Dream House

Theatrical Release: September 30, 2011
Dream House


Daniel Craig is set to play a successful publishing executive who quits his job in New York City to relocate his family and two daughters to a beautiful house in a small New England town. They soon learn their home was once the murder scene of a mother and her children, believed to be at the hands of the husband who survived.

Dove Review

This is one of those films that if you go to the restroom during the movie you might not know what is happening when you return. The film takes a sudden shift somewhere just beyond the half-way mark and then the viewer must decide if what is happening is in a character’s mind or is really a flashback scene. It becomes a bit puzzling in spots but the ending clearly reveals what took place.

The premise of the movie is that a man named Will (Daniel Craig) leaves a successful publishing job in New York City to work on a novel and to spend more family time with his wife Libby (Rachel Weisz) and two daughters in a New England home they are fixing up, his “dream house”. It is all sweet and pleasant in the beginning, but then one of the girls spots a face in the window. Next Will finds some teens in his basement, stating “He’s back”, and when he learns that a man named Peter Ward murdered his wife and two daughters in this house, bizarre powers begin to take over. Soon the film goes down a psychological path of confusion, guilt, and questions and it is not clear for a while exactly what did happen in the house.

Add to this Naomi Watts playing a neighbor who sympathizes with the father and his burden surrounding the house, and the mystery deepens. At any rate, we are disappointed that very strong language is used in this film with several uses of “GD” and “J or J/C”, not to mention the strong violence which contains some bloody wounds and bloody scenes. This is not one for the family by any means. We have to withhold our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal from this picture.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Husband and wife kiss passionately a few times; playfully make out.
Language: GD-3; J/JC-3; For Ch*st Sake-3; Ch*st-1; G/OMG-10; God Almighty-1; S-2; F-1; H-2; H Below (written on cellar door)-1; A-1; D-1
Violence: Several violent scenes in the film including two young girls displaying bloody bullet wounds; a man is caught on fire and is briefly seen burning; several people are shot and some blood is seen; a man falls into the icy water but is okay; a few characters briefly struggle with one another; a woman is seen striking a man; several orderlies attempt to restrain a raving man; a house fire is started and the fire consumes the host.
Drugs: Champagne is consumed at a party for a man leaving his job.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless man; side of woman's breast briefly seen in dark bedroom scene as she lifts up nightgown.
Other: A few jump scenes including the scene of a broken shutter suddenly banging against a window; a few teens are seen in a family's basement lighting candles and they say "he's back," referring to a man they believe is a murderer; the teens paint graffiti on the walls too; talk of murders which took place in a house; a man has a fever and then his two daughters get it; one character is apparently a ghost.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: David Loucka
Director: Jim Sheridan
Producer: Daniel Bobker
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 92 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter