Dead Silence
Dead Silence (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 16, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 26, 2007
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: More tasteful than recent slasher flicks, but Dead Silence is undone by boring characters, bland dialogue, and an unnecessary and obvious twist ending.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly

Terrified of puppets? Enjoy being scared? Then you'll be half-satisfied with Dead Silence, a rote horror pantomime.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mediocre and illogical retro horror pic about a malevolent dummy.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

It's affectionately done, but rather pointless.

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Jim Ridley
Village Voice

Dolls are innately unnerving, but the movie's semi-menacing Charlie McCarthys never live up to their potential.

Scott Weinberg

If you're in the mood for a Saturday afternoon-ish throwback thriller, you could certainly do a hell of a lot worse than this one.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A very creepy little ditty that works once it rears up to the second half.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A creepy horror movie that builds an ominous atmosphere with an ambitious production design and great eerie cinematography (of course, James Wan), and even if… More
Dean King
A creepy horror film with a high production value and good cast. There might not be a high enough body count for some, or for it to be classed as a slasher… More
Japes .
I kinda liked it...though I'm probably in the minority. I'm terrified of puppets/dolls coming alive, so this movie freaked me out. I've watched… More
Phil Hubbs
Well I gotta admit this did sort of spook me which did surprise as I was expecting another silly killer doll film much like the Puppet Master series. Instead we… More
Mike S
There are two things in this world that creeps the hell out of me: the first being clowns and the second being evil puppets. Terrifyingly enough, this movie has… More
Bethany Murphy
One of the creepiest and most frightening films I have ever seen! A must see!