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Dreamcatcher

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Awful, gory serial killer movie set in music world.

Movie NR 2021 108 minutes
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Shallow and all surface, this not-scary, nonsensical, and far too long "horror" movie offers nothing new and seems to have been made by people whose chief interest was posing for the camera. Not to be confused with the 2003 Stephen King adaptation of the same name, this Dreamcatcher is a slog that's filled from top to bottom with incomprehensible shaky-cam cinematography and strange dialogue (both overwritten and underwritten) that calls attention to itself with lines like "I can feel the fracturing beneath my skin" or "I tripped into some bushes" (one character's explanation of mysterious cuts and bruises).

Attempts to quote Shakespeare and a reference to Faust can't make up for dumb moments that feel lifted from innumerable other movies, including a character divulging sensitive information on the phone when her back is turned to another character, who comes up behind her and hears it. The actors seem game, but they don't have much to do when the characters can't even muster up a little sadness or mourning when their friends start dying. Overall, Dreamcatcher seems to have been an attempt to merge a serial killer story with the music industry while offering some kind of message about the price of fame, but it ends up being more about a distasteful lust for fame.

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