliantly written and choreographed scenes in this review, because that is exactly what puts this flick a few notches above the rest in the genre. Equally inventive and enthralling are those scenes where Maddie's imaginative capability is put to test. The cast (that comprises of just four characters, out of which the film revolves majorly around two!) is adequate as well, and lends ample support to the overall mainstay of the flick.
Flanagan's directorial skills, which looked rather unimpressive in Absentia (2011), after which he made a notable Oculus (2013), has considerably improved over the years, all the while sticking to modest production expenditure. Aided in writing by his wife Kate Siegel, the couple seem poised to astonish us yet again this year in the sequel to the strictly sub- par Ouija (2014).
Hush is a pleasant surprise amongst the shitload of low-budget slasher garbage that is handed out to us every now and then. It is by all means worth a watch for thriller buffs. I was into the movie until the killer showed up - what a disaster. He promises to terrify the main hero and torment her until she wants to die, but then does one creepy thing and proceeds to spend the rest of the movie walking around the house. One scene, which particularly pissed me off was when the killer was fighting her friends boyfriend and boyfriend took the guy down and almost choked him out and she just watched and did nothing, she could have ran out there and stabbed the guy or helped her friend in some other way, but she just ran back into the house - what an unlikable characters.
I actually was happy, when she was fake killed, thinking that movie might stand a chance, but alas - it was just a bait and switch. Would not recommend to anyone. I like films where masked attack people stranded in a house, and this movie started of quiet well, the same as others like it but with the added twist that the woman is deaf, however very quickly the mask is removed and the woman, in between her apple adverts she does through the movie, makes some strange decisions, but the 'killer' guy is so awful, he's not scary or hush 2016, which would be 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, to tighten suspense and tension, apart from the opening twenty minutes, they don't really make as much of this as they could of, and most the movie is just a man outside a house, and then trying to break in. "Hush" begins with an interesting and unique concept that makes it look like it has the potential to differentiate itself from the usual home invasion film. A deaf and mute writer is targeted by a killer in her isolated house in the woods.
The simple fact that she is deaf and mute is what offers something unique but that is where it ends. It doesn't take long for "Hush" to play up all the cliches involving phones, lone neighbours stumbling over and getting themselves killed, and a stupid ending with the done-to-death finish, where the killer has the lead pinned to the ground, strangling the life out of them, before they conveniently reach out and just grab some random weapon before driving it through the villains throat.
I'll give it the 5 star average for the tense atmosphere. And it was disturbing in parts. But other than that I can't recommend it. When I see this Maddie, I'm thinking she's begging to be killed living in an isolated house all by herself, and with no hearing. A normal person would live with other people, or get a dog, or get a gun, or hang some mirrors around (to reduce blind spots).
When she tried to cock a crossbow but didn't have the strength to do so, her solution is to keep trying.
A normal person would look for other solutions instead of repeating what didn't work. And when she was hush 2016 with a crossbow bolt, the first thing she does is pull out the bolt and bleed.
Hmm. It'd be a more refreshing and surprising ending if the victim actually gets killed because of her stupidity. In horror movies, people always appear more dumb. Why is that? No spoilers, because this movie may appeal to mouth-breathers who identify with the similarly-afflicted villain in this mess. (I can't call him the antagonist, with a clear conscience).
Briefly, this is a story of an evident imbecile who decides to murder an apparent moron. Since the unfortunate leading actors play similarly unintentionally slow-witted roles, there is absolutely no incentive for the viewer to become invested in the outcome.
Some reviewers hoped that the damsel in distress would just get snuffed out already and gotten over with - but I can't pretend to be that concerned for the success of either party. But that's not all. It gets worse. The majority of the activity is filmed in the dark. Not just "Hollywood dark", as in a filter placed over the camera lens to indicate that it's dark, but actual darkness.
So, congratulations to anyone with the ability to absorb photons more efficiently than the ordinary humans among us. Since many psycho-thrillers are completely dependent on the protagonists making stupid decisions, it may be some sort of a mixed blessing that this one makes no departure from that trusty, rusty, old plot device - and stupid decisions pop up with tedious regularity. Accordingly, the vague movements that are dimly hush 2016 on the dark screen eventually become unimportant enough for us to give up caring about whatever the heck is supposed to be happening.
I watched this dreck virtually for free on Netflix. In my experience, one has to watch a lot of terrible movies in order to appreciate the better ones, so the time lost on this poorly-written and badly-directed pap is just another lesson. Also, I could easily afford the risk of paying less than one hundred percent of my attention to the frequent, boring interludes, to read up about the movie so that I could put the visible fragments together.
