Dead Silence Reviews

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September 12, 2017
Mediocre and illogical retro horror pic about a malevolent dummy.
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
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
It's also a bit shocking that a movie this mediocre is getting a cinema release at all. Dead Silence more resembles one of those five-quid DVDs you find in petrol stations.
July 6, 2007
This is Days Of Our Lives for the living dead - possibly the only film in history to prompt the reaction, 'That would have been worse, if not for Donnie Wahlberg's acting talent!' and far more predictable than you'd expect from the director of Saw.
July 6, 2007
"Who's the dummy now?" she rasps. Well, you are if you waste your hard-earned on this tepid retread of Dickie Attenborough's 1978 Magic, a curious stumble from Leigh Whannell and James Wan after the success of their Saw gore-fests.
July 6, 2007
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
A reasonable shocker.
July 6, 2007
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.
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