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Dead Silence -- Riveting political thriller about a desperate race to save the only witness to a crime with ties to a sinister conspiracy. After young Rachel Pressman witnesses a brutal murder in a Kansas City parking garage.
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Dead Silence -- A 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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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Ryan Kwanten ... Jamie Ashen

Amber Valletta ... Ella Ashen

Donnie Wahlberg ... Det. Lipton

Michael Fairman ... Henry Walker
Joan Heney ... Marion Walker

Bob Gunton ... Edward Ashen

Laura Regan ... Lisa Ashen
Dmitry Chepovetsky ... Richard Walker

Judith Roberts ... Mary Shaw

Keir Gilchrist ... Young Henry
Steven Taylor ... Michael Ashen
David Talbot ... Priest

Steve Adams ... 1941 Detective
Shelley Peterson ... Lisa's Mom

Enn Reitel ... Billy (voice)

Fred Tatasciore ... Clown (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Austin Majors ... Michael Ashen (voice) (uncredited)

Julian Richings ... Bos (uncredited)

Directed by
James Wan 
Writing credits
Leigh Whannell (screenplay)

James Wan (story) &
Leigh Whannell (story)

Produced by
Mark Burg .... producer
Gregg Hoffman .... producer
Oren Koules .... producer
Peter Oillataguerre .... executive producer
Original Music by
Charlie Clouser 
Cinematography by
John R. Leonetti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael N. Knue 
Casting by
Barbara Fiorentino 
Linda Lamontagne 
Rebecca Mangieri 
Wendy Weidman 
Production Design by
Julie Berghoff 
Art Direction by
Anastasia Masaro 
Set Decoration by
Christina Kuhnigk 
Costume Design by
Denise Cronenberg 
Makeup Department
Lance Anderson .... sculptor lab work
David R. Beecroft .... key hair stylist
François Dagenais .... prosthetics designer (as Francois Dagenais)
Paulina Harcus .... hair stylist
Fina Khan .... second hair assistant (as Fina Kahn)
Jo-Ann MacNeil .... makeup artist
Leslie Ann Sebert .... makeup department head (as Leslie Sebert)
Patrick Baxter .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Glen P. Griffin .... special makeup effects & sculpting (uncredited)
Nicole Michaud .... dummy fabricator: AFX Studio (uncredited)
Nicole Michaud .... project coordinator: AFX Studio (uncredited)
Mariko Sakata .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Toby Sells .... special makeup effects artist: Lab Work (uncredited)
Dave Snyder .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dennis Chapman .... production manager
Frank Cuomo .... post-production supervisor
Virginia Landis Albertson .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael T. Burgess .... daily assistant director
Sarah Campbell .... second assistant director
Chi Fung .... assistant director: reshoots
Chi Fung .... first assistant director
Joel Hay .... second second assistant director
Nick Lopez .... trainee assistant director
Andrew Shea .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tamara Andrews .... scenic painter
Gordon Brown .... head painter
Greg Chown .... storyboard artist
Avril Dishaw .... buyer
David Joseph Doblinger .... assistant set decorator
Britt Doughty .... trainee assistant art director
Donavon Drummond .... on-set dresser (as Donovan Drummond)
Jeff Helgason .... key scenic painter
David Joseph .... assistant set decorator
Arlene Lott .... first assistant art director
Kenny Meinzinger .... property master
Dan Norton .... set designer
Arlene Savan .... set dresser
John Subotich .... leadman
Michael Tawton .... leadman
Richelle Wilks .... second assistant art director
Matt Wladyka .... set dresser
Toni Wong .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Randy Babajtis .... sound designer
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer
Robert Batha .... assistant sound editor
Jeanette Browning .... adr recordist
Roman Alexander Buchok .... boom operator (as Al Buchok)
Roman Alexander Buchok .... cable puller
Kelly Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Paul Timothy Carden .... dialogue editor
Robert Carr .... sound mix technician
Melissa A. Corns .... sound effects editor
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
Brian Dunlop .... adr recordist
Mike Filippov .... cable puller
Mike Filippov .... second boom operator
Brent Findley .... assistant sound editor
Douglas Ganton .... sound mixer
Scott G.G. Haller .... dialogue editor
Brian Hanish .... boom operator
Spencer Johnson .... sound editor
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Cody King .... sound editor
Richard Kitting .... foley editor
Ken Kobett .... sound re-recording mixer
