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Critic Reviews for Hush
An effectively straightforward exercise in suspense, one that further positions Flanagan-who also made the year's well-received Ouija prequel-as a filmmaker with a strong grasp on horror's fundamentals.
Flanagan's taut direction reinforces his rep as an up-and-comer we will hopefully be hearing much more from.
Silence is golden in "Hush," one of the more inspired concoctions to emerge from the busy Blumhouse horror-thriller assembly line in recent years.
Mike Flanagan's horror thriller is superb, and just a wonderful story from start to finish.
So tense and involving as to make everyone watching a flinching, wincing, cheering participant, "Hush" ought to join the best works of Hitchcock, Carpenter and De Palma as a future teaching tool in genre film courses. This is how it's done.
Audience Reviews for Hush
Absolutely terrifying, Hush is an intense and frightening indie horror thriller. The story follows a deaf woman who lives in a secluded house in the woods, and is preyed upon by a psychopathic killer. The script is especially well-written, doing an impressive job at having the character work her way through the problems that she faces. And, making the character deaf gives a fresh new angle to the classic cabin in the woods scenario; heightening the tension and suspense. Lead actress Kate Siegel gives an incredibly visceral performance that captures the raw terror and desperation of the character, and director Mike Flanagan does a good job at showing how trapped and isolated she is. Additionally, the violence is remarkably gritty without being gratuitous. A well-crafted horror film, Hush taps into our primal fears.
It's what it says on the tin. A standard stalk prey kinda scenario. ð???
I cannot see what the fuss about this is. Utterly conventional home invasion thriller, plodding predictably towards the inevitable ending (helpful corkscrew at fingertips as final strangulation begins). A dull, mostly incompetent antagonist running in circles around a house apparently fully glazed with safety glass and with no particular geography. And unlike the recent, excellent 'Don;t Breathe' the heroin's deaf-muteness does abolutely nothing to advance the plot of complicate the circumstance beyond making her slightly more vulnerable than she would be, completely alone in an isolated location with a murderer. Stylistically dull, by-the-numbers, and the only tension comes from yelling 'Oh why the f**k did you do that?!' at the screen. Plus a ludicrous 'inner voice' sequence that does nothing but add pointless exposition to an already obvious situation.