‘Dream House’ – Big Stars, No Reviews

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Horror movie fans rarely see A-listers in their favorite genre.

Occasionally we’ll get a Jack Nicholson (“The Shining”) or Anthony Hopkins (“Magic”) wallowing in the genre, but we’re mostly stuck with unknown stars angling for their big break.

To be blunt, there’s a better chance of Leonardo Di Caprio endorsing Ron Paul for president than seeing him in a “Saw” sequel.

That makes the new horror film “Dream House” such a tease. The movie co-stars Daniel Craig, Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts in an update on the standard haunted house movie. And it’s directed by Jim Sheridan, the heralded auteur behind “My Left Foot” and “In the Name of the Father.”

So why won’t the minds behind the movie let film critics see it?

“Dream House” isn’t being screened for Denver-based critics, and the lack of reviews currently appearing on Rottentomatoes.com suggests other cities are also being deprived of the chance to see it before it opens Sept. 30.

What gives?

The film’s trailer might give us a clue. It’s awful, a compendium of tired horror tropes that hardly does the cast justice.

If “Dream House” disappears like a Halloween ghost at the box office, it could coax other actors not to bother with the much-maligned horror genre. And that’s a shame.

(Photo: Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz star in “Dream House,” a suspense thriller about a family that unknowingly moves into a home where several grisly murders were committed … only to find themselves the killer’s next target.

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