I never watch horror flicks in movie theaters because I am quite frankly too much of a scaredy cat. I always end up closing my eyes a whole lot so that I feel like asking for a ticket refund afterwards having seen about only half of the movie. So don’t be surprised that when doing reviews of horror flicks I usually review old ones after seeing them in HBO or on DVD after running out of things to watch.
Anyway I just saw Dead Silence this week though it came out 2 years ago. The verdict? It was really scary but since I’m not a horror connoiseur I wouldn’t trust my judgement. The movie is about a guy who goes back to his hometown after he receives a dummy in his doorsteps and his wife is killed a few minutes later. I never really cared for dummies just their mere appearance scares the hell out of me, and though I have great respect for ventriloquists I wonder why they don’t just use cute puppets like Terry Tator (winner of America’s Got Talent) does instead of those awful dummies. The story goes on with Jamie Ashen (played by Ryan Kwanten) doing his best to find out why his wife died and to find the truth behind the Mary Shaw poem his mother told him when he was a child. During the entire time he’s trailed by Detective Lipton (played by Donnie Wahlberg) who believes that he has something to do about his wife’s death. The story is pretty straight forward except until the end where…(SPOILER ALERT DON’T READ FURTHER IF YOUR DON’T WANT TO KNOW HOW IT ENDS)…he finds out that his dad has been dead all along and is being controlled by the perfect female puppet that’s possessed by Mary Shaw. Scary!
All in all it was pretty entertaining though be sure to watch it with someone if you scare as easily as I do.