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 hear you've

brought her home.

- Yeah.

- Don't worry.

I'll call Henry Walker,

make the arrangements.

No, that's okay,

I can take care of it.

Jamie, please. As your father,

it's the least I can do.

You've done the least

you can do my whole life.

It's too late

for charity now.

Is that why you've come here,

to remind me what a bad

father I've been to you?

In light of what has happened, I was

hoping we could put that in the past.

I didn't come

to talk about that, I...

I came to ask you something.

Do you remember when I was a

kid, Mom used to read me a poem?

Do you remember what it was?

What poem?

"Beware the stare

of Mary Shaw

"She had no children,

only dolls

"And if you see her

in your dreams..."

"Be sure you never,

ever scream"

You know it?

It's just a scary poem parents would

tell their kids to keep them in line.

No. It's more than just a ghost story.

And the adults believed in it, as well.

We live

in a small town, Jamie.

Small minds breed

small-minded superstitions.

That's all.

There's nothing else to tell.



your son has been

through a lot.

Why don't we make up

a room for him?

No, that's okay.

I'm not staying long.

I got a funeral to prepare.

Jamie, Jamie!

Jamie! Please wait.

Won't you stay the night here?

It was nice meeting you, Ella.

Your father's changed. He's not

the same man that you remember.


You see that?

Mom used to be in that picture with

us, until he drove her to kill herself.

Had his second wife

in that one there.

But she was smart enough

to leave.

So, it's a good thing you're

going to outlive him, lady.

There'll be no one

to paint you out.

What more?

What more do you

want from me?

Peck, peck, peck,

peck, peck, peck.

I must say I was deeply

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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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