Without IMDB and Wikipedia to literally spell it out for me, I would still be in the dark. 'Hush' gets two stars because I watched the entire thing. Single stars are reserved for the unwatchable, thus causing the artificially higher rating that I attribute to this one. A stupid story and and a poorly made flick. Let us start with the fact that this is not a horror movie. It's a thriller, with some interesting unusual aspects, as well as hush 2016 few cringe-worthy flaws (in character logic, as the case always seems to be).
So what makes this movie stand out and feel almost fresh? The obvious first is that our protagonist is deaf-mute. Not being an expert on deaf people, I still believe this was played quite consistently to the movie's credit. It is interesting to occupy the head space of someone missing such an important sense in a frightful situation. Another thing I noticed is the total lack of jump scares.
There isn't a single jump-scare in the movie, which only further distances Hush from being a horror movie. In fact the usual creep factor as a whole is kept to a minimum. It quickly becomes a cat-and-mouse kind of battle of wits more than anything else, which I found a pleasant surprise, despite being more of a horror fanatic. The third curious thing is that from the get go it's made clear that the 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 hush 2016 s*** about anything else but his upper hand. He doesn't have much of a plan and has to improvise, 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 modest budget, and doesn't overstay its welcome. I'd recommend it for a rainy evening if you want to see the thriller genre try something new.
Found this on Netflix and decided to give it a shot. Hush 2016 had tried to make it through The Blackcoat's Daughter earlier in the evening, but I bailed on that and went over to Hush; by comparison, this one is much better.
The movie starts well enough by establishing Maddie's background and new situation. There is the element of Craig, her ex, who we feel may become prominent to the storyline but never does.
Once the murderer arrives, it is clear he does not want to simply murder her, he wants to toy with her for a while.
He's already murdered her friend and gained access to the house, but he opts to scare her first. This is the basis of the movie and where it starts to grow. The murderer is okay, not particularly smart, but sufficient. His assault on Sarah, followed by using her as a prop, was rather brutal. Other than that, I did not find his character notable.
Maddie is a likable character. Despite her faults, we want her to win and take that guy out. She has at least two solid opportunities to end it, and they are both in the same scene. John, Sarah's boyfriend, is moments away from knocking the murderer out with a rock when Maddie inadvertently alerts hush 2016 murderer by banging on the window.
As a result, John gets stabbed and his plan is foiled. All is not lost, however, as he is able to recover enough to pin the murderer and choke him out. This is all happening about 20 ft. away from Maddie outside the house. Maddie has an ideal opportunity to walk up and deliver the final blow while John has the murderer pinned, but she blows it by staying in the house. This is somewhat confusing as we later see Maddie calculating all the possible outcomes depending on what she decides to do next.
She is clearly logical enough to have known to make a move when John had the murderer down, yet that forethought was not put to her advantage.
That, to me, is the weakest point of the movie. That aside, Maddie makes a good heroine. She keeps fighting and figures out how to use her lack of hearing to help her (fire alarm). Despite being put on the verge of death, she is able to hang on and turn the tide. I was cheering for her in those closing moments. Normally I would've rated this a little higher but a 6.7 is not a realistic score for this movie. In the first act it still seems promising but especially the killer looses momentum in the second act.He becomes to much of a prankster when he learns that his female victim is deaf.This drags on to long and makes the killer look even weaker in the final act where the victim outsmarts him every time.
The fact that the woman is deaf really don't contribute to the story and feels like a gimmick to create more tension or to feel more sorry for the suppose to be victim. Something similar has been done in a 70's thriller and as far as I remember it was utilized better into that movie than with this one. This was an indie thriller suffering from a bad script or poor execution of it,it had some good elements in the beginning but as a whole fell flat.
Normally would give it a 3 or 4 but because of the overrating going with 1. You can check it out,but. I don't recommend it. Barely passes as a thriller and to lame to be a good horror. Not to be negative, but this movie's not really worth reviewing. So, I'll try and get through this as quickly as possible. This is yet another home invasion movie with only two slight twists: Our victim is a deaf mute and there's hush 2016 one attacker.
Not to spoil anything and I understood why he didn't, but there is one simple solution from the hush 2016 guy throughout this middle-of-the-woods serial killer/stalker tale. Anyone that sees this will know right away what he should do, even if we're supposed to be rooting for the deaf mute writer woman.
