Today marks an even dozen days on our delving into deadly cinematic diatribes, and today’s feature is the 2007 creepy mystery thriller Dead Silence. After Jamie Ashen’s (Ryan Kwanten) wife is murdered, her returns to his hometown of Ravens Fair. There he discovers the grisly legend of Mary Shaw (Judith Roberts): “Beware the stare of Mary Shaw. ?She had no children, only dolls. If you see her in your dreams, be sure you never, ever scream or she’ll rip your tongue out at the seam.” As Jamie delves into the mystery, pursued by a detective (Donnie Wahlberg), bodies begin to pile up and a creepy doll makes its appearance. 8/10 stars
Dead Silence benefits from having a terrific horror film pedigree, as its written by Leigh Whannel and directed by James Wan, both who brought us the Saw franchise. The mystery is moved along nicely, with Kwanten (True Blood) making for a likeable protagonist. Wahlberg’s (Blue Bloods) Detective Lipton provides much of the film’s humor, and the grisly make-up effects are used effectively, making Mary Shaw a memorable horror film villain. Plus the movie boasts the creepiest ventriloquist dummy since the 1978 film Magic. Well worth checking out, if you haven’t seen it already. Available on Blu-ray/DVD.