Dead Silence

6.2 IMDb
16 March 2007 Release
$ 20 000 000 Budget
89 min Duration
Genres:Horror, Thriller
Director:James Wan
Writers:Leigh Whannell, James Wan
8 Votes

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Every town has its own ghost story, and a local folktale around Ravens Fair is about a ventriloquist named Mary Shaw. After she went mad in the 1940s, she was accused of kidnapping a young boy who yelled out in one of her performances that she was a fraud. Because of this she was hunted down by townspeople who in the ultimate act of revenge, cut out her tongue and then killed her. They buried her along with her "children," a handmade collection of vaudeville dolls, and assumed they had silenced her forever. However, Ravens Fair has been plagued by mysterious deaths around them after Mary Shaws collection has returned from their graves and have come to seek revenge on people that killed her and their families. Far from the pall of their cursed hometown, newlyweds Jamie and Lisa Ashen thought they had established a fresh start, until Jamie's wife is grotesquely killed in their apartment. Jamie returns to Ravens Fair for the funeral, intent on unraveling the mystery of Lisa's death. Once reunited with his ill father, Edward, and his father's new young bride, Ella, Jamie must dig into the town's bloody past to find out who killed his wife and why. All the while, he is doggedly pursued by a detective who doesn't believe a word he says. As he uncovers the legend of Mary Shaw, he will unlock the story of her curse and the truth behind the threat from a rhyme in his childhood: if you see Mary Shaw and scream, she'll take your tongue. And the last thing you will hear before you your own voice speaking back to you.

Movie Comments

  1. ZD, 2 weeks ago
    Review (1~5)

    #Content: Script 3 | Acting 3 | Cinematography 4 | Film Editing 3

    #Visual: Costume Design 3 | Makeup & Hairstyling 4 | Scenic Design 4 | Lighting 3 | Visual Effects 3

    #Sound: Score & Soundtracks 3 | Sound Editing & Mixing 3

    #Overall (1~10): 5
  2. Davis P, 1 week ago
    Dead Silence is a horror film directed by James Wan, so you automatically know it's going to be good. James Wan just does great work, simple as that, and dead silence is no exception. This movie did not receive good reviews from film critics and I can't figure out why. This had everything anyone would ever look for in a quality horror movie. First of all, it actually pretty good acting, which is actually something that isn't terribly common in this kind of movie. I especially like Amber Velleta in her role, very fine performance on her part. The script suffices, it may not be the best script for a horror movie you've ever seen, but it's not bad. Not at all. It has plenty of scary scenes that involve a strong creepy factor. The dolls were the main contributing factor that created the creepy feel throughout the film. Even the very first opening sequence features a very scary event that occurs to someone the lead knows. I suggest this horror film for anyone and everyone who enjoys this kind of movie. No it's not on a paranormal activity or insidious level, but it's pretty entertaining and scary. 8/10.
  3. Aaron-UK, 1 week ago
    Being a fan Leigh Whannell I didn't doubt I would likely enjoy this movie. I cannot be anything more than true to myself and say I though it was brilliant.

    For me a horror movie isn't a realistic dramatic masterpiece, it must have some kind of imagination and creation to its story. I think dead silence did very well in that respect. The story, although it follows the typical horror movie path, does veer off into something a little more fresh. Going in deeper than normal into certain characters back story is a great addition.

    This movie has some really great old skool scares. So if you like the jumpy horror movies like I do then give it a try.