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Hush (2008)

  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 3,318 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 13 March 2009 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 91 min
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Hush (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Hush (2008)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 3,318 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 13 March 2009 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 91 min
  • Filming Location: Yorkshire, England, UK
  • Budget: £1,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Mark Tonderai
  • Stars: William Ash, Christine Bottomley and Andreas Wisniewski
  • Original Music By: Theo Green   
  • Plot Keyword: Truck | Suspense | Foot Chase | Stolen Car | Falling Down A Hill

Writing Credits By:

  • Mark Tonderai (written by)

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Continuity: 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.

    Plot: A young couple on a motorway journey are drawn into a game of cat and mouse with a truck driver following a near accident. Full summary »  »

    Story: 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…Written by Zoe Flower  


    Synopsis: On a stormy night, a coupleZakes (William Ash – NICHOLAS NICKELBY, MAD ABOUT MAMBO) and Beth (Christine Bottomly THE WAITING ROOM, VENUS) are making their way up the M1 when they are cut off by a maniacal truck driver. For a fleeting moment, the roll door on the back of the truck opens and Zakes glimpses what looks like a half-dressed woman shackled and caged within. Not entirely convinced about what he has seen, Zakes informs the police and tries to forget about the incident. Beth becomes extremely agitated by her boyfriend’s indifference and storms off after the couple stop at a motorway service station. Zakes desperately searches the surrounding area but there’s no sign of Beth, but he sees a familiar truck leaving the services. Assuming the truck driver has kidnapped his girlfriend Zakes give chase, and so begins a heightened game of cat-and-mouse at full speed along the rain-soaked motorway. [D-Man2010]

    British thriller. Would-be writer Zakes (William Ash) is driving home along the rain-drenched M1 motorway with his girlfriend Beth (Christine Bottomley) asleep in the passenger seat beside him. When a near-accident causes him to catch a fleeting glimpse into the back of a white lorry just in front of him, he sees to his horror that it contains a woman tied up and covered in blood. The couple stop at the next service station, where Zakes, tired and shaken, carries out his job of posting flyers in the toilets. When he comes out he is horrified to discover that Beth has gone missing. Could she be the next victim of the owner of the white lorry? [D-Man2010]


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Peter Carlton known as executive producer
    • Will Clarke known as executive producer
    • Lizzie Francke known as executive producer
    • Robin Gutch known as producer
    • Hugo Heppell known as executive producer
    • Mark Herbert known as producer
    • Jane Hooks known as line producer
    • Grant Keir known as associate producer
    • Colin Pons known as producer
    • Zoe Stewart known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • William Ash known as Zakes Abbot (as Will Ash)
    • Christine Bottomley known as Beth
    • Andreas Wisniewski known as The Tarman
    • Claire Keelan known as Wendy
    • Stuart McQuarrie known as Thorpe
    • Robbie Gee known as Chimponda
    • Peter Wyatt known as Mr. Coates
    • Sheila Reid known as Mrs. Coates
    • Shaun Dingwall known as PC Mitchall
    • Rupert Procter known as Dad (as Rupert Proctor)
    • Carol Allen known as Mum
    • Harry Mondryk known as Dash
    • Tobias Adams-Heighway known as Drummer Boy
    • Dasiy Mondryk known as Girl
    • Allison Saxton known as Woman in Loo
    • Janet Greenwood known as Cleaner
    • Sade Stewart known as Shop Assistant
    • George Beach known as Trevor (uncredited)
    • Clive Cope known as Policeman #1 (uncredited)
    • Allan Gentleman known as Policeman #2 (uncredited)
    • Annie Vanders known as Carjack victim (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Lily Beckett known as makeup designer
    • John Schoonraad known as prosthetic designer
    • Jo Wand known as special makeup effects artist
    • Cherie Ward known as assistant makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Jess Alexander known as assistant art director
    • Neil Gregory known as art department assistant
    • Katie Lee known as stand-by art director
    • Duncan Wheeler known as production buyer




    Production Companies:

    • Film4
    • UK Film Council
    • EM Media (in association with)
    • Screen Yorkshire (in association with)
    • Fear Factory (in association with) (presents)
    • Pathé (in association with) (presents)
    • Warp X
    • Shona Productions (in association with)
    • Warp Films

    Other Companies:

    • EM Media  developed by
    • EM Media  financed by
    • Eastside Communications  publicity: Germany
    • EuroKids & Adults International Casting and Model Agency  extras casting
    • European Regional Development Fund  partially funded by
    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • Film4  developed by
    • Film4  funding
    • Molinare Studio  post-production facilities
    • New Cinema Fund  made with the support of (as The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund)
    • PS-PostScript  post-production script by
    • Screen Yorkshire Production Fund  made with the support of
    • Screen Yorkshire  developed by
    • Spool Post Production  sound post-production
    • Take 2 Film Services  camera equipment provided by
    • UK Film Council  developed by
    • Vehicles in Vision  action vehicles supplier


