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Hush (2008)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 13 March 2009 (UK)
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A young couple on a motorway journey are drawn into a game of cat and mouse with a truck driver following a near accident.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zakes Abbot (as Will Ash)
The Tarman
Stuart McQuarrie ...
Peter Wyatt ...
Mr. Coates
Sheila Reid ...
Mrs. Coates
PC Mitchall
Rupert Procter ...
Dad (as Rupert Proctor)
Carol Allen ...
Harry Mondryk ...
Tobias Adams-Heighway ...
Drummer Boy
Dasiy Mondryk ...
Woman in Loo


Tired and irritable, Zakes Abbott drives home along the motorway, his girlfriend, Beth, asleep beside him. Failing to spot his exit he speeds across the causeway, cutting up a white van and barely avoiding an accident. Apoplectic with rage, the truck driver gives chase, and as he violently overtakes the tailgate flips up revealing a woman bound and bloodied in the back. But before there is time for a second look, the door is slammed shut and Zakes is left bewildered and wondering if what he saw was real. Later at a service station, Zakes' fears grow when Beth goes missing, and as he begins a frantic search, he is enticed into a deadly game of cat and mouse on the deserted motorway. But being the sole witness to the earlier scene, how does he convince others of his desperate need for help? Playing on our most primal fears, this taut suspense thriller challenges a world where we constantly turn responsibility over to someone else and asks the question: what do you do when there is no ... Written by Zoe Flower

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Only you saw it. Only you can save them


Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

13 March 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Csitt!  »

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Box Office


£1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$64,054 (United Kingdom), 15 March 2009, Limited Release
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Zakes is looking for Beth in the service area, he crawls under a lorry in the lorry park in the pouring rain, in the next scene inside the service area, he appears clean and dry, surely he would be covered in oily marks. See more »


Zakes Abbot: [goading the Tar-man outside] Remember me you CUNT!
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Crazy Credits

After the coda, credits start appearing. After the producer credits, an epilogue is shown, of one of the criminals (obviously uncaught) shopping at a bookstore, and picking up a book by the protagonist describing the criminal operation and its end. See more »


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First time effort - good movie - bad production
9 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

From a pure enjoyment standpoint, the movie is fairly entertaining. From a technical standpoint, it's got a lot of issues. I had a hard time not focusing on them.

This movie is plagued with bad production. Right off the bat, after the opening title sequence, the opening scene with a car speeding down a highway is frozen and then starts. This is obviously an editing blunder.

There were some scenes which looked to be horribly edited in post. For instance, a scene in which the two main characters are speaking across a table. Normally in film or video, the focus shifts from one to the other as they are speaking. This is done in-camera during the filming process. Not here. The effect in this movie was obviously done in post and horribly at that. One half (almost exactly) is so blurred it's distracting. This causes the opposite affect it was used for in the first place; to place the viewers attention on the important subject at the time. A decent production would not have tried to fix this in post, it would have been re-shot. It seems like the footage was not viewed until the whole movie was shot.

Here's a suggestion, get a tripod! There are times when a scene calls for the hand held shaky look, but not during a seated conversation! I was getting a headache. Terrible.

Someone else commented on the lack of sound during a point in the movie. This was definitely not the time or place to try an effect like that. I seriously doubt it was on purpose.

The movie also suffered from doing a very poor job at explaining why or how things were happening, for instance the guard scene. Did I miss something? This reminds me of a decent school type project. Beyond that, it doesn't hold production value for a serious movie.

By the way, this movie's description makes it sound an awful lot like Steven Spielbergs DUEL. Is it a coincidence that HUSH has four letters in its title? I think not. Duel is much, much better.

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