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Dream House (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  30 September 2011 (USA)
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Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dee Dee (as Claire Astin Geare)
Chloe Patterson (as Rachel Fox)
Dr. Greeley
Dr. Medlin
Heather Keeler
Capt. Conklin
David Huband ...
Officer Nelson


Some say that all houses have memories. For one man, his home is the place he would kill to forget. A family unknowingly moves into a home where several grisly murders were committed...only to find themselves the killer's next target. Successful publisher Will Atenton (Craig) quit a job in New York City to relocate his wife, Libby (Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived. When Will investigates the tragedy, his only lead comes from Ann Paterson (Watts), a neighbor who was close to the family that died. As Will and Ann piece together the disturbing puzzle, they discover that the story of the last man to leave Will's dream house will be just as horrifying to the one who came next. Written by Universal Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Once upon a time, there were two little girls who lived in a house.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Detrás de las paredes  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,129,355 (USA) (30 September 2011)


$21,283,440 (USA) (11 November 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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At 43 minutes in when Will is with the Dr. He shows him Peter Wards hospital identification bracelets though Peter removed his own name the top right reveals the name W1-1L 8-10-10 meaning Will Atenton. See more »


(at around 14 mins) When Will leans the ladder against the house the rungs are facing backward, the rope pulley on the right hand side. In the following shot, from his POV looking at the footprints, the ladder has been flipped to the proper position. See more »


Chloe Patterson: Mom says you see them.
Will Atenton: Yeah.
Chloe Patterson: Could you tell them how much I miss them?
Will Atenton: Yeah.
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A bit confused but good after all
19 October 2011 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

This begins to look like the story of a successful publisher that decides to quit his job and retire to the house of his dreams to live there peacefully with his wife and children. But the story gets complicated while it develops itself and the dream house soon becomes a nightmare one after husband and wife know that terrible murders had taken place there five years before and strange events still related to it are still happening there and scaring them. But from then on the story loses itself in a lot of loose ends making it very confusing although most of them get tied up in the end in a somewhat fanciful outcome. After a certain time we understand that the story mixes up reality and imagination or even dream. The end of the movie may be considered an open ending, happy or unhappy according to the viewer's interpretation of the surprising final scene. The acting is good, the thrilling scenes are good enough and the plot confusion doesn't spoil the movie whole after all.

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