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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Heney ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

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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?


(at around 1h 10 mins) During the climax, in the storage area with all 101 dolls, you can see Jigsaw's doll from the "Saw" films sitting on the floor, and Edgar Bergen's doll Charlie McCarthy on one of the shelves. The doll that Detective Lipton throws over his shoulder in this scene is a replica of ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson's doll, Danny O'Day. See more »


After Lisa puts the white sheet over Billy the Doll, it constantly changes position in the way it is draped on the bed. See more »


Children's Rhyme: Beware the stare of Mary Shaw / She had no children only dolls / And if you see her in your dreams / Be sure to never ever scream.
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Crazy Credits

The 1930s Universal Pictures logo is used in the opening credits. See more »


Referenced in Welshy Reviews: Saw Retrospective: Part III - Saw II (2012) See more »


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Written by Johnette Napolitano, Danny Lohner
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Oh my God... I missed this kind of movie.
22 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought the age of the horror movie was coming to an end. Occasionally there are a few gems (The Descent was excellent)but for the most part horror has been replaced by torture porn (saw, saw 2, saw 3, The Hills Have Eyes, and especially Hostel). Dead Silence has thankfully come to show us that Hollywood can still make a scary picture.

This movie is a throwback to the golden age of horror films. This is a Williams Castle sort of movie... a Vincent Price sort of movie. The filmmakers realized that all a horror movie actually has to do is be scary... and that is exactly what this movie is.

Atmosphere, jumps, startles, and eerie dolls. This movie is creepy as hell.

A little note though... don't go into this film with the attitude that it will suck... and don't pick it apart bit by bit. Just sit back and enjoy. The movie wants to to take you on a ride. You should just strap in and feel the terror that is Dead Silence.

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