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
 
IMDB:
6.2
Metacritic:
34
Rotten Tomatoes:
21%
R
Year:
2007
89 min
$16,500,000
Website
229 Views

(EXCLAIMING)

You fixed it yet?

Just a couple more minutes.

(LAUGHING)

You said that an hour ago.

I promised

to make you dinner, right?

Yeah.

Well, I'm making you

a gourmet dinner.

Trust me.

It'll be worth the wait.

Surrender.

Hmm?

Surrender to the wonders

of takeout.

Oh.

I knew this was coming.

'Cause when your fingers dial

those seven little numbers,

it really turns me on.

(LISA LAUGHING)

Is that the best

you can come up with?

Yeah.

(DOORBELL BUZZING)

Wow. You are fast.

Who was it?

I don't know.

It doesn't even say

where it's from.

Well, there's

one way to find out.

Oh, Jamie,

you adopted us a baby.

A baby?

Have you seen this thing?

Well, who would send you

a doll?

I have no idea.

JAMIE:

There's no card, no note.

His eyes look so real.

(IN HIGH-PITCHED VOICE) "I don't know

about you, but Lisa's hungry for Chinese."

I think

my wife's gone crazy.

Oh, my God! This reminds me of

that poem from when we were kids.

What poem?

You remember. Come on.

That old ghost story about the

woman who had all those dolls.

"Beware the stare

of Mary Shaw

"She had no children,

only dolls..."

And something,

something scary.

Something, something... Boo!

I think you're having just a

little too much fun there, Lise.

Oh, baby, I won't let

the scary dummy hurt you.

Thank you. Thank you.

(WHO'S HOLDING YOU NOW

PLAYING ON STEREO)

If you get Jamie to scream,

I'll make sure you get seven minutes

in heaven with my old Barbie. Deal?

(IN HIGH-PITCHED VOICE)

"Yes, Lisa."

God, I'm such a loser.

(GHOSTLY BREATHING)

Good boy.

(MUSIC ON STEREO DISTORTING)

Jamie?

Jamie?

(MUSIC ON STEREO DISTORTING)

(MUSIC ON STEREO STOPPING)

(CLOCK TICKING)

(TICKING STOPS)

(KETTLE WHISTLING)

(WHISTLING STOPS)

(AMBIENT NOISE DISAPPEARING)

(CHILD LAUGHING)

(EXCLAIMING)

(SCREAMING)

(GROANING)

(GASPING)

(SCREAMING)

(KETTLE WHISTLING)

(WHO'S HOLDING YOU NOW

PLAYING ON STEREO)

Baby, I'm back.

(EXCLAIMING)

Lisa! What are you trying

to do? Burn the place down?

Lise?

Oh, Lisa.

LISA:
I'm in here.

Dinner in bed again.

(HUMMING)

Lisa!

Yes, Jamie?

What's going on?

LISA:
I have a surprise for you, Jamie.

MARY SHAW:
...for you, Jamie.

(LISA LAUGHING)

Lisa, this is not funny!

(SIREN WAILING)

You know what it was?

Your mistake?

It was the rose.

Yep. Boy, I'll tell you,

if I had a dollar for every time

some guy gave his wife a rose

on the day that he,

you know...

Like that's an alibi.

Alibi?

I didn't hear you.

Did you say something?

Why would I need an alibi?

I'm sure your lawyer

would want you to have one.

My lawyer?

Yeah.

I mean, the prosecution, they're

going to have your fingerprints,

no signs of forced entry

on your apartment,

and you as the last person

to see your wife alive.

I mean, that's a lot

to go up against.

You think

I killed my wife?

Excuse me?

Do you think

I killed my wife?

No. No, I don't think you did.

I'm just trying

to help your lawyer out.

I mean, he's going to need

something more concrete.

I mean, at least to shift

the suspicion away from you.

Suspicion? I mean, if you

want to talk suspicion,

why don't you start by looking at the

package that turned up on my doorstep?

Oh, yeah.

That package, right.

(CLEARING THROAT)

Let's see. You received

an unmarked package

just moments

before Lisa was killed.

Yeah. A package containing

a ventriloquist dummy.

Ventriloquist dummy. Yeah.

Well, the mystery toy

department is down the hall.

This is

the homicide department.

So unless you can tell me

how some puppet

ties into your wife's murder,

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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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