Shawn London .... sound editor
Andrew Morgado .... foley mixer
Mike Olman .... sound re-recording mixer
Sarah Payan .... dialogue editor
Vic Radulich .... dialogue editor
Shelley Roden .... foley artist
Alexander Shapcott .... daily sound assistant
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Lauren Stephens .... sound designer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Chris Trent .... foley mixer
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
David F. Van Slyke .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Warren Appleby .... special effects coordinator
Tim Barraball .... special effects key: physical effects
Jason Board .... special effects shop foreman
David A. Brooke .... special effects crew
Andrew Clarke-Meneguzzi .... special effects technician
Subha Dasgupta .... special effects assistant
Michael Innanen .... special effects technician
David Reaume .... special effects technician
Jason Detheridge .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michael Becki .... digital compositor
Barb Benoit .... digital compositor
Dennis Berardi .... visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
Kristy Blackwell .... compositor
Dan Carnegie .... animator: Mr. X Inc.
Erik Charlebois .... visual effects artist: Mr. X
Cyril Frederick Chu .... matte painter/compositor
Shawney Cohen .... CG supervisor (as Sean Cohen)
John Daro .... digital intermediate editor
Rob Del Ciancio .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Bonnie Dickson .... digital compositor
Robert Greb .... digital compositor
Annu Gulati .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Benjamin Min Huang .... lighting artist (as Benny Min Huang)
Benjamin Min Huang .... texture painter (as Benny Min Huang)
Ian MacLeod .... digital artist
Elliot Mallon .... digital effects artist
Sarah McMurdo .... visual effects production manager: Mr. X Inc.
John J. Miralles .... digital compositor
Martin Mueller .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
John Norris .... business affairs: The Aaron Sims Company
Matt Ralph .... digital artist
Darcy Reno .... senior systems administrator (as Darcy Bangsund)
Avi Salem .... rotoscope artist
Geoff D.E. Scott .... visual effects
Aaron Sims .... concept artist
Michael Stewart .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Hoa Tran .... digital effects artist: Mr. X Inc.
Jean-Philippe Traoré .... Flame artist
Aaron Weintraub .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X Inc.
Brianne Wells .... visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
Fiona Campbell Westgate .... visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
Kyle Yoneda .... effects animator
Leigh Bianco .... stunts
Brad Bunn .... stunt rigger
Scott Alan Cook .... stunt double (as Scotty Cook)
Shelley Cook .... stunt coordinator
Blair Johannes .... stunt performer
Liise Keeling .... stunt double
Joanne Leach .... stunts (as Jo Anne Leach)
Patrick Mark .... stunts
Layton Morrison .... stunt rigger
Ron Muise .... key stunt rigger
Billy Oliver .... stunt double
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunt performer
Robert C. Shannon .... safety diver: second unit
Robert C. Shannon .... water safety supervisor
John Stoneham Jr. .... assistant stunt coordinator
Miranda Jade .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Andrews .... key aerial rigger (as Mongo Andrews)
Carlo Bellini .... camera loader
Dave Bouskill .... rigging gaffer: re-shoots
Rocky Brown .... rigging electrician
Michael Carella .... additional photographer
Michael Carella .... camera operator: "c" camera
Yvonne Collin .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Tim Davis .... video operator
Federico De Marco .... second assistant camera
Cylvan Desrouleaux .... second assistant camera: "c" camera
Neil Fraser .... grip
Howard Galbraith .... best boy (as Howie Galbraith)
Michael Galbraith .... gaffer
Ben Gervais .... video operator
Michael Gibson .... still photographer
Philip A. Giglio .... electrician
Brian E. Hill .... grip
Mark Hryma .... aerial director of photography
Mark Hryma .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Andy Jekabsons .... first assistant: "c" camera
Jason Klein .... grip
Jim Krauter .... rigging best boy
Derek Lang .... video assist operator
Jim MacCammon .... lighting technician
Rod MacNeil Jr. .... electrician
Beth Nobes .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Doug Novis .... rigging best boy (as Douglas Novis)
Mike Ohorodnyk .... best boy grip
Jeff Petro .... assistant camera: Wescam camera
Michael Plant .... generator operator
Herb Reischl Jr. .... rigging electric
Herb Reischl Sr. .... electrician
