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Dead Silence (2007)

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 deceased ventriloquist.

Director:

James Wan

Writers:

Leigh Whannell (screenplay), James Wan (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Kwanten ... Jamie Ashen
Amber Valletta ... Ella Ashen
Donnie Wahlberg ... Det. Lipton
Michael Fairman ... Henry Walker
Joan Heney 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 Steven Taylor ... Michael Ashen
David Talbot David Talbot ... Priest
Steve Adams ... 1941 Detective
Shelley Peterson Shelley Peterson ... Lisa's Mom
Enn Reitel ... Billy (voice)
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Storyline

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

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You scream. You die.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Due to the film's box office failure, tentative plans for a sequel were abandoned. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jamie Ashen: What do you want me to tell you!
Det. Jim Lipton: Something less perplexing than a ghost story.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Unrated DVD contains the following extended shots which were omitted from the "R" rated version.
  • Mary Shaw has a creepy, disgusting, long tongue.
  • A gorier death for Henry, as Mary Shaw is shown eating Henry's tongue and saying "I now have your voice, Henry."
  • The tongue comes out and licks Jamie after the clown admits the "secret" to him about his wife.
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Soundtracks

Let It Go
Written by Bob Mair, Dino Soldo
Performed by Bob Mair, Dino Soldo
Courtesy of Black Toast Music
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Whatever Happens, Do not Scream!
16 November 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In a rainy afternoon, the young couple Lisa (Laura Regan) and Jamie Ashen (Ryan Kwanten) anonymously receive a mysterious package with a weird dummy inside. Jamie leaves the apartment to buy Chinese food, and when he returns, he finds Lisa dead, totally disfigured and without her tongue. The snoopy detective Jim Lipton (Donnie Wahlberg) blames Jamie as prime suspect. Jamie finds in the box a reference to their hometown and he drives to the decadent Ravens Fair for the funeral services of Lisa and to investigate the legend of the ventriloquist Mary Shaw (Judith Roberts). His father Edward Ashen (Bob Gunton) and his young wife Ella (Amber Valletta) disclose that the woman was accused in the glorious days of Ravens Fair in the 40's of abducting and killing a boy that yelled with her on the stage. The locals, including his father, chased her, cut out her tongue and killed her. On the next years, the cursed families and descendant of the killers has had mysterious and creepy deaths, with the tongues removed and faces disfigured. Jamie goes to the old theater in Lost Lake trying to find evidences of his innocence and discovers that Mary Shaw was constructing the perfect doll, and that the spirits have long memories.

I like ghost stories and "Dead Silence" is above the average of the genre. The film has a magnificent cinematography, reasonable performances but something was missing in the story to make it excellent. The surprising final twist does not give satisfactory answer why Jamie survived for so long. The explanation could be because he has not screamed along the story, but anyway I was not satisfied with the fast paced conclusion. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Gritos Mortais" ("Mortal Screams")


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shhhh... See more »

Filming Locations:

Elora, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,842,725, 18 March 2007

Gross USA:

$16,809,076

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,382,047
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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