‘Dream House’ Trailer Gives Away Too Many Secrets

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daniel craig dream house trailer Dream House Trailer Gives Away Too Many Secrets

Trailers for spooky thrillers can often be quite effective, but sometimes go overboard with revealing the various twists and turns in their plot (see: the first Apollo 18 trailer). The theatrical preview for Universal’s upcoming Dream House likewise seems to give away too much for its own good.

Dream House boasts three admirable stars in the forms of real-life newlyweds Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, along with Naomi Watts, and a solid director in multiple Oscar-nominee Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father). But once you’ve seen the spoiler-happy trailer, does it still seem like a movie worth checking out?

Before we dive into that, here’s an official synopsis for Dream House:

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

That’s an intriguing, if mildly familiar, premise – so if you’d prefer to not know any other explicit plot details in advance, skip ahead to the analysis section of this article.

Everyone else can check out the SPOILER-FILLED Dream House trailer (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:

Despite having some great talent working on both sides of the camera, Dream House was scripted by David Loucka, whose credits include the little-seen (but not well-liked) crime/thriller Borderline and the 1996 Razzie-nominated Whoopi Goldberg comedy, Eddie.

Sadly, that less-than-stellar resume does nothing to lighten the poor impression left by this Dream House trailer, which comes off as far too revelatory for its own good and makes the film look like a mashup of plot points from effective thrillers like Shutter Island, The Machinist, The Shining, and just about every other film made that revolves around a protagonist whose questionable sanity is meant to leave you wondering if they’re being haunted by supernatural forces – or if they’re just crazy.

While the Dream House footage looks decent from a technical perspective (it appears to be shot and edited well enough) this trailer just doesn’t do the film any favors. Neither does the decision to have Craig and Weisz adopt what, in my opinion, come off as strained American accents, for that matter.

Dream House is scheduled for theatrical release in the U.S. on September 30th, 2011. Does it look promising to you?

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. looks like “Shutter Island” meets “The Amityville Horror”

  2. I’m not even going to watch it if that’s the case, just in case I might rent it in the future.
    It seems that, more and more, trailers are simply giving away too much or even giving away almost the entire arc of a story. Are the movies that predictable, or the moviegoers that simple-minded and shallow that they need to see almost everything that happens before they go to see a movie?
    I read somewhere that studios make trailers that give away so much because a lot of moviegoers demand it. They won’t see movies that have cryptic, secretive trailers.
    I’m the opposite. If a trailer gives away too much, I’m much more likely to not see the movie. I also dislike when comedy trailers give away too many funny moments, sometimes the best ones, and when you finally see the movie, those scenes (which you’ve already seen dozens of times in commercials) aren’t funny at all.

  3. Typical Chicago apartment building….needs urban renewal BAD!

  4. Too much given away!!! Oh well…

  5. I can not figure out, who in there right mind would make a trailer that basically gives the whole story away! Ya maybe there is a whole lot to the film but to the average joe out there it’s a done deal now

  6. Rachel Weisz, mmmmmmm, yummy.

    • Rachel Weisz, mmmmmmmm-ummy. :)

  7. I would go see it for Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig.

  8. Best 2 minute and 30 second short film I’ve seen in a while.

  9. Is it too much to hope that the trailer is misleading somehow? Maybe it… Well, perhaps… ah screw it.

    you know, trailer editing used to be an art. It was something that was very fragile. Tease em, leave em wanting more, just don’t give too much away. Now, they just throw em in a blender, get an elephant to snort it and sneeze all over a canvas. That’s not art. That’s cruelty to film goers.

  10. My girlfriend and I turned to each other after watching the trailer at the cinema and both said something along the lines of, “Ummm, didn’t that just reveal several key twists?”

    No interest in seeing the movie now.

  11. Just watched this on Netflix and really liked it. Then, I went online to figure out why is never heard of it before with such a good cast and my general enjoyment from the film and realized that the trailer is SUPER SPOILERY (to create a word, I guess since my phone doesn’t have it in its dictionary). It’s a decent film, definitely fits the “thriller” category. It even has the same quasi antagonist from Shutter Island (that looks like Robert DiNiro’s cousin) to help sell the “is it real, is it a conspiracy” vibe. If you ever plan on watching it, or if anyone else besides me even reads this more than 3 year old post, DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER.