HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Eye of the Storm
Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands
Where No Vultures Fly
Come True
Kagemusha
Justine
Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché
Madchen in Uniform
Fire Will Come
Suspect
Jailbreak Pact
News of the World
Dementer
Beyond Clueless
Stylist, The
Sky is On Fire, The
Wrong Turn
In a Year with 13 Moons
Blush
Strange Affair of Uncle Harry, The
Sinners, The
Tammy and the T-Rex
Archenemy
Zappa
Mindwarp
State Secret
Mogul Mowgli
Owners, The
Twentieth Century, The
Story of Gilbert and Sullivan, The
What Lies Below
Greenland
Broil
Dead Pigs
Willy's Wonderland
It's in the Air
School's Out Forever
Breeder
Stump the Guesser
Sator
   
 
Newest Articles
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
Network Double Bills: Some Girls Do and Deadlier Than the Male
Absolutely Bananas: Link on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
   
 
  Hush The Chase
Year: 2009
Director: Mark Tonderai
Stars: William Ash, Christine Bottomley, Andreas Wisniewski, Claire Keenan, Stuart McQuarrie, Robbie Gee, Peter Wyatt, Sheila Reid, Shaun Dingwall, Rupert Procter, Carol Allen, Harry Mondryk
Genre: Horror, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: Zakes Abbott (William Ash) is driving up the M1 motorway tonight where he has a job replacing posters in the service stations dotted along the side of the road. His girlfriend Beth (Christine Bottomley) is accompanying him, currently trying to catch up on some sleep in the passenger seat, but soon she wakes and he offers her the biscuit he has saved for her. However, this politeness is masking the fact that their relationship is in trouble, and they are arguing once more; what Beth is not telling him is that she has slept with someone else and is thinking of breaking it off with him...

Sounds like the beginning of one of those soap opera-ish dramas, doesn't it? If you didn't know better, that is, for this was writer and director Mark Tonderai's horror-inflected thriller which took the Northern highways as its setting, enhanced for full sinister effect by taking place entirely at night. Tonderai first came to public attention not as a filmmaker, but as a Radio 1 disc jockey, except that his genuinely funny late night show was hidden away in the early hours of Monday morning, meaning that most listeners would hear the first ten minutes before nodding off to sleep, not the best way to raise the profile of a talented chap.

Tonderai obviously felt some affinity with the night time, because the late night atmosphere, at the point where you start to feel drowsy but know that if, for example, you're driving along the motorway, you should really stay awake, is keenly depicted here. Hush was one of those films where it was probably better not to know too much about what was going to happen before you sat down to watch it, because a lot of the suspense depended on being unaware of what was around the corner - literally, in some cases. The opening ten minutes of set up did come across as stilted, because there was a fair amount of establishing of the main characters' bond, or lack of it, to get through.

However, it was all necessary as Zakes goes on to prove himself worthy of Beth throughout the course of the plot, and more importantly that he does not mind so much that she has cheated on him because something more vital arises that makes them realise how much they mean to each other. If the script had it that Zakes was trying to save a woman he did not know, which in a way he is, then that connection would not have been there, and indeed he would probably have been content to telephone the police and let them handle the suspicious incident he witnesses while driving as Beth is snoozing in the seat beside him. What does he see? He's not one hundred percent sure himself.

What it looked like, and bear in mind that he's been stressed by yet another argument, was a young woman naked and screaming in the back of the truck that nearly crashed into him, and it's Beth's goading that persuades him to spring into action. Ash does a pretty good job of portraying a shlubby, ordinary bloke suddenly having to demonstrate that he is as capable as he always wanted to be. Not that he does not suffer in the process, whether getting his hands nailed to a wooden floor or being arrested on suspicion of murder and finding a way to escape those plastic handcuffs (lucky they weren't metal ones, eh?), and filling the role of a Hitchcockian innocent man on the run while on a mission. Hush doesn't hang about, and is sharply edited so that it seems even faster, presenting a pacy, unpretentious thriller which rewarded modestly but admirably. Music by Theo Green.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2202 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
Enoch Sneed
  Geraint Morgan
   

 

Last Updated: