DEAD SILENCE

Ghost 100, People Zero

Content -4
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Release Date: March 16, 2007

Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Donnie Wahlberg, Amber Valleta, Bob Gunton, Laura Regan, Judith Roberts, Michael Fairman, and Joan Heney

Genre: Horror

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Address Comments To:

Jeff Zucker, President/CEO
NBC Universal Entertainment (A division of General Electric)
Ron Meyer, President/COO, Universal Studios
Marc Shmuger, Chairman
David Linde, Co-Chairman
Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608-1085
Phone: (818) 777-1000
Web Page: www.universalstudios.com

Content:

(OOO, B, LL, VVV, S, A, D, M) Very strong occult worldview where ghost out for revenge can possess dolls and humans and be victorious, with no Christian or biblical spiritual beliefs that can protect or save humans, but some light moral elements where man tries to stop ghost that killed his wife; six mostly light obscenities, one strong profanity, three light profanities, and man seems to mouth the “f” word but it is not heard or completed; strong and scary violence with blood, with some very strong violent images involving dead corpses, includes ghost attacks people and cuts out their tongues, bloody images of victims with mouths mutilated, ghost stalks people by possessing dolls and ventriloquist dummies, man shoots dolls with shotgun, man sets fire to 100 dolls, possessed dummy drags woman across floor to finally kill her, and people fall, sometimes from great heights; no sex scenes but a couple light sexual suggestions; no nudity; no alcohol use depicted but man does have two beers in his hand at home; brief smoking; and, themes of revenge.

Summary:

In DEAD SILENCE, a ghost story, a young widower tries to fight the evil ghost ravaging his hometown. DEAD SILENCE tries for a more old-fashioned horror story, but it laces its story with some violent bloody images, brief foul language and an abhorrent occult worldview.

Review:

DEAD SILENCE is not quite as gruesome and foul as some other R-rated horror movies, or as poorly made, but it has an abhorrent occult worldview where ghosts of dead people can manipulate the physical world and kill people.

Jamie Ashen’s young wife, Lisa, is found murdered after they receive a mysterious ventriloquist dummy from Jamie’s hometown of Ravens Fair. The audience knows that the dummy killed Lisa, but Jamie doesn’t. Jamie returns to Ravens Fair to investigate the ventriloquist behind the dummy, Mary Shaw, who was found murdered herself many years before. Following him is a no-nonsense detective who suspects Jamie. It turns out that the ghost of Mary Shaw can possess the dummy and is out to avenge her death against Jamie’s family and the other residents of Ravens Fair. Can Jamie stop the ghost’s rampage and save himself?

DEAD SILENCE tries for a more old-fashioned horror story, but it laces its story with some violent bloody images and brief foul language. What makes the movie truly abhorrent, however, is its occult worldview wherein evil ghosts can possess objects and people. Worse, there is no way to stop the evil ghost. Thus, the hero is not able to employ any effective means to survive. Consequently, the story merely becomes a pointless exercise to see how the ghost will make the hero her final victim.

In Brief:

In DEAD SILENCE, a ghost story, Jamie Ashen’s young wife, Lisa, is found murdered after they receive a mysterious ventriloquist dummy from Jamie’s hometown of Ravens Fair. The audience knows that the dummy killed Lisa, but Jamie doesn’t. Jamie returns to Ravens Fair to investigate the ventriloquist behind the dummy, Mary Shaw, who was found murdered herself many years before. Following him is a no-nonsense detective who suspects Jamie. It turns out that the ghost of Mary Shaw can possess the dummy and is out to avenge her death against Jamie’s family and the other residents of Ravens Fair. Can Jamie stop the ghost’s rampage and save himself?

DEAD SILENCE tries for a more old-fashioned horror story, but it laces its story with some violent bloody images and brief foul language. What makes the movie truly abhorrent is its occult worldview wherein evil ghosts can possess objects and people. Worse, there is no way to stop the evil ghost. Thus, the hero is not able to employ any effective means to survive. Consequently, the story merely becomes a pointless exercise to see how the ghost will make the hero her final victim.