Hush is directed by Mike Flanagan who is also the director of Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil.
Hush is a horror/thriller about a writer who is staying at a house in the woods while writing her novel while a masked killer lurks outside her home. While that plot overview isn’t itself unique the movie puts a good spin on it with the writer Maddie (played by Kate Siegel) being a deaf mute which is what strengthens the execution of the movie.
Hush is a very contained movie, with it taking place either within Maddie’s house and the perimeter of her property and only having a total of five characters. The narrow scope of this movie allows for the director to really focus and enhance the tension of the movie without having to deal with multiple moving parts. What really makes the movie so good though is how it puts you in Maddie’s shoes. Most of the movie is stretches of silence with various ambient sounds layered on top to represent her world. It’s similar to the scene in A Quiet Place when the daughter’s hearing aids stop working except for it’s over the course of a whole movie. More of you have definitely seen A Quiet Place than Hush so if you liked that you’ll like Hush, even without the aliens.
Of course the two lead performances of Maddie (Kate Siegel) and The Man (John Gallagher Jr.) were great with extra props to Siegel for how she handled the character. The cinematography was very well done through the use of steadicam to follow Maddie’s every move.
I definitely recommend this movie. It’s a good, different, and tense thriller that is worth the watch especially if you’re a fan of the director’s other works.
Hush is available on Netflix.