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Dead Silence (Unrated Widescreen Edition) (2007)

Amber Valetta , Ryan Kwanten , James Wan  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Amber Valetta, Ryan Kwanten, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman, Joan Heney
  • Directors: James Wan
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMLJMQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,281 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead Silence (Unrated Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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New unrated version more gruesome and horrifying than anything seen in theaters. Dare to unlock the deadly curse of Mary Shaw… From the writers and director of Saw comes a new thriller of relentless terror! Ever since Mary Shaw was hunted down and killed, the small town of Ravens Fair has been haunted by horrific deaths. When a local's wife is brutally murdered, he returns home to unravel the terrifying legend of Mary Shaw and the reason why when you see her, you should never, ever scream.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy dummies will make you scream March 17, 2007
One day, Jamie (Ryan Kwanten) and his wife find a box with no return address on their doorstep: It contains a ventriloquist dummy. When Jamie goes to buy takeout that night, he comes back to find his wife's been murdered and her tongue's been cut out. He becomes the number one suspect in Detective Lipton's (Donnie Wahlberg) investigation. Upon returning to his hometown of Raven's Fair to bury her, he begins to think that there might be more behind his wife's murder than he first thought. The old poem about Mary Shaw and her 101 dolls to scare the kids might have been true after all. He starts digging and soon finds out a lot of nasty things about Raven's Fair.

From James Wan and Leigh Whannell, co writers of the Saw films comes a creepy killer doll movie. James Wan, who's directing his second film (he only directed the first Saw film), masterfully directs this very atmospheric film; the fog, eerie lighting, zoom outs, and gloomy score by Charlie Clouser (also a Saw veteran) all contribute in making this film an above average horror film. You can tell that this project was done by true horror fans that are passionate about their craft. Don't expect a Saw-type film; this isn't a torture, gore and guts kind of movie, more of a sinister ghost story and it works on most levels.

The film had the touch of classic fifties and eighties horror films which I think it paid great homage to. If you've been missing good old-fashioned horror flicks without all that ultra violence, this movie's for you. Kwanten is very believable as the protagonist. Wahlberg, whose screen time is minimal, steals the scene every shot he gets. The supporting cast is filled with familiar faces and does a good job as well. The special effects were nicely done and the doll designs oozed creepiness to boot.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This is a real CREEPSHOW DELIGHT with lots of surprises in store. Extremely
well directed, and it keeps you thinking trying to figure what is going on. No teenybopper-slasher film, but something to be appreciated by 'Gourmets' of horror, and I used that word for a reason. Yes, there are some plot disconnects with everything not being linear-but that was on purpose and not the result of some bad directing. Crank up the microwave with some popcorn [TWO bags], sit back and just ENJOY! Good Horror Flicks are hard to find and this one is good, IN SPADES!
Rod Serling would love it were he still around, and he is counted among the masters in story telling.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD OLD FASHIONED HORROR FILM ! DOLLS ARE SCARY! January 25, 2008
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What a breath of fresh air this film was to watch!.....or should I say a breath of good old fashioned "Universal" chills? I finally watched this movie and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of creepy atmosphere it had. The dolls in this movie are freaky looking and I felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up more than once while watching this classic style fright flick.

This is a "ghost story" in every sense of the words and ventriloquist dolls are very, very scary! There are some clever plot twist and excellent camera work in this spooky thrill ride that plays like your riding through an old creepy dark ride at an amusement park or carnival. I also found that the use of 'silence'("Dead Silence")when things are about to go wrong, was ingenious and it worked like the music in 'Jaws' did, whenever it went silent you knew something bad was going to happen! This is one of the cleverest horror movies I've seen in a while and it has little or no gore.

The unrated version has a little more visual blood(very little)and also a plot point which helps to make the story make more sense. I liked both versions of the film and I'm not sure if it matters which one you buy. I just wish that the studios would stop releasing these film on separate releases when there is so little difference.....no wonder it didn't sell well. This is a great Halloween flick to start that night with a good fright! Look quick for the "Saw Puppet" on the floor amongst the debris! Stay up late, turn out the lights and watch this alone!......you'll see what I mean!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been even better with decent cast March 17, 2007
This movie, from the guys who brought us the SAW trilogy, is going to disappoint anyone who is expecting that sort of gore, torture and griminess. Okay, it is grimy, but it is not gory. Despite an R rating, it's a fairly tame CREEPY supernatural story. It feels very old school, almost like an episode of NIGHT GALLERY.

The creepy ventriloquist's doll Billy, who actually does almost nothing in the movie...is the STAR. Just sitting there, lovingly photographed in shadow...he'll make the hairs on your neck stand up. We respond to him in an illogical way, but it can't be helped. Those dummies are just a little weird.

The story of DEAD SILENCE is not terribly original, but it does stay true to the expectations of the form. It also has a decent surprise ending that you'll probably see coming...but only a few minutes before our "hero" does. My wife, 14 year old daughter and I were all quite satisfied. This is a genre film that for a change of pace, actually delivers some solid chills...unlike THE MESSENGERS, DARK WATER, etc. etc.

It does have some problems, though. Namely Ryan Kwantan, the lead actor in the film who is such a dreadful actor I felt actually angry at him for ruining the film. Totally incapable of any display of convincing emotion. Just the pits. And Donnie Wahlberg mostly looks bored by his character...a cop who is the worst law-enforcement officer ever and apparently works for a police force that consists of just him. The film is low-budget, but some decent CGI work saves it. But the poor casting really shows the low-budget seams.

It's an okay film that could have been more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorit
All I can say is this is my favorite movie. It is a thriller with a little bit of humor and some mild violence. The mortuary scene with Mary Shaw still scares me
Published 17 days ago by sahar zabeti
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this one!!!
Scary! Intensely entertaining! A great one! A great one! Wonderful! Packed full! just great! Intensely entertaining! A great one! Wonderful! I would recommend this one!
Published 17 days ago by Heartieone
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware the curse of Mary Shaw!!
This movie had you hooked from start to finish! Very freaky and edge of your seat thrills! There were a couple things that I didn't like about it but all in all, it was not bad!
Published 26 days ago by Joshua Small
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't buy it then your making a mistake!
A must see classic dont stop buy it you won't regret it! I loved it and I wouldn't change it if I had to go into the past and rent or buy again!
Published 1 month ago by macdaddy
5.0 out of 5 stars great scary film
This film.was.one.of the few movies that actually felt creepy. This comes from the same director and producer of insidious, the conjuring, and sinister this is a must watch if you... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Javier Garay
4.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
this is a good horror movie not to over the top or scary, but keeps a good pace and its entertaining, this is one of thosemovies i can watch when bored over again, it also has... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Prieto
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Silence
This movie has always been one of my favourite horror flicks. Just the thought of somone returning from the dead has always freaked me out lol.
Published 2 months ago by Ronald Boone
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy?
Not the American region release and will not work with the regions blu-ray players. Doesn't get past the menu screen.
Published 2 months ago by fred
4.0 out of 5 stars Who's the real dummy?
Not my usual fare, but a satisfying and somewhat original ghost story. I liked the ending, but felt there could have been a clearer build up to the background there. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Library Builder
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci Fi/ Mystery
This movie kept you on the edge of your seat all the way through. The twist at the end was unexpected. Makes you never to
want to have one of these dolls in your home. Creepy.
Published 3 months ago by Anthony J. Marzullo
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