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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:
Taylor Geare ...
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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The second film Rachel McAdams dropped out of starring Daniel Craig. She previously opted out of Casino Royale. See more »


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 »


Dr. Medlin: Alright, now I want to show you something I showed you earlier. From five years ago.
[plays back CCTV recording showing a violent, crazed man turning to face the camera]
Will Atenton: [shocked pause] That's not... Peter Ward. That's... that's me.
Dr. Medlin: You lived in this institution for five years, Peter.
Will Atenton: No. Um... that's, that's ridiculous. I... I'm not Peter Ward. I'm Will Atenton.
Dr. Medlin: That's the name you gave yourself. W1-1L becomes Will. The numbers 8-10-10 become Atenton. Will Atenton.
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Ward. Peter Ward.
5 October 2011 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The horror/thriller idealist in me just never gives up. With three legit movie stars and a director who is responsible for one of my favorite movies, I thought this might just be the genre's rare gem. Instead, it's watchable, kinda fun, and mostly predictable.

Much of the predictability comes from the trailer, which inexplicably spoils the key twist in the film. Because of the trailer, I actually expected an additional twist to contradict the give-away. Instead, it plays out pretty much as expected, saved only by the efforts of Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz (now married in real life). Word is that the producer of the film, wrestled control away from director Jim Sheridan (In America, My Left Foot) and edited the film into it's mostly banal finished state. Such a shame.

Basic story is that a NYC white collar professional quits his job and moves his wife and two girls to their dream house in a quaint little community. Problem is, no one told them that a few years back a mom and her two daughters were murdered, supposedly by the husband who then spent years in a mental institution. With the help of a neighbor (Naomi Watts), Craig starts assembling the pieces of the murder mystery and his new home. On top of that, Elias Koteas is tracking his every move and watching the house.

The frustration with this one lies in untapped potential. So much more could have been done with Koteas, Watts and Marton Csokas who plays Watts' intense ex-husband. For two days after watching this movie, I kept coming up with new twists and turns that could have made the movie more suspenseful and entertaining. It's clear that Craig and Weisz are unhappy with the final product as they have been noticeably absent on the talk show circuit.

It's not the worst suspense thriller you'll ever see, but there are better haunted house films on the market.

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