Dream House, a 2011 psychological horror thriller featuring Casino Royale star Brit Daniel Craig, is one of the latest movies of its genre to be released this year. With a backwards plot that leads you guessing what’s true and what’ not, the story has the potential to transfix the minds of viewers on a journey to find out the real story behind this ideal household.
Peter Ward (Daniel Craig) has a fantasy a little more outlandish than what most might conjure up. In his head, reality is what he wants it to be. Living in a beautiful house with his wife, Libby (Rachel Weisz), and two little girls, he is a best-selling author that couldn’t ask for a better life. But when neighbors start to hint at something, Peter looks deeper into why he’s been getting those worried looks from everyone.
What he finds out could not be worse. Five years earlier, his wife and two children were violently murdered. In addition, he maintained a bullet wound to head and remembers absolutely nothing. He has spent the last five years in a psychiatric hospital and is stunned to learn that his ornately-decorated home is actually boarded up and abandoned. When he must confront his living-dead wife about her death, the floor begins to cave in as the truth about the murders starts to surface.
Directed by Jim Sheridan, Dream House was designed to perplex the mind of the audience while delivering unexpected twists, turns and scares. Although the well-designed framework of the story is there, the psychological supersedes the scary, as the plot is very bulky, enough to allow the creative minds to be interested but too much to allow lots of horror into the picture. If you’re looking for a interesting flick made to get those cogs in your brain turning, Dream House is just the film for you.