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Dead Silence

Promotional poster
Directed by James Wan
Produced by Mark Burg
Oren Koules
Gregg Hoffman
Written by Leigh Whannell
Starring Ryan Kwanten
Donnie Wahlberg
Judith Roberts
Music by Charlie Clouser
Cinematography John R. Leonetti
Editing by Michael Knue
Studio Twisted Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) March 16th, 2007
Running time Rated cut
91 min.
Unrated cut
94 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $22,217,407

Dead Silence (originally titled Shhhh... and Silence, with alternate title suggestions such as The Doll and Mary Shaw[1]) is a 2007 horror film, directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell, the creators of Saw. The film stars Ryan Kwanten as the main protagonist, Jamie Ashen, Donnie Wahlberg as Detective Jim Lipton and Judith Roberts as Mary Shaw.[2]

Contents

Plot

After he receives a mysterious puppet (Billy) in the mail, Jamie Ashen believes there is something strange about it. When he leaves his apartment to pick up dinner, his wife, Lisa, sets up the puppet to scare him. However, after everything around her is silenced, she is attacked. As Jamie returns to the apartment, he hears Lisa calling out to him, but soon discovers her death with her tongue ripped out of her mouth. Though Detective Jim Lipton suspects Jamie of the murder, he is allowed to leave as there is no evidence against him. Jamie returns to his apartment and discovers that Billy belonged to Mary Shaw, from his hometown 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 his newer and younger 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 Marion, the senile wife of the mortician, Henry, of the danger of Shaw's puppets and realizes he should rebury Billy. He does so, only to find the puppet in his room the next morning, accompanied by Detective Lipton, still not convinced of Jamie's innocence (if anything, his suspicion of Jamie murdering his wife strengthens, believing the puppet to be evidence). Jamie tells him about the poem, but Detective Lipton is skeptical. Stealing Billy from the detective, he brings him to Henry, who finally tells him about of Mary Shaw.

Shaw was a famous ventriloquist who performed shows at the Guignol Theater whose ambition was to make the perfect puppet. One night, a young boy named Michael Ashen heckled her, claiming that he could see Mary's lips moving. Mary quickly rebuffed this by presenting herself and Billy talking at the same time, and impressed the entire audience. Michael went missing shortly after. While his body was never found, she was blamed. The Ashen clan murdered her by cutting her tongue out. Her final wish was to turn her body into a ventriloquist puppet in death and to be buried with her 101 puppets. Henry, another young boy at that time, saw her corpse in his father's mortuary. He survived because he covered his mouth to keep from screaming and Mary can only kill her victims when they scream.

Jamie investigates the theater and finds Shaw's dressing room. He discovers an old book of hers with plans to make the perfect puppet. Unbeknownst to him, her ghost is stalking him throughout the theater. Jamie confronts his father and learns that Michael was his great-uncle and his family were certain that Shaw murdered him, so his family and the others killed her. Soon after her death, the Ashen family members were dead with their tongues ripped out and posed in macabre family pictures. This pattern continued with children and grandchildren, so Jamie was sent to boarding school to try to stop the curse. The detective informs Jamie at his hotel that all of Shaw's puppets had been exhumed and are missing. Then, Jamie receives a phone call from Henry. 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 locate the first time, they found the body of Michael Ashen, strung like a marionette and 100 of Shaw's puppets were placed in cases on the wall. Suddenly, the sound ceased and the puppets began to look to their left at a clown-like dummy rocking in a chair. It begins to reveal to Jamie with reveals the gruesome truth of why Lisa was targeted; "She was pregnant with the last member of the Ashen line." They realize that Mary Shaw can materialize through one of her puppets and begin to destroy them. After setting the room on fire, they run from the theater. When the catwalk in which they are running, collapses. Detective Lipton screams and is killed in mid-fall by Shaw. Jamie, however, continues to climb upward on the collapsed catwalk, only to be greeted by Mary Shaw when he reaches the top. As he falls, he screams but covers his mouth, which means that this does not count as screaming in Shaw's world. He falls through the floor of the theater and survives as he lands in the lake on which the theater was built. Grabbing the fallen flashlight, he makes his escape.

