Trailer Tuesday: Dead Silence

Enough. I give in. After months of being tormented by a bloody creepy Flash ad on assorted movie sites (you'll probably see it here), here's the trailer for Dead Silence, the new horror movie from the writers and director of Saw.

Plot synopsis:
There is an old ghost story in the sleepy town of Ravens Fair about Mary Shaw, a ventriloquist who went mad. Accused of the murder of a young boy, she was hunted down by vengeful townspeople who cut out her tongue and killed her. They buried her along with her "children," a hand-made collection of vaudeville dolls.

Since that time, Ravens Fair has been plagued by death. The ghastly dolls from Mary Shaw's collection have gone missing from the grave and reappeared over the decades. In the dead of night--wherever they are glimpsed--families are found gruesomely murdered...with their tongues torn out.

Far from the pall of their hometown, newlyweds Jamie (Ryan Kwanten) and Lisa Ashen thought they had established a fresh start. But when his wife is grotesquely killed, Jamie reluctantly returns to Ravens Fair for the funeral, intent on unraveling the mystery of her death.

OK, so the storyline actually sounds pretty similar to that of Darkness Falls, the tooth fairy horror flick of a few years back. But, surprisingly, Dead Silence actually looks pretty creepy for what could easily be B-grade schlock. The film also seems to return scares to the "evil doll" horror sub-genre that was so prevalent in the late 1980s-early 1990s... but turned to bloody comedy with the last 2 Chucky movies. If anyone can bring disturbing savagery back into the genre, it's the team behind the original Saw.

Dead Silence opens in the US this Friday.


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