Dead Silence

6.11 h 29 min2007X-RayR
HD. A devilish doll possessed by the spirit of a long-dead ventriloquist terrorizes a hapless man in this old-school horror film.
James Wan
Ryan KwantenAmber VallettaDonnie Wahlberg
English [CC]
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Bob Gunton
Gregg HoffmanMark BurgOren Koules
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Sexual contentfrightening scenesviolencefoul language
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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Dr. BatmanReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's Not Great, But Somehow it's Good
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Is it cheesy? Cheesy doesn't cut it. Does it have horrible dialogue and questionable acting? You bet your bottom it does. Is there a flimsy story line with several plot hole? Duh, how can you even ask that? But I love this movie so much; I can't help myself and it's concerning. There are clear flaws everywhere, but there's just some redeeming qualities that make you overlook all those crummy bits. It's a movie that took me about 3 tries to get into and now I'm a despicable excuse for a human being with this in my purchase list forever. One day I'm going to have to tell my kids.
24 people found this helpful
Chase C.Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Horror Movie!
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As a middle-schooler, I remember seeing the trailer for “Dead Silence” and thinking, “that’s gotta be scary!” The first time I watched the movie was back in 2015 while it was on Netflix and it was great! My sister had recently come over and we began talking about movies we remember “seeing” when we were younger and “Dead Silence” came up in the conversation. I told her that I had seen it and it was actually a really good movie and offered to rent it so we could watch it. We rented the Unrated version (which to be honest is not as great as the normal version. The normal version just flows really nicely and feels more complete). After the movie, she would not stop talking about how great it was to everyone in our family. My brother and her came over for Memorial Day and I rented it again for all of us to watch, including my husband who does NOT like scary movies. They all enjoyed it.

The movie keeps you on your toes the whole time and makes you latch onto the idea that something can happen at any minute. It has enough “gore” to make it scary without becoming too over-the-top. The ending is a total twist that has you sitting back as the credits roll thinking, “Wow, I didn’t see that coming”. Like I said above, the Unrated version just has some added scenes that don’t necessarily make sense to the overall plot of the movie. I would recommend watching the original version over the Unrated. Overall, it’s a great horror flick for someone that’s looking for jump scares and a great plot that’s easy to follow.
6 people found this helpful
Melanie H.Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
You Either Hate it or Love it
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This is one of those films that I feel really divides people. It doesn’t deliver in every way you might hope, but there’s so much potential and intrigue in it, with a fantastic twist. I recommend watching it twice to really pick up the subtle details that went into the film you’ll miss the first time you watch it. The movie over all has a sort of subtlety to it. It seems mostly straight forward until you really take another look at it and begin to notice things you may not have thought about, in the color scheme, in the way its shot.

The film left just enough things open ended to make me crave more and I wish that there had been a sequel, or that this movie couldn’t have been everything the producers originally hoped for.
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Brittany S.Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I would have liked to enjoy this movie but it was pretty awful. Main character was a dry boring charactrer with poor acting, side characters were ok, I admit the ending was a bit of a surprise but alas it had holes. Overall the movie felt elementary, it seemed more of a made for television film then a feature film. It is unscary enough for a child to enjoy, it was that bad. So many holes in the story and predictible scares made this hour in a half film felt long as I begged for it to end. Goosebumps nIght of the living dummy is literaly scarier, better written, and better acted than this.
Clarissa BowenReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars
"Whatever you do, don't scream."
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"Beware the stare of Mary Shaw. She had no children, only dolls. And if you see her in your dreams, make sure you never, ever scream."

Becoming a suspect in the mysterious death of his wife soon after a ventriloquist doll arrives on their doorstep unmarked, Jamie Ashen returns to the nearly desolate, ramshackled hometown of their childhood, RavensFair. There he buries his wife and begins to unravel a dark family secret that involves a once popular ventriloquist who refuses to stay dead as she enacts her revenge from beyond the grave.

Going into this movie I wasn't really expecting much. However, I didn't let all the negative reviews stop me from watching DEAD SILENCE because I tend to like films others generally don't, and so thankfully I enjoyed this more than I was anticipating.

I think many people were disappointed in this because it's by the same guy who brought us the very bloody and gruesome SAW, putting certain expectations in people's heads. DEAD SILENCE, on the other hand, is more of a ghostly atmospheric horror story filled with chilling suspense that often leads to nothing, and yet it keeps you spooked and constantly on alert.

