Halloween Horror Nights Orlando attraction
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Dead Silence: The Curse of Mary Shaw
Attraction type Haunted House
Event Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage
Park Universal Studios Florida

Production Central

Year 2007
Housed on Soundstage 22
Based on Dead Silence (2007)

Dead Silence: The Curse of Mary Shaw was one of the eight haunted houses that were featured during Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage. Based on the Universal horror film Dead Silence, the house featured various scenes from the film. It was located in Soundstage 22.

History and Location[edit | edit source]

In 2007, Universal made a deal with New Line Cinema to bring three of their most famous horror movie monsters to their Halloween Horror Nights event. Along with these three monsters, Universal also got the rights to feature a haunted house based on New Line Cinema's most recent horror movie, Dead Silence. The house would be directly based on scenes from the movie and would be named Dead Silence: The Curse of Mary Shaw.

The house would be located in Soundstage 22, one of the smaller soundstage facilities designed to be used as filming locations for movies and television shows.

Description[edit | edit source]

The vengeful ghost of the ventriloquist searches a decrepit theatre for fresh tongues to rip out.

The tortured ghost of the demented ventriloquist searches a decrepit theatre for fresh victims. But when you see her, do not scream, or she'll rip your tongue out at the seam.

Website[edit | edit source]

On the Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage website, guests could click on the attraction page for this haunted house. There, Jack would occasionally pop up where the description of the house should be. After clicking on an entry ticket, guests would be taken to the backstory page for the house.

On the backstory page, guests would see a desk with a large mirror on it and multiple photos and newspaper clips scattered around. Clicking on the clock would slow the sound down to a stop. After sitting in silence for a few seconds, a screaming Mary Shaw would appear on the screen and transport guests to the same desk. The desk was a little different, as the lights were now turned on. Visitors could now click on three photos on the mirror to see some of Mary Shaw's victims, and a newspaper discussing the finding of the corpse of Mary Shaw.

On the Carnival page, guests could click on a Theater tent to see a group of building blocks with letters on them. Guests were tasked to enter the correct combination of letters to form a word at the bottom of the screen. If they entered the correct combination, they would be rewarded with a preview video of the house. A clue was featured in Jack's bus in the form of a picture of a boy. The answer to the puzzle was the boy's name, which was Michael. Visitors could also see Raven's Fair, Ontario circled on a map in Jack's Bus.

Website Pictures[edit | edit source]

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Website Videos[edit | edit source]

Website Audio[edit | edit source]

Music that played on the description page:

Audio that played occasionally on the description page when Jack popped up:

Audio that played occasionally on the description page when Jack popped up:

Audio that played on the backstory page before clicking on the clock:

Audio that played on the backstory page after clicking on the clock:

Music that played on the backstory page after the clock was clicked on: Dead Silence Theme (0:00-0:20)

Audio that played when the photos or newspaper was clicked on:

Audio that played on the Carnival page:

Audio that played when the correct answer was entered on the Carnival Page:

Experience[edit | edit source]

Queue and Facade[edit | edit source]

Guests would enter the queue of the house to the left of The Boneyard, right in front of Soundstage 18. The queue would make its way to the right, towards Soundstage 22 which was where the house was located.

Guests would be immediately hit with a blast of cold air as they entered Raven's Fair Cemetery. Detective Lipton is on the other side of a wrought iron fence with a flashlight and shovel, asking if the guests knew about Mary Shaw.

Haunted House[edit | edit source]

From there they would enter the Walker Funeral Home. Mary Shaw's coffin is on the ground, her corpse spilled out on the ground. The smell of formaldehyde was strong. Suddenly, Mary Shaw bursts from behind a curtain, chasing guests into an attic. Several of Mary's victims, their tongues ripped out and jaws broken, burst from the shadows, gurgling and murmuring cries for help.

Guests then moved on to the Guignol Theater, passing by endless rows of Mary Shaw's dolls that turned their heads to stare at guests. The next hallway used mirrors to make it appear that guests were on a catwalk high above the stage. Mary Shaw stood below, hands raised in an angry posture. Suddenly, the catwalk begins to shake and shudder, and guests ran into the next room, which is Jamie's home. Jamie's father sat still in his wheelchair, apparently dead, before he suddenly stomps his feet on the ground as people pass by. Guests passed by a mirror, Mary's face occasionally flashing in it.

Guests would go down a short hallway of portraits that, through holograms, transformed to reveal the victims dead by Mary Shaw's hand. One of the portraits was a fake, and the person in the portrait would lean out and grab at the guests.

The next hallway was long, with portraits along the right wall and windows with blowing curtains on the left. Mary Shaw glided past the window, leering at guests. They would then enter the theatre again, with Mary Shaw hiding in the shadows of the rafters.

The next room in the theatre had a massive red curtain above the doorway. Every so often the sound of a jack-in-the-box would play, and a clown puppet would burst out with the sound of a clown nose honking.

After one final hallway of sheer curtains, guests would enter the final room: Mary Shaw's dressing room. Mary appeared to be standing at the other end of the room. As she began to lunge at the guests, they would find her directly next to them, holding Billy and screaming, as they were looking at her reflection in a mirror. A clown puppet would jump down from above for one final scare.

Scareactors[edit | edit source]

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The same song (the main titles of the film) played throughout the entire house. Every 5 minutes or so, the sound would be heard slowing down until it disappeared. After several moments of total silence, lightning would flash and every scareactor would simultaneously attack the guests.
  • Most of the Mary Shaw scareactors were males.
  • According to this, a Raven was perched on top of a bust in this house. This was a reference to Edgar Allen Poe's poem, The Raven.
  • The Storyteller and Cindy Caine appeared on paintings in this house.
  • A bust previously seen from The Skool in 2005 could be seen on a desk in this house.
  • A statue from Screamhouse: The Resurrection appeared in this house.
  • Also, there was a plaque on the wall of the morgue that was an actual prop from the movie Casper.
Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage
Characters: Jack the Clown (Event Icon)  • Freddy Krueger  • Jason Voorhees  • Leatherface (Sub Icons)  • Chance  • Mary Shaw  • The Inmates of Shadybrook Asylum
Haunted Houses: A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dreamwalkers  • Dead Silence: The Curse of Mary Shaw  • Friday the 13th: Camp Blood  • Jack's Funhouse in Clown-O-Vision  • Psychoscareapy: Home for the Holidays  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Flesh Wounds  • The Thing: Assimilation  • Vampyr: Blood Bath
Scarezone: Midway of the Bizarre
Unofficial Scarezones: Troupe Macabre  • Motormaniacs  • Treaks and Foons  • Chainsaw Drill Team  • Killer Carnies
Shows: Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure  • Freak Show   • Jack's Carnival of Carnage   • The Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute
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