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Jim Sheridan Aims to Spook You in Trailer for "Dream House"

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire July 20, 2011 at 7:52AM

Acclaimed Irish director Jim Sheridan ("In America," "My Left Foot") takes his first swing at the mainstream thriller genre with "Dream House," and by the looks of the just-released trailer things look awfully tired.
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Acclaimed Irish director Jim Sheridan ("In America," "My Left Foot") takes his first swing at the mainstream thriller genre with "Dream House," and by the looks of the just-released trailer things look awfully tired.

With a great cast that boasts the formidable talents of Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts, "Dream House" has the type of prestige pedigree that makes it an immediate must-see on paper. The film follows a New York publisher (Craig) and his wife (Weisz) who move their family into the home of their dreams in a quaint New England town. Their bliss comes to a halt when they learn that the previous tenants were brutally murdered. Watts plays their new neighbor who may (or may not) have details on what went down.

If that sounds like a 'been there, seen that' storyline, the trailer won't make you feel otherwise. It opens up on an appropriately creepy note by using one piano key to killer effect. But then midway through the thing, a seemingly huge twist reveals Craig to possibly be the killer. Talk about a spoiler. Can someone say "Shutter Island"?

Are we being too harsh? You be the judge by checking it out below: