Dead Silence (2007) Review

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Dead Silence (2007) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on April 05th, 2019 | Movie Review | Cursed, Supernatural, Doll, Urban Legend

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It's about a guy who has to prove that a doll killed his wife by confronting a ghost obsessed with dolls.

Dead Silence was directed by James Wan (who also directed The Curse of La Llorona, The Conjuring 2, Insidious: Chapter 2, The Conjuring, Insidious, Saw) and stars Ryan Kwanten (from Flight 7500), Donnie Wahlberg (from Saw II, Saw III, Dreamcatcher, The Sixth Sense) and Bob Gunton (from Bats).

You scream. You die

Dead Silence Review

Dead Silence is a quality horror film. It's directed by James Wan, written by Leigh Whannell and had Charlie Clouser spinning the beats. This same trio were the guys behind Saw. John Leonetti handled the beautiful cinematography, the same guy behind other big horror movies like The Conjuring, Insidious and Tales from the Crypt. He also directed Annabelle, but we won't hold that against him. Point is, the guys behind Dead Silence know how to make a horror movie.

The movie surrounds a ventriloquist dummy named Billy who seems to be source of a supernatural threat that goes around ripping people's tongues out, leaving them looking like Samara from The Ring got to them. Billy is a splitting image of Slappy from Goosebumps and is also the name of the Saw dummy which actually makes a cameo appearance.

Dead Silence is full of style and atmosphere. The local coroner drives around in a stylish classic hearse and photographs stiffs using a gigantic old fashioned camera. The town, the cemetery, the protagonists old house and the old haunted theater are all steeped in atmosphere.

The horror aspects are great, although everything feels very familiar. There's a lot of Saw in there (including Donnie Wahlberg who was in a couple of Saw's), some of The Ring and definitely some Insidious, although to be fair Insidious probably feels like Dead Silence since it came out after (also directed by Wan). The style of horror is very rooted in its era, there's a lot of CGI used as well as a lot of unnecessary jump scare screams. There's probably a reason why this movie only made $2 million while Saw made over $100 million. It was basically a movie made of the recycled parts of various horror hits.

Worth Watching?

Definitely, this movie is great. It's not terribly original, but it's a solid horror from start to finish. If you liked Saw (keeping in mind the original saw wasn't the gore fest the series evolved into) you'll definitely like Dead Silence. There's a brilliant twist that more than makes up for any of its shortcomings.


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