Dead Silence Reviews

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April 17, 2021
Dead Silence is a solid horror film and a look into the early works of James Wan and Leigh Whannell. And while it might have become a bit dated along the way, it is still a brilliant horror film to terrify.
February 22, 2020
Dead Silence has a lot of good qualities (the production design, the menagerie of creepy dolls, great makeup effects when folks lose their tongues/jaws), but overall this film has a huge debilitating weakness: it is dull as f***
September 12, 2017
Mediocre and illogical retro horror pic about a malevolent dummy.
August 28, 2015
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.
June 26, 2013
A very creepy little ditty that works once it rears up to the second half.
December 14, 2010
A Nightmare on Dummy St. from Saw creators.
July 6, 2010
All dolls are inherently freaky, but there's something seriously bent about a little wooden man with bulging eyes, shiny cheeks, and perfect chompers.
April 26, 2009
Plodding and bereft of suspense, "Dead Silence" is an irredeemable jumble of cliché genre fragments.
November 20, 2008
April 18, 2008
"Dead Silence" is not going to reinvent the genre. It's actually a big pile of nonsense, but that doesn't stop it from being fun nonetheless.
December 3, 2007
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.
September 27, 2007
It's awful. It eats your soul, it's so awful.
July 29, 2007
All Wan and Whannell know is shock-and-awe tactics. They may shock, but there's no awe.
July 27, 2007
For the love of Chucky, avoid this insipid attempt at reviving the killer doll horror.
July 21, 2007
...an ambitious misfire.
July 14, 2007
There's something quaintly charming about the filmmakers' unabashed affection for their inspirational source material, although the sense of over-familiarity means that none of it is in the least bit scary.
July 7, 2007
Poorly written, badly directed and ultimately scare-free horror flick that's further hindered by dismal performances and unintentionally laughable dialogue.
July 6, 2007
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
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
Dead Silence is redeemed by a so-bad-it-is-good factor.
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