Box art for Dead Silence

Dead Silence

horror, thrillers


You Scream. You Die.Dare to unlock the deadly curse of Mary Shaw...

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    21%
  • Audience Score
    52%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

A Nightmare on Dummy St. from Saw creators.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this horror movie shows grotesque image of corpses with mouths open and tongues torn out. The violence is shown in quick, nightmarish flashes (it's a ghostly curse doing it, after all, not human handiwork), and is very intense. A young boy is prominent among victims. Other imagery plays on people's worst fears of creepy ventriloquist dummies, dolls, mannequins, marionettes, and clowns -- this could definitely give smaller kids and other sensitive viewers nightmares.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's retro horror style with the use of dry-ice fog, nearly black-and-white cinematography, the exaggerated cop character -- even the absence of swearing and sex in the film. Ask your kids why they think the filmmakers decided to hearken back to this more innocent era? How does the movie compare to old Universal Pictures horror movies with Frankenstein's monster, the Wolf Man, Dracula, and others? Why are people creeped out (or not) by dummies and dolls?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    21%
    reviews counted: 24
    see all Dead Silence reviews
  • Audience

    52%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: For the love of Chucky, avoid this insipid attempt at reviving the killer doll horror.

- Adam Smith, Empire Magazine, Monday, December 3, 2007

Fresh: "Dead Silence" is not going to reinvent the genre. It's actually a big pile of nonsense, but that doesn't stop it from being fun nonetheless.

- Brian Holcomb, Beyond Hollywood, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rotten:

- Brian Marder, Hollywood.com, Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

If I were afraid of dummies, this would be extremely effective and truly scary. As it is, i'm not. There's nothing really wrong with this movie at all, it's just not all that new or particularly interesting. The characters are fine, but it can't really save a movie from being mediocre and bland when it comes to storytelling. I think the best parts are the beginning and the origin story of Mary Shaw. I would totally recommend it to people who get freaked out by puppets/dolls, it will totally get to you.

- ythelastman89, Monday, October 25, 2010

3 stars

If I were afraid of dummies, this would be extremely effective and truly scary. As it is, i'm not. There's nothing really wrong with this movie at all, it's just not all that new or particularly interesting. The characters are fine, but it can't really save a movie from being mediocre and bland when it comes to storytelling. I think the best parts are the beginning and the origin story of Mary Shaw. I would totally recommend it to people who get freaked out by puppets/dolls, it will totally get to you.

- ythelastman89, Monday, October 25, 2010

4 stars

Dead Silence which was directed by James Wan, one of the two other Saw creators, writes and directs this film, which is not a remake. In the years since the year 2000, it seems that only studios want to re imagine classics and butcher those titles and sell them to dimwitted teens that think that remakes are the real deal in horror, it's not. Original films will pop up here and there, and in 2007 we were given Dead Silence. Dead Silence is one scary film with a strong story line. It does indeed scare you when you least expects it, and you may not looks at Dummies the same way again. Of all the Horror films that came out in this decade, Dead Silence is one of the few that really does satisfy, but if you're the type of Horror fan that likes dumb teenager films like I know what you did last summer rather than original well crafted films like this one, skip it. This film is not for that crowd. Overall a solid film in the horror genre and quite original.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, June 9, 2010