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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 murdered ventriloquist.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jamie Ashen
... Ella Ashen
... Det. Lipton
... Henry Walker
Joan Heney ... Marion Walker
... Edward Ashen
... Lisa Ashen
... Richard Walker
... Mary Shaw
... Young Henry
Steven Taylor ... Michael Ashen
David Talbot ... Priest
... 1941 Detective
Shelley Peterson ... Lisa's Mom
... 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

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You scream. You die.


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

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Release Date:

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,842,725, 18 March 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,809,076, 19 April 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,217,407
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Trivia

The film is dedicated to producer Gregg Hoffman. He died 2 years before the film had its theatrical release. See more »

Goofs

Jamie is considered a suspect in Lisa's death as he was the last person to see her before she died. However, he was off buying Chinese food as she was being murdered and by the time he got back, she was already dead. He could have simply shown the receipt with the time printed on it as evidence that he wasn't home when it happened, or the authorities could have simply visited the takeout place and seen the surveillance footage, but this never occurs to any of the characters. See more »

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[first title card]
Title Card: In the 6th Century B.C. it was believed that the spirits of the dead would speak through the stomach region of the living.
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The closing credits starts with a dedication to producer Gregg Hoffman. See more »

Connections

References Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966) See more »

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Who's Holding You Now?
Written by Johnette Napolitano, Danny Lohner
Performed by Johnette Napolitano
Courtesy of Evolution Music Partners
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What a Horror Movie is Supposed to Be Like!
16 March 2007 | by 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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