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Dreamcatcher (2003)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  21 March 2003 (USA)
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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.



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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

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Four friends hung a dreamcatcher in their cabin. It's about to catch something it cannot stop. See more »

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

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Release Date:

21 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cazador de sueños  »

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Box Office


$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$33,685,268 (USA) (16 May 2003)

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An early deleted scene showed the boys with Josie, the girl with intellectual disabilities who they later rescue from the sewer drain. See more »


As Henry leaves the general store just before the snowstorm, a crew member standing on a ladder is reflected in the driver's side window of Henry's truck. See more »


Dr. Henry Devlin: Where are you, Jonsey? Pick up the phone. Call 1-800-HENRY.
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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 »


Blue Bayou
Written by Joe Melson & Roy Orbison
Performed by Roy Orbison
Courtesy of Orbison Records, Inc.
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This is a failure, but a truly magnificent one!
14 June 2003 | by (Middle Of Nowhere, World) – See all my reviews

As Stephen King fans should probably know, there are a lot of things in Stephen Kings books that make sense only where they are - that is, in Stephen King books. Translating them to film is usually a bad idea, as many filmmakers who had adapted King's books before probably figured out. But along comes Lawrence Kasdan, a talented and acclaimed veteran director, who, with the aid of a no less acclaimed screenwriter William Goldman, decides while writing a script for Dreamcathcer that it would be better to bring along all the trademark King's weird goings-on - and voila! We have a movie filled with telepathy, butt-ripping aliens, crazy military types keen on killing everyone, telephone-guns, indian symbols and even a lot of CGI thrown in for a good measure. Of course, it all fails - but oh how gloriously! I'll go as far as to state that Dreamcatcher is absolutely the best unintentional B-movie trashfest in years! It was totally amusing that such a bunch of undoubtedly talented people (Morgan Freeman, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, besides aforementioned Kasdan & Goldman) were able to make this film without a single smirk - while the material is pure trash'n'cheese. That was the whole beauty of it, for me, at least - the level of money, work and talent that went into creating this film. I would like to personally thank all the people involved with Dreamcathcer - they made my year! Thank you, Lawrence Kasdan! Thank you, William Goldman! Thank you, Morgan Freeman

  • your eyebrows rocked! And most of all, thank you, Jason Lee - the bathroom

scene involving Beaver and an alien worm under the toilet lid is pure classic!

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