Director: Pang Ho-cheung
Starring: Josie Ho, Eason Chan, Derek Tsang
Duration: 96 min.
Cheng Li-sheung is a young, upwardly mobile professional finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive, even if it means keeping her would-be neighbors dead.
Dream Home is a Hong Kong horror film directed by Pang Ho-cheung, it premiered at the 2010 Far East Film Festival. It is a stylish and ultra gory slasher flick, with some very clever and unique death scenes and a healthy dose of social satire. It is also different from most films of this genre by using the killer as the protagonist rather than the antagonist. In this case, a young woman trying to buy her dream home in the ruthless Hong Kong real estate market.
The story itself takes place over the course of one evening, with a series of flashbacks used to explain the killer's obsession and motivations. The cinematography was quite impressive, especially the artful wide angle exterior shots of Hong Kong architecture during the opening credits sequence, and the frequent use of the tilt-shift effect. The effects were decent, using mostly prosthetics and some CGI, but not quite on par with those from recent Korean or French extreme horror films that this takes inspiration from. All in all this is an enjoyable slasher that I fully recommend, if you can handle this type of film.
Thanks to Scream Bloody Entertainment for bringing this to my attention. Check out his review here.