Hush Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Hush by The Newton Brothers.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 83.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 15
Album Excellence: 27.8%
Hush us a 2016 American psychological horror film directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr. & Michael Trucco. In this heart-pounding thriller from acclaimed writer and director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Before I Wake), silence takes on a terrifying new dimension for a young woman living along in the woods. Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) lives a life of utter isolation after losing her hearing as a teenager. She’s retreated form society, living in seclusion and existing in a completely silent world. But one night, the fragile world is shattered when the masked face of a psychotic killer appears in her window. Without another living soul for miles, and with no way to call for help, it appears that Maddie is at the killer’s mercy… but he may have underestimated his prey. As this horrifying game of cat and mouse escalates to a breathless fever- pitch, Maddie must push herself beyond her mental and physical limits in order to survive the night. The score is composed by The Newton Brothers.
The last time The Newton Brothers did horror (that I listened to) was “Proxy” and “Oculus”, two very different films and very different score. Proxy was great, but Oculus wasn’t that great. The score opens with ‘Maddie’ a very sweet theme for the main character. It builds and builds in a very nice way, although it’s too short to get any real developments. The theme is good though, if a bit forgettable. This tells me that Maddie is a sweet innocent person who is soon to be shocked to her very core. The title cue ‘Hush’ is next and it’s actually quite similar to ‘Maddie’ in the way that it sounds. The theme is different, but it’s like a twin cue. The theme is less impressive though. The horror starts with ‘A Violent Death’, and this is definitely more traditional horror. Dark, very dark, strange reverberating sound effects and shrieking ambience. This is quite scary, particularly to the end. I thought the cue had ended, but then came the moment I had been waiting for. Loved that. It startled me.
Could this be a horror score that actually scares me on more than one occasion? Well apart from ‘A Violent Death’, the next few cues has left me unimpressed. They’re nice mood cues, but there’s nothing there to really scare me out of my chair. Why is this score so quiet? I can understand quiet as a means to really shock you, but I’m never shocked. It’s not always quiet though. ‘The Man’ for example is trying to capitalise on noise, but does it work? Not quite. That’s sadly the final words for this review: Not quite.
3. A Violent Death
22. Against The Odds (End Credits)
23. Against The Odds