    • Pathé Pictures International (2009) (worldwide) (theatrical)
    • Optimum Releasing (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
    • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2009) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
    • Madman Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (theatrical)
    • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Channel 4 Television Corporation (2009) (UK) (TV)
    • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Atomic Arts (visual effects)
    • Filmgate (visual effects)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Fredrik Averpil known as digital compositor
    • Håkan Blomdahl known as digital compositor: Filmgate
    • Giuliano Cavalli known as compositor: Atomic Arts
    • Matt Chin known as 3d artist: Atomic Arts
    • Justin Cornish known as visual effects supervisor: Atomic Arts
    • Andy Foot known as rotoscoping/clean-up: Atomic Arts
    • Steve Hawken known as compositor: Atomic Arts
    • Henrik Jonsson known as lead 3d artist, Atomic Arts
    • Gnana Kannan known as rotoscoping/clean-up: Atomic Arts
    • Anthar Kharana known as lead compositor: Atomic Arts
    • Simon Kilroe known as visual effects supervisor
    • Justin Lanchbury known as DI film consultant
    • Linus Lindbalk known as digital compositor
    • Brooke Lyndon-Stanford known as visual effects supervisor: Atomic Arts
    • Georgie May known as visual effects producer: Atomic Arts
    • Joseph McLamb known as digital compositor
    • Oliver Murray known as 3d artist: Atomic Arts
    • Tony Neal known as matte painter: Atomic Arts
    • Emelie Nilsson known as digital compositor: Filmgate
    • Jacob Otterström known as lead visual effects artist: Filmgate (as Jacob Svensson)
    • Alexandru Popescu known as digital matte painter: Atomic Arts
    • Jorge Quinteros known as roto master: Atomic Arts
    • Tsahi Reznick known as 3d artist: Atomic Arts
    • Lewis Saunders known as visual effects artist
    • Vahid Tehrani known as 3d artist: Atomic Arts
    • Shanaullah Umerji known as visual effects producer
    • Hannah Walker known as camera tracker: Atomic Arts
    • Anthony Webb known as visual effects artist
    • Sean Wheelan known as visual effects producer: Filmgate

    Release Date:

    • Germany 15 August 2008 (Berlin Fantasy Filmfest)
    • France 1 February 2009 (Gérardmer Film Festival)
    • UK 20 February 2009 (Glasgow Film Festival)
    • Ireland 13 March 2009
    • UK 13 March 2009
    • Finland 3 April 2009 (Night Visions Film Festival)
    • Turkey 10 July 2009
    • UK 20 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Netherlands 22 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Kuwait 1 July 2010
    • Spain 6 November 2010 (Festival de Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei)



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. Lily_Park from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:44 pm

      This rare example of a British road movie is a taut thriller thatcleverly plays with the audience and their expectations, and rarelydisappoints. Not only is the subject matter a cat-and-mouse hunt, butviewers are also toyed with much like a cat provides the twists andturns to the final moments of a mouse.

      Part of the reason this works in an otherwise low-budget film with fewfamiliar faces is that the genre is filled with American examples likeDuel: this film takes those conventions as its starting point, but thethings we've come to expect to happen in thrillers like this are oftensubverted and keep the audience guessing and trying to work out whatwill happen next.

      The locations, a collection of brilliantly photographed rainy night-time motorways , grim over-lit service stations, lonely country roads-(DOP Phillip Blaubach) are completely different to their Americancounterparts, providing a downbeat realism and again distancing us fromthe territory we've grown to know from other road movies.

      A lot of the tension in the movie is provided by the decisions Zakes(Will Ash) makes -or not- which sometimes seem absurd, but always turnout to be necessary – and the fast paced, nervous editing by VictoriaBoydell which contributes to the audience littering the place withchewed off fingernails. It's an essential part of pulling off athriller like this where the resources are low but the game is high.The music score (Theo Green) also adds a vital element to this tensionand to the expectations of the audience. In tone somewhere between JohnCarpenter and Bernard Herrmann's work for Hitchcock, we're oftentricked into following our hero's instincts and fears even when theyprove to be wrong.

      All these aspects made me follow the protagonist quest, dis-likable ashe may at first seem, and put any questions I might have had about theacting and budget required for an action thriller aside. It's notwithout fault as the constant twisting and turning of the plotsometimes feels forced, and the acting in the smaller roles not alwaysas convincing as the lead. But the film exceeds what we should expectso often and works in so many places that when you read how little itwas made for, and by a first time writer/director (Mark Tonderai), youcan't help but hand it to the guy: he has managed to create a dramathat centers on social responsibility, our fears of losing someone welove, and the dilemma of being wanted for a crime you didn't commit.These elements and the tight plotting (I thought I spotted a plot holebut then realized it was completely explained!) are reminiscent ofHitchcock's earlier films like The 39 Steps: not a bad place to bestarting as a filmmaker.

