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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.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.75 x 0.53 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 2288073
- Director : James Wan
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 31 minutes
- Release date : June 26, 2007
- Actors : Amber Valetta, Ryan Kwanten, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman, Joan Heney
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000PMLJMQ
- Number of discs : 1
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The movie keeps you on your toes the whole time and makes you latch onto the idea that something can happen at any minute. It has enough “gore” to make it scary without becoming too over-the-top. The ending is a total twist that has you sitting back as the credits roll thinking, “Wow, I didn’t see that coming”. Like I said above, the Unrated version just has some added scenes that don’t necessarily make sense to the overall plot of the movie. I would recommend watching the original version over the Unrated. Overall, it’s a great horror flick for someone that’s looking for jump scares and a great plot that’s easy to follow.
Every town has it's own ghost story, and a local folktale around Ravens Fair is about a ventriloquist named Mary Shaw. After she went mad in the 1940s, she was accused of kidnapping a young boy who yelled out in one of her performances that she was a [...]. Because of this she was hunted down by townspeople who in the ultimate act of revenge, cut out her tongue and then killed her. They buried her along with her "children," a handmade collection of vaudeville dolls, and assumed they had silenced her forever. However, Ravens Fair has been plagued by mysterious deaths around them after Mary Shaws collection has returned from their graves and have come to seek revenge on people that killed her and their families. Far from the pall of their cursed hometown, newlyweds Jamie and Lisa Ashen thought they had established a fresh start, until Jamie's wife is grotesquely killed in their apartment. Jamie returns to Ravens Fair for the funeral, intent on unraveling the mystery of Lisa's death. Once reunited with his ill father, Edward, and his father's new young bride, Ella, Jamie must dig into the town's bloody past to find out who killed his wife and why. All the while, he is doggedly pursued by a detective who doesn't believe a word he says. As he uncovers the legend of Mary Shaw, he will unlock the story of her curse and the truth behind the threat from a rhyme in his childhood: if you see Mary Shaw and scream, she'll take your tongue. And the last thing you will hear before you die...is your own voice speaking back to you. Written by Christopher Hernandez
Now onto the HD quality. The sound is as always amazing. The video quality like most HD/BluRay releases to date is good in some places and not so good in others. I can't wait for the technology to get caught up to the potential.
The movie. I loved it! Most people are afraid of dolls and the ones in this film are flat out freaky. If you like atmospheric horror and think dolls are down right creepy check this film out. Acting was excellent, plot was well.....horror movie plot. The special effects were well done and not IN YOUR FACE like most horror these days. Pick it up, if your a horror fan you'll enjoy it. Most of the people who didn't enjoy it went in expecting Saw and it isn't anything like Saw.
I would give this film 4 stars, but due to the 1 star reviews I'm trying to bring the rating up to a more deserved level.
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Running Time 92 Minutes.
Mary Shaw was a popular entertainer until she was accused of murdering a young boy. After she was captured by the vengeful towns people her tongue was cut out before she was mercilessly killed & committed to the earth in the company of her collection of vaudeville ventriloquist dolls.
In the years that followed, the town seemed to be haunted by the puppets & after mysteriously disappearing from Mary's grave, the menacing figurines would sometimes be glimpsed by the damned in the dead of night - their appearance consistently foreshadowing the death of whoever laid eyes upon them.
Newlyweds Jamie & Lisa Ashen both grew up in Ravens Fair. Now, following Lisa's inexplicable death, Jamie has returned to the pair's hometown in order to say his final goodbyes & find out the truth about his wife's enigmatic demise & it's connection to childrens ventriloquist Mary Shaw.
'Dead Silence' is a creepy ghostly tale written by 'Saw' 'Insidious' & 'The Conjuring' creators James Wan & Leigh Whannell & is also directed by James Wan who if you pardon the pun conjures up plenty of scares & creates some nerve shredding tension during some very intense scenes that just ooze creepy atmosphere.
This movie tells a cleverly crafted ghost story, the plot sees Ryan Kwanten star as Jamie Ashen who's wife was recently killed in mysterious circumstances with the only clue being the arrival of a ventriloquist doll beforehand, Jamie returns to his hometown to bury his wife & visits his estranged wealthy father Edward Ashen (Bob Gunton) & his younger wife Ella (Amber Valletta) who may have a connection to the dolls & it's creator Mary Shaw.
There's a interesting back story about Mary Shaw which adds to the mystery elements of the movie & it's connection to the Ashen family, a particular chilling moment is when Henry tells Jamie about Mary performing on stage & how terrified a young Henry was when Mary called him out on stage makes for a genuinely scary scene, Judith Roberts is excellent as Mary Shaw & creates a very creepy character despite her limited screen time, the story is paced well & builds up to deliver a tense nail biting climax & a killer twist ending that I didn't see coming.
