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''Dead Silence'' is a 2007 horror movie from the makers of the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' movie series. It has less {{Gorn}}, but the chilling horror that this film provides covers the loss.

The movie tells the story of Jamie Ashen, who receives an anonymous package containing a [[DemonicDummy ventriloquist doll]] [[CreepyDoll named Billy]]. Shortly after, he goes to run a quick errand, leaving his wife alone in the house with the doll. When he returns, he finds his wife dead and mutilated with her [[TongueTrauma tongue torn out]]. [[PoliceAreUseless Police suspect Jamie as her murderer]]. When he journeys to his hometown of Raven's Fair (taking the doll with him) to bury his wife and to find some answers, they send [[BadCopIncompetentCop detective]] [[LawfulStupid Jim]] [[JerkAss Lipton]] to spy on him.

Jamie arrives to his home where he finds his aging father, Edward, has remarried to a [[GoldDigger young blonde]] named Ella. She reminds him of an [[IronicNurseryTune old poem]] that told about Mary Shaw, a murdered ventriloquist who seeks revenge, killing and ripping out the tongues of anyone who screams upon seeing her ghost. After getting more disturbing information and warnings, Jamie decides to bury the doll, hoping this will end his torture.

[[FromBadToWorse To say that things go downhill from there doesn't even begin to cover it...]]

'''Warning: Some unmarked spoilers below.'''

