Dead Silence

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

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There is an old ghost story in the sleepy town of Ravens Fair about Mary Shaw, a ventriloquist who went mad. Accused of the murder of a young boy, she was hunted down by vengeful townspeople who cut out her tongue and killed her. They buried her along with her "children," a hand-made collection of vaudeville dolls. Since that time, Ravens Fair has been plagued by death. The ghastly dolls from Mary Shaw's collection have gone missing from the grave and reappeared over the decades. In the dead of night--wherever they are glimpsed--families are found gruesomely murdered with their tongues torn out. Far from the pall of their hometown, newlyweds Jamie and Lisa Ashen thought they had established a fresh start. But when his wife is grotesquely killed, Jamie reluctantly returns to Ravens Fair for the funeral, intent on unraveling the mystery of her death.

Cast

Ryan Kwanten
as Jamie Ashen
Amber Valletta
as Ella Ashen
Donnie Wahlberg
as Det. Lipton
Michael Fairman
as Henry Walker
Joan Heney
as Marion Walker
Bob Gunton
as Edward Ashen
Laura Regan
as Lisa Ashen
Dmitry Chepovetsky
as Richard Walker
Judith Roberts
as Mary Shaw
Keir Gilchrist
as Young Henry
Steven Taylor
as Michael Ashen
Steve Adams
as Detective (1941)
Shelley Peterson
as Lisa's Mom
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Critic Reviews for Dead Silence

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (64)

  • 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.

    December 3, 2007 | Full Review…
  • It's woefully flat and not nearly as scary as it thinks it is. It almost makes one yearn for Saw. But not quite.

    July 6, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • I admit that I didn't see the daft last-minute twist coming, and sort of admired it, but for the rest you'd need an extravagant love of hokum not to feel mildly bored.

    July 6, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • there's something about its overblown stormy-night atmospherics and reliably dismal dialogue that's bad in almost a fun way. I'd rather laugh through this kind of harmless, rickety schlock, any day, than grimace through Saw III.

    July 6, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A reasonable shocker.

    July 6, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The sensual pleasure in watching this kind of horror movie depends entirely on your tolerance for ear-splitting jolts of shock. In the end, though, the film sags like a David Lynch pudding.

    July 6, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dead Silence

  • Mar 04, 2016
    Certainly not the wow of the horror genre, but it still delivers.
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2011
    James Wan needs a rest!!! It's a bad film with some wit, as the consensus described
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2011
    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
  • Sep 27, 2011
    A great concept that remained silent throughout the movie.
    Matt P Super Reviewer

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