'Dead Silence' is not for the faint of heart, it's gory in parts, terrifying in others especially scenes featuring those creepy dolls, Ryan Kwanten gives a decent enough performance in the lead role as Jamie Ashen while Bob Gunton as Jamies father Edward & Donnie Wahlberg as the brass irritating Detective Jim Lipton add solid support while Michael Fairman features in a small but important role as mortician Henry Walker.
Wans direction bleachs out the vibrant colours giving the movie a washed out look that captures a ghostly setting for his movie, Wan certainly knows how to edit together a horror film & there is genuinely a haunting eerie surreal tone that echoes throughout this film, the sequence were Jamie discovers 101 dolls created by Mary Shaw makes for an unsettling watch while 'Saw' composer Charlie Clouser ramps up the chill factor with his eerie music score.
If your a fan of horror movies & like ghost story's then I wholeheartedly recommend checking out 'Dead Silence' it's well made horror movie which features plenty of scary sequences plus a engaging intriguing storyline & that shock twist ending, just remember "beware of Mary Shaw".
Absolute belter of a film though with a cracking storyline. It certainly knocked us off of our track as to who was behind it at the end. So of you're looking for a good mystery/creepy/thriller type film, definitely recommend this.
Dead Silence is directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell. It stars Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Bob Gunton and Judith Roberts. Music is by Charlie Clouser and cinematography by John R. Leonetti.
"Beware the stare of Mary Shaw, she had no children, only dolls, and if you see her in your dreams, be sure to never ever scream"
Autonomatonophobia-Fear of ventriloquist's dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues - anything that falsely represents a sentient being.
The Autonomatonophobia angle is important in the context of how much you enjoy/get scared by Wan and Whannell's first venture out of the Saw franchise they created. On that level, along with a sprinkle of menacing clown play for the Coulrophobic, Dead Silence knocks it out of the park. The imagery of freaky dolls and dummies is excellently handled by Wan, who along with his deft knack for spooky atmospherics and setting of a scene, shows a gushing obligation to chill his viewers. Production design is a blend of Universal Studios old school and Lynchian weird, with the town of Raven's Fair a wonderful ghost town creation, and the vengeful Mary Shaw ghost at the centre of proceedings is high on the old hag scary scale. The surface of Dead Silence is excellent, but what lies beneath is shallow and unlikely to induce Autonomatonophobia in those fortunate to not be spooked by model critters.
The story itself is just a little old hat, even if the doll/dummies angle adds a fresh spin on it. Be it Woman in Black (Herbert Wise), The Drop of Water (Mario Bava), Darkness Falls (Jonathan Liebesman) or Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven) for a handful of examples, regardless of the quality of film, stories of this type have been well enough served already. Whannell's distinctly average script adds some jolts and twists, which apart from the daft reveal at the finale (seriously it's on a par with Orphan's WTF twist), keeps the undemanding horror faithful entertained. But it's a missed opportunity to instill a new fear into those horror fans searching for a new high, it's lazy writing and forces the roll call of dolls and dummies to carry the movie on their own. Too many occasions crop up that bewilder the viewer, the opening kicks it off by having two people barely bat an eyelid when a Ventriloquist Dummy is mysteriously delivered to their home! And on it goes from there, without a semblance of thinking outside the Autonomatonophobic box.
Sadly the cast aren't up to the task of imbuing the weak plot with any amount of human drama. Kwanten isn't strong enough to lead the picture, Wahlberg struggles in a barely realised (and near pointless) role, Gunton is wasted: a victim of plot dynamics as it turns out, and Valletta, whilst pretty as a picture, is just filing in for a role that any pretty blonde actress could play on any given day. Support players Laura Regan and Michael Fairman do better at performance level, and Roberts adds a bit of creepy class for the Mary Shaw flash back sequences. Sound work is well orchestrated, with Clouser's score able to fray the nerves and Wan's decision to use silence to herald impending terror works clinically well and Leonetti's photography is suitably at one with the atmospherics required for the Raven's Fair segments, with lurid reds, shifting shadows and filtered fog all hitting the spot.
As someone who is tinged by Autonomatonophobia and Coulrophobia, I had a scary old time with the film, often finding myself breathing heavy and peeking through fingers when the camera fell on one of Mary Shaw's model creations. But that's about the level Dead Silence plays at, it's restricted in who it will scare. Meaning that even allowing for some undoubted technical flourishes (Wan undeniably has a horror talent), Dead Silence rates about 7/10 to people like me, but below that for the non dummy phobics.