HUSH Review: Stripped Down and Simple Thrills


The nice thing about a movie like Hush, directed by the impressive talent Mike Flanagan, is that it doesn’t try too hard. Of course, saying a movie doesn’t try could always be a criticism, but as I indulge in more and more horror movies (hell, movies in general), I find that they often try too hard and fail even harder. In the case of Hush, it’s small and simple, and for that reason, it works.

You won’t walk out of it (or hit the X button at the top of your browser) thinking about how revolutionary it is or how much it redefines the genre, but you’ll walk out (or hit the…) with a smile. I know I did.

It’s a very fun movie at times, albeit a bit slow and sometimes (especially for the first forty-five minutes or so) uneventful. Not much to do, really, when you’re writing a movie about a psycho killer that is stalking a deaf and blind girl outside her house (and really nothing more than that happens).

Somehow, though, the movie works more often than not, and while I don’t think it’s one you need to rush out and see or open up Netflix immediately and watch, it’s certainly a decent watch when compared to Flanagan’s previous films, and it’s a damn good one when compared to a lot of the general horror movies (especially those in the home invasion genre).

It was a nice surprise to see who plays the invader (he takes his mask very early on, so don’t expect to be creeped out the entire time like in The Strangers or You’re Next and it added a lot to the film, especially since I’m a bit of a fan of said actor.

Kate Seigel is very good in the movie, taking on a difficult task of playing a character with no dialogue, using the only lines she has through sign language. The bulk of the movie doesn’t require her to talk, but we’re with her the entire time. She’s our hero, and we do believe in her, and while it could be argued that the only reason we care about her is “because she’s deaf and blind,” it’s a hell of a lot better of an excuse than “she’s the girl being victimized.” It’s a good trait for characterization.

I can’t wait to see what Mike Flanagan does next (even that Ouija 2 thing, which continues to baffle me the more I think about it).

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