Dead Silence begins with a spring-break spree and ends with a chain reaction of duplicity. Three inebriated college girls, driving along a lonely road, strike and kill a pedestrian. Rather than ruin their futures, the girls cover up their crime, vowing one another to silence. But months later, the body is discovered, and the ladies find that one among them is planning to incriminate the others. Originally networkcast as a Fox Night at the Movies, Dead Silence is distinguished by its second-generation star lineup: Martin Sheen’s daughter Renee Estevez and Robert Mitchum’s granddaughter Carrie play two of the coeds. The third is played by Lisanne Falk, who isn’t related to Peter.
I don’t normally watch movies about evil dolls, so I don’t know how “Dead Silence” compares to other movies in this genre. I can say, however, that “Dead Silence” is one of the least entertaining movies that I have seen this year. The plot revolves around a small town with a creepy history – a ventriloquist named Mary Shaw, whose evil spirit is still lurking in the dolls that she collected. Her spirit torments the townspeople, several of whom fall victim to the legend that if you scream when you see Mary Shaw, she will rip out your tongue. Needless to say, there are several scenes of open-mouthed victims with bloody chins and no tongues. But, if that’s not enough to make you avoid this movie, the plot is extremely dull, the acting cheesy, and the setting is obviously computer generated, and looks totally fake. This is not an extremely gory movie, but there is enough disturbing material to prevent “Dead Silence” from receiving the Dove seal. Also, there is one usage of Biblical profanity in the movie, and this too prevents it from being approved.