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Dead Silence Movie Review

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

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(L to R) Jamie Ashen (RYAN KWANTEN), ventriloquist dummy Billy and Detective Lipton (DONNY WAHLBERG)

Dead Silence is not only an excellent horrf film, but it’s smart as well. Read on:

Having already reshaped the horror genre with the groundbreaking torture flick Saw, director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell have set out in their first follow-up to that picture (as helmer and scripter again) to defy expectations and go in a completely different, non-Jigsaw-ish direction, if you will. The result is Dead Silence, a satisfyingly old-school ghost story cum ventriloquist’s dummy tale that purposefully avoids being what so many modern horror pictures are these days, namely dumb, derivative, and cloyingly self-aware.

Rather, Dead Silence is the opposite: It’s smart, it pays subtle tribute to the filmmakers’ inspirations without ever ripping them off, and its awareness of what it is helps to avoid pandering to the viewer to such a degree that one can’t help but wonder who the target audience of the film really is. Wan and Whannell have made a horror film for true fans of the genre, but whether or not that kind of picture can pay the bills in today’s unfortunate sequel- and remake-driven market remains to be seen.

Ryan Kwanten stars as Jamie Ashen, who together with his wife Lisa (Laura Regan) receives an unmarked package at the start of the film. With no return address or any indication of where it came from, the big box seems like a practical joke or the like at first. In it is a ventriloquist’s dummy, named “Billy,” the arrival of which reminds Lisa of an old children’s rhyme that she and Jamie used to hear when they were kids: “Beware the stare of Mary Shaw. She had no children, only dolls. And if you see her, do not scream. Or she’ll rip your tongue out at the seam.”

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Upcoming Movies for March 16, 2007

Friday, March 16th, 2007

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Former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger (MARK WAHLBERG) returns from a self-imposed exile to uncover a plot within the U.S. Government

Below are the movies opening for March 16th:

  • Shooter (Thriller) – Starring: Mark Wahlberg – Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) is a former Marine Corps sniper who leaves the military after a mission goes bad.

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    In Theaters: March 16, 2007

  • I Think I Love My Wife (Comedy/Drama) – Starring: Chris Rock – A successful investment banker with a beautiful, intelligent wife and two gorgeous kids at home, Richard Cooper (Chris Rock) would seem to have it all.

    View the trailer.
    In Theaters: March 16, 2007

  • Dead Silence (Horror) – Starring: Donnie Wahlberg – There is an old ghost story in the sleepy town of Ravens Fair about Mary Shaw, a ventriloquist who went mad. Accused of the murder of a young boy, she was hunted down by vengeful townspeople who cut out her tongue and killed her. They buried her along with her “children,” a hand-made collection of vaudeville dolls.

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    In Theaters: March 16, 2007

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Dead Silence

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

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Synopsis:
There is an old ghost story in the sleepy town of Ravens Fair about Mary Shaw, a ventriloquist who went mad. Accused of the murder of a young boy, she was hunted down by vengeful townspeople who cut out her tongue and killed her. They buried her along with her “children,” a hand-made collection of vaudeville dolls.

Since that time, Ravens Fair has been plagued by death. The ghastly dolls from Mary Shaw’s collection have gone missing from the grave and reappeared over the decades. In the dead of night–wherever they are glimpsed–families are found gruesomely murdered…with their tongues torn out.

Far from the pall of their hometown, newlyweds Jamie (Ryan Kwanten) and Lisa Ashen thought they had established a fresh start. But when his wife is grotesquely killed, Jamie reluctantly returns to Ravens Fair for the funeral, intent on unraveling the mystery of her death.

Once reunited with his ill father (Bob Gunton) and his father’s new young bride (Amber Valletta), Jamie must dig into the town’s bloody past to find out who killed his wife and why. As he uncovers the legend of Mary Shaw, Jamie unlocks the story of her curse and the truth behind the song from his childhood: if you see her and scream, you will never speak again.

Cast: Donnie Wahlberg, Amber Valletta, Bob Gunton, Ryan Kwanten, Zoƫ Raye, Judith Roberts; Directed by: James Wan

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In theaters: March 16, 2007

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