In speaking of underrated films, one that is on top of the list is Dead Silence. This was one of James Wan’s first films, once again collaborating with Leigh Whanell. This was their attempt to show they can produce something other than the torture porn of Saw, and I say they were successful.
The plot involves a man who receives a mysterious package, and when he opens it up, it contains a ventriloquist doll named Billy. While he is out, said doll brutally murders his wife, so he returns to his hometown to unravel the mystery as to why he received the doll and what it has to do with the legend of Mary Shaw.
First off, the sound design of this movie. I can’t even describe the level of dread when something supernatural is about the happen, and all of a sudden, the sounds are slowly being turned off so you are hearing nothing at all. There is that moment of complete silence, then bam, the scaryness unfolds. For example, there is a scene in a hotel that instead of describing to you, I am just going to include a clip of it so you can experience it for yourself:
Talk about goosebumps.
There are plenty of scares throughout the film, and of course, it does lead to a twist in the end. You have to understand this movie came right after Saw, so you will have to forgive the jumpy twisting camera angles during the final reveal. I can say, I am not the biggest fan of the ending, but it works I suppose.
But yeah, if you haven’t seen Dead Silence by now, you absolutely need to. This film is underappreciated, and needs to be given more credit as it shows what the director’s are capable of. It has a great atmosphere, and if you really want to set up the ambiance, I dare you to try watching this with the lights off.
Till next time, stay scared!!
-Tha Thrilla –