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Jason versus Hush (2016)

Of all the movies Shawn and I discovered during our six years and counting in The Basement, Mike Flanagan's Absentia remains one of my favourites. And, although not as good, Oculus is still a solid entry in the horror genre. Enough so that Flanagan is one my favourite directors working in horror at the moment.

When his latest, the home-invasion thriller Hush, dropped on Netflix earlier today, I knew how my Friday night was going to be spent. Just how well spent was it? Stick with me!

Hush is the kind of movie John Carpenter would have made in his heyday, only with Flanagan's modern sensibilities. It's a high-concept movie, where a deaf/mute heroine must fend off a psychotic killer, and Flanagan milks the concept for all its worth.

Clocking in at a brisk 87minutes, there's not a moment wasted in this flick. After a quick introduction, we're treated to a tense, and often brutal, cat-and-mouse game between Kate Siegel's heroine and John Gallagher Jr.'s killer. What makes this contest so interesting is both sides are evenly matched in terms of brains and resourcefulness. This alone elevates the material above other movies of its type.

I won't go into detail, but this is a fun, suspenseful and, and at times, cringe-worthy ride. Siegel is just awesome as Maddie, making her one of the best final girls to occupy the genre in some time. Ditto Gallagher's killer. He's more than just a creep in a mask, and I'll leave it at that lest I spoil anything for viewers.

Hush is a great genre entry, and one I tend to enjoy again real soon. If you like creepy, edge-of-your-seat horror, this is one for you.


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