|Directed by||David Lee Madison|
|Produced by||Paul Weinroth|
|Written by||David Lee Madison|
|Starring|| Brad Loree|
Edward X. Young
Thomas J. Churchill
|Release date(s)||October 23, 2010|
|Running time||85 mins|
Holland Price (Brad Loree) finds his world torn apart when a mysterious priest (Edward X. Young) arrives on Halloween night, murders his wife and kidnaps his daughter. Ten years later, just as Holland is transitioning back to a normal life, the eponymous villain returns to wreak havoc upon him.
Writer/director David Lee Madison took inspiration from the western The Outlaw Josey Wales, "a film where the hero loses everything he loves," said Madison. "It also is a bit of a 'what if' something horrific happened to me and my family, with a little Fright Night thrown in for good measure." Madison had worked on the film Emerging Past with numerous stars of Mr. Hush, and wrote parts in the film specifically for them.
The movie premiered in Matamoras, Pennsylvania at the Mr. Hush Weekend of Fear on October 23, 2010. Numerous screenings were held throughout 2011 and 2012, including a screening in New York on August 19, 2011, the same day that the Fright Night remake was released. Kino Lorber films later picked up the distribution rights and released it on DVD and blu-ray on August 7, 2012.
The film has gotten predominantly negative reviews, though not enough critics have screened it to attain a rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website. Marysa Storm opened her review by saying, "Within the first five minutes of Mr. Hush, every single ounce of your being will tell you to turn it off. Do it. Shut it off, walk away and don’t look back." Horror.com reviewer stacilayne noted, "At least most bad movies have one or two redeeming qualities or are funny or entertaining on some level. Not so, with Mr. Hush." Blogger Eric D. Snider of Eric's Bad Movies commented, "Mr. Hush is executed with such comical ineptitude that none of the protagonist’s torment feels authentic, let alone troubling." Snider then went on to spoil the film's twist by joking, "It’s actually a fairly insulting disservice to all the real people whose wives and girlfriends have been murdered by vampires."
A few reviewers were kinder toward the film. Horror News remarked, "The film succeeds for keeping us misdirected thru the first part of the film." More Horror's Kevin Scott said, "This is a neat little movie if you look at all the nostalgic horror references that are there just for the fun of it, and some familiar faces from legendary horror classics that make up the supporting cast." Horror Hound Magazine's Jason Hinate wrote, "Many critics have been unkind to Mr. Hush, largely because it seems they did not 'get it.' If the film has a flaw, it is that writer/director David Lee Madison does not overly indicate his intentions to the viewers.
Despite the generally lackluster reception, the film was briefly a top-rental in Redbox kiosks.
Mr. Hush Weekend of FearEdit
Prior to filming, writer/director Madison conceived the idea for the "Mr. Hush Weekend of Fear," an annual horror convention in Pennsylvania. "It occurred to me that a horror convention to promote the title would be a fun way to get its name out there," Madison commented.
The first convention was held on October 22-24, 2010 in Matamoras, Pennsylvania. Many of the stars of the film were on hand for the world premiere screening on October 23, which was followed by a Q&A panel. In addition to Mr. Hush, there was also an early screening of Stephen Geoffreys' film New Terminal Hotel (later re-edited and renamed Do Not Disturb), and assortment of stars from the Friday the 13th franchise were also on hand to sign autographs. This was the final convention appearance of the late Betsy Palmer (aka Mrs. Voorhees from the original Friday the 13th).
"Fans had such a great time at our show," noted Madison, "we decided to do it again." Mr. Hush Weekend of Fear Part II took place on September 5-7, 2014 in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Several stars of the film returned, along with stars from Friday the 13th, Dark Shadows, Clerks, Comic Book Men, and a handful of professional wrestlers.
Plans for a third convention are currently underway.
There are a variety of connections to Fright Night, beginning with the opening logo, which features a knockoff font. Lead character Holland Price's name is derived from Fright Night creator Tom Holland and Vincent Price (whom the Peter Vincent role was originally written for), and daughter Amy Price is a nod to Amy Peterson. Debbie and Kat reside at 99 Oak (the address of Jerry Dandrige's mansion), and a reference is made to the coupling of unseen characters named William and Amanda.
The role of the villain's henchman, Stark, was written for Stephen Geoffreys and is named after Jonathan Stark, the actor who portrayed Billy Cole. Geoffreys reiterates two of his Fright Night lines "I know, I did it," and "The master will kill you for this." He also has a voice-over in the film's final tag scene (which interrupts the end credits) implying that his character has survived and is lying in wait for a sequel.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Transcending Time and Place: Director David Lee Madison documents the history of Middle Village
- ↑ Entertainment's Underworld: Tiffany Apan Interviews David Lee Madison
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 From Dusk Till Con Interview: Thomas Churchill
- ↑ Mr. Hush to begin filming in Pike County, Pennsylvania
- ↑ House of Horrors: Filming Wraps on New Horror Film MR HUSH
- ↑ Mr. Hush (the movie) post July 25, 2010
- ↑ Mr. Hush (the movie) post August 26, 2010)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Mr. Hush Weekend of Fear (archived)
- ↑ Mr. Hush.net Theatrical Showings
- ↑ Wonderful World of Horror Film Review: Mr. Hush (2011)
- ↑ Mr. Hush DVD Blu-ray Movie Review
- ↑ Eric's Bad Movies: Mr. Hush
- ↑ Horror News: Mr. Hush Review
- ↑ More Horror - Mr Hush Review
- ↑ Horror Hound review
- ↑ Mr. Hush on PA Live!
- ↑ Pike County Press: Local Filmmaker Bringing Horror to Milford
- ↑ Mr. Hush Weekend of Fear Events (archived)
- ↑ Facebook - Betsy Palmer obituary 5/31/15
- ↑ Mr. Hush Weekend of Fear Part II (archived)