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Running Time:
1 hour, 30 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for horror violence and images

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This gothic thriller is undone not only by its amateurish acting but also by its nonsensical dialogue.

Additional Info:
DVD features: Exclusive alternate ending and alternate opening; Deleted scenes; The making of Dead Silence; Mary Shaw's secrets; Evolution of a visual fx.

Dead Silence
Jamie Ashen (Ryan Kwanten "Flicka") is an average guy living an average life, happily married to his wife (Laura Regan "Unbreakable"). All's well, until the night Jamie comes home to find his wife brutally murdered. Grizzled Detective Lipton (Donnie Wahlberg "The Sixth Sense") decides that Jamie is the prime suspect since there are no signs of forced entry in the home. Suspecting that the murder may have something to do with an old ventriloquist's dummy that he found on his doorstep hours before the killing, Jamie heads back to his hometown of Ravens Fair when he remembers the legend of Mary Shaw, a ventriloquist who went mad years before. He finds the town still frightened by the ghost story. Accused of the murder of a young boy, the ventriloquist had been hunted down by the vengeful townspeople who found her and killed her. Her ghost is said to be responsible for countless deaths throughout the years. But the closer Jamie gets into investigating Mary Shaw's background, the more strange occurrences begin happening to him.

Director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, the team that made the diabolically successful "Saw" have made this visually stylish thriller with a concept that's extremely tricky to realize. The most notable aspect of the film involves the way it looks. The camera captures the story's creepy mood without too much gore and it at least it has a fairly clever twisty ending. But, the acting is mostly amateurish although Donny Wahlberg is an acceptable Cop with an Attitude. But those inanimate dolls can only move their eyes so many times before they begin to lose their frightfulness.

The movie is intermittenly freaky and occasionally scary, but the story is so repetitive that despite its short running time, it becomes quickly tiresome.

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