Watch or Don’t: Dream House

Dream House (2011) Movie PosterNetflix said if I was in for a scare, I should watch Dream House. Even IMDB’s synopsis implies horror: “Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling.” Sounds familiar, right?

The Pros

  • This is not the stereotypical haunted family movie.
  • Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, and Rachel Weisz
  • Punk youths in the basement
  • Plot twists!


This is not horror, nor is it scary. It’s a psychological thriller. While I am disappointed, since I sat down to watch horror, it would be unfair to grade it as such. I liked the psychological dilemma of the story, though it took a little long to resolve (even though the movie is only 90 minutes long). The main problem is that while the hints are buried for the big reveal, I don’t really care about the big reveal. Instead, I’m sad for Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. I even teared up.

Verdict: Not Horror (Watch at Your Own Risk)

Have you ever been bamboozled by a misleading synopsis?

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