    2. sanjaywrightus from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 9:44 pm

      Having been one of the lucky ones to have spent considerable time on UKmotorways at night (and specifically the M1) I was immediatelyintrigued by the locale for this debut horror from Mark Tonderai. Forme the originality of setting alone sets this horror apart from thecountless tired horror locations: the haunted house, the woods, theabandoned hospital, etc, etc.

      Overall the film is a fairly nuts-and-bolts by-the-numbers horror,which deserves credit for the originality of locale, decentperformances, slick direction, with a few genuinely tense set-pieces(particularly the final showdown set-piece, which stands clearly abovethe rest). However, it is fairly unambitious with character detail(after the opening argument), and there are a few of the usual (andeasily avoidable) horror clichés – we even get the hiding in the toiletcubicle sequence (albeit with a slight variation).

      You get the sense that Tonderai had his set-up and finale worked outfairly early on but didn't know what to do with the story in between.The central third, while featuring a few decent scenes with the police,takes a couple of left turns into co-conspirator territory, alluding toa networked operation. The scenes with the security guards and the'escaped' girl feel like they were put in to fill time and up the bodycount rather than deepen the story as a whole. Personally I felt that amore stripped-down lone bad-guy approach would have been strong enough.

      The film owes something to Spielberg's 'Duel' in theme and narrativedrive (no pun intended), and there are similarities in tone to themarginally superior Australian horror 'Wolf Creek'

    3. BaffleCat from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 9:44 pm

      Persusasive effort from first time writer/director Mark Tonderai. Aneveryman and his everygirlfriend argue as they drive down the motorway,and by a cruel twist of fate (or bad driving?) they end up experiencinga nightmare worse than any tiff. Although it stuck to genre rulesclosely and didn't try to put a new twist on the cat-and-mousethriller, this was a carefully crafted film with suspense pulsingthrough every frame. Made by Warp Films, who were behind This IsEngland and this year's Donkey Punch, it is a great example of atightly-plotted low-budget thriller. Although it may not break thethriller mold, it twists and surprises and unexpected threads of thestory are brought together cleverly. This is perhaps more novel thesedays than the 'unexpected twist at the end' format that M NightShyamalan and co feel obligatory. That said, there was a small "afterthe credits" moment where – I won't give it away – but there is anunexpected double ending. I wasn't sure how necessary it was, but ifanything it was a nod to earlier 1970s films or even 1950s Hitchcockthrillers. In its structure and use of suspense, the film definitelyharked back to Hitchcock but in the look and feel the hand-heldcinematography and fast editing was clearly intended to remind us thatwe were in the here and now, and this was an adventure that couldhappen to any ordinary unlucky couple.

    4. english_artist from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 9:44 pm

      I watched this not expecting much, and yeah some of the acting was abit dubious but overall I was very impressed. When I started watchingit I sat there with my finger on the stop button, but that button wasnever pressed as I was truly hooked. I really felt for the leadcharacter and thought he played the part well. I was also surprised bya few twists here and there which would give Hollywood a run for itsmoney.

      For a movie that was obviously on a budget (made with help from thelottery) I think it can stand proud with the multi-million pound bigboys from the USA.

      A good thriller worth watching

    5. Tom Erik Høiås from Norway
      30 Mar 2012, 9:44 pm

      better than expected British thriller about a mad man in a truckabducting girls. Zakes Abbot discovers this one night when he drivebehind the Psycho's truck. is it better to leave it be? or getinvolved? hell soon find out the consequences of his decision. the last20 minutes of the film , i found myself yelling at the screen saying"be quiet", "stupid woman" and "moronic dog". decent acting by the leadand superbly directing for first timer Mark Tonderai. the film couldhave easily be 30 minutes longer, especially since there was a fewquestions i wanted answered. the lack of these answers is the onlyreason i gave "Hush" a 7 in stead of an 8.

    6. John Seal from Oakland CA
      30 Mar 2012, 9:44 pm

      The British social phenomenon known as "white van man" – usually amiddle-aged Caucasian with a clean-shaven head and a white van he usesto deliver goods and services around the country – gets the cinematictreatment in this decent thriller from writer-director Mark Tonderai.William Ash and Christine Bottomley play Zakes and Beth, a young couplewho, whilst driving along Britain's main arterial road, the M1, espy awoman apparently being held against her will in the back of a truck.After stopping at a rest station to gather their thoughts, Beth is, inturn, snatched by the mysterious trucker. Will Zakes put on hisman-pants and rescue her? Filmed on location in Yorkshire, this Britishblend of Duel and The Vanishing (with a tiny bit of Blow-Up for goodmeasure) is a pretty decent effort, especially considering it'sTonderai's first feature film.