Jamie realized that Billy is the only remaining puppet, and that the only way to get rid of the town of Shaw is to destroy him. He goes to the Henry with whom he had left Billy, only to discover that he is dead with his tongue ripped out. After his wife, Marion, tells Jamie that his father took the doll, he returns to his father's house to destroy Billy. When 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 father sitting in his wheelchair, staring blankly into space. As he approaches him, Jamie is horrified that his father is dead with his entire back 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 has 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. Jamie screams, and Mary Shaw was finally capable of killing him. The movie ends with the poem of Mary Shaw being recited as she is looking through a scrap book with the pictures of her recent victims turned into dolls. The end credits roll.

Cast

Box office

Dead Silence did not perform as well as projected at the box office. Despite mixed reviews and a wide release, it has only made around $16.5M domestically as of April 16, 2007 (according to Box Office Mojo). It was pulled from most theaters just 16 days after release. Its estimated production budget was $20M. As of April 1, 2009, it has made $22,217,407 worldwide.[3] Tentative plans for a sequel were abandoned.

Release

It was released nationwide on March 16, 2007, and was released R-rated and Unrated on DVD and Unrated on HD DVD on June 26, 2007.

Alternate footage

  • Many alternate scenes were released on the unrated DVD, depicting Mary Shaw with a long, slimy tongue, made of numerous tongues from her victims. In the scenes, she uses her tongue to frighten her victims, making it slither from her mouth (and lick Jamie's cheek in one scene). Along with the tongues of her victims, Mary acquires their voice as well.
  • In an alternate ending, Ella simply knocks Jamie out after he discovers his father was a puppet all along. Then, she explains that the original Ella was a human being with Edward as an abusive husband. Edward knocked her down the stairs, and killed her unborn child. Ella dug up the grave where the puppet Billy was buried, and became possessed by Mary Shaw. Afterward, Ella makes a family photograph, and then, dressed as Mary Shaw, tells a bedtime story to a child by candlelight, later revealed to be Jamie with his tongue ripped out (or would have been had they added the visual effect planned). This story is the poem. Ella also reveals that only silence can save you from Mary Shaw. Then she blows out the candle, ending the movie.

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Dead Silence
File:Dead Silence Movie Poster by
Official Poster
Directed by James Wan
Produced by Mark Burg
Oren Koules
Gregg Hoffman
Written by Leigh Whannell
Starring Ryan Kwanten
Donnie Wahlberg
Judith Roberts
Music by Charlie Clouser
Cinematography John R. Leonetti
Editing by Michael Knue
Studio Twisted Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) March 16th, 2007
Running time Rated cut
91 min.
Unrated cut
94 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20,000,000
(estimated)
Gross revenue $22,217,407[1]
(Worldwide)
$16,914,687[2]
(DVD Sales)
$39,132,094
(Total gross)

Dead Silence (originally titled Shhhh... and Silence, with alternate title suggestions such as The Doll and Mary Shaw[3]) is a 2007 horror film, directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell, the creators of Saw. The film stars Ryan Kwanten as the main protagonist, Jamie Ashen, Donnie Wahlberg as Detective Jim Lipton and Judith Roberts as Mary Shaw.[4]

Contents

Plot

Jamie Ashen and his wife Lisa receive a mysterious ventriloquist doll in the mail, 'Billy', in an unmarked package with no return address. Jamie and Lisa ponder who would have sent the doll. Lisa then remembers a poem she knew when she was younger, about a woman named Mary Shaw: Beware the stare of Mary Shaw, She has no children, only dolls. If you see her in your dreams, Be sure you never, ever scream. Jamie disregards this and leaves to get dinner. Jamie returns to discover Lisa is dead with her tongue ripped out, and Billy is lying on the floor near her body. Detective Jim Lipton suspects Jamie of the murder, but there is no evidence against him. Jamie returns to his apartment and discovers that Billy belonged to Mary Shaw, a ventriloquist from his hometown of Ravens Fair.

Returning to the town for Lisa's funeral, he first confronts his estranged father about Mary Shaw. Jamie's father has suffered a stroke and is now wheel-chair bound, and he has a new wife, Ella, who takes care of him. His father and Ella remind him of the children's poem regarding Shaw and her penchant of cutting out her victims' tongues. "Beware the stare of Mary Shaw, she had no children - only dolls; and if you see her in your dreams, be sure you never, ever scream." Jamie leaves his fathers home, warning Ella that his father is a monster. After Lisa's funeral, Jamie wanders into an old cemetery where he finds Shaw's grave and those of her puppets. Marion, the senile wife of the mortician, warns him of the danger of Shaw's puppets, and he realizes he should rebury Billy[The puppet]. He does so, only to find the puppet in his room later in the night, accompanied by Lipton, still not convinced of Jamie's innocence. Jamie tells him about the poem, but Lipton is skeptical. The next morning Jamie steals Billy from the detective, and he brings him to the mortician, Henry, who finally tells him about Mary Shaw.

