After the loss of his wife Jamie heads back to his hometown and soon learns that the place he once called home is cursed.
Fans of the Saw series’ frenetic cutting style are going to be surprised after watching Dead Silence. The filmmakers took a completely different approach with this film giving it a classic feel similar to the Twilight Zone and Tales From The Dark Side television shows. The film follows Jamie (Ryan Kwanten) a husband that lost his wife and heads back to his hometown of Ravens Fair after uncomfortable accusations from the police about her death. Once home he finds Ravens Fair trapped under a curse laid down by a scary old ventriloquist woman and her dummies.
The filmmakers must really like dummies because this is the second film they make utilizing them to attain a high level of creepiness, and in this film as well as their famous first film it works. Even though the plot is nothing more than another cursed town story there is enough eye candy and fresh twists to keep you in the seat with a happy horror smile on your face, and Mary Shaw is one of the coolest baddies since Freddy.
The filmmakers really went out of their way to create a genuine since of dread around the town of Ravens Fair, and the vast amount of dummies combined with the theater that houses them was one of the most memorable things I’ve seen in a long time. Kwanten did a good job as the lead and Donnie Wahlberg was interesting as police detective Lipton. Director James Wan proved he has what it takes to stay in the game and scribe Leigh Whannell’s script was stellar.
Dead Silence had some slow moments, but those moments worked for me. I never felt like someone was trying to force feed me content with whatever new editing style was popular on MTV, and the film didn’t play out like a giant advertising billboard. I’m thrilled that these filmmakers dared to thread new ground and I’m looking forward to their next effort.
The special features on this one were great!
There’s an alternate ending
(I liked the one used in the film better), an
which was interesting but again the one that made it in the film worked better for me.
Also the disc had a variety of featurettes like the slickly edited “The Making Of Dead Silence”
which explored the film's production with commentaries from cast and crew and
“Mary Shaw’s Secrets”
that addressed the film's villainess and the
actress behind it.
We also get “Evolution Of A Visual FX”, deleted scenes
(nothing too extraordinary), and Aiden's "We Sleep Forever" music video
Dead Silence is a very well done throwback to the haunted house stories of the 50’s. Gone are the quick cuts that inhabit most of today’s horror films and in their place are beautifully shot scenes that stand on their own. Fans of the duo’s first film Saw might be taken back by the style of this film but should give it a chance. Beautiful photography and a genuinely dark tone helped to create what I feel is a very strong horror film.