I guess if your wanting lots of vivid, gutrenching gore than this isn't for you. But if you, like me, enjoy stories that rely more on atmospherics and haunting imagery (I also thought the soundtrack was pretty creepy and cool), you just might find yourself enjoying DEAD SILENCE. Just remember not to scream.
8 people found this helpful
A. M. HernandezReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars
A return to classic horror and in stunning HD
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Although this title got some mixed reviews, it is actually pretty good for the horror fan. Unlike most recent movies (scream, etc.) this is not a teen-horror-comedy in any way. This is classic horror, ala Nightmare on Elm Street. I swear to god I'm afraid of seeing that old woman every time I walk past the bathroom at night. Its that scary. The movie doesn't take itself too seriously though, there are still some "No!! Don't go into the dark basement" parts, but its ok. It wouldn't be a real horror film without that type of stuff.

Overall the picture quality on the HD DVD is very good. Some of the scenes are simply breath taking. The cinematography is very good, especially the camera angles on establishing shots. A lot of the camera work and atmosphere reminded me of the Silent Hill movie. The sound is also very good. Although not perfect, there is really nothing to complain about in the picture and sound department.

Overall Id say this is the scariest movie I've seen in a while. Other recent horror movies such as Saw, Hostel, etc. were pure gore-fests and not really much horror. There are definitely a few parts in the movie I jumped and after the movie I had to turn all the lights on because I was still spooked. Just to be clear, this is still somewhat of a cheesy movie, but it is a fresh breather from all the horror-comedies and definitely one of the better horror flicks available in HD.
4 people found this helpful
M. TURNERReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good old-fashioned ghost story. Well-told. Recommended.
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This is one of the best independent horror films of the past several years. It's a good old-fashioned ghost story, and very it's well-told. The script is generally tight, considering there's really not quite enough story to fill the length. (There are some good suspense sequences I am of the opinion were shot after completion to pad the movie out by about 15min or so.) The acting is excellent. The film carries along at a healthy clip, and it doesn't bog itself down trying to reinvent the genre, which some films do try, alas. It has a good, spooky atmosphere all the way through, utilizes comedy well, here-and-there tension, and is it does it all in one pretty tidy little package. Dead Silence is a good flick and worth rental or purchase, a worthy addition to any horror film collection.
6 people found this helpful
SixxReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2007
3.0 out of 5 stars
Three Words: Bump that Ish!
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Yah Know......There are a series of events that happen within the first 5 minutes of the movie that if it were real life, there would not have BEEN a movie. I know I know, it's only a movie. Hollywood is allowed to make ANYTHING into a movie, even if everyone reading this review know that It Aint gonna happen. The movie was not boring, took a little long to get to the point, and I will admit, there were quite a few parts that made me yelp. The twist on the end was clever, and worth the wait, and seeing the movie for the second time, I looked out for signs of the twist early on! For the most part, I had three words to say: BUMP THAT ISH!

Event #1: There is a knock on your door at 11:00pm. You live in a secured building.

Event #2: You look through your peep hole, no one is there....>STOP!! The movie should have been over at this point, because had that been anyone with a brain, that whole little "knock" thing would have been completely ignored, and for DANG sure wasn't nobody opening the door! But lets say curiosity gets the best of you, and you open the door ANYWAY...

Event #3: On the floor in front of your apartment door, there is a big brown box on the floor, with your name and NO return address......>STOP!! With the wake of terrorist attacks, I am not TRUSTING the package because I don't know who dropped it off, I wasn't expecting a package, it's 11:00pm AND there's no return address? In what world does it constitute bringing that into your home? Hell, it wasn't even wrapped in pretty paper! I was PLAIN BROWN with black marker for goodness sake!! But let's say you are still curious ( I am pretty sure most of us were moaning at the main character at this point) and you bring that box into your home IGNORING ALL THE SIGNS.....

Event #4: Inside the box you find a creepy looking doll with the most evil look on his face.

Event #5: The box looks too much like a red satin lined coffin.

Event #6: Your psycho girlfriend starts singing a song about how this chick who loved ventriloquist dolls will kill you if you scream when she visits you in your dream......>STOP!! Okay, at this point there is a fire place within 4 feet of our main character......all those conditions make a perfect night for a fire....and a burning doll. And an ex-girlfriend. Movie is over, The End.
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