Release Date: May 13, 2010
Country: Hong Kong
Directed By: Pang Ho-cheung
Other films by director (s): Isabella (2006)
Noted as “one of the strongest horror films of the last several years” by Livia Bloom of Filmmaker Magazine, dreamHome has got to be one of the goriest horror films I’ve seen since Dead Alive (1993)–except Dead Alive is a comedy-horror and dreamHome is just plain disturbing.
Unlike James Wan‘s graphic Saw (2004) series, dreamHome doesn’t give you that dreadful feeling that a bunch of people are about to die. There’s no countdown before something bad happens, there’s no scary doll on a bike, riding ominously into the room delivering a scary message. Instead, what makes dreamHome effectively unsettling is the unexpectedly normal and dare I say it–likable, psychopathic killer masking as a young woman with a simple dream.
There is no warning that you should have looked away. And I found myself saying “whyyyyyy…oh stop… ohmagod!”…I mean…there’s just NO leaving to the imagination–you basically see 90% of what you don’t want to see happening to a human being.
Definitely NOT for the faint of heart. That being said, is it wrong for me to say it was beautifully done? lol