Dead Silence

Synopsis: Every town has its 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 fraud. 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
Director(s): James Wan
Production: Universal Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

I don't see the relevance.

In the town where I'm from,

a ventriloquist dummy

is a bad omen.

It's kind of a local legend,

and some people believe that the dummy

brings death to those around them.


Well, Jamie,

I've never arrested a dummy

for murder before.

But I have arrested

quite a few husbands.

You don't think it's weird

that this package arrives

right before Lisa is killed?

No, I'll tell you

what I think is weird.

You said that your wife spoke to you

just moments before you found her, right?

- Yeah.

- Yeah. But she didn't have a tongue.

In fact, according to you,

she was already dead.

Now, see, to me, that's weird.

So, what're you going to do?

Arrest me?

Not yet.

Look, you can go, Ashen.

You're a free man for now.


It'll give me more time

to do your job for you.


I'm so sorry for your loss.

But I'm so glad

to have you home.


My Lord, you must think I'm so rude.

We haven't even

been introduced.

I'm Ella.


Well, I guess

I'm your stepmother.

Is he in?

Yes, he is.

Please come in.


There are some things that you

need to know about your father.

I know everything I need to.


Who's down there with you?

Your father won't

fight you, Jamie.

He doesn't fight anyone,

not anymore.

Well, then you're not

married to my father.


I can hear you.

Goddamn chair is stuck.

Here, Edward,

let me help you.

My son.

What a pleasant surprise.

What happened to you?

Your father had a stroke

two months ago.

Why didn't anybody tell me?

You never return my calls.

It's because I never know

what to say to you.

I take it I wasn't the easiest

person to get along with in the past,

- but I've changed.

- Really?

Yes. A stroke can do that

to a man.

Listen, I'm sorry

about your wife.

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Leigh Whannell

Leigh Whannell (born 17 January 1977) is an Australian screenwriter, producer, director, and actor. He is best known for writing films directed by his friend James Wan, including Saw (2004), Dead Silence (2007), Insidious (2011), and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013). Whannell has directed two films, Insidious: Chapter 3, released in 2015, and Upgrade, released in 2018. Whannell and Wan are the creators of the Saw franchise. Whannell wrote the first installment, co-wrote the second and third installments, was producer or executive producer for all the films, and appeared as the "Adam Stanheight" character in four of the installments. He was also the writer of the Saw video game (2009), and co-writer of the 2014 film Cooties. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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