Shaw was a famous ventriloquist whose ambition was to make the perfect puppet. One night at a performance, a young boy heckled her, claiming that he could see Mary's lips moving. Mary quickly rebuffed this by presenting herself and Billy talking at the same time, and impressed the entire audience. Michael went missing shortly after. While his body was never found, Shaw was blamed, and the Ashen clan murdered her by cutting her tongue out. Her final wish was to turn her body into a ventriloquist's puppet and to be buried with her 101 puppets. Henry, at a very young age, wandered into his fathers mortuary and accidentally knocked the coffin over. Shaw's body came to life and she began approaching Henry. He survived because he covered his mouth to keep from screaming; Mary can only kill her victims when they scream. Henry's father then burst into the room, and discovered Henry cowering in the corner and Shaw's body on the floor. [[File:|300px|thumb|left|Mary Shaw's 100 puppets. Note the Billy puppet from Saw at the bottom.]] Jamie investigates the theater and finds Shaw's dressing room. He discovers an old book with plans to make the perfect puppet. Jamie confronts his father later in the night and learns that the missing boy was his great-uncle. His father tells him that the boys family murdered Shaw by forcing her to scream and then ripped out her tongue. The men involved where then killed off one by one, found with their tongues ripped out. Their wives, children, and children's children all suffered the same fate. His father then tells him Shaw will come back for himself and Jamie as well. Lipton then arrives and tells Jamie that Shaw's grave has been exhumed and that all of her puppets are missing. Jamie then receives a phone call from Henry, telling him to go to the theater. With the detective following close behind, Jamie returns to the theater and Shaw's living quarters. Discovering a hidden back room that Jamie didn't locate the first time, they find the body of Michael Ashen, strung up like a marionette, and 100 of Shaw's puppets placed in cases on the wall. Mary Shaw did kill the little boy. Suddenly, one of the dolls begins talking to them. The doll, possessed by Shaw, tells them she wants to silence those who silenced her, and that she killed Lisa because she was pregnant.

Shaw herself appears behind the doll but Lipton shoots the doll and she disappears. She then begins materializing via the other dolls. After setting the room on fire, they run from the theater with Shaw's ghost chasing them. When the catwalk in which they are running collapses, Shaw kills Lipton in mid-fall after he screams. Jamie, however, continues to climb upward on the collapsed catwalk, only to be greeted by Mary Shaw when he reaches the top. He falls through the floor of the theater and lands in the lake on which the theater was built. Grabbing the fallen flashlight, he makes his escape. The theater burns down, destroying all of Shaw's dolls and puts an end to her reign of terror.

After he drives away, Jamie realizes that Billy is the only remaining puppet, and that the only way to get rid of Shaw is to destroy him. He goes to Henry, with who he had left Billy, only to discover that he is dead with his tongue ripped out. After his wife tells Jamie that his father took the doll, he returns to his father's house to destroy Billy. When 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 father sitting in his wheelchair, staring blankly into space. As he approaches him, Jamie is horrified as he discovers his father is dead with his entire back hollowed out and replaced with a wooden shaft used in ventriloquist dummies. Jamie realizes his father had been wearing the same suit the entire time, and Ella had been at his side the entire time with her hand behind his back. He realizes that Ella is the perfect puppet that Shaw strove to make and has been using the elder Ashen's corpse as a puppet to lure Jamie. Ella heckles Jamie and reveals herself as the ghostly Mary Shaw in disguise. Jamie screams and Mary Shaw takes his tongue, killing him. The movie ends with the poem being recited as Shaw is looking through a scrap book with the pictures of her recent victims turned into dolls.

Cast

Box office

Dead Silence did not perform as well as projected at the box office. Despite mixed reviews and a wide release, it has only made around $16.5M domestically as of April 16, 2007 (according to Box Office Mojo). It was pulled from most theaters just 16 days after release. Its estimated production budget was $20M. As of April 1, 2009, it has made $22,217,407 worldwide.[5] Tentative plans for a sequel were abandoned.

