Dream House is a relatively familiar horror story. A man moves his family to an idyllic ‘dream house’ only to discover that it is the site of a few grisly murders.
Don’t you hate how that always happens? It’s his own fault though. The first thing you check anytime you move somewhere new, or stay in a hotel, or buy a car, or take a bath in a new tub, is whether or not a murder has taken place there.
Anyways, Daniel Craig is playing Will Atenton, a publisher who moves his family from the big city to enjoy a quiet life. After moving in, the family discovers that a woman and her children were murdered there, and the killer has not been apprehended, though the whole town thinks that the woman’s husband, who survived, must have killed them. As the family unravels the whole of the murderous history, they find that it may not be safe for them in the house, as the killer may have them in his sights.
Jim Sheridan is directing Dream House, which one site I visited said is an adaptation of Ken Baker’s memoir “Man Made: A Memoir,” but when I read a description of the book, I can’t believe that is true, since the book is about a man with a tumor who has too much estrogen and his nipples leak milk. It doesn’t seem to have anything to do with a killer, so unless I missed the point, and it turns out he goes on a killing streak, I’m thinking that’s false information. Still, it makes the killer, or the victim more interesting, if it’s a dude who has terrible sexual experiences because he can barely get wood and has leaky nipples.
No rating yet, but it should be R.
Movie Release Date
September 30, 2011.
Who’s In It?
Daniel Craig … Will Atenton
Rachel Weisz … Libby Atenton
Naomi Watts … Ann Patterson
Marton Csokas … Jack Patterson
Claire Geare … Dee Dee
Taylor Geare … Trish
Rachel G. Fox … Chloe Patterson
Mark Wilson … Dennis Conklin
Jonathan Potts … Tony Ferguson
Lynne Griffin … Sadie
The Amityville Horror, Poltergeist, Every other damn film you’ve ever seen where a grisly murder took place, and then a family moves in.
What’s Good About It?
I’d like to think the writer and director will look back on all the films like Dream House that have come before and take the best parts and make the best version possible, sort of like Shutter Island.
What’s Bad About It?
Tired concept, this is going to have good acting, but a boring script.
Our Clever Prediction
The main thing Dream House has going for it is that the film has Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, and Rachel Weisz, and I don’t see any of them taking a film like Dream House unless there’s something special about it, but then, perhaps they’re all just making a collective decision to make a shit movie.