Haunted house chiller Dream House is due to arrive in UK cinemas on 25th November, however things have not gone well for the film US theatrical release recently. There were no press screenings of the film, a sure fire sign that the film will not actually be any good, and some US sites have seen midnight screenings of the film, claiming the film is a bit rubbish. The film dive bombed in US cinemas by barely making $9 million during it’s opening week!
After such an embarrassment, six time Oscar nominated director Sheridan decided to make things clear about what happened to the film. According to the L.A Times, Sheridan was so unhappy with the film, he attempted to have his name removed. During the Summer, Sheridan went to the Director’s Guild of America and asked for his name to be taken off the film, and the name Alan Smithee used instead. For those that don’t know, Alan Smithee is a name used by directors, actors, producers and anyone else involved in a film if they want their name removed. Sheridan’s request was not granted, and a series of events meant his name stayed. One of these events was the company releasing the film, Morgan Creek Productions, decided to step in and re-shoot some scenes.
The word is that Sheridan began to deviate from the David Louka’s script, and also began using an improvisational method he prefers. Early test screenings were disastrous, Morgan Creek became nervous, re-shoots and eventually the production company taking control of the film.
Sheridan is the director of such classics as The Field, In the Name of the Father, The Boxer, My Left Foot and the recent Brothers. This is a real shame he feels this way about his first venture into proper horror (you could argue The Field had minor horror elements), and here in the UK we have a little while to wait until we can make our own minds up.
Dream House stars Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz and will arrive in UK cinemas 25th November.
By Matt Wavish