Dead Silence (2007)



Critic Consensus: More tasteful than recent slasher flicks, but Dead Silence is undone by boring characters, bland dialogue, and an unnecessary and obvious twist ending.

Movie Info

Saw duo James Wan and Leigh Whannell re-team for this chilling tale of a widower (Ryan Kwanten) who returns to his hometown to unearth clues about his recently departed wife's untimely death. In the quiet town of Ravens Fair, children taunt one another with spooky stories about a ventriloquist whose mind was ravaged by insanity. Mary Shaw was a popular entertainer until she was accused of murdering a young boy. Subsequently hunted and captured by the vengeful townspeople, Mary's tongue was cut … More

Rating: R (for horror violence and images)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Leigh Whannell, James Wan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 26, 2007
Box Office: $16.5M
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as Jamie Ashen

as Ella Ashen

as Det. Lipton

as Henry Walker

as Marion Walker

as Edward Ashen

as Lisa Ashen

as Richard Walker

as Mary Shaw

as Young Henry

as Michael Ashen

as Detective (1941)

as Lisa's Mom
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Critic Reviews for Dead Silence

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (15)

Wan and Whannell have a carnivalesque sense of fun and a sure instinct for recycling classic horror tropes, but their characters are so flat and their plotting so listless that this low-budget feature fails to generate much suspense.

Full Review… | December 3, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

If you're in the mood for a Saturday afternoon-ish throwback thriller, you could certainly do a hell of a lot worse than this one.

Full Review… | August 28, 2015

A very creepy little ditty that works once it rears up to the second half.

Full Review… | June 26, 2013
Cinema Crazed

A Nightmare on Dummy St. from Saw creators.

Full Review… | December 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

All dolls are inherently freaky, but there's something seriously bent about a little wooden man with bulging eyes, shiny cheeks, and perfect chompers.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Georgia Straight

Plodding and bereft of suspense, "Dead Silence" is an irredeemable jumble of cliché genre fragments.

Full Review… | April 26, 2009

Audience Reviews for Dead Silence

A creepy horror movie that builds an ominous atmosphere with an ambitious production design and a great eerie cinematography (of course, James Wan), and even if the efficient story is nothing really special or original, it offers though a nice twist in the end.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

I kinda liked it...though I'm probably in the minority. I'm terrified of puppets/dolls coming alive, so this movie freaked me out. I've watched so many horror films and I'm not phased by anything...except puppets/dolls. Ever since I was a kid, I thought they were just so fucking creepy. So this movie definitely scared me more than most of the horror films I've watched. I thought it was pretty decent. And damnnn Ryan Kwanten...every time his gorgeous Australian accent slipped through....I loved it.
The characters were fairly underdeveloped, and it was kind of predictable, but whatever. It was a pretty good B-movie. The pacing seemed a little fast for my taste, maybe that's why the characters weren't developed as well. But other than that, I can't complain. The twist at the end was cool. I'd watch it again.

Japes .

Super Reviewer


There are two things in this world that creeps the hell out of me: the first being clowns and the second being evil puppets. Terrifyingly enough, this movie has both! Now, I'll be honest here and say that I didn't expect much out of this film. In fact, I was but a word of discouragement away from skipping it altogether. But I'm very pleased that I didn't, because this was so much better than I first gave it credit for. In similiarity to Insidious, it's a very atmospheric production, with spooky, nightmarish settings, enveloped in mist and spine-tingling tension. Although the characters are one-dimensional and pretty brainless in their actions, there's a lot to love about the movie in terms of scare factors and excitement. All-around, the directing is superb, and it feels like one of those old-school horror movies that I used to watch as a kid. Surely not to everyone's taste, but if you like Kwan's other films, then you'll probably enjoy this one as well. And did I mention how seriously creepy it is?

Mike S

Super Reviewer

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