Hush

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Hush navigates the bloody waters of home invasion thrillers and incisive slashers for a contemporary horror puree.

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In this heart-pounding thriller from acclaimed writer and director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Before I Wake), silence takes on a terrifying new dimension for a young woman living along in the woods. Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) lives a life of utter isolation after losing her hearing as a teenager. She's retreated form society, living in seclusion and existing in a completely silent world. But one night, the fragile world is shattered when the masked face of a psychotic killer appears in her window. Without another living soul for miles, and with no way to call for help, it appears that Maddie is at the killer's mercy... but he may have underestimated his prey. As this horrifying game of cat and mouse escalates to a breathless fever- pitch, Maddie must push herself beyond her mental and physical limits in order to survive the night.

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Critic Reviews for Hush

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (2)

  • Once the premise kicks into high gear, Hush reveals itself as a finely craved one-trick pony.

    Oct 23, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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  • 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.

    Dec 1, 2016 | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

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  • It's a sharp, finely tuned thriller that goes down familiar paths but with flair and skill. Flanagan doesn't hold back on the gore, but he doesn't rely on it.

    Apr 14, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

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  • Flanagan's taut direction reinforces his rep as an up-and-comer we will hopefully be hearing much more from.

    Apr 8, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Silence is golden in "Hush," one of the more inspired concoctions to emerge from the busy Blumhouse horror-thriller assembly line in recent years.

    Mar 13, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A horror cocktail that is as simple as it is effective. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Nov 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hush

  • Jul 09, 2017
    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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2017
    It's what it says on the tin. A standard stalk prey kinda scenario. ð???
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2016
    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.
    Charles B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2016
    Preceding this year's similarly themed "Don't Breathe" and director Mike Flanagan's more recent release "Ouija: Origin of Evil", "Hush" shares many commonalities with these films and the other home invasion horror flicks of recent. This one manages to deliver maximum tension due to its lack of dialogue (the protagonist is deaf/mute), simple plot (a killer traps her in a house), and attention to realistic mechanisms of survival. It does what those many other horror films were trying to do but better. The film stars Flanagan's wife, Kate Siegel, who co-wrote the film and who plays a writer that states she envisions seven endings to every story, and you could make a case that everything that unfolds after she sits down to start writing her new book is just her imagination playing out this tentative story. Antagonists like Hannibal Lecter make your skin crawl not just by their horrible deeds but by the deeper implications of their actions. That they understand the trappings of basic human empathy and choose to reject them to such a degree of sadism is more disturbing than any single act of violence. The fact that the killer has no name also adds a layer of pervasive unknown fear. He is both real and unreal, and perhaps a figment of the protagonist's imagination. It is what is left unsaid that makes the killer more compelling and the protagonist all that more ingenious. I could just be reading too much into it. Regardless, I'm certain they wanted to make a tense home invasion thriller, and Flanagan and Siegel certainly created one of the simplest and best this year.
    K Nife C Super Reviewer

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