Herb Reischl Sr. .... rigging electrician
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Brent Robinson .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, re-shoots
Brent Robinson .... underwater first assistant camera
Robert C. Shannon .... dive supervisor
Robert C. Shannon .... underwater camera: underwater unit
Robert C. Shannon .... water safety: "b" camera unit
Dave C. Sheridan .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Dave Sheridan)
Tom Starnes .... rigging gaffer
Robert Stecko .... camera operator: "a" camera
Dean Stinchcombe .... first assistant camera
Samuel Turturici .... grip (as Sam Turturici)
Ron Yolevsky .... key grip
Matt Kiskis .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lisa Baylin .... casting assistant
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Toronto
Kristi Daniels .... casting intern
Elizabeth Dean .... casting manager (as Elizabeth Dionne)
Samantha Finkler .... casting associate
Amber Horn .... casting assistant
Cheryl Kloner .... additional voice casting
Linda Lamontagne .... additional voice casting
Jane Rogers .... extras casting
Lindsey Weissmueller .... casting intern (as Lindsey Samilian)
Jeffrey Gafner .... casting associate: new york (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Boulden .... assistant costume designer
Christopher Hargadon .... costume breakdown supervisor
Roland Heizinger .... costume cutter/ tailor
Kim Porter .... costume truck supervisor
Editorial Department
Mel Friedman .... first assistant editor
Christian Kinnard .... editor: title sequence
Alexandra Leviloff .... assistant editor: avid
Aaron Marshall .... first assistant editor
Rui Martins .... telecine operator
John Nicolard .... digital intermediate supervisor
Mila Patriki .... dailies colorist
Charles Ryan .... assistant editor
Bill Schultz .... digital intermediate executive
Walter Volpatto .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Mark Bensi .... music editor
Lise Richardson .... preview music editor
Transportation Department
Whitney Byron .... transportation captain
Gordon Ionson .... transportation captain
Orest W. Muz .... transportation coordinator
Ian C. Harris .... daily driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Kevin Alakas .... second assistant accountant
Gerry Alfonso .... first assistant accountant
Allison Barber .... assistant unit publicist
Troy Begnaud .... assistant: Mr. Hoffman
David Booth .... laser film recording
Cathy Cavadini .... looping group (as Catherine Cavadini)
Adam Chuckryk .... stand-in
Donald Colafranceschi .... production assistant: re-shoot
Chad Cole .... assistant: Mr. Burg & Mr. Koules
Patricia Cowmeadow .... on-set supervisor
John DeMita .... adr loop group
Judi M. Durand .... adr loop group (as Judy Durand)
Jeff Fischer .... adr loop group (as Jeffrey Todd Fischer)
Peggy Flood .... adr loop group
Neil Floyd .... production assistant
Peter Freeman .... programmer
Anneliese Goldman .... adr loop group
Charmaine Hamp .... stand-in
Barbara Harris .... adr loop group (as Barbara Iley)
Lauren Hassard .... set medic
Zoe Raye Hegedus .... adr loop group
Dawn Howat .... second assistant accountant
Bruce A. Hutchison .... re-shoots coordinator
Kyle Kitagawa .... production secretary
Nick Kontsalakis .... first assistant accountant
Daamen J. Krall .... adr loop group
Candace Kunderman .... trainee accountant
Nick Lopez .... set production assistant
Jim Lovisek .... animal wrangler
Taylor Masamitsu .... adr loop group
Darin McLeod .... assistant location manager
Nancy Melo .... assistant: Mr. Wan
Luis M. Mendoza .... assistant location manager (as Luis Mendoza)
Pete Michaels .... ventriloquism instructor: Ms Roberts
Kati Moore .... location production assistant
Gabrielle Nadeau .... production assistant
Pete Nilson .... caterer: second unit
Carol Pears .... script supervisor
Synderela Peng .... title designer (as Synderella Peng)
Monica Perez Gelbman .... post-production accountant
Steena Petersen .... key craft service: reshoots
Lori Pumputis .... production coordinator
David Randolph .... adr loop group
Kathryn Remlinger .... assistant to director
Kathryn Remlinger .... assistant: Mr. Wan
Ryan Robertson .... main title producer
Susan Silo .... adr loop group
Teri Spasov .... production accountant: reshoot
Michael Stoyanov .... assistant production coordinator
Alan Sutton .... fire safety coordinator
Elaine Thurston .... production accountant
Dave Tommasini .... pilot: Wescam helicopter
Michael Tough .... location manager
Karen Tyrell .... unit publicist
Lisa Vella .... assistant to producers
Al Vrkljan .... armorer
Larry David Wilson .... production assistant
Garson Yu .... title designer
Gregg Hoffman .... in memory of

