Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dead Silence (2007)

Director: James Wan

Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman, Joan Heney, Bob Gunton, Laura Regan, Dmitry Chepovetsky

More info: IMDb

Tagline: You scream. You die.

Plot: After receiving a weird package with the doll named Billy, Jamie's wife is murdered and he believes Mary Shaw and Billy are behind it. Destined to find out the truth, Jamie goes to the town of Raven's Fair where the ventriloquist Mary Shaw used to perform and is buried. But Jamie is in for more than he expected.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Do you want to play a game?  I half expected the dummy to say that at some point because you can easily tell this is by the same guy who did SAW (2004).  That means you get the same slick style of color-tinted horror that franchise delivered - it looks like it and sounds like it (same composer, too - I dig his style, btw).  If you dig that sort of thing then this will be better than average, if not and you're like me, it's OK at best.  It drags, there are jump scares and the ending is laughably bad.  The movie moves pretty slowly until the final few minutes when suddenly everything moves super quick and we get the fast edit, pounding music reveal of the big surprise with a quick succession of events that tell us the whole story in under a minute...just like in the SAW movies.  I laughed.  I couldn't help it.  It was ridiculously tacked on in an effort to justify the last 90 minutes.

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