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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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James Wan

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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

Taglines:

You scream. You die.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary Shaw 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,809,076, 19 April 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,217,407
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Technical Specs

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| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"Billy" was not only the name of one of the dummies in this movie, but also the name of the puppet used by the Jigsaw killer in the "Saw" movies, also created by Leigh Whannell and James Wan. See more »

Goofs

The ventriloquist dummy is considered evidence due to the fact that it arrived the same day Lisa died yet the doll is not retrieved from the crime scene allowing Jamie to take it to his hometown to investigate it's history. Det. Lipton confronts Jamie for trying to get rid of evidence by burying the doll which could have easily been avoided if the authorities had simply retrieved the doll from the crime scene. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Jamie Ashen: [reciting the nursery 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 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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Connections

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

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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Dead Scary
7 July 2007 | by springsunnywinterSee all my reviews

James Wan & Leigh Whannell are masterminds in this gender especially when it comes to the twist in the end. I liked the Saw films because of the twist in the end. Saw had more gore less thrill but Dead Silence was the opposite it had more thrill less gore which was more of my type of film. The movie was emotionally & psychologically thrilling and was made so dark & sinister that really did suit the mood for the film. It's been a long time since I saw a movie this scary e.g. Jaws & IT. I don't think there ever has been a horror film about dummies but there was a Goosebumps episode called "Night of the Living Dummy" which was rather funny than scary so this film was quite different. I can't explain how horrifying it was, definitely the kind of movie that made my heart beat faster and hold the arms of the chair tight throughout the whole film. I prefer eerie & frighting scenes in a horror movie rather than violence & gore because the main aim of horror genre is to scare. The ending was the icing on the cake and when I left the cinema hall I was saying to myself "Wow! What an awesome movie" It had one of the best twist I ever seen in film history. Overall in my opinion Dead Silence is one of the best horror films ever and I liked it better then Saw. I also noticed the Jigsaw puppet in the scene where there was a room full of puppets and a clown puppet on a chair. It was on the ground in front of the support beam.


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