Hush: Trailer Analysis

Hush: Mike Flanagan’s Horror Thriller Film Details

Director: Mike Flanagan

Writers: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel 

Release Date: April 8, 2016

Release Format: Theatrical

MPAA Rating: Rated R

Horror Sub-Genre: Horror, Thriller

Synopsis

A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home.

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Trailer Summary

The trailer opens with a soft view of a forest. Eerie nature sounds play in the background. It slowly creeps to an isolated house in the woods. The words “She cannot hear” shows on the screen. Followed by “She cannot speak”. The screen goes black. The words “She is alone” shows on the screen. A creepy close-up shot of the house follows.

We see a random hand with a glove on picking up a cell phone. Followed by a woman sitting comfortably on the couch on her laptop. Close-up of the laptop screen. A random message that says “Maddie’s Phone” pops up on the screen. She opens the notification. The scene abruptly flashes to her obviously being watched. Is there a spy camera somewhere in the house? Is some psycho person playing voyeur?  

She discovers she’s being watched. With a look of terror on her face, she slowly turns and looks towards the source. The door to the house has been cracked open. She stands up and slowly paces towards the door. An expression of fear on her face. A creepy-looking person in a mask stands patiently outside her house. He looks like he’s waiting for something. Waiting for her to come out and play, maybe? She looks at the person with shock, breathing frantically. He shows her a cell phone. Could that be her cell phone?

Not wasting more time, the woman hurriedly rushes towards the door to close it and lock it before the creepy guy can get in. The guy races her towards the door. The screen goes black. But, from the intense sounds, you can assume they are in a quarrel at the door. She’s fighting to keep him out.  He’s fighting to get in. The screen cuts to the man pacing outside her house. I guess we can see who won the battle over the door. He is holding something in his hand. A weapon of some sort?

What pursues is an intense series of battle scenes between the creepy guy and the woman. He stalks and harass her outside of her house. She fights to protect herself and save her life. The words “Silence can be killer” flashes on the screen. Accompanied by more intense battle scenes. The trailer ends with the word “Hush”.

Opinion

The trailer for “Hush” starts off pretty subtle, but ends with a bang. One word to describe this trailer is INTENSE. Here, you have an innocent woman, who appears to be in her 30’s. She’s living in an isolated house deep in the woods. Maybe she wants to seclude herself from the rest of civilization? What starts off as a peaceful, relaxing evening, turns into a deadly fight for survival, as a psychopathic stranger invades her home. He somehow manages to creep into the house, take her cellphone, and videotape her from the outside of the house. The question is; why did he go outside to begin with? Could it all be part of his sick game? Yes, what pursues is definitely a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse, as he stalks and harasses her from the outside. She can’t hear. She can’t speak. And she’s all alone. Not to mention, she’s secluded in the woods, so no one would be able to so much as hear her scream if she could.

From the “Hush” trailer, alone, I think this film will be pretty solid if director Mike Flanagan executes it properly. Also, if the acting is as superb as it looks in the trailer. When I watched the trailer, I thought of the film “The Strangers” from director Bryan Bertino. A couple comes home, only to be invaded, stalked and harassed by three masked killers. If “Hush” takes this path, it could very possibly be one of the top films of the year.

 

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