!!'''This film contains examples of:'''
* AbusiveParents: Jamie's father Edward is implied to have been both this and a DomesticAbuser in the past.
* AdultFear: Your spouse is killed while you're out running an errand. If that wasn't bad enough, all evidence points to ''you'' as the murderer. [[spoiler: Oh, and by the way, she was carrying your unborn child...]]
* AsideGlance: ''Billy'' does this quite a few times when no one's watching him.
* AssholeVictim: From the moment he was shown on the screen, we all knew that [[spoiler:Detective Jim Lipton]] will get what's coming to him before the end credits start rolling. [[spoiler:Edward Ashen]] could also be considered an example - [[spoiler:although we don't actually see what he was like prior to the events of the movie, it is heavily implied that he was a total dick to Jamie and his numerous wives.]]
* AxCrazy: Mary Shaw, [[spoiler: considering that she murdered a child for [[DisproportionateRetribution irritating her during a performance]]]], and it only gets worse after her death.
* BadassBoast: A child in the audience heckles her act by pointing out the movement of her lips, and an argument between her and Billy ensues on stage that would put the best ventriloquist to shame. After roaring applause from the crowd subsides, she glares at the boy and asks, [[OhCrap "Now... Who's the dummy?"]]
* BadCopIncompetentCop: Jim Lipton to the core. Lazy, stubborn and violent {{jerkass}}.
%%* TheBadGuyWins: Not terribly surprising considering this movie's predecessor is ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'', but nevertheless...
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Henry tells Jamie "If you go looking for answers, you just might find them."
* BerserkButton: "[[WhatAnIdiot I can see her lips moving!]]"
* BestServedCold: Mary waits ''decades'' to kill some of the people in her revenge scheme. [[spoiler:And seemingly waits until Jamie is grown with a pregnant wife before striking. And kills Henry after he's an old man after apparently leaving him alone for decades.]]
* BigNo: [[spoiler:This is what seal's Jamie's fate in the theatrical ending.]] Could be considered an example of DespairEventHorizon.
* BodyHorror:
** [[spoiler: The most unlucky victims of Mary Shaw end up as ventriloquist dolls themselves. Mary Shaw herself ''is partly one'' due to her last wish.]]
** [[spoiler: Look at Mary Shaw's tongue, it is made from dozens of other tongues stuck together, tongues of her victims.]]
* TheCameo: Another dummy, who is aptly named [[Franchise/{{Saw}} Billy]] can be seen among the others.
* CantTakeCriticism: [[spoiler: Mary Shaw ''turned Michael Ashen into a doll because he claimed to see her lips moving during her act.'' Never mind that she immediately won the crowd back afterwards.]]
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Mary Shaw's scrapbook.]]
* CloudCuckoolander: Marion. It's uncertain if she is insane or senile (or perhaps a bit of both).
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Marion was ''very'' justified in her fear of Mary Shaw.
%%* CruelTwistEnding: Good lord, is it ever.
%%* DeadAllAlong: Edward.
* DeadGuyPuppet: [[spoiler:Michael Ashen ends up as a marionette made from his own body. Edward is later revealed to have been turned into a ventriloquist dummy.]]
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler: It is revealed that Jamie's father, Edward, had always been a ventriloquist doll since the beginning of the film, and every time he spoke it was actually Ellen doing ventriloquism.]]
* DemonicDummy: Even though Billy is the doll shown throughout most of the film and he is also an example, the clown doll in the rocking chair is one of the most horrifying dolls in movie history...''ever''.
** It certainly doesn't help that it looks like Pennywise the Dancing Clown from ''Literature/{{It}}''. Nor does the fact that Mary Shaw decided to stick her [[BodyHorror ridiculously long tongue]] [[AccidentalInnuendo through it.]]
** [[spoiler: Edward is extremely creepy as a doll ''only from behind.'' This extends to the other two corpses made into dolls, as well.]]
* DemonicPossession: The film was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally going to have a different take]] on [[spoiler:Ella]] - the alternate ending and a deleted scene shows [[spoiler:Ella as a regular human woman, who, after losing her and Edward's unborn child after he pushed her down the stairs, was drawn to Mary Shaw's resting place and ended up becoming possessed by her.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted. [[spoiler:It isn't the ''fall'' that kills Lipton - just the fact that he can't help but scream on the way down.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** [[spoiler:Some young, bratty child heckles you during one of your ventriloquist shows? Kill him and turn him into a puppet!]]
** Mary Shaw's entire plan for revenge, really. [[spoiler: Violently murdering the people who killed you is bad enough, but ''dedicating your afterlife to eliminating their entire bloodline'' is just abominable.]]
%%* DownerEnding
* TheDragon: In a manner of speaking: Billy is the dummy we see the most in the film. Mary Shaw appears to have favored him in life, and most of the scares involve him somehow. Not surprising, considering how ''creepy'' he is; he's the one on the above poster.
* TheDreaded: The people of Raven's Fair fear Mary Shaw, even years after her death. They refuse to speak her name, and one of the reasons Lipton doesn't buy Jamie's story is because no one in the town appears to have heard of her. Jamie counters that the townspeople have--- they're just ''that afraid of her''.
* DummiedOut: The DVD reveals an alternate opening and the slightly modified TwistEnding that accompanied it. That's right, there was originally supposed to be another [[WhatCouldHaveBeen twist in the ending]].
* DyingTown: Raven's Fair is mostly going out of business when Jamie drives through it, and seems to have roughly six inhabitants, [[spoiler:half of whom end up dead, already dead, or probably dead by the end of the movie.]]
* EvilGenius: Mary Shaw made her own dummies that would require considerable skill in woodwork and artistic design, and a general understanding of human anatomy. [[spoiler: Turning people into dummies would also seem to require some knowledge in human biology.]]
* EvilLaugh: Mary Shaw gives one while talking through her MonsterClown dummy.
* EvilOldFolks: Mary Shaw, prior to becoming a ghost.
* EyeMotifs: Occurs throughout the movie, but the most obvious example: at the end of the opening montage of Mary Shaw hand-crafting Billy, the camera zooms into Billy's pupil, and ends on Jamie's eye viewed through a sink drain.
* FacialHorror: The faces of Mary Shaw's victims are frozen in tongueless, twisted, gruesome screams.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: During the burning down of the theatre, Mary Shaw materializes behind Michael Ashen's puppet/corpse, and pursues Jamie and Lipton. It doesn't seem like much at first, but later on we see that people she's turned into dummies/puppets ''also'' work as a SoulJar for her, just like her other dummies.]]
* GameFace: [[spoiler: During the climax, Mary Shaw attempts to materialize and attack Jamie and Lipton through her "children." The signs that she is about to do so are the dolls' faces morphing into her own.]]
* GenreBlindness: Lisa's downfall: She and Jamie receive a mysterious package containing a creepy dummy, which makes her remember an old ghost story she heard as a kid, and [[TooDumbToLive she decides to ''keep it''.]]
* GhostlyGoals: Mary Shaw wishes to "silence all those who silenced [her]."
