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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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Mark Tonderai

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Mark Tonderai
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Ash ... Zakes Abbot (as Will Ash)
Christine Bottomley ... Beth
Andreas Wisniewski ... The Tarman
Claire Keelan ... Wendy
Stuart McQuarrie Stuart McQuarrie ... Thorpe
Robbie Gee ... Chimponda
Peter Wyatt Peter Wyatt ... Mr. Coates
Sheila Reid Sheila Reid ... Mrs. Coates
Shaun Dingwall ... PC Mitchall
Rupert Procter Rupert Procter ... Dad (as Rupert Proctor)
Carol Allen Carol Allen ... Mum
Harry Mondryk Harry Mondryk ... Dash
Tobias Adams-Heighway Tobias Adams-Heighway ... Drummer Boy
Dasiy Mondryk Dasiy Mondryk ... Girl
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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

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Only you saw it. Only you can save them

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Csitt! See more »

Filming Locations:

Yorkshire, England, UK

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Budget:

£1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$64,054 (United Kingdom), 15 March 2009, Limited Release
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Film4,Warp X,UK Film Council See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Zakes Abbot: [goading the Tar-man outside] Remember me you CUNT!
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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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Published by Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd/Reverb Music Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Limited
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Decent, but not spectacular.
3 September 2011 | by Tipster101See all my reviews

"Only you saw it. Only you can save them" the tagline reads. This is more or less the theme of this British thriller. Zakes Abbot (William Ash) spots something rather disturbing on the road, a woman caged in the back of a van, and has a dilemma of whether to follow and help or shrug it off as someone else's problem. After a small effort of calling the police and attempting (and failing) to read the dirty number plate, Zakes chooses the latter. That is until his girlfriend goes missing and he realises he has a more personal stake in pursuing the captor.

What follows is a fairly straight-forward cat & mouse chase as Zakes tails and evades the villain simultaneously, bringing to mind the 2003 French thriller High Tension (AKA Switchblade Romance) which as you might expect with that title is essentially one long suspense sequence. The tension in Hush doesn't quite allow it such a cocky title as the French film, but it is a good attempt nonetheless and it provides a few "No don't go there!" or "He's behind you!" moments. The film does however contain almost all the horror clichés, and although it tries to subvert one or two, this is nothing new and horror fans will see everything a mile off. As far as the plot goes, it would have been acceptable as a simple chase-thriller if it weren't for one scene (involving the security guards) which just seemed unnecessary and too contrived even for this already improbable story. Still, at 90mins it's an easy, enjoyable thriller that's worth a watch.


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