5.5/10
76,119
663 user 175 critic

Dreamcatcher (2003)

Trailer
2:27 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they're vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
1,960 ( 62)
4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Mist (2007)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A freak storm unleashes a species of blood-thirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.

Director: Frank Darabont
Stars: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
Splice (2009)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Genetic engineers Clive Nicoli and Elsa Kast hope to achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of different animals to create new hybrid animals for medical use.

Director: Vincenzo Natali
Stars: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac
The Faculty (1998)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris
Species (1995)
Action | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, Ben Kingsley
Pet Sematary (1989)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.

Director: Mary Lambert
Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne
Cujo (1983)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Cujo, a friendly St. Bernard, contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town.

Director: Lewis Teague
Stars: Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Danny Pintauro
Ghost Ship (2002)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A salvage crew that discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea soon notices, as they prepare to tow it back to land, that strange things happen.

Director: Steve Beck
Stars: Julianna Margulies, Gabriel Byrne, Ron Eldard
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the bait as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson
Sleepwalkers (1992)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A mother-and-son team of strange supernatural creatures move to a small town to seek out a young virgin to feed on.

Director: Mick Garris
Stars: Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige
Hollow Man (2000)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Scientists discover how to make people invisible, but their test subject becomes an insane killer who stalks them.

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family. All including his house, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts!

Director: Steve Beck
Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth, Embeth Davidtz
Thinner (1996)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An obese lawyer is cursed by a gypsy to lose weight...and lose weight...and lose weight...

Director: Tom Holland
Stars: Joe Mantegna, Robert John Burke, Lucinda Jenney
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Mikey Holekamp ...
...
...
...
Andrew Robb ...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Four childhood friends, Jonesy, Beaver, Pete and Henry all share a special secret. Each year, they take a trip into Maine woods. This year is different. A blizzard occurs, and they recover a man found wandering around. Unbeknownst to them,this wandering individual isn't the only being to be found. Now they must act fast to stop the outbreak developing and to prevent the world from its doom Written by simon

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

friend | alien | woods | maine | military | See All (347) »

Taglines:

Catch The Nightmare. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, gore and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cazador de sueños  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,027,423 (USA) (21 March 2003)

Gross:

$33,685,268 (USA) (16 May 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Stephen King sold the movie rights for $1. See more »

Goofs

After Jonesy gives the guy he helped into the cabin something to eat, Beaver comes in and holds up an item towards Jonesy. Jonesy says, "Thanks a lot Pete". See more »

Quotes

[Beaver is eating peanut butter from the jar with his fingers]
Gary 'Jonesy' Jones: What are you doing?
Joe 'Beaver' Clarendon: What? Peanut butter calms me down.
Gary 'Jonesy' Jones: Somebody else might want to use that jar.
Joe 'Beaver' Clarendon: I'll leave some.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow logos are covered in snow, while the Castle Rock Entertainment lighthouse beams its light across a lake covered in snow. See more »

Connections

References Ghoulies (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Always in My Heart
Written by Barbara L. Jordan & William Peterkin
Performed by Tony Carbone
Courtesy of Heavy Hitters
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Nice looking, but hollow
18 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first third of Dreamcatcher is worth the time. Four childhood friends make their annual trip to a hunting cabin, weird things happen, and, before you know it, you're smack-dab in the world of Stephen King, at his most darkly comical and gaily grotesque. It's flatulent, bloody fun on the page, and Goldman had no problem translating this hideous orgy of gas and guts from novel to screenplay form. As the screenplay proceeds, it strays from the book to the point where the film becomes a Hollywood embarrassment of epic proportions.

The Dreamcatcher novel also fell apart in its second half, but what kept you reading the book was the mind games going on in the lead character, Jonesy's (Damian Lewis) head. Jonesy's brain and body has been taken hostage by an alien named, Mr. Gray. In the novel, Jonesy notices Gray becoming tempted by the trappings of humanity, and uses that to his advantage. It's fun to watch the alien craving various human indulgences, more and more, with each passing minute. This aspect of the novel is completely removed from the film, leaving us with nothing more than Damian Lewis, playing both Jonesy and Mr. Gray, making silly faces, and putting on goofy accents, as he goes between the two characters.

The second act of the film, one taking place in a concentration camp for American citizens whom may or may not be contaminated with an alien virus, is nothing more than a shadow of what is shown in the book. Even the shoddiest of cliffnote "authors" would be embarrassed to condense a novel down to this elementary a form.

In the book, the head of the camp, Colonel Abraham Kurtz, played in the film by Morgan Freeman, was a nasty man, so over the edge that he was frightening, from his first appearance to his last. In the movie, we're made aware of the fact that he has lost it, but almost exclusively through exposition, rather than action. Seeing these innocent civilians locked up like animals was disturbing in the novel, and would make for an extremely tense mid-section of this movie, if this movie dared to have any tension.

In King's Dreamcatcher, the people locked in the camps join together, with help from the telepathic Dr. Henry Devlin, in the film played by Thomas Jane, and start a massive uprising against the guards. At the same time, Devlin is working on Colonel Kurtz's more conscientious subordinates, both through words, and the power that he, along with Jonesy, Beaver and Pete, was given by a mysterious fifth friend, Duddits. In the movie, the uprising never occurs, and it feels as though each of the concentration camp scenes were put into the film to pad it out, while giving a plum role to Morgan Freeman.

I won't give away the finale to either the novel or the film, but I will say that everything good about the finish of the book form of Dreamcatcher, is noticeably missing from the film version. Instead of an emotionally moving climax, we get a sloppy CGI-fest that reminded me a bit of Godzilla VS. King Kong, or maybe even Species 2. Although I found myself squirming over the laziness displayed during the majority of the second half of the picture, I was still undecided as to whether or not I would recommend it. The lousy last few minutes of film made up my mind.

This is the first movie I can think of that I can only recommend in patches. Drink a couple of gallons of water before you attend the picture, and run to the bathroom to let it out, whenever things start getting stupid.

If you're a fan of horror, you will enjoy the first hour of the film. The bathroom sequence is a near-masterpiece, and, for that alone, Lawrence Kasdan should be commended. Kasdan also handles the flashback scenes, featuring the four main characters as children, adequately enough to get my thumb working its way toward the "up" direction. Finally, during those few times Kasdan does take us into Jonesy's brain, he does so in an incredibly interesting, oftentimes humorous, manner.

When Jonesy leaves the relative safety of the locked room he has nuzzled deep within his cerebrum, only to find the evil that is hiding behind boxes of stored memories inside his mind's warehouse, it genuinely gave me chills. More scary moments like this, placed throughout the film, and Kasdan may have had his first instant classic in a long while.

There was a lot of money and time put into Dreamcatcher, and it shows on the screen. Steve Johnson's work on the puppet versions of the "s***weasels" is extremely effective, and shows, once again, that anything CG can do, human hands can do better. The CG isn't the best I've seen, but it's significantly less cartoony than either of the last two Star Wars prequels, and does the job nicely, even though I would have enjoyed the effects far more, if CG wasn't a part of them. The cinematography by John Seale (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Witness) is gorgeous, but not noteworthy enough to make the Director of Photography the star of the film, like Caleb Deschanel's work did for him in the recent semi-stinker, The Hunted.

What we end up with is a nice looking film that feels hollow.


136 of 195 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Another example of low ratings because of book readers wjwoe
Only film I've ever walked out of. alikat112
Which are the best King adaptations? electric-warrior
Who else thinks Freeman was wrong for the part? BlueNoodle79
Alternative titles for this movie? northeastrocker
Homo erotic themes perhaps? evan_harvey
Discuss Dreamcatcher (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page