Boston native Bryan Cubin, a film student at the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, won a sweepstakes by entering through ComingSoon.net for a chance to host the premiere of Universal Pictures’ new supernatural thriller Dead Silence. The sweepstakes received more than 16,000 entrants through 18 sites. The Boston premiere (see photos below) on Thursday, March 15, was attended by director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, along with more than 100 guests invited by Cubin.
A surprised Cubin said, “Who knew I had 100 friends that were so close? But when word got out that the writer and director behind ‘Saw’ would be coming to Boston for the premiere of their new movie, people started coming out of the woodwork…”
In Dead Silence, newlyweds Jamie (Ryan Kwanten) and Lisa Ashen have established a new life for themselves far from their hometown of Ravens Fair–a sleepy, near-forgotten blip on the map haunted by late-night whispers and ghost stories from generations past. But when his wife is gruesomely murdered, Jamie reluctantly returns to Ravens Fair for the funeral, intent on unraveling the mystery surrounding her death.
Once back under his family’s roof, reunited with his ill father (Bob Gunton) and his father’s new young bride (Amber Valletta), Jamie begins to explore the creepy town and encounters the legend of Mary Shaw, a famous murdered ventriloquist whose presence still casts a pall over Ravens Fair. Himself the lead suspect in his wife’s murder, Jamie is forced to dig deep into the town’s bloody past for answers, where he soon uncovers the truth behind the curse that ended Lisa’s life…and threatens to take his as well.