Dead Silence Reviews

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.
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.
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.
July 6, 2007
Dead Silence is redeemed by a so-bad-it-is-good factor.
June 25, 2007
It's great seeing Wahlberg getting the chance to have fun with the character, who proves to be a highlight of the film, and one almost wishes he might get his own spin-off film or series at some point -- though judging by the events of Dead Silence, that
April 6, 2007
A nutty but effective ghost story that eschews the 'Saw' team's usual ultraviolence for 'classic horror' influences, including images inspired by Mario Bava and a twist lifted from a short story by Robert 'Psycho' Bloch.
March 24, 2007
March 21, 2007
A straightforward, chilly ghost story like this is rare, and this one is good enough for a few scares and a few laughs.
March 21, 2007
It's at least a few corpses shy of the cemetery in terms of horror classics, but it's a game try, and parts of the film are very good indeed.
March 20, 2007
Armed with a decent budget, director James Wan and co-screenwriter Leigh Wannell fashion at least a dozen sequences that are spooky even while they defy logic.
March 20, 2007
Director Wan demonstrates that he's equally effective working in a more classical vein, especially with his skillful use of chilling low-key sound effects and silence in several scary sequences.
March 20, 2007
Saw creators Leigh Whannell and James Wan know scary: all that stuff that heebie-jeebied you when you were a kid. (Or as Entertainment Weekly would say: Dead Silence is awash with atavistic horror tropes.)
March 18, 2007
Dead Silence [isn't perfect but] it is still a decent, if somewhat wooden, entry in the underutilized area of ventriloquist dolls in the horror movie genre.
March 17, 2007
March 16, 2007
March 2, 2007
With this film Wan proves his ability to terrify an audience.