Hush (2009)
By: J.R. McNamara on April 23, 2010  | 
Madman | Region 4, PAL | 2.35:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 2.0 | 88 minutes (Full Specs)
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Director: Mark Tonderai
Starring: William Ash, Christine Bottomley, Andreas Wisniewski
Screenplay: Mark Tonderai
Country: UK
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Highways and freeways are wonderful places to set horror and thriller films. They are lonely places, with no one to help, and the occasional mobile phone dark spot. No matter how much a person can describe themselves as sensible, there is always that niggling 'What if…?' feeling when driving alone, or with a sleeping passenger. What if the car breaks down right here, in the dark, with no one around? Who is going to help if I run off the road? Who is on your side in a strange town at midnight?

What do you do when the worst case scenario blows up in your face?

It is a great place for terror, and as films like The Hitcher, and Duel, and Rest Stop have shown, a lot of fun can be had on the road.

Hush fits nicely into this subgenre, and tells the tale of Zakes Abbott (William Ash), a struggling writer whose 'real' job is to change the posters in service station toilet blocks along a section of freeway in the UK.

On this journey he has brought along his girlfriend, Beth (Christine Bottomley) though their relationship is well and truly rocky, and she seems to spend most of the journey either sleeping or bitching. During one of her sleep periods, Zakes is cut off by an enclosed truck, whose back gate is not fully closed, and as the shutter rolls up, it reveals to him a cage with a naked woman trapped inside.

Zakes tells Beth, and they report it to the police on her mobile phone, but Zakes wants nothing more to do with it. Beth is disgusted by his apathy and on their last stop reveals to him that she wants to end their relationship, and refuses to return to the car with him.

He decides to wait for her in the car, and after a short period of time goes back to look for her in the diner, but she has gone missing. After an altercation with security, due to him looking for Beth in the ladies room, he spots the truck he saw earlier leaving, and decides that she must be on it, and so the gargantuan and tense game of cat and mouse begins…

It does follow a lot of the usual conventions that this type of film offers: the hide under the car sequence, unhelpful police or security guards, misunderstandings; all that guff that makes roadside horror what it is, but it does twist it around. Actually, the twists feel a little like the writer/ director is deliberately trying to buck conventions, but in doing so, the twists become a little predictable.

It is filmed in that sometimes annoying handheld way, but it works well here, and adds to the tension he is attempting to build in most of the scenes, as does the use of focus.
The film is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and is a decent, clean image.
Audio is only is Dolby 2.0, but it is a crisp soundtrack.
Extra Features
This disc has two trailers for Hush, one a proper trailer and the other a post-production sneak preview trailer. It also has trailers for 13: Game of Death, Gruesome, Diary of the Dead and Fear(s) of the Dark.

There is also an entirely useless still gallery that contains 15 images paused from the film… wow, I wonder if I can do that with the 'Pause' button on my remote?
The Verdict
This is one of those films that you enjoy while you are watching it, and you get caught up in the tension of the film, but in a years time you will mix it up with five other films of its type and create an amalgam of OK road films, of which none really stand out too much.
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