Review by CJ
Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr, Samantha Sloyan, Michael Trucco, Emma Graves
Maddie (Siegel) is a hearing impaired and mute writer who lives alone in the woods with her cat. When a masked killer traps Maddie in her home, she must rely on her cunning and wit to survive.
Hush is a remarkable horror/thriller film that kept me on the edge of my seat for the duration of the film. While most films of this nature (slashers, thrillers etc) use sound in a big way to enhance the jump scares, Hush uses the absence of sound to enhance the anticipation and uncertainty.
Maddie was portrayed magnificently by Siegel. This is especially true given that the cast consists of five people and a cat so there wasn’t a lot to play off. You can feel the terror of the character emanating through the screen through the facial expressions, body language and actions of Siegel. It is a remarkable film to watch.
Similar to the minimalist cast, the film is entirely set in one location — Maddie’s home. The small cast and single location add to the sense of isolation. You feel almost as trapped as Maddie does while watching her struggle against the lone psychopath.
While it sticks to the best formula ingredients of great slasher horror/thriller films, Hush is refreshing and adds a new feel to the genre. I highly recommend Hush to fans of the horror and thriller genres.
“I can come in anytime I want. And I can get you anytime I want. But I’m not going to. Not until it’s time. When you wish you were dead … that’s when I’ll come inside.”