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Dream House (2011)

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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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Jim Sheridan

Writer:

David Loucka
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Craig ... Will Atenton
Naomi Watts ... Ann Patterson
Rachel Weisz ... Libby
Elias Koteas ... Boyce
Marton Csokas ... Jack Patterson
Taylor Geare ... Trish
Claire Geare Claire Geare ... Dee Dee (as Claire Astin Geare)
Rachel G. Fox ... Chloe Patterson (as Rachel Fox)
Jane Alexander ... Dr. Greeley
Brian Murray ... Dr. Medlin
Bernadette Quigley ... Heather Keeler
Sarah Gadon ... Cindi
Gregory Smith ... Artie
Mark Wilson ... Capt. Conklin
David Huband ... Officer Nelson
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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 scene of the murder 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 neighbour 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

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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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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dream House See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,129,355, 2 October 2011

Gross USA:

$21,302,340

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,502,340
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the shooting of this film, Daniel Craig (Will Atenton) and Rachel Weisz (Libby) met and started an affair, in which their relationship was publicly announced several months later. They married in a discreet ceremony. When asked about the movie, Craig said, "The movie didn't turn out great. But I met my wife. Fair trade." See more »

Goofs

Chapter 8 time 0:32:43. When Will comes up the stairs his wife is Spackling the hallway wall that is reverse to the master bathroom wall. Wills Point of View does not match the floor plan in the previous chapter. As Will comes up the stairs the reflection in the mirror reveals a door that is not in the floor plan in Chapter 7. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

You're Still With Me
Written by Rachael Lawrence and Deborah Ellen
Performed by Mavis Campbell
Courtesy of PerfecTune Productions
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Thriller movie with horror elements and a lot of twists , being decently directed by Jim Sheridan
20 November 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Some say that all homes have memories and once upon a time , there were two little girls who lived in a house . For one man, his home is the place he would kill to forget . The plot is simple and ordinary : a family unknowingly moves into a home where several grisly murders were committed only to find themselves the killer's next target and then things get worse . As soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home , a family learns of a cruel crime committed against former residents of the dwelling . As the hard-working publisher Will (Daniel Craig) quit a job in New York City to relocate his wife , Libby (Rachel Weisz), and two girls (Taylor Geare and Claire Geare, who act on-screen sisters, are real-life sisters) to a a weird mansion . But as they settle into their new life , they discover their perfect home was the scene of the murder of a mother and her children . And the entire city believes it was at the brutal hands of the husband who survived . After that , Will discovers strange happenings and his only lead comes from Ann Paterson (Naomi Watts) , a neighbour mistreated by his husband (Marton Csokas) who was close to the family that died . As Will and Ann find out that the story of the last man to leave Will's dream house will be just as terrifying to the one who came next . Later on , Will uncovers dark secrets about the former residents that will affect his existence in his dream house . And awful events ensue when they are mercilessly pursued by a strange stalker .

Mystery thriller with terror elements , plenty of twists , turns and a suspenseful finale , dealing with a happy family who moves a quaint New England town , a seemingly idyllic new home , but they learn of a heinous crime committed against former inhabitants of the dwelling . The picture contains thriller , tension , suspense , unlimited excitement and plenty of plot twists . Hitchcock style psychological mystery , resulting to be surprisingly good and compellingly made , though has some flaws , being PG-13 rating for violence , terror , some sexuality, and brief strong language . The eerie as well entertaining premise about the strange home is overspread across the movie adding some brief conventional pitfalls . Exciting and ghostly writing credits written by David Loucka and Jim Sheridan himself . However , Production Company Morgan Creek took out the film of Sheridan's hands to re-cut it themselves ; after that , Sheridan re-filmed some scenes because they did not go down well with test audiences . That's why it had commercially a failure because Morgan Creek released it with advertisements that suggested it was a terror movie more than a thriller . Main cast is frankly decent . Daniel Craig gives an acceptable acting as the successful publisher Will Atenton who investigates a family tragedy to piece together the disturbing puzzle , then things go awry . Rachel Weisz is passable as Libby , the loving as well as suffering wife . During the filming of this movie , Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz met and began a love affair , in which their relationship was publicly announced several months later and they married in a discreet wedding ceremony . Support cast is pretty good , but really wasted , such as : Naomi Watts, Marton Csokas , Elias Koteas , Brian Murray , Gregory Smith and Jane Alexander .

Suspenseful and mysterious original Musical Score by John Debney . Colorful and adequate cinematography by Caleb Deschanel . The motion picture was professionally made by director Jim Sheridan who fought with Morgan Creek's head , continuously on the set over the style of the screenplay and the production of the movie . As a result , and due to the movie being heavily re-cut , Sheridan refused to promote the film to the mass media and requested in the Director's Guild of America to have his name removed from the credit titles . Filmmaker/producer/actor Jim Sheridan , who was born in Dublín , has directed good films , being a great quality director , such as : ¨In the name of the father¨ , ¨Get Rich or Die Trying'¨, ¨The boxer¨, ¨In America¨, ¨Brothers¨, ¨The field¨ and ¨My left foot¨ . And he produced "Some Mother's Son" , ¨On the edge¨, ¨Doll house¨, ¨Bloody Sunday¨, ¨Agnes Browne¨, among others.


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