CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Dreamcatcher (2021)

Dreamcatcher is the feature directorial debut of its writer Jacob Johnston. For his first full length movie Johnston has opted to set Faust within the world of dance music. Two sisters, a friend and friend-zone head to an all night rave. After a chance meeting with the headline DJ one of the sisters commits suicide whilst under the influence hallucinogens; one by one all those involved are killed by a masked murderer.

This is a film that never finds its momentum. It just never seems to go anywhere and then ends. The pacing is so poor that I became more engrossed in how long was left than the actual story. The lack of engagement partly is due to you feeling no connection to the leads. There is no substance to any of their back stories, meaning we’re left with some pretty one-dimensional characters.

The script also has some pretty risible dialogue. There are moments that touch on work of Tommy Wiseau. No wonder the leads struggle to produce anything close to a decent performance.

What Dreamcatcher does have going for it is the cinematography. The whole film drifts between moments that feel like dream and then suddenly switches to a nightmarish world. Some beautifully lit moments really catch the eye and, for the briefest of seconds, draw you into Jacob Johnston’s world.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

There are also so nice practical effects. Heads are stomped, bodies pierced, blood pours; it all looks great, straddling the line between reality and popcorn horror.

Verdict: 4/10. Like a Big Mac Dreamcatcher looks nice, but is deeply unsatisfying.

DREAMCATCHER is available On Digital and VOD March 5th 2021. 

Related Posts
Worzel Gummidge: Guy Forks

Written, directed, and starring Mackenzie Crook, Worzel Gummidge: Guy Forks sees Worzel's cousin, Guy Forks (Paul Kaye), has taken his rightful place at the top of the bonfire, but an Read more

What If…? Ep. 1: Captain Carter Were the First Avenger?

So Marvel's What If...? has finally arrived. The idea behind it being that following the creation of the multiverse in Loki's first season finale, we now get to explore, through the eyes of Read more

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)

Directed by Andy Serkis, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a huge step up from 2018's Venom. Tom Hardy is back as Eddie Brock (and the voice of Venom) and Read more

The Tomorrow War (2021)

Chris McKay's The Tomorrow War delivers an interesting concept with regards to time travel movies. As the movie begins it is December 2022 and we are introduced to biology teacher Read more

The Suicide Squad (2021)

James Gunn's soft reboot of The Suicide Squad has finally arrived and let's be honest it wasn't hard to beat the initial version (be it a studio hack job or Read more

The Stargirl trailer has arrived!

Stargirl premieres Spring 2020 on DC Universe and The CW. Stargirl follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger), as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop Read more

The Marvels #1

After being pushed back for over a year due to global events The Marvels has finally arrived! From the team of Kurt Busiek (Marvels, Astro City) and artists Yilidiray Cinar Read more

Squid Game Ep. 2: Hell

Warning! Spoilers included, but none that will impact the overall viewing of the episode. Ok, so from the plot we know that the organisers of the squid game are not Read more

Squid Game Ep. 1: Red Light, Green Light

Disclaimer: Similes were hurt in the making of this review. So once again the internet has been buzzing with excited hype and anticipation like a mass swarming desperate, needy bees Read more

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 9: Hope, for a Destination

Teela uses her newly acquired magic skills to send a telepathic message to the people of Eternia whilst Adam and Skeletor agree to team up against the Godlike Lyn. Lyn Read more

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 8: The Gutter Rat

Following Savage He-Man's attack in Episode 7, Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 8: The Gutter Rat sees He-Man back to normal and reuniting with his father King Randor. Later Read more

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 7: Reason and Blood

With Adam's transformation in Savage He-Man at the end of Episode 6, Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 7: Reason and Blood opens with Skeletor and He-Man battling. Skeletor's magic Read more

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 6: Cleaved in Twain

Picking up directly from the end of Episode 5, Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 6: Cleaved in Twain, sees a victorious Skeletor bragging and lauding his success over his Read more

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 5: The Forge at the Forest Forever

Picking up directly from the end of Episode 4, Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 5: The Forge at the Forest Forever reveals that Prince Adam's sacrifice led to his Read more

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 4: Land of the Dead

Following directly on from Episode 3, Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 4: Land of the Dead sees our heroes entering  Subternia - the Land of the Dead! Once inside Read more

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 3: The Most Dangerous Man in Eternia

In Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep.3: The Most Dangerous Man in Eternia, Teela (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Andra (Tiffany Smith), and Evil-Lyn (Lena Headey) are looking for new allies to Read more

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 2: The Poisoned Chalice

Following on from the events of Episode 1, Teela (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is now working as a mercenary alongside her friend Andra (Tiffany Smith). They retrieve the Glove of Globolah from Read more

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 1: The Power of Grayskull

He-Man is back! Kevin Smith's continuation of the original series picks up some years later but initially remains the Eternia we all remember. Soon though it becomes clear that the Read more

Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 10: Comes with Everything You See Here

It is all kicking off in Masters of the Universe: Revelation Ep. 10: Comes with Everything You See Here and so it should! It is the final episode! We have Read more

Jenny Zero #1 (of 4)

Jenny Zero comes form the team of Dave Dwonch (Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab, Mind Palace), Brock McKinney (MAD Magazine, Full Moon Deadly Ten films), Megan Huang, and Read more

%d bloggers like this: