Plot: Jamie Ashen (Ryan Kwanten) comes home to find his wife Lisa
disfigured and dead in their apartment just minutes after a mysterious,
not to mention creepy, package was left on their doorstep containing an
old ventriloquist dummy. With no alibi, a detective is left to assume
Jamie as the prime suspect. Driven by an old ghost story, Jamie returns
to Ravens Fair, his old hometown to prove his innocence.
The heroes: Ladies and gentlemen, it's Jason Stackhouse!
The antagonists: Ventriloquist dummies and one scary, freaky, awesome villain that controls them.
Best scene: The first night Jaime spends in a motel.
Oh-oh something's not right line: If you go looking for answers, you just might find them.
During the climax, in the storage area with all 101 dolls, you can see
Jigsaw's doll from the "Saw" films sitting on the floor, and Edgar
doll Charlie McCarthy on one of the shelves. The doll that Detective
Lipton throws over his shoulder in this scene is a replica of
ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson's doll, Danny O'Day. Fun fact #2 - watch out
for Jigsaw doll in Warrens' special room with hunted objects in The Conjuring.
What makes it so great? I found out that the movie existed by pure accident, when discussing Annabelle the doll from The Conjuring. Someone mentioned that James Wan, the director, also made a whole movie about creepy dolls. So that's how I found out about Dead Silence. I see the film has outrageously low rating on Rotten Tomatoes and that's just not right. Sure, the acting isn't the best (Good God, Donnie Walhberg sucks ass) and there are some cheap and grotesque effects but you know what? This is a really scary film. If someone told me they watched it and didn't get scared, I'd call that person a liar. And I don't mean all the jump scares and your usual horror tactics - the story of the villain and her whole pursuit of the main hero is genuinely frightening.Wan has some awesome imagery in his movies and this one is no exception - there are incredible set pieces here - a cemetery with 100 ventriloquist dummies buried there, old theatre, motel rooms with neon lights shining through the windows...many times I was actually reminded of all those lovely, charming moments that made me lose sleep whenever Bob would appear in Twin Peaks. Also it's commendable that someone finally took the old horror iconic item - a ventriloquist dummy - and made it into a freaky, eerie film.
Scare factor: - 4/5 evil pumpkins - this is one freaky movie. You have a villain, who is creepy to begin with, appear in all those terrifying moments - even if you know she is going to be show up it's still absolutely horrifying when she does.
Gore factor:- 2/5 bloody Leatherfaces - there isn't much blood, but the way the victims are killed and made to look like dolls is quite disturbing, though the effects there weren't very good. There is something quite disturbing happening in the very end of the movie too.
Is there a twist? Yes and it's fucking awesome and insanely creepy. If you have a chance watch the alternate ending (it's on youtube) too as it clears some things up and it features even more of creepiness.
Hint: Do not do a double feature of that one and The Conjuring. I did that and it is now the 9th day I was not able to sleep in the dark.
Unsuitable for: People who have dolls in their house.
Repercussions: I'm scared of dolls for life now.