Horrorfest 2016 Presents: Hush (2016, Mike Flanagan)


Imagine if you have been deaf since childhood. Then you choose to move out to the middle of nowhere for the peace and quit, which is strange for a person who can’t hear. While trying to finish a novel you are made aware via smartphone that a murderer lurks outside and is stalking you. Things are not looking good. Oh and course he’s cut the power. Not good. Welcome to the modern horror film Hush.

Created by Mike Flanagan and his wife Kate Siegel, who stars in the film as Madison, Hush is an intense nightmare style film that works as an exercise in terror. We never find out anything more about The Man  (sporting a great freaky looking mask) who has decided to hunt Madison, using a crossbow to ensure she can’t make a clean get away. He also cleverly taunts her in various ways, knowing very well that she is deaf.

Even though the last act has some pacing issues I really dug this film. It’s smart, carefully made and is a great modern slasher. Films such as Hush show that the slasher genre can be more than just dumb people being killed in the woods by a maniac, although granted I enjoy those flicks, too. Oh and I liked Siegel-I hope to see her in more horror films, as she has a good screen presence.

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