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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Movie Review - Hush

Hush (2016)
Starring Kate Siegel, John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Trucco, and Samantha Sloyan
Directed by Mike Flanagan
***This film is currently streaming on Netflix***

A surprisingly effective low budget horror movie, Hush introduces us to Maddie (Kate Siegel), a deaf author who lives in a secluded house in the woods.  With this being a thriller, that isolation will ultimately do Maddie harm when a masked man (John Gallagher, Jr.) stalks the young woman and creates a hellish night from which she may not escape alive.

A simple story told in taut fashion, director and co-writer Mike Flanagan and co-writer and star Kate Siegel have created a film that certainly kept me on the edge of my seat.  Sure, there are some moments of ludicrousness (Why is she going upstairs?  Why doesn't she just stay locked in the room?), but Hush overall is an enjoyable watch, filled with those jittery moments that we long for in horror films.  Siegel more than holds her own and John Gallagher, Jr., is deviously horrific as Maddie's unnamed assailant -- together they make what is essentially a two-handed piece immensely watchable.

Yes, this review is short and to the point, but don't let it's brevity fool you -- Hush is worth a watch if thrillers are your cup of tea.

The RyMickey Rating:  B+

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