This was frustrating. Additionally cringing, the movie is shot mostly in the dark. Yea! Realism! But, it's hard to watch for the most part. That all said, the woman, Discount Julia Roberts, actually did some fairly good acting and I believed her throughout. The villain was not fleshed out, but acceptable. Worth watching for free on Amazon or Netflix on a night when nothing else is on. Wasn't the worst movie I've seen, not even in this subgenre, hush 2016 it did feel like a chore to get through.
*** Final thoughts: Not sure why this was made. It brought extremely little to the table and the ideas that were good weren't expanded on enough. I hope, at least, this will give Discount Julia Roberts more exposure since she wasn't half bad. 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 "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 hush 2016 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 hush 2016 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 hush 2016, 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 hush 2016 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 hush 2016 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. Hush is hush 2016 classic example of a shut your brain off and enjoy style of movie.
If you don't look to closely, it could be fun. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to manage that. It felt as though with each passing scene there were more errors, plot holes, conveniences and nitpicks. There's a fun idea in this movie, it just never properly delivers on it. Please do steer clear of this movie and avoid wasting some time which might otherwise be well spent. This is a case of a movie with no pace, no real characters (there's absolutely no motivation for the villain's actions and he does look/act somewhat ridiculous) and, most importantly, no real story.
The story is immensely boring and predictable, and successfully manages to not scare you at all, or even surprise you. I'm appalled at some reviews that dare to compare this mediocrity to superb arthouse films like It Follows. The only explanation could be that the good reviews were written by the movie's promo team; whatever the reason, do not make the same mistake I did and believe the positive reviews.
This movie is the ABSOLUTE waste of time. Hush (2016): Home Invasion thrillers (sometimes termed as horror hush 2016 can impress hush 2016 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 hush 2016 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 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 hush 2016 in this film.We instantly get connected to Madidie's character and her deafness.Mike Flanagan used hush 2016 point and crafted a brilliant nail biting thriller without any dull moments.He's a rare modern horror director hush 2016 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 I only lasted half way through. The situation was very improbable. The bad guy's actions seemed silly. How would you break into a glass house?
Tap on the window a lot to intimidate the deaf person inside? The heroine's actions seemed silly: Madman outside. Go outside? And it was boring. (Can you set off a car alarm using the key remote? I can't.) Great idea that unfortunately fell short of what I expected. Both lead characters are made to purposefully fall short in their ability to outsmart one another by simply being mediocre at being the killer and the obvious survivor.
So you're not so much glued in anticipation to the outcome, but more so find yourself waiting for the inevitable. The film loses its ability to scare you as the killer reveals himself too early, and when he does his face lessens what was already a non threatening mask. I didn't see any twists or turns and nothing made me feel surprised or shocked. Which was a shame as I felt the core of this movie was a fantastic idea. Selecting this movie on Netflix this evening the only thing I knew about it was the genre, which wasn't a very promising start.
But in the first few moments - as Maddie is cooking herself dinner, overloading our senses with profound audio and hush 2016 - I knew this was going to be something special. I'd go as far as saying that this is a genre re-defining movie. You'd think a trait as simple as deafness would have a relatively minor impact on the movie, but you'd be wrong: totally wrong.
Maddie's deafness is what makes this movie totally unique in its genre as it adds an element which many of us likely have never considered having to worry about. The perspective changes throughout the movie to heighten tension and add to the already ominous atmosphere. Just when Maddie turns her back or closes the door, all of a sudden you go deaf too.
You're drawn into the house and trapped alongside Maddie in sheer terror as you both struggle to ascertain where the assailant is; it's honestly petrifying. Of course, there are the regular genre clichés present: an unsuspecting friend shows up, several attempts at escaping are tried and failed, and there are many close-calls where the man almost gets in yet she just manages to close the door/window in time. But those clichés are often turned on their heads, such as when her escape attempt fails and her head is brutally smashed in, and then it's revealed to have only been a premonition.
In the end, Maddie is able to use her weakness to her advantage as she disables the man by using her unbelievably powerful fire alarm to deafen him. I was glad to see her get the better of him, but I can't help but feel as though the ending would've been more fitting if she hush 2016 on the floor with him then and there. I'm not sure where she found the energy to stand up, walk outside, and sit on the front porch for help to arrive - but that's one of very few gripes in an otherwise excellent movie.
In short, if you enjoy horrors, yet - like me - you're tired of the same old crap: watch Hush. Frankly, it's great, and shows that there is still hope for the horror/thriller genre. Details • Full Cast and Crew • Release Dates • Official Sites • Company Credits • Filming & Production • Technical Specs Storyline • Taglines • Plot Summary • Synopsis • Plot Keywords • Parents Guide Did You Know?
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