Haunted house films are a staple of the horror genre, and the growing madness they engender has seen classics like The Amityville Horror, The Haunting and The Shining scare our collective socks off. Now Universal Pictures, via iTunes Trailers, has released the first look at Oscar®-nominated Jim Sheridan’s (In the Name of the Father, My Left Foot) latest film, Dream House.
The trailer looks genuinely frightening, and has a terrific cast, so let’s hope this doesn’t do what every other mainstream horror film has done in the last few years and ruin all that suspense in a lame final act. Also, is all of New England haunted? Best steer clear of that part of the US methinks.
Some say that all houses have memories. For one man, his home is the place he would kill to forget. Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz star in Dream House, a suspense thriller about a family that unknowingly moves into a home where grisly murders were committed…only to find themselves the killer’s next target. Successful publisher Will Atenton (Craig) quit a high power job in Manhattan 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, he’s not sure if he’s starting to see ghosts or if the tragic story is just hitting too close to home. His only clues come from Ann Paterson (Watts), a mysterious neighbor who knew those who were shot. And as Will and Ann piece together the haunting puzzle, they must find out who murdered the family in Will’s dream house before he returns to kill again.