Movie Review: Dream House (2011)

Posted: April 15, 2012 in Drama
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Will Attenten (Daniel Craig) is a successful New York editor, tired of the rat race, ready to settle down in a nice rural house in Connecticut with his wife Libby (Rachel Weisz) and his two kids. Almost immediately, strange things start happening to Will and his family.  A bunch of kids break in and have a weird, cultish ceremony in their basement, and after catching one of the kids, Will learns that the house was owned by a man who killed his wife and kids, and survived the massacre.  Will goes to  Greenhaven Asylum to find the killer, Peter Ward, but instead finds a security camera video with his neighbor, Ann Patterson (Naomi Watts)  looking on as they lock up Peter Ward.  What does Ann know about the murders and the murderer?

This movie is very bad.  There is a plot twist in the middle of the movie that blows a giant hole in the middle of the plot and ruins the rest of the movie.  I’ve noticed a few horror movies that try to have the twist in the middle of the movie and it never works.  This twist made the movie laughable.  It was already to close to the Shining for comfort.  Editor goes to a secluded location with his wife and kids to write a book.  Sound familiar?  Well, it only goes downhill from there.  Despite a fine cast that includes Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Naomi Watts, this is a giant dung ball, which thankfully rolls to a stop after only 90 minutes.  This movie ceases to be horror in very short order, and turns into unintended comedy.   Watch at your own risk.

Dream House.  Foreclose on this movie.

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