Dead Silence Reviews
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.
Doesn't sound too great I know but its actually a really decent horror with plenty of little jump moments and allot of nice imagery and visual spookery from dark eerie houses, hallways and graveyards to the ever popular and unnerving close ups on sinister doll faces along with creepy moving eyes.
A nice cast help the film along with lead Ryan Kwanten (looking abit like Pat Swayze) being a likeable innocent detective of the mystery, Michael Fairman playing the old coroner warning of the impending dangers, Donnie Wahlberg as the tough take no crap police detective and Bob Gunton as Kwantens father. The whole film just moves along really well and has clearly been directed and put together with some care and attention, this isn't just a sloppy horror flick, a nice twist in the tale completes the story wrapping it up in a nice chilling bow :)
Shame because the film's concept reminds me of the urban legends I used to hear as a kid, either from my parents or the camp councilors trying to scare you over the camp fire. I enjoyed Dead Silence overall, but more so as a B-movie. Some of the scares were effective, despite being predictable as hell. Director James Wan uses darkness and low key light as effectively as some of the best Asian horror filmmakers like Hideo Nakata and Takashi Shimizu.
Ryan Kwanten is very likable as the protagonist, and the short roles played by Bob Gunton, Amber Valletta, and Michael Fairman do their part in establishing the deranged world of Raven's Fair. Except for Donnie Wahlberg, who hams up his part as the thinks-he's-smarter-than-he-is cop so much that the character seems very out of place for the serious tone that the film establishes.
Lots of flaws. Lots of things to admire. I can't recommend Dead Silence. But I can chalk it up to a guilty pleasure.
My biggest thrill during this film was thinking all the way through ? the cop looks like an older less good looking version of Mark Wahlberg and who?s name should appear on the credits? Donnie. Wahlerg
More convincing was the ghost "Mary Shaw", who looked scary as heck, and what she did to her victims was even more frightening. Destined to be a horror classic!
First of all, it looks really slick. I know that nice looks don't automatically mean that what's inside is great, but it can help. Everything is filmed with that blue-grey filter used in The Ring, which does make things look artificial but also is very atmospheric. The set pieces are rather attractive and some of the shots are rather artistic.
There are two basic let-downs within the film. One is some of the CGI effects used towards the end, as they look a bit too obviously computer generated (though I concede it would be hard to create them any other way). The other is the plot itself. I like the general idea and most of the plot was at least passable, but there were elements that worked less well than others and some that perhaps were plot holes. For instance, everything going silent before attacks was a key feature in the beginning, but half way through this completely disappears.
Overall a good effort, and worth a watch but not one I feel particularly fond of. Dummies are certainly creepy though.