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Dead Silence (2007)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  16 March 2007 (USA)
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A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.



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Dmitry Chepovetsky ...
Steven Taylor ...
Michael Ashen
David Talbot ...
1941 Detective
Shelley Peterson ...
Lisa's Mom
Billy (voice)


Every town has its own ghost story, and a local folktale around Ravens Fair is about a ventriloquist named Mary Shaw. After she went mad in the 1940s, she was accused of kidnapping a young boy who yelled out in one of her performances that she was a fraud. Because of this she was hunted down by townspeople who in the ultimate act of revenge, cut out her tongue and then killed her. They buried her along with her "children," a handmade collection of vaudeville dolls, and assumed they had silenced her forever. However, Ravens Fair has been plagued by mysterious deaths around them after Mary Shaws collection has returned from their graves and have come to seek revenge on people that killed her and their families. Far from the pall of their cursed hometown, newlyweds Jamie and Lisa Ashen thought they had established a fresh start, until Jamie's wife is grotesquely killed in their apartment. Jamie returns to Ravens Fair for the funeral, intent on unraveling the mystery of Lisa's death. Once... Written by Christopher Hernandez

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You scream. You die.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 March 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,842,725 (USA) (16 March 2007)


$16,545,445 (USA) (13 April 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Original titles considered for the film were Shhhh..., Silence, The Doll, and Mary Shaw. See more »


When Detective Lipton confronts Jamie in the hotel room after Jamie tries to bury the doll, there are several occasions when Lipton's mouth does not match the words being spoken between cuts or isn't moving at all. See more »


Det. Jim Lipton: [to Jamie] If you say I told you so, I'll shoot you.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits starts with a dedication to producer Gregg Hoffman. See more »


Featured in Oh, We Review!: Dead Silence (2012) See more »


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What a Horror Movie is Supposed to Be Like!
16 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a recent flood in the last few years of very terrible horror films, it's good to know there are some directors out there still able to make something the way it's supposed to be made. There have been a few movies that have had their moments, don't get me wrong. However, the lot of so called 'horror' films that are made for PG-13 ratings have been nothing by disappointments to hardcore horror fans. Dead Silence is like an spot of dry land in that flood.

We all have seen some commercials for this movie and heard the little rhyme that accompanies it. The ads only give so much away though, and I am going to not give away any more. However, I will let you know that this movie will be more than worth your time if you truly like the horror genre.

As good as it is, it is not without a small amount of horror cliché. However, one might not be able to make such a movie anyway. However, the freaky parts are very freaky and you will feel yourself being pulled into the plights of the characters.

I have never been one to find ventriloquist dummies scary. But if you are, than this movie will frighten you. It's not a movie that relies on big "jump" scenes either. It's images and implications are really frightening.

See this movie right away and you won't regret it!

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