* {{Gorn}}: Generally avoided, but the faces of Mary's victims and [[spoiler:Edward's hollowed-out corpse]] are definite examples.
* HarmfulToMinors: As a child, Henry [[spoiler:had to deal with the trauma of seeing Mary Shaw's corpse - and, to make matters worse, he saw it ''after'' the modifications had been made. She then ''gets up'' and starts walking towards him...]]
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Jamie has destroyed all of Mary's dolls apart from Billy. He tracks Billy down and throws him into the fire. Now all of Mary's dolls are destroyed, everything is going to be just fine- no, sorry, the dolls she made from corpses ''do'' count. And Edward is one of them. And Ella is the "perfect doll".]]
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: Raven's Fair.
* InfantImmortality: ''Very'' much averted.
* IronicNurseryTune:
** ''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. Or she'll cut your tongue out at the seam.''
** Mary also hums "Ring Around The Rosy" at various points.
* JumpScare: A whole bunch of 'em. Kind of justified, given that Mary Shaw needs you to scream before she can do anything.
%%* KillEmAll
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:How Jamie destroys Billy and rest of the dolls.]] Pay attention when [[spoiler: The dolls in the theatre are burned, and you'll hear the sound of ''children screaming''. After all, they ''were'' Mary Shaw's "children..."]]
* LawfulStupid: '''Lipton'''.
* LogoJoke: The Creator/{{Universal}} Studios logo at the beginning of the film uses the 1926 version.
* MayDecemberRomance: Edward and Ella. [[spoiler:It's not what it seems at first, though...]]
* MonsterClown: The doll Mary Shaw first talks directly to Jamie with. Combining Monster Clown and CreepyDoll into an ungodly horror.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [[spoiler:Considering the theme of the movie, you probably want to stay away from someone known as "the perfect doll".]]
* NothingIsScarier: As soon as everything goes deathly quiet, you know some serious shit is about to go down. Elsewhere, the film utilizes this for some of its scares; for example, it's implied later on that Marion was talking to Mary Shaw, who was speaking through Billy. All the audience (and Henry) hears is Marion mumbling in a corner, while looking at Billy.
%%* OfCorpseHesAlive: A rare non-comedic take on this trope.
* OminousMusicBoxTune: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hio1fHy_3HM The theme tune]].
* OnceMoreWithClarity: [[spoiler: When Jamie discovers that Edward is a corpse/dummy, he starts mentally reviewing all his previous interactions with Edward and Ella, realizing that Ella always had her hand behind Edward's back whenever the latter spoke, among other, smaller details. But an equally alarming revelation is when Jamie remembers the notes he found in Mary Shaw's scrapbook regarding her plans for the Perfect Doll. Specifically, the overleaf on the doll's full body schematics, showing the face Mary Shaw would have given it--- ''Ella's''.]]
* ParentWithNewParamour: While arguing with Ella, Jamie explains that his father has had his fair share of marriages.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: [[spoiler: Lisa's murder is what set up the plot by making Jamie return to Ravens fair.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: They just carry the dead body out of the apartment and declare that the husband is the murderer, [[WhatAnIdiot completely ignoring the lead clue]]. [[SarcasmMode Good job!]]
* PuppetPermutation: [[spoiler:Not only are Michael and Edward turned into dolls, the ending shows that Jamie, Lisa, Henry and Lipton have all been turned into them as well. Also, Mary Shaw's final wish was to have her corpse turned into a ventriloquist doll.]]
* QuieterThanSilence: One of the signs of Mary Shaw's appearance is all the normal everyday sounds slowing down, distorting, and finally fading out, leaving absolute silence behind. The only things that make any sound are the victims and her...
* RewatchBonus: A minor example. Lisa stuffing a pillow up her top at the beginning makes a lot more sense once you learn [[spoiler:she was pregnant when she died, and may have been simulating a baby bump.]]
%%* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Ella.
* ShoutOut: In the hidden room, one of the puppets is Billy from ''Franchise/{{Saw}}''. [[FreezeFrameBonus He can be seen lying on the floor]]. The main dummy in the film is also named Billy (and wears the same outfit as the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' Billy).
* SinsOfOurFathers: While the entire town of Raven's Fair has suffered the ill will of Mary Shaw enough to make an ominous poem about her, Edward's exposition suggests that Shaw has a particular distaste--or taste?--for the Ashen bloodline.
* SlasherSmile: Mary Shaw is a master of this. [[http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lj2sr9TdCW1qdtedmo1_400.jpg Sweet dreams]]!
* SoulJar: [[spoiler:Mary Shaw will stay undead until all of her 101 dolls are destroyed... plus the dolls she made from human corpses, as well as the "perfect doll".]]
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: As a ghost, Mary Shaw has eerie yellow eyes.
* TongueTrauma: Mary Shaw's prime method of killing is ripping out her victim's tongues... and then tying them to her own tongue to gain the victim's voice.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:After Henry warns Jamie of the dangers he can expect, and after recounting the story where he successfully evaded Mary's ghost by not screaming, he wanders off into a dark crawlspace -- apparently not noticing that it would be physically impossible for Marion to have teleported into it in the time he had his back turned -- and gets himself locked in, and then screaming when he sees Mary.]]
* TownWithADarkSecret: Raven's Fair lives in fear of Mary Shaw's ghost; it's gotten to the point that dummies are associated with death by the townspeople.
* TwistEnding: What did you expect? This movie was made by the directors of ''Franchise/{{Saw}}''.
* {{Ventriloquism}}
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Lisa and Jamie grew up together, as she mentions that they were both kids when they heard the Mary Shaw rhyme.
* WeaksauceWeakness: It's heavily implied (and outright stated in the deleted scenes) Mary Shaw can only kill you if you scream while she's around. Fortunately for her, there are absolutely no deaf nor mute people to be seen in the entire film. Or somebody who CANNOT scream despite not being deaf/mute.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"You were not the last Ashen. The last Ashen was inside her."]]
* WhamShot: Towards the end, after [[spoiler:destroying all of Mary Shaw's dolls]], Jamie returns to his father's home to find the latter sitting there in the darkness. [[spoiler:He walks up to him... only to discover that not only is he dead, but his entire corpse has been hollowed out and turned into a puppet.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: Marion is last seen crying over Henry's body. But considering that Mary Shaw later made Henry into a dummy, Marion might be in for a similar fate...]]
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Mary Shaw, as it turns out; even before it's confirmed that she did kill Michael, Henry's photos of her victims makes it clear that she didn't spare the children of the men who murdered her.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: Jamie's reason for trying to find the truth behind Mary Shaw. [[spoiler: Although the [[YouKilledMyFather normal trope]] ends up applying much, MUCH too late...]]
---> ''"Now... Who's the dummy?"''