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Dream House - Sometimes The Past Will Haunt You Movie Review

Updated on February 24, 2016

Sometimes Your Dream House Is A Nightmare

Sometimes a house retains memories, so they say, or at least this Movie will have you believe it! They will creep up on you when you sleep and whisper softly in your ear. This is what happens when Will Atenton ( Daniel Craig) decides a relocation is just what he and his family need. Will quits his job in a high power environment, and moves his family out of Manhattan and into a quant little town in New England. After falling in love with his new house, the family settle in and start to get on with their lives. But what they don't know is that their new family home holds a secret. It is not the Dream House that they thought it would be. It turns out that the house was the scene of a brutal murder. A mother and her two children were shot to death. According to a neighbor, played by Naomi Watts, not only did the murder take place just a few years before, but the whole town believe that it was the husband did the killing it.

At first, after the family move in, everything seems to be fine. The children are happy, and Will believes that this really is his dream house. But things soon start to go wrong, with chilling sounds emanating from the bedrooms, and strange tappings at the windows, the atmosphere soon begins to change, until one evening, while sitting on the couch with their mother, the small child whispers 'Everybody that lives in this house, dies'.

This is just the beginning of the nightmare. With twists and turns, flashbacks and never knowing exactly what is real or imagined, the story weaves a tale of mental trauma and grief of love lost. So who or what is the ghost?

This is the sort of Movie that knocks my socks off! There is nothing better than sitting in the Cinema with your feet up, munching on your popcorn and being scared half to death!


All Things Paranormal

From early reviews it seems that this film is a mixture of ghostly happenings and mystery. Bringing together two very popular actors, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, the onscreen chemistry seems to sizzle. As the story goes on, it takes a very eerie twist. On investigating the murders, Daniel Craig visits the institution that held Peter Ward, the husband who murdered his family, and is told that he stayed there for five years. Suddenly he realises that the video showing Peter when he was an inmate, is actually Will Atenton himself!

So, what's going on? It seems this is where the whole thing starts to get very spooky! How can Will and Peter be the same person? Well, evidently they can! It seems that Peter is held for the murders, as there wasn't any other suspect at the time.

Being released from the Institution only that morning, Will/Peter goes back to the house believing that his family is still alive. What he is confronted with is a mixture of ghosts, memories and a neighbor who seems to know much more than is actually going on.

Trying to get his memory kick started, Will/Peter suddenly realises that he didn't do the murders. Somebody else did. But who?

September 30

The release date of this film is 30 September, and personally I can't wait! This sounds like a cracking fast paced thriller, with a mix of horror, ghostly going's on and a murderer that hides in the shadows. I never thought that much of Daniel Craig as Bond, but this seems to be more his genre. I will be looking forward to seeing it as soon as it opens, and if you want to be scared witless, I suggest you go see it too!

Creepy Stuff!


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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Rebecca, I still haven't seen the full version yet, but will definitely be going to see it soon, thanks for reading!

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      Rebecca E. 

      7 years ago from Canada

      wow, there are some movies i've never heard of, but now I'll have to find a way to see it, sounds very interesting

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Lisa it does sound really good, I have to wait over here because I am in England! typical! lol thanks for letting me know how it went, thanks!

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      8 years ago

      I loved it so much. I give it a 10 from start to finish. I highly recommend it. U have to pay attention to every scenes and characters cus they all bring something interesting to the table.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, ewelz, thanks for reading, cheers nell

    • ewelz51 profile image


      8 years ago from Somewhere in the South...

      This looks good, and I love Daniel Craig.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Enlydia, thanks so much! lol I will remember you and take you to all the movie premiers! thanks again nell

      Hi, Jlava, thanks for reading it, I hope you enjoy the movie, cheers nell

      Hi, Hello hello, after this film I probably won't sleep for a week! lol thanks again nell

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Who is not going to sleep in the night? lol Great review. Thank you.

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 

      8 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Sounds right up my Alley! Great review!

    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 

      8 years ago from trailer in the country

      Dearest Nell, when you make it big, please remember that I am your friend, and that I encouraged you...

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      Enlydia Listener 

      8 years ago from trailer in the country

      Nell, I think you have the gift to write screen would be great at it...give up your day job and start could do it.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Polly, I remember doing that in the film Carrie, back in the 70s! it was that last little bit with the hand! argh! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, Ruby glad I could be of help pointing you in the right direction! lol hope its as good as it looks, everybody keeps on about the help film I shall have to look into it thanks as always nell

      Hi, jean, not one for being scared witless? ha ha it might not be that good or scary, but on the other hand...! lol thanks again nell

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      8 years ago from Canada

      Good review Neil but I cannot promise that I''ll see it because I am not horror movie fan. I have this hub up!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a must see for me Nell. It's strange, i really havn't wanted to see a movie in quite some time, then two appears on the scene, this one and ' The help ' Thank's for a GREAT review....

    • Pollyannalana profile image


      8 years ago from US

      You sound like my mom was Nell. She loved horror movies and then would be terrified all night! I was so scared by a snake in a movie years ago, striking out unexpected I screamed like a banshee Indian and several people got mad at me for scaring them lol.

