‘She’d kill for a harbour view…’
Dream Home – original title: 維多利亞壹號 Wai dor lei ah yut ho, literally: “Victoria No. 1″ – is a 2010 Hong Kong slasher horror film directed and co-written by Pang Ho-cheung. It stars Josie Ho, Juno Mak and Norman Chui.
Hong Kong: Young, upwardly mobile professional Cheng Lai-sheung (Josie Ho) saves up enough money to buy her dream home with a waterfront view.
However, when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive – by going into a murderous frenzy to devalue the property…
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“Dream Home is gory and gratuitous, and yet it aspires to do more. Pang Ho-Cheung’s long-awaited film is an oddly-conceived beast – an extreme thriller that mixes social commentary with the sort of splatter experience that genre fans lust after. The mixture isn’t totally effective; the film possesses a thoughtful, time-shifting structure that makes its violence more contemplative and less cathartic than one expects of a slasher film.” LoveHKfilm.com
“The screenplay hides the blown fuse that eventually inspires her bloodbath, instead choosing to show how that fuse was lit in the first place, decades earlier. It keeps us on her side, and, once we witness what finally sets her off, it cements our empathy despite what we’ve seen her do. Her deeds are indeed horrific and related with unflinching brutality by Pang’s camera.” Oh, the Horror!
“The kills are, obviously, the biggest draw. Eyeballs popping, guts spilling, impalements… it’s all here, and quite glorious. All of them drew applause from the crowd and were well done to boot. The only exception was when our heroine killed a pregnant woman who didn’t even seem to be one of her targets (more of a wrong place wrong time deal).” Horror Movie a Day
“There’s a heavy political and socio-cultural edge to Dream Home, but it never gets in the way of the story… It’s also a rollickingly entertaining splatter movie, with a number of creative deaths, some seriously cringe-inducing moments, and a healthy sense of knockabout humour to some of the gore sequences.” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema
Josie Ho, Juno Mak, Norman Chui (Strange Battle), Kwok Cheung Tsang, Lap-Man Tan, Eason Chan, Hee Ching Paw, Lawrence Chou, Hoi-Pang Lo, Michelle Ye, Ching Wong, Ying Kwan Lok, Chu-chu Zhou, Phat Chan.