Monday, May 14, 2012
Director: Ho-Cheung Pang
Writer: Ho-Cheung Pang
Genre: Horror: Slasher
For some reason, I don't watch that many foreign horror films. When it comes to Asian horror films I'm doubly as reserved to watch them. Now, there are some that I have really enjoyed but for a long while it seemed there was a super focus in the market for ghost stories. Ghosts are fine and all but it seemed a bit tiring to me to see a bunch of the same (even if they were pretty creepy overall). So possibly by because of that I've been really slow to get around to watching Dream Home.
I say this all because Dream Home is not a same-y kind of film. If anything, it felt kind of western in presentation. Dream Home focuses on a woman who wants to be able to move into a building. It's her main focus in life. Unfortunately, as it is based around current affairs, the housing markets of the world have been wrecked. She can't afford this housing unit but damn if she doesn't desire it more than anything else. Her passion drives her to do unspeakable things.
I'm not sure what I expected from the movie but I didn't expect to see such strong displays of violence. Maybe I had felt that fad had already died out here, but it seems alive and well elsewhere. Let's be clear though, this film isn't full of torture, but it is full of some gruesome and interesting deaths. When it started out I felt like most of the deaths were a bit eccentric, but could have been something you'd see on the news. They were eerie with how real they could be if the right circumstances presented themselves. As the film went on, the deaths withdrew more from reality but they were still pretty gross to see.
In a way this film reminded me of Bloody Reunion and so if you like that one this is something to watch. I'd reccomend it if you're in the mood for something different and kind of black comedy-like.