Arguably mis-sold as a horror it’s a solid thriller but avoid watching the trailer as it gives the game away.
A family unknowingly moves into a home where several grisly murders were committed… And the killer may still be at loose.
The snowy setting from the city to the suburbs gives the film a crisp eerie quality. Director Jim Sheridan’s Dream House is lovely looking film. What appears to be a run of the mill mystery becomes an intriguing story and somewhat unpredictable drama.
Rachel Weisz’s odd American accent aside the cast are on top form with Daniel Craig pulling out all the stops. David Loucka’s screenplay takes an unexpected if somewhat unorthodox turn which is probably the films main strength. That said, the closing is messy as it tries wrap everything up quick and in a Scooby-Doo like fashion. It’s a shame as it spoils much of what came before.
The stellar cast make it work for the most part and while it contains elements of other psychological films it briefly treads some original ground.
Worth watching if only for Craig’s performance.