- Cast: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Marton Csokas, Claire Geare, Taylor Geare, Rachel G. Fox, Mark Wilson, Jonathan Potts, Lynne Griffin, Elias Koteas, Gregory Smith, Jane Alexander, Chris Owens, Sarah Gadon, Marlee Otto, Joe Pingue, David Huband, James Collins, Douglas Nyback, Bernadette Quigley, Ryan Blakely, Robert J. Tavenor
- Director: Jim Sheridan
- Writer: David Loucka
- Producers: Daniel Bobker, Ehren Kruger, David C. Robinson, James G. Robinson
- Executive Producer: Mike Drake
- Art Direction: Elinor Rose Galbraith
- Casting: Avy Kaufman
- Costume Design: Delphine White
- D.O.P.: Caleb Deschanel
- Editors: Glen Scantlebury, Barbara Tulliver
- Makeup: Donald Mowat
- Music: John Debney
- Production Design: Carol Spier
- Set Decoration: Peter P. Nicolakakos
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.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: British Columbia, Canada; Ontario, Canada
- MPAA Warning: Violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language
- Production Budget: $55 million
- Production Companies: Cliffjack Motion Pictures, Morgan Creek Productions
- Production Schedule: February 2010 - 9 April 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Acclaimed Irish helmer Jim Sheridan ("In America," "Brothers") tries out the mystery thriller genre with this tale of digging into a small town crime. Apparently there's supernatural undertones with the house haunted by the victims of the crime. Specifics on the $60 million project are still uncertain, especially the film's tone, but the cast is a solid mix and Universal is planning a strong marketing push for it.
'Dream' was originally slated to open in February next year but got pushed back until the late Summer as two weeks of required reshoots couldn't take place until earlier this month. The reason? Craig has been committed to filming David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" adaptation and this month was his first opportunity to get back to this.
The film's writer, David Loucka, is mostly known for penning the 1996 comedy flop "Eddie". Since he sold his "Dream House" script however, he's become an in demand horror writer and is doing the script for the upcoming third "Ring" feature. Actor Gregory Smith briefly went on record about this film, saying his role is a punk rocker character and the leader of a group of young people who are obsessed with the crime and worship the killer in a Manson-like fashion.
I'm all for a good supernatural thriller, but the trouble is the good ones are few and far between. The plots are also fairly familiar, this one sounds like a fusion of "The Amityville Horror" and "What Lies Beneath", but I hope the presence of the likes of Sheridan, Craig and Watts indicate more substance than what we've come to expect from the genre."