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Rated R for horror violence and images
89 min | 92 min (unrated version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:M (unrated version) | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | France:12 | Germany:16 | Italy:T | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (TV rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #42784)
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The film was made into a haunted house at Universal's "Halloween Horror Nights" in 2007 in Florida.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[last lines]
Ella Ashen:Now
[brief pause]
Ella Ashen:who's the dummy?
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178 out of 223 people found the following review useful.
Nightmare fuel with something creepy for everyone, 17 March 2007
Author: yfguitarist from usa

If you have nightmares easily, I suggest staying away from this film: it's pure nightmare fuel. If you have an active imagination, you could have trouble sleeping with the film's imagery burned into the back of your eyeballs.

The story's intriguing enough. There just aren't enough horror films these days about menacing old ventriloquist ladies that are buried with their creepy dolls, who have come back from the dead to seek vengeance on the families that put her in the grave, by tearing out their tongues. The atmosphere is heavy, the creepy music is provided by SAW'S Charlie Clouser, the colors are washed out, and the sets are surreal.

Many will dismiss it as a formulaic, clichéd horror film. The SAW creators, who are huge horror fans, have fun making their own version of the American horror film by throwing in plenty of classic tropes such as the wise-cracking detective (Donnie Wahlberg) and the crazy old lady that knows more than she should.

I was pleased that the film didn't shy away from gore: it wasn't gratuitous, but it did enhance the horror. Most ghost stories tend to be separate from the gore flicks (I'm a fan of both), but I always enjoy seeing them combined. Another aspect that was interesting was the "silence" mode that signaled the presence of evil.

It's got plenty of horror elements to provide scares: aged film, folk tales, singing children, antique furniture, voice recordings fading out, flickering lights, dead loved ones beckoning from beyond the grave, photographs of dead families, cackling old women, wide-eyed dolls, billowing curtains, plenty of thunder and lightning, open caskets, dank crawlspaces, and a pervading sense of evil throughout.

Critics won't dig it, but I've shown it to two groups of friends and the majority were terrified and claimed it to be one of the scariest movies they'd seen. If you're a fan of atmospheric horror that aims to creep you to the bone, you should be more than pleased.

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