31 Days of Horror - Dream Home (2010)

This Hong Kong slasher depicts the story of Cheng Lai-sheung (Josie Ho), a lower class woman determined to buy an expensive apartment with a sea view. The film tells us Cheng's story in a non-chronological order: the eviction her impoverished family faced after real estate developers bought their building when she was a little girl; her father's illness becoming a financial burden just when she is about to get her dream home; and the night she decides to take matters into her own hands and slay the people standing in her way of owning the seaside apartment she has always dreamed of owning.

The housing crisis of 2008 was a global problem, and despite being a foreign flick, this film delivers up some great universal social commentary on the growing divide between the lower and upper classes. Cheng reminds me a lot of Walter White from Breaking Bad. Capitalism pushes some people so hard that it becomes morally complicated when they fight back in illegal ways. Okay, I mean, murdering a bunch of mostly innocent (though rich and spoiled) people to get a tiny apartment with a view of the sea doesn't exactly seem morally gray, but it's difficult not to root for Cheng a little bit.

As a horror fan, it's also hard not to root for Cheng since she delivers some pretty gnarly, bloody deaths. These are some of the most creative deaths I've seen in a horror film in a while. This film deals in blood and guts, but in new, satisfying ways that make me want to seek out more Hong Kong horror (the only other HK horror film I've seen is Ebola Syndrome and that movie was also a wild experience). I don't want to fully spoil any of the deaths, but one involves a broken bong filling with blood in the fun kind of horror-way that makes you laugh and cringe at the same time.

The structure of the film is a bit confusing at first, but stick with it (even through it has some sorta cheesy flashbacks), because the filmmakers really amp up the gore in ways that you will not soon forget. 

8/10 stars.