There's nothing scarier than a horror movie starring big-name actors, because more often than not they completely miss the mark. Dream House is no exception, with Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz delivering some major star power, but the production itself giving nothing back to the poor bastards who paid money to watch this less-than-dreamy movie.
To be fair, Dream House isn't a horror movie. It's a psychological thriller, but was marketed as a quasi-horror movie in the trailers. It doesn't matter. The big twist was literally revealed in the trailers for some reason, perhaps in attempt to thwart the inevitable eye-rolling when it is revealed that Will (Daniel Craig) learns that not only is the wife and child he sees and interacts with on a daily basis are long dead, but that he is the one accused of killing them.
Movies where the protagonist is allegedly revealed to be the killer rarely work, and Dream House stays true to the trend. When the big twist was shown in the previews, my first reaction was "what the hell", followed by a less-than-optimistic thought that perhaps Dream House had many other twists to offer. It doesn't, unfortunately, which leaves those poor bastards mentioned in the first paragraph to watch a movie with an insane protagonist, a dead Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts with absolutely nothing to do and a cringe-inducing climax that attempts to salvage whatever is left over.
At first it's hard to understand why Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz would work together on a project such as this, one that has a lot of risk but not much reward, until you look at the director: Jim Sheridan.
I want to know what material is being used to blackmail such a great director into doing a movie like Dream House.
Dream House has some great names attached, but even Sheridan can't salvage this forgettable disaster. It should also be noted that writer David Loucka's next project is 2012's House at the End of the Street, which looks even worse than Dream House. Now that's scary.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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