Dead Silence
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There is an old ghost story in the sleepy town of Ravens Fair about Mary Shaw, a ventriloquist who went mad. Accused of the murder of a young boy, she was hunted down by vengeful townspeople who cut out her tongue and killed her. They buried her along with her "children," a hand-made collection of vaudeville dolls. Since that time, Ravens Fair has been plagued by death. The ghastly dolls from Mary Shaw's collection have gone missing from the grave and reappeared over the decades. In the dead of night--wherever they are glimpsed--families are found gruesomely murdered with their… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

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"Wan and Whannell have a carnivalesque sense of fun and a sure instinct for recycling classic horror tropes, but their characters are so flat and their plotting so listless that this low-budget feature fails to generate much suspense."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Terrified of puppets? Enjoy being scared? Then you'll be half-satisfied with Dead Silence, a rote horror pantomime."
‑ Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly
"A very creepy little ditty that works once it rears up to the second half."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Plodding and bereft of suspense, "Dead Silence" is an irredeemable jumble of cliché genre fragments."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"All Wan and Whannell know is shock-and-awe tactics. They may shock, but there's no awe."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"It's affectionately done, but rather pointless."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Dolls are innately unnerving, but the movie's semi-menacing Charlie McCarthys never live up to their potential."
‑ Jim Ridley, Village Voice
"A Nightmare on Dummy St. from Saw creators."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
""Dead Silence" is not going to reinvent the genre. It's actually a big pile of nonsense, but that doesn't stop it from being fun nonetheless."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Beyond Hollywood
"For the love of Chucky, avoid this insipid attempt at reviving the killer doll horror."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
"Even without the mechanized death that made the Saw movies such a sensation, it doesn't take long to realize that director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell are merely trying to replace one twisty, gimmicky franchise with another."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Armed with a decent budget, director James Wan and co-screenwriter Leigh Wannell fashion at least a dozen sequences that are spooky even while they defy logic."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"All dolls are inherently freaky, but there's something seriously bent about a little wooden man with bulging eyes, shiny cheeks, and perfect chompers."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"It's awful. It eats your soul, it's so awful."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"...an ambitious misfire."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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