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?
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