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DEAD SILENCE (2007) Graphic Review

  • By John Robert
  • 16 Mar, 2007


Every decision and subsequent action have corresponding consequences. It is the ancient idea of “you reap what you sow” In this film death was the action and death was the consequence. “They that live by the sword will die by the sword.”

And more. What this film points to is the uncomfortable and haunting reality that consequences may be reaped by others, and even by future generations. What is Global Warming, for example? Why do Sunnis and Shiites continue in age old bloody disputes? What does the Iraq War mean for America’s future generation? The dead do speak and they can return violent ways. It’s called Dead Silence!

From the team responsible for the international sleeper hit "Saw"--writer/actor Leigh Whannell, writer/director James Wan and producers Gregg Hoffman, Mark Burg and Oren Koules--comes the supernatural thriller "Dead Silence." Newlyweds Jamie (Kwanten) and Lisa Ashen have established a new life for themselves far from their hometown of Ravens Fair--a sleepy, near-forgotten blip on the map haunted by late-night whispers and ghost stories from generations past. But when his wife is gruesomely murdered, Jamie reluctantly returns to Ravens Fair for the funeral, intent on unraveling the mystery surrounding her death. Once back under his family's roof, reunited with his ill father (Gunton) and his father's new young bride (Valletta), Jamie begins to explore the creepy town and encounters the legend of Mary Shaw, a famous murdered ventriloquist whose presence still casts a pall over Ravens Fair. Himself the lead suspect in his wife's murder, Jamie is forced to dig deep into the town's bloody past for answers, where he soon uncovers the truth behind the curse that ended Lisa's life...and threatens to take his as well "Dead Silence" is written by Leigh Whannell & James Wan and directed by James Wan. It stars Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg and Bob Gunton and is produced by Gregg Hoffman, Mark Burg and Oren Koules.

Release date: March 16, 2007
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: James Wan
MPAA Rating: R (for horror violence and images)
Screenwriters: Leigh Whannell, James Wan
Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Bob Gunton
Genre: thriller

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