Will Atenton decides to quit his job and devote more of his time with his family while writing a book. As such, they move into a new home and everything looks better than ever. The perfect life has begun… until Will catches a bunch of kids who were playing in his basement. He finds out the house he now lives in is actually the place of a murder scene. The previous inhabitant, Peter Ward, apparently killed his wife and daughters before being sent to an asylum for the insane.
From that moment on, Will and his family notice people hanging around the house and it becomes clear there’s something terribly wrong. When Will goes out to find the truth of what’s happening, he finds out more than he may be able to handle…
Sound and Vision:
Dream House doesn’t look gorgious but it does have a solid transfer. Level of detail is very high, primary colors are accurate while secondaries are subdued a bit to create a more dreery atmosphere. Black levels are good but tend to flatten the image in a couple of scenes.
There’s an excellent soundstage coming from the front with wide stereo spreading and crystal clear dialogues. The rears and subwoofer on the other hand get a bit left out until the action begins. Until the final scenes, rears are hardly used except for some whispers and discrete effects. This could have been better.
Dream House takes on the “haunted house” style of story and tries to add a couple of original twists. Unfortunately the trailers for the movie have unveiled already just about all the plot twists except the very ending. And that isn’t the most interesting part either.
When you know the main turner of the movie, there’s only some solid acting left to keep the viewer interested and that’s just barely enough to keep watching. Dream House just doesn’t have enough of a deep story to keep you at the tip of your seat and the ending is a bit of a letdown as well.
All in all an average thriller that doesn’t manage to stand out of the crowd