Dead Silence



         In the 6th Century B.C. it was believed that the spirits of the dead would

                 speak through the stomach region of the living.


After he receives a mysterious puppet in the mail, Jamie Ashen believes there is something strange about it. When he leaves his apartment to pick up his dinner, his wife, Lisa, sets up the puppet to scare him. However, with everything in the apartment going silent, she is attacked. As Jamie returns to the apartment, he hears Lisa calling out to him, but soon discovers her dead with her tongue ripped out of her mouth. Though Detective Jim Lipton suspects Jamie of the murder, he is allowed to leave with no evidence against him. Jamie returns to his apartment and discovers the puppet, named Billy, belonged to Mary Shaw from his home town of Ravens Fair.

Returning to the town for Lisa's funeral, he first confronts his estranged father about Mary Shaw. Although he doesn't get any answers, his father and new wife, Ella, remind him of the children's poem regarding Shaw and her penchant of cutting out her victims' tongues. After Lisa's funeral, Jamie wanders into an old cemetery where he finds Shaw's grave and those of her puppets. He is warned by the mortician's wife of the danger of Shaw's puppets, and realizes he should rebury Billy. He does so, only to find the puppet back with him the next morning, accompanied by Detective Lipton, still not convinced of Jamie's innocence. Stealing Billy from the detective, he brings the puppet to the mortician, Henry, who finally tells him the tale of Mary Shaw.

Shaw was a ventriloquist whose ambition was to make the perfect puppet. She was famous in the town and performed shows at the Guignol Theater. One night, however, a young boy named Michael Ashen heckled her, claiming that he could see Mary's lips moving. Mary quickly rebuffed this by having herself and Billy talk at the same time, wowing the entire audience. Micheal went missing shortly thereafter, and though his body was never found, Shaw was blamed, hunted down, and killed by the vengeful Ashen clan, who cut her tongue out in the process. With her last wishes to have her body turned into a ventriloquist puppet in death and to be buried with her 101 puppets, Henry, a young boy at the time, saw her corpse in his father's mortuary, though he had covered his mouth to keep from screaming.

Deciding to investigate the theater, Jamie finds Shaw's dressing room. There he discovers an old book of her's with her plans to make the perfect puppet. Unbeknownst to him, though, her ghost stalks him throughout the theater. Confronting his father later, Jamie is told that Michael was his great-uncle. Convinced that Shaw had murdered him, his family and others were the ones to kill her. Soon after her death, however, Ashen family members would be found dead with their tongues ripped out of their mouths and posed in a macabre family picture. With this pattern continuing with children and grandchildren Jamie was sent from the town to try to stop the curse. When the detective arrives to the house with news that all of Shaw's puppets had been exhumed and were missing, Jamie receives a phone call from Henry, who, unknown to Jamie, had already been killed by Billy, calling him back to the theater.

With the detective following close behind, Jamie returns to the theater and Shaw's living quarters. Discovering a cleverly hidden back room that Jamie didn't investigate the first time, they find the body of Michael Ashen, strung like a marionette and 99 of Shaw's puppets placed in cases upon the wall. With most of the noises going quiet, the puppets suddenly begin to look to their left. Finding a clown-like Dummy, Cornelius, rocking in a chair, he begins to speak to them, who reveals the gruesome truth of why Jamie's wife was targeted; she was pregnant with the last member of the Ashen line. They realize that the puppets are alive, and begin to destroy them. Setting the room on fire, they run trying to escape. When the catwalk along which they are running collapses, Detective Lipton involuntarily screams and is killed in mid-fall by Shaw. Jamie, however, is sent plunging into the water below the theater and escapes.

Jamie realizes that Billy is the only remaining puppet, and that the only way to rid the town of Shaw is to destroy him. He goes to the mortician with whom he had left Billy, only to discover that the mortician was dead, his tongue ripped out. After his wife, Marion, tells Jamie that Jamie's father took the doll (which seems impossible since he is an invalid), he returns to his father's house to destroy Billy. As he arrives, Mary Shaw reappears, but is forced to retreat when Jamie throws Billy into the fireplace. As she is forced back into the shadows, Jamie finds his wheelchair-bound father sitting, staring blankly into space. As he approaches him, Jamie is horrified to find that his father is dead, his entire back removed, hollowed out and replaced with a wooden shaft used in ventriloquist dummies. As Jamie realizes that his young stepmother was always at his father's side, she suddenly appears next to him. He realizes that Ella is the perfect puppet that Shaw strove to make, and had been using the elder Ashen's corpse as a puppet to lure Jamie. Ella heckles Jamie and lightning flashes in the sky briefly showing the ghostly Mary Shaw behind her disguise, finally killing Jamie as he screams. Mary Shaw shows her puppet book with pictures of Jamie, Detective Lipton, Edward, Lisa, Michael and Henry as dolls. Jamie recites the poem in his head and when he is done, Mary Shaw closes the book to end the movie.








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Directed by James Wan
Produced by Mark Burg
Gregg Hoffman
Oren Koules
Written by Leigh Whannell
Starring Ryan Kwanten
Donnie Wahlberg
Amber Valletta
Bob Gunton
Michael Fairman
Judith Roberts
Music by Charlie Clouser
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) March 16th, 2007
Running time 91 mins.
Language English
Budget $20 million