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Parents' Guide to

Dead Silence

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

A Nightmare on Dummy St. from Saw creators.

Movie R 2007 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 14+

Left Me In Dead Silence!

This Movie Is About A Childhood "Urban Legend" Of Mary Shaw, If You Scream When You See Here She'll Cut Your Tongue Out. After His Wife Is Found Dead In Their Apartment, Jamie Becomes A Prime Suspect. But As He Begins To Uncover The Truth Of Mary Shaw, He Becomes Suspicious Of The Ventriloquist Dummy Left At Their Door. This Movie Doesn't Have Much Graphic Nature, Besides The Scenes Of Characters With Their Tongues Ripped Out. Nothing Profane. Lots Of Jump Scares, Good Storyline For Teens And Tweens. I Would Recommend!
age 10+

Great horror flick

I think dead silence is a great horror film. It had intense jump scares and scary elements all through the movie and it had a good plot twist at the end.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (28 ):

The filmmakers behind the grisly hit Saw and its sequels also made DEAD SILENCE; even with intense scenes of hideous corpses, the violence isn't as nasty as Saw's sadistic torture. Expect gruesome makeup effects and digital hauntings in an otherwise old-school chiller, complete with smoke-machine fog and cobwebs that look like they came straight from a magic shop. Even the Universal Pictures logo at the beginning of this is the black-and-white antique one, not the modern version.

If your teens are already watching and loving horror movies, Dead Silence is probably OK for them. The big question is whether horror-hardened youth will forgive a fairly predictable "trick" ending. Not to mention a ghost who's an obvious takeoff on the more interesting dream-haunting demon Freddy Krueger. Some of the scary stuff is just fleeting glimpses of Mary's ghost, reflected in a mirror or in deep shadow. Dead Silence actually gets less frightening when the filmmakers apply the fancy CGI special-effects or reveal Mary Shaw in full. It's far more ominous just to show the dummy's staring eyes or grinning face suddenly turned in a different position than the last shot.

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