Dead Silence Review
Written by: TiM the Zombie
"Beware the stare of Mary Shaw. She had no children, only dolls. If you see her, in your dreams. Be sure you never, ever scream."
From the team that brought you "Saw" comes their next film that's sure to knock everyone out of their seats, "Dead Sience". I'll give you a quick low down of the sypnosis. A recently married man, Jamie Ashen, finds his wife mysteriously murdered when a strange ventriloquist dummy is recieved at his doorstep. Confused, he seeks answers at his hometown, Ravens Fair, where an old ghost story about a woman named Mary Shaw is supposed to exist. A homocide detective, Detective Jim Lipton, thinks that Jamie killed his wife, so he is tagging along closely behind. They soon realize that Mary Shaw isn't just a ghost story, it's a real curse. People are myteriously dying, missing their tongues. It's up to Jamie and Jim to destroy the curse of Mary Shaw... without screaming. Trust me folks, watching this film, it's hard not to.
I found the plot to be quite amusing. Doll films have always creeped me out, but this film took that fear up a level. All of the dolls were very well made, with that hint of creepiness that's sure to give little kids nightmares until they're thirty. Mary Shaw... that's a whole different story. Think of all your nightmares when you were children, put them together, and thats Mary Shaw. Trust me, her face, jumps at you more than once. You will remember that.
The acting was fine. It wasn't mind blowing, but it wasn't horrible. Ryan Kwanten, taking the lead as Jamie Ashen, did a fairly decent job. It was good to see Donnie Wahlberg, from Saw II and III, play Detective Jim Lipton. I've always enjoyed his acting abilities. Judith Roberts as Mary Shaw, blew me away. She redifined the word "creepy". That about sums it up.
The cinematography was another aspect I enjoyed. To me, it had this sort of "blue" tint to the screen, which definately worked. The flashback sequences, in the old theater, were outstanding. Which reminds me, the "newer" theater, the broken down one, was great. Awesome set locations.
Now it's time for the music. I really enjoyed the music they cooked up for this film. I'm talking about the "theme" music. The one where you find yourself knodding your head. Well, at least I did. Just like in "Saw", the theme music was way cool. It was hard to focus on the score with that cool theme music playing in the back of my head, but I certainly can't think of any negative things to say about it. So, right on.
The scares. Aw, the scares. I realize that I have burned "jump scares" in the past, but I think this film actually did it right. Like I hate, you could see them all coming from a mile away. It didn't matter, because what were contained in those scares, were creepy as hell. Aside from the jump scares, just the whole atmosphere and mood of this film was scary. Not just your typical scary, but creepy. You'll be jumping more than once, when you see this film.
The ending was great. Just like with "Saw", James Wan delivers a twist ending that's sure to catch everyone off guard. I didn't see it coming, hopefully you won't either, because it makes it way more enjoyable. Plus, the film ends on such a down note. Just how I like it. :)
I highly recommend "Dead Silence" to anyone who wants to be scared. Seeing that this is a horror site, I imagine everyone will. This is the scariest movie I have seen a very long time. I can't say that about every horror film I see. Check it out. You won't be dissapointed.