While "Hush's" brand of Movie Maniac abandons his anonymity, and therefore what makes him frightening, far too early for my taste, the film possesses the kind of simple and elegant quality one might associate with John Carpenter or Wes Craven. It's just a pleasure to watch a superb craftsman utilize every tool available to him to tell a harrowing and frequently inventive horror tale in less than ninety minutes.
In one way, quite a rote thriller-horror, but creative limitation, a compelling lead and organic progression lends itself to immersive storytelling. By no means ground-breaking within its genre, but certainly competent.
I find that it has less jump scare and more strategic survival tactics. It doesn't try too hard to scare the audience by showing a montage of big revelations unecessary to the plot. It's simple storytelling and well executed.
Why do people keep praising Mike Flanagan as a horror director to pay attention to? Everything to date has been boring and/or derivative with absolutely no excitement. This film had an interested premise, ruined by poor writing, poor performances, illogical everything, and a crazy misfire on the casting of the villain.
Another really solid, pleasingly small-scale horror effort from Flanagan. He seems to be a director with good chops and a stable understanding of visual storytelling within a confined scope: he doesn't bite off more than he can chew. I appreciated his efforts to find scares and creepiness by means other jump scares - so tempting in a home invasion film.
Feminist, surprising, exciting. Loved how the villain was stripped of mystification and how he was just a "dude". Loved how much emotion and pain there was in the characters. Loved the sound design. Loved the use of sign language. This film was smart! More horror like this, yes please! <3
Chris Stuckmann held this one in too high regard,cool for what it is but it could of been done far better in my opinion.It tries certain things in a mildly interesting way but still trips and stumbles into certain clichés that keeps it trapped within the confines of its own genre.