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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.
The biggest problem with this movie is that Cheng's character is not sympathetic. She kills innocent tenants in an apartment building (including a pregnant woman!) to lower the property value of the flat she so desperately wants. But... why? The nonlinear narrative feels disjointed and even though there are scenes from her childhood to serve as a backstory, they don't properly explain what's so important about this particular flat.
This is such a shame because the kills in this movie were gruesome and imaginative, except since I hated Cheng's character so much I couldn't enjoy them. A really disappointing movie overall.
Decent, but a little too happy at showing a lot of gore. The gore is fine, but just keeps going past the point where it's useful. But I'll check out other movies from the director/writer, Pang Ho-cheung, and see if I like them a bit more.
Alternates between low-key drama and outrageously gory slasher movie, the former leading chronologically into the latter, with Josie Ho's heroine/monster as the common bond between them. She's terrified and terrifying, her high-end apartment dreams pinched too tightly by a lack of funds; her subsequent decision both drastic and bloody. I was intrigued by her switch from mild-mannered wage earner to full-blown mass murderer, though the film's perverse structure makes it less cathartic than a more traditional telling might otherwise have been. The killings themselves—performed with knives, guns, a vacuum cleaner, a bong, and more—are impressively extravagant. Once the blood's done pooling, the savaged apartments look like the aftermath of the best Friday the 13th sequel never made. (Not the highest bar to clear, maybe, but it's all still a little jarring to see in action.)
Dream Home (Wai dor lei ah yut ho) Hong Kong horror slasher film. It was co-written (Derek Tsang - Jimmy Wan) and directed by Pang Ho-cheung. Starring Josie Ho (she is also co-producer of the film). It was premiered in Italy on April 23, 2010. The story is told in flashback from early 80s through 1997, 2004 and 2008.
Chen (Josie Ho) is working for the Bank as call-center agent - calling the clients to sell them new offers by their Bank. She is obsessed with buying a flat in Victoria 1 - the window of which should open to bay of Hong Kong. Film shows background story on Chen, how her family became victim of greedy estate owners of…
Cheng dreams of the perfect apartment, with a seafront view, and will do anything to bring that dream to fruition. And I mean anything...
Part slasher film, part blackly comic satire, Dream Home has a devilish sense of humour and a willingness to splash the blood and viscera around liberally. Intestines are cut out, dicks lopped off, a pregnant woman is asphyxiated to death slowly and agonisingly. Not one for the squeamish certainly. Not a classic but a fun and topical horror film none the less, and Josie Ho is really good in the lead role.
There are two extremes working against each other here.
At times there's nothing like a well-done slasher. While not for everyone, when done correctly and with style it is a rewarding experience. There is ample beauty to be found in the macabre.
As for the film, on one hand this has all the need ingredients to be an effective slasher film. It has an intriguing look and style, and the kills are pretty damn creative with gushes of blood thrown in to boot. It's unfortunate that the film wasn't allowed to be the all-out slasher gorefest that it clearly excelled in.
There is, for whatever reason, a need to tell flashbacks and back-story throughout the film. Inexplicably, at times these…
Pretty gory movie. The gore reminded me of old 80's slasher flicks.
Watched this again and damn...does it still pack a nasty punch. Great movie.
Ok, the gore is well done and all, but even the nuttiest nut needs a good credible motive to his or hers actions. But I get the point it wants to make and it's pretty original and very entertaining. I also liked the fact that she was struggling to kill her victims, and it's allways nice with a woman that knows what she wants.
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