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In a cut-throat property market, she'd kill for a harbour view.
A woman will go to whatever lengths necessary to obtain her dream home with a view of the sea. This includes driving down the property value and decreasing the occupancy rate by killing her potential neighbors ...
Ho-Cheung Pang’s Dream Home is a bloody Hong Kong slasher with a satirical twist. Cheng (played by Josie Ho) is a woman desperate to get on the property ladder. Driven by a childhood obsession to own a property with a particular view she goes to extreme lengths to get the apartment of her dreams by killing other tenants in the same building and driving the property price down in the process. Like many Asian horror films this is an excessively gory slasher movie that doesn’t scrimp on gushing blood and spilled intestines.
Cheng works two part-time jobs trying to save enough money to buy an apartment in one of the world’s most expensive and inflated property markets. The film jumps…
I'm waiting to buy soon.
The 5'2" Josie Ho, as Cheng Lai-sheung, executes some incredibly inventive, brutal, sadistic and unflinching kills that would make Jason Voorhees jealous. If that wasn't bad enough, some of them are infused with an incredibly dark sense of humor. We've all seen the stupid couple that gets killed while having sex in slasher films, well this film might contain my favorite of such scenes as my inner evil couldn't help but enjoy it tremendously.
While the kills are incredibly enjoyable on many levels, the story that leads up to them doesn't add up. I've enjoyed and rated horror films highly that have shoe string plots, so why should it…
The Chinese aren't really known for their splatter movies so I thought I'd give this movie a go. Perfect viewing for a cozy Sunday afternoon!
The film follows a woman and the extreme measures she will go to in order to obtain her dream home. And when I say extreme, I mean EXTREME!
The film tries to make a point of the current housing market in Hong Kong with some attempts at social commentary, and I'm sure a film analyst would be able to find plenty of satire and symbolism in many of the scenes. Personally I found all this a bit wishy washy. The back story that inspired the killing spree was rather weak and it certainly wasn't believable…
Let's go to Hong Kong today, shall we? This one is more or less a slasher film that features Josie Ho as a young woman who decides to murder many of the inhabitants of the apartment building she was hoping to buy a place in - only for the owners to pull out at the last second. I'm just glad that I still rent!
It's a bit of an unusual film for the Far East in that slasher films have never really been a part of their horror history, but anything that doesn't involve another ghoulish long-haired girl is fine with me. The only other pure Far Eastern slasher…
The whole real estate prices story is the weakest of weak glue that binds what is essentially some set pieces of people being killed in imaginative and ludicrous ways. Suprisingly good looking film, and definitely worth seeing, but you could just fast forward to the set pieces and be no worse off.
A film about a call centre worker who wants to live by the sea (eeeek ;) )
Cheng Li-sheung is beautiful young woman who wants nothing else other than to live by the sea and she is prepared to do anything (including a bit of a killing spree) to make her dream a reality.
This film is not for the faint hearted, and people who don't like a lot of extreme gore should probably avoid, but all in all an enjoyable fast paced movie.
I guess the good outweighs the bad--most of the movie feels like an incomprehensible sequence of scenes bouncing back and forth in time. It all comes together in the end, but getting there is rough. If the flashbacks were organized in an easier-to-understand manner, this could rank higher. Half of this movie is gruesome slasher--however, unlike most slasher fare where we see things from the viewpoint of the victims and empathize with them, we see these from the viewpoint of the bad guy. While the perspective feels fresh (especially coupled with the bad guy's backstory to try and help key the viewer into the rationale), it also lends the violence a starkly sadistic bend. This is an uncomfortable movie both violence-wise, storytelling-wise, and otherwise.
Dream Home is a film I've been meaning to watch for so long and I'm glad I finally did. Right from the opening I knew I was in for a crazy, over the top, incredibly gory film and that's what I got and I wasn't disappointed.
The main character is a bit of an amateur when it comes to killing people, she has the things planned out but sometimes a few things go wrong and that adds a lot to the suspense of the film and something that really works. There's many creative killings, the practical effects are amazing. There is one scene where a man is stabbed right through his back a few times and you see the knife…
Wavers between amateur hour and shockingly effective violence. I give it a pass based on its nihilistic vision of the American dream (home ownership) in the context of a contemporary economic/social dystopia. The non-linear narrative eventually builds suspense, and the direct political message is pardonable in the genre. Excited to see that there's room in Asian horror cinema for more than the supernatural.
This comment was written in 2011:
Well, here's the plot: absolutely lovely woman with sweet, patient disposition has lived ultra-stressful life (though you wouldn't know it to look at her). Circumstances with the bad economy / housing prices push her over the edge and she mercilessly slaughters 11 people in ultra-gory, ultra-graphic, ultra-unsurprising and uninteresting ways. Half the movie is devoted to the murders, which are typical new-millennium torture / exploitation / survival action-thriller shit masquerading as horror. The other half of the movie is devoted to flashbacks which shamelessly try to cook up crude excuses for her behavior. In the end, nothing does excuse the unbelievable things she does but you do feel her pain. Thanks to Josie Ho's…
Josie Ho plays a call operator bent on making enough money to afford an apartment with a harbor view. The film is juxtaposed betwixt her single-night killing spree of the apartment's tenants and the story of her life up to this point. Writer/director Pang Ho-Cheung weaves a biting satire on the fallout of the 2008 economic meltdown and the impossibility of the working class reaching such heights. Dream Home contains many memorable but gruesome acts of violence but the genre/tonal shifts throughout the narrative are far from mastered.
Highly inventive and thoroughly nasty kill scenes, unfortunately let down by a disjointed narrative and phenomenally unlikely motivation - nobody would want a flat this badly...would they...?
I wasn't prepared for the crazy levels of insane violence and gore and I'm kind of glad because even if you know it's coming, it's pretty damn shocking. Needless to say, I was stunned and horrified multiple times and I'm not easily shocked. This film is sure to please any horror-loving gorehound, it's energetically filmed, and it's got some of the most creatively fucked-up kills I've ever seen. Although it's attempting at some pretty sharp social commentary, the flashback sequences don't work quite as well and every time one interrupted the action, it was a "Oh come on!" moment.
Not as bad as my home-buying experience
Pretty decent slasher that could've been a minor classic with some tweaks.
The kills are super gnarly and some of them pretty inventive and they're all done as practically as possible. And the story is something new and fun.
The biggest problem is tone. Now, I'm someone who can appreciate tonal swings but Dream Home just kind of muddles about, trying to decide what it wants to be.
If they had swung a little more to the blackly comic or deadly serious, it would've elevated the movie to tell all your horror friends status. It just splashes around, however, in both those pools and it prevents it from being as great as it could be.
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