    7. c_fraquelli from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:44 pm

      I saw this in London, UK at the closing night of the Raindance FilmFestival. Granted, there were a couple of things that were a littlestrange. Most notably, the lasers at the end?

      However, not bad for his first feature film, proudly sponsored bylottery money – the guy made it for 1 million GBP (british pounds) anddid really well with the threat.

      Unlike some other horror films, such as Wolf Creek, where they couldhave easily avoided the guy and run away several times or killed himinstead of getting killed, Hush really is tough because he is on thehighway, constantly pursuing this killer that he can't even see.

      The film quality is obviously lower than usual films, but it simplyadds to the grittiness of Northern UK. I was pretty pleased with themain guy's acting as well from an unknown with a heavy Northern accent.I mean, if it wasn't for his unwavering intensity and acting ability,the film would have been crap. The actor had to fully hold up the storyon his acting and intensity alone in many scenes.

      Well done and looking forward to more stuff from you on the UK scene!

    8. johncfc28 from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 9:44 pm

      I find it amazing how people get very critical about films which insome cases weren't advertised as big block busters. OK this isn't goingto win any Oscars but hey its wasn't as bad as some people think. I dofind these films frustrating sometimes when you dissect them and saywell i wouldn't have done that but hey if that is the case then tellall those idiots who still swam with Jaws and still go to holidaycamps. It had suspense and some good moments, i thought it was betterthan i was lead to believe and wouldn't recommend it but if you do hireit then you wont be too disappointed and just enjoy it for what it is alow budget film with some good moments.

    9. David James Bendle from England
      30 Mar 2012, 9:44 pm

      Zakes is just an average guy surviving on a average job when somethinghappens, like many of us he is willing to tell someone and attempt todo something, but after the pass of responsibility is given to someoneelse he believes it's not his problem any more.

      This film shows how small things we do to people, like lettingsomeone's tyres down because of a reason such as supporting anotherteam it can have drastic affects in the long run.

      Zakes has lost his girlfriend in more ways than one, and the whitetruck becomes more of his problem than it did before, not once does hestate he is trying to save the other girl he saw just his girlfriend,he's not trying to be a hero he's just doing what someone wouldactually do.

      Some area's of the film could be criticized such as the car running outof fuel, but we all know how quick fuel runs out when we're on themotorway and when the car stutters and starts to slow, old car's likethat do struggle to keep up pace. If anything the fact it didn'tbreakdown is more unrealistic. I've heard the battery dying was anothercliché but the girl who is on it removes the battery so he can't ringanyone, as she puts it back in later on to ring the man.

      The camera only ever leaves Zakes when it goes to his girlfriend whenZakes is doing his posters other than that your constantly with him, orbeing flicked to the security guys for a brief insight into how hisgirlfriend went missing. This constant sticking with Zakes is essentialto keeping the fear factor, such as when he has to hide in the truckthe camera is on Zakes, and you can only hear the footsteps, you do notknow if the door is going to open or not. The fact Zakes 'talks' tohimself and swears is a key part, as in so many films of this type theydo not swear or say anything, the fear in his voice and eyes isapparent and William Ash does a brilliant job in bringing you into hisfeelings, of being terrified of something your chasing.

      Zakes goes through a hard time in this, especially after he finds outhis girlfriend has cheated on him he still wants to save her. Showinglove is a powerful factor and everything isn't over when the worsthappens.

      Overall this film is easily under-rated, how it slipped under the radarcompared to other over-hyped garbage we constantly see is unknown, butthis film, given the right advertisements would have easily been a wellworth profit maker. The ending wasn't great we're the credits stoppedwhile it went back to the security dude, but how do you end an amazingfilm like that.

      Easily worth the watch, brings emotion and feeling into you and wouldbe a good film to watch with a partner.

    10. Kellie Stewart from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:44 pm

      This movie was mediocre. It had some interesting parts, but after awhile, it got a bit long winded. Essentially, a couple is on a trip.She feels that their relationship is going nowhere and that herboyfriend is not following through with any of his life plans. She istrying to tell him something and when she feels she can't get hermessage across, she parts ways with him. During the trip they he seeswhat appears to be a nude girl locked in the back of a semi truck.Where he and his girlfriend part ways, the truck turns up. The manrealizes that his girlfriend has been kidnapped and sets off to findher and rescue her. He runs into a few pitfalls along the way, somedrama and death ensues. It gets pretty typical. Not a bad movie, but nothe best I've ever seen either.

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