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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After his wife meets a grisly end, Jamie Ashen (Ryan Kwanten) returns to their creepy hometown of Ravens Fair to unravel the mystery of her murder. Once there, he discovers the legend of Mary Shaw (Joan Heney), a murdered ventriloquist whose eerie presence still looms over the town. As he desperately digs for answers, Jamie encounters the curse that took his wife's life and threatens his own.

Cast & Crew

Ryan Kwanten
Jamie Ashen
Bob Gunton
Edward Ashen
Michael Fairman
Henry Walker
Joan Heney
Marion Walker
Laura Regan
Lisa Ashen
Dmitry Chepovetsky
Richard Walker
James Wan
Director
Peter Oillataguerre
Executive Producer
Mark Burg
Producer
John R. Leonetti
Cinematographer
Michael N. Knue
Film Editor
Julie Berghoff
Production Design
Denise Cronenberg
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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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