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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:

El títere  »

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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?


The film was made into a haunted house at Universal's "Halloween Horror Nights" in 2007 in Florida. See more »


When killing Harry, Billy has the voice of Marion even though Mary Shaw never takes her tongue. 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 »


Referenced in The Conjuring (2013) See more »


Lucky in Love
Written by Alex Heffes
Courtesy of Evolution Music Partners
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User Reviews

Better than many recent horror films
19 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Firstly, the story isn't bad at all, although it'll hardly win any awards. It's pretty difficult for horror movies to continually be original, and this certainly has some moments in it. The villain seems to have some originality; it's not some Chucky imitation. The story lacks depth, and the characters aren't fleshed out at all. The real point of this movie is to be a horror film and nothing more. After the first few (poor) scenes, this movie does one of two things: keep you waiting to jump or trying to make you jump. From the rest of the audience's reactions, I'd say it did a pretty good job at that.

The acting was nothing to write home about, but for this genre, it's more good than bad.

Overall, I would say this a horror movie that deserves a trip to the theater. Compared to many of the sad horror attempts that come out, this isn't too terrible. And it doesn't rely on an abundance of gore like many others do.

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