Release

It was released nationwide on March 16, 2007, and was released R-rated and Unrated on DVD and Unrated on HD DVD on June 26, 2007.

Soundtrack

Lakeshore Records released the soundtrack of Dead Silence on the 20th March, 2007. The CD contains 31 tracks, the first track being the song "We Sleep Forever" performed by American rock band Aiden. The rest of the CD is taken up by the movie's score composed and performed by Charlie Clouser who has worked on many film scores such as the Saw series, Resident Evil: Extinction

"Dead Silence (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" Track Listing:

Soundtrack

Dead Silence Soundtrack
Soundtrack by Charlie Clouser, Aiden
Released March 16, 2007
Recorded March 16, 2007
Genre Score, Horror Punk, Gothic Rock
Length 51:19
Label Lakeshore Records
Producer Charlie Clouser, Aiden
Charlie Clouser, Aiden chronology

Saw III (2006) 'Dead Silence' Saw IV (2007)
Singles from Rain in Hell, Dead Silence
  1. "We Sleep Forever"
    Released: March 2007
  1. Main Titles [2:56]
  2. Sheet [1:08]
  3. Blood [1:41]
  4. Apartment [1:28]
  5. Raven's Fair [0:59]
  6. Dad's House [0:47]
  7. Ella [1:29]
  8. My Son [1:03]
  9. What Poem? [1:31]
  10. Caskets [1:57]
  11. Motel Hearse [1:22]
  12. It Can't Be [1:40]
  13. Funeral [0:49]
  14. Billy [2:42]
  15. Perplexed [1:25]
  16. Steal Billy [0:50]
  17. Lips Moving [1:57]
  18. Coffin [2:16]
  19. Photos [1:36]
  20. Map Drive [0:49]
  21. Guignol [1:57]
  22. He Talked [3:06]
  23. It's Soup [2:09]
  24. Full Tank [1:49]
  25. Doll Wall [1:37]
  26. All the Dolls [1:07]
  27. One Left [0:27]
  28. Mary Shaw [0:31]
  29. Dummy [1:05]
  30. Family Album [0:37]

Alternate footage

  • Many alternate scenes were released on the unrated DVD, depicting Mary Shaw with a long, slimy tongue, made of numerous tongues from her victims. In the scenes, she uses her tongue to frighten her victims, making it slither from her mouth (and lick Jamie's cheek in one scene). Along with the tongues of her victims, Mary acquires their voice as well.
  • In an alternate ending, Ella simply knocks Jamie out after he discovers his father was a puppet all along. Then, she explains that the original Ella was a human being with Edward as an abusive husband. Edward knocked her down the stairs, and killed her unborn child. Ella dug up the grave where the puppet Billy was buried, and became possessed by Mary Shaw. Afterward, Ella makes a family photograph, and then, dressed as Mary Shaw, tells a bedtime story to a child by candlelight, later revealed to be Jamie with his tongue ripped out (or would have been had they added the visual effect planned). This story is the poem. Ella also reveals that only silence can save you from Mary Shaw. Then she blows out the candle, ending the movie.
  • The Billy puppet, from the Saw movie franchise, makes a brief cameo in the film. It can be seen sitting on the floor as Jamie starts to walk towards the clown doll.

References

External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Dead Silence (originally titled Shhhh... and Silence, with alternate title suggestions such as The Doll and Mary Shaw) is a 2007 horror film directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell.

Ella: Now....whos the dummy!


Det. Lipton: [to Jaime, after Jaime pushes him down] Jaime! You don't want to make me chase you! Det. Lipton: [after Jaime drives away, heads to his car] I don't even have a full tank of gas!

Det. Lipton: [walks up to Jamie] Can you help me with a missing persons case? I’m looking for a male. [points to Jamies Head] Det. Lipton: Bout this tall. Sometimes seen with a hand up his ass.

Jamie: I promised to make you dinner right? Lisa: Yeah. Jamie: Well, I'm making you a gourmet dinner. Jamie: Trust me. It'll be worth the wait. Lisa: Surrender. Hmm. Surrender to the wonders of take-out. Jamie: Oh. I knew this was coming.








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