I honestly haven’t felt this much discomfort and uneasiness since writing my last exam
I am a sucker for a good contained thriller, as mentioned in my 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) review and I had no idea about this new Blumhouse production until I saw Chris Stuckmann’s recent review about it. Hush is a startling surprise that had me chewing on my stupid fingernails until nothing remained but my sense of shame.
I don’t want to say too much about it because it truly is an example of a movie to best go in blind to so I’ll sum it up like this: a woman is left alone in an isolated cabin with a genuine murderous psychopath right outside tormenting her.. Oh and she’s deaf and mute.
If the synopsis alone does not intrigue you, I hope this will: this movie genuinely freaked me the fuck out. I felt actual knots in my stomach watching this woman attempt to maneuver her way around the incredible pile of shit cards life dealt her and I haven’t really felt that way in a horror movie since The Conjuring (2013). As mentioned, it’s a Blumhouse production so you know it’ll scare you at least once and it’s released on Netflix! (hooray!)
Everyone played their role brilliantly and there were barely any of those classic “horror cliché moments” where you have a reaction to the TV that isn’t fear or terror.. It’s anger and annoyment. Director Mike Flanagan delivered tremendously. Every scene was perfection and there was one specific moment toward the end that made me actually jump. It doesn’t really even constitute as a jump scare but thanks to the suspense and tension built throughout the movie, when this split second thing occurred I was like “whoa!” There were many moments in this movie where I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen, and I loved every terrifying minute of it.
That’s all I really want to say about it. It was very reminiscent of another contained psychological horror, The Strangers (2008). Basically I despise these kinds of antagonists but I sure do love watching these kinds of antagonists…
To truly grasp the severity of the situation, I would rather have a nice, long lunch with Joffrey from Game of Thrones than spend one minute alone with The Intruder in Hush. Take that as you will.
If you’re looking for a horror movie that will make you pee your pants and call your mother to tell her you love her, watch Hush. It’s on Netflix.
If you don’t have Netflix, sign up for a free month trial and watch it that way.
Hush receives 4.5/5 Matt Damon heads.