6.0/10
46,738
137 user 174 critic

Dream House (2011)

Trailer
2:33 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
2,856 ( 239)
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Awakening I (2011)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.

Director: Nick Murphy
Stars: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.

Director: Iain Softley
Stars: Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant
Case 39 (2009)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A social worker fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is more dangerous than she ever expected.

Director: Christian Alvart
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Ian McShane, Jodelle Ferland
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

After moving with her mother to a small town, a teenager finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. Things get more complicated when she befriends a boy who was the only survivor of the accident.

Director: Mark Tonderai
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot
The Pact II (2012)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother's death and the disappearance of her sister, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home.

Director: Nicholas McCarthy
Stars: Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Mark Steger
Gothika (2003)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Stars: Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr.
Dark Water (2005)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.

Director: Walter Salles
Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ariel Gade, John C. Reilly
The Possession I (2012)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

Director: Ole Bornedal
Stars: Natasha Calis, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
The Invasion I (2007)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

As a Washington psychiatrist unearths the origin of an alien epidemic, she also discovers her son might be the only way it can be stopped.

Directors: Oliver Hirschbiegel, James McTeigue
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam
6 Souls (2010)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A female forensic psychiatrist discovers that all of one of her patient's multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what's happening before her time is finished.

Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
Stars: Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMunn
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Director: James Watkins
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds
The Uninvited (2009)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Anna Ivers returns home to her sister Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother. Her dismay quickly turns to horror when she is visited by ghastly visions of her dead mother.

Directors: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard
Stars: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

30 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Detrás de las paredes  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jim Sheridan initially filed a request with the Director's Guild of America to have his name removed from the credits due to the film being taken away and re-cut by Morgan Creek. See more »

Goofs

Will is walking in town and looks into the café as a man and a woman - the woman is wearing red boots - walk towards him. He goes in, talks to the police officers and leaves a few moments later. When he does, the same couple are walking towards him again in the same direction. See more »

Quotes

Will Atenton: How did she die, Ann ? Tell me how she died.
Ann Patterson: Libby loved you. She'd want you to let her go. You have to let her go now, Peter.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: La Ninfa de MELANCOLÍA (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Für Elise
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

The shame is not in the copycat techniques but rather in the failure to exploit the stolen ideas to the fullest extent.
30 September 2011 | by (www.GoneWithTheTwins.com) – See all my reviews

Dream House had plenty of potential with its story, despite the fact that it's completely derivative of two other movies. Revealing those films would spoil the surprise, as they are both popular and well-received by audiences and critics alike. The shame is not in the copycat techniques but rather in the failure to exploit the stolen ideas to the fullest extent. Dream House fuses the plots cleverly, but fizzles when the first big reveal can be guessed 45 minutes in (if not sooner) – and is then purposely betrayed at the one hour mark so that audiences can ponder and digest the not-so-shocking revelation.

Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) has finally decided to quit his job as an editor at GPH Publishers to spend more time with his wife Libby (Rachel Weisz) and kids (Taylor and Claire Geare) and to start writing a book. He moves to a large house in rural Fairfield County, which holds a dark history. In his new home, undisclosed by his realtor, a father brutally murdered his wife and kids. Will eventually learns that the unhinged man, Peter Ward, spent five years in a psychiatric ward and was then released – to a halfway house nearby.

Will's children aren't too fond of the considerable dwelling, especially when they see a mysterious man watching them through the window. Fresh footprints in the snow support their sighting, and Will is repeatedly awoken by bumps in the night. The neighbor across from him, Ann Patterson (Naomi Watts), knows something of Ward's incarceration, but refuses to divulge information. Everyone in the town seems rather tight-lipped about the deadly incident, and Will takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of it. When someone continues to harass his family by stalking the house, he visits Ward's institution to uncover some startling evidence.

An accomplished, celebrated cast of characters gives Dream House a higher quality (than its B-movie origins) and greater promise. Some will say they're wasted on this script, but it's not as dismal as that. Unfortunately, it's the kind of storyline that needs polishing, a few more solid thrills, and smarter twists – or at least more intelligent psychological zigzags. The serene music compliments the sense of foreboding that steadily creeps into the picture, along with the savvy use of mirrors, reflections, general mise en scene, and shuddersome environment (namely the hallway and basement). Most of it is gimmicky but effective. But as with any mystery, the solution is the most crucial aspect – it's the one element that proves most memorable and determines whether or not the film will be recognized as unique. If a whodunit concedes a letdown, even its high points are unlikely to be forgiven.

  • The Massie Twins (GoneWithTheTwins.com)



58 of 100 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
is it really THAT bad? Gernot007
Tried to see this yesterday - found a dead guy in the theater instead. Kanadka
Well, I really liked it. fdellostritto
This whole trailer twist nonsense middnites
Nobody Recognized Him?! cokechick
SHOCKED! That those actors signed up for this movie. CatchingFire92
Discuss Dream House (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?