      Very good review!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, beth, I love creepy films too! as long as they don't involve too much blood and gore! ha ha thanks again, nell

      Hi, Cogerson, thanks for reading, it does look good, doesn't it? cheers nell

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      8 years ago from Virginia

      I just saw the trailer for this movie last night....should be interesting...thanks for the look inside the movie...very well done and interesting.

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      Beth Perry 

      8 years ago from Tennesee

      Ooh, I have to see this one now! I love creepy films and Daniel Craig. Thanks for the review, Nell!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Green Lotus, lol he is nice isn't he? mind you I still prefer Pierce Brosnan as Bond! but that's because he is gorgeous! thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, dallas, lol thanks for the rate! and I'm glad you liked it, thanks nell

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Nell, get your socks back on! Great article and enjoyed! Flag up and awesome!

    • Green Lotus profile image


      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks Nell, i've put this one on my must see list. I've never been disappointed by any moving featuring Daniel Craig!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, rockdresses, thanks for reading, it does sound good and scary! lol cheers nell

      Hi, Kath, I think the problem is that with 'real' critics they either like a genre or they don't, if they prefer something else then they always slate it! lol I love horror the best but will give anything a go! thanks nell

      Hi, Qudsia, well thank you kind lady! ha ha glad you liked it, cheers nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Genna, I don't think I have seen that film, thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, i scribble, I am getting confused with the films too! lol I know what I like but always forget the titles, thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Thanks pras, always nice to see you, take care nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, rose thanks for reading!

      Hi, Quill, great to see you! looks like a good film doesn't it? thanks again nell

      Hi, Cardisa, your feminine wiles! ha ha love it! I think I know what film you mean, but for the life of me I can't remember the name of it either! unless we are getting muddled up with nicholas cage and the wicker man! ha ha what a pair of useless critics we are! we can't even remember the film! hee hee thanks again nell

    • QudsiaP1 profile image


      8 years ago

      Nell my dear, you are my favourite movie advisor now. :)

    • Chatkath profile image


      8 years ago from California

      Thanks for sharing this review Nell, I never believe the official reviews anyway, good job.

    • rockdresses profile image


      8 years ago from Turkey

      I guess Dream House is absolutely awesome. I am grateful for your brilliant sharing!

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks for the review. I can't wait to see this movie. Good job, Nell. My vote always for you. Cheers...

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      i scribble 

      8 years ago

      This does sound intriguing. Yea, I think I guessed the Dad would be the same person as the Dad of the deceased, just from the preview. Voting up.

      Was Dont Be Afraid of the Dark an Audrey Hepburn movie about a blind woman? No, I think that was Wait Until Dark, come to think of it.

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      Genna East 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Excellent review, Nell. This also brings to mind "Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark," with Kim Darby. I will definitely place this on my list of must-see's. Thank you.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      I have to see this movie. I can't wait. My fiancé is not a cinema man but I think i can twist his legs, charm him with my feminine wiles. This sounds great. I didn't like Craig as bind's hard to get over Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan! I saw Craig in another movie that I thoroughly enjoyed about a detective who was the best but transferred to the country where everything was boring until he discovered a cult or something. Can't remember the name of it.

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      "Quill Again" 

      8 years ago

      Be looking for the one... wel written Girl.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Rosetta Ceesay 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Must watch this one!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Troyangeluk, glad you liked it, it looks like a great film, cheers nell

    • Troyangeluk profile image


      8 years ago from UK

      Haven't seen this, love any kind of horror, great review thanks for sharing will have to watch this :)

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Alastar, sorry its taken me so much time to get back here, my son keeps stealing my pc! lol thanks for reading it, what we should do is have a 'virtual' cinema so that we can watch it together! ha ha thanks again nell

      Hi, firechik, not sure on that one, probably will be coming out soon I would imagine, that's what normally happens, thanks so much for reading, nell

      Hi, tiara, sounds great, doesn't it? thanks!

      Hi, suzette, I love them too! when they are too ghostly it gets boring, but with a twist like this, I love them! thanks for reading! cheers nell

      Hi, Stephanie, do you think they gave too much away? maybe, hum, we will have to wait and see! maybe there is another twist too! thanks for reading, nell

      Hi, Christopher, yep me too! lol I seem to be getting into my films lately, hope this one is as good as it looks, thanks again nell

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      8 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I think this is definitely one I should see.

      Thanks Nell for bringing it to our attention.

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      Stephanie Wideman 

      8 years ago from Stafford, VA

      I saw the preview in the theaters. Sadly, I think they let the twist slip in that one. I might wait for it to come out on DVD.

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very good review and the video is chilling. I can't wait to see this movie either. I enjoy movies that twist reality and the paranormal and mix it all up. And I love the cast! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I enjoyed reading this Nell.


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      8 years ago

      i cant wait to see it either :)

      thanx a ton :)

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      8 years ago

      Ohhh now I want to see this. Is there a book?

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      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Can't wait for this one either. Especially after reading your fine synopsis and early reviews on it. Back in 1973 a TV movie called 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' made a lasting impression and I was all excited a movie came out just now about it. Well, friends who have already seen it say don't waste your money- what a let down. But this one will be anything but. Wish we could see it together Nell so I could bury the face in your shoulder! Tack my lady.


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