Dead Silence is a chilling tale which focuses on widower Jamie Ashen who returns to his hometown of Raven’s Fair to unearth clues about the mysterious and brutal murder of his wife . He has a ventriloquist doll with him that was left on his front door before he found his wife dead.
As the film continues, Jamie starts to unravel a deep secret about the town's old ventriloquist performer named Mary Shaw, who's ghost story is used to scare children.
Mary Shaw, was a ventriloquist who went mad. She was accused of murdering a young boy named Michael Ashen and was hunted down by the vengeful townspeople who cut out her tongue and killed her.
As the story continues, the grieving widower finally uncovers the shocking truth behind the curse that has plagued Ravens Fair for as far back as he can remember.
The other day I was in the mood for a scary movie. Dead Silence was available through HBO On Demand so I figured why not?! I remember when this came out , I thought it looked kind of stupid. But I went ahead and gave it a go!
Dead Silence comes from the creators of the Saw franchise so, immediately I was a little skeptical. However, I have to say that this was a genuinely creepy ghost story. I think that is why I liked it because it's just that, a ghost story. It's not gratuitous blood and gore it's an old school ghost story, stemming from an old children's rhyme:
Beware the stare of Mary Shaw
She had no children, only dolls
And if you see her in your dream
Be sure you never, ever scream
Or she'll rip your tongue out at the seam.
Not only is the ghost story creepy, the dolls in the movie are sinister and unnerving. I had an inkling of how the ending would play out and I turned out to be right, but it wasn't a "Duh, you could've seen it coming a mile away" ending.
I really liked the look of the movie as well, it was very dark (shocker) but, everything was dark and dingy except for Jamie's red car, which stood out in stark contrast to the dark dreary surroundings, and the creepy-creeperson ventriloquist doll, Billy.
I wasn't familiar with Ryan Kwanten the actor portraying the film's main character, Jamie. But he was pretty dang cute! ;)
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. It was one of the better scary movies I've seen in awhile!
I'm giving it a B-.