hush movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Hush is a slow-burning but fairly solid horror film that’s bloodily violent, making it best for teens. The film is about a menacing killer preying on a deaf woman.


A deaf writer living in a house out in the woods must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears in her window and terrorises her.

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Movie details

Director: Mike Flanagan
Cast: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Samantha Sloyan, Michael Trucco
Writer: Kate Siegel, Mike Flanagan
Release Date (Australia): 8 April 2016
Runtime: 81 minutes/1h 21m
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film is mainly concerned with murder and a sustained sense of threat as a woman is terrorised by an intruder.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains violence in the form of stabbing murders that feature large blood spurts and pooling. There is also brief wound detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

A man calls a woman a “f**king c**t”. There are also several uses of the word “bitch”.

mpaa rating

R (for strong violence/terror and some language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Hush’s most original idea wrapped between its completely stereotypical plot is the absence of hearing through the protagonist. The rest of this horror film is just the fairly boring but unpredictably gripping focus on her protecting herself from a sadistic stalker/killer.

To be more specific about why the story just seems so poorly designed, the entire film is mainly focused on a very slow sense of tension. Each minute is simply only the lead character walking, crawling, and just avoiding the masked man. The masked man himself is also revealed to quickly though, and we don’t get as much of a fright when we see the creepy mask. However, he gets pretty smart when it comes to building up the bodycount.

To be fair, this cat-and-mouse sort of thriller is one you’ll either find really entertaining or super boring. It doesn’t dig into an unrealistic hole and is very good at portraying certain things. All we hear is unsettling silence when we’re seeing the deaf character’s point of view and there’s detailed sound everywhere else.

If Hush could’ve included more dialogue between certain characters and super clever twists, it probably could’ve been great! It’s an appealing idea for a stalker-vs-victim horror movie. Plus, the runtime of under 90 minutes is perfect.

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