Almost as important as any of the main characters are the intense special effects, including a huge alien ship and many, scary creepy creatures with bad attitudes. I thoroughly enjoyed these effects as they were amazing. The backdrop against which the film was shot was also quite a sight to behold, very beautiful and dream-like (dreamcatcher theme), snowy and soft. I only wish they would have focused a bit more on the idea of the Dreamcatcher, because that is such a fascinating thing. As I was watching the film, it really started to feel like a Stephen King story unfolding before me-- I have read enough of his books and seen enough films based on his books to feel that. There is something about the way that he writes his stories that feels familiar. The story flowed along well, without too many boring moments along the way and the filmmaker didn’t shy away from the gore factor either, which was a cool thing because if you’re going to include gore in your film, go all the way and gross us out, I say. Not a perfect film, but fun and diverse enough to be quite entertaining.
1) DreamWriter- An Interview with Stephen King: The author of the book discusses his own personal road accident in 1999 which left him in bad shape and how he incorporated this into the beginning of the story. He also talks about where he came up with the idea of the book and the similarities between this book and another one of his books, STAND BY ME what with the four childhood friends who share a secret. He details one of the focal scenes in the movie, the toilet scene which he likens to the shower scene in Hitchcock’s PSYCHO. I found this feature to be extremely interesting as it focuses on the story-writer, and the story, and without these two, there would be no movie at all.
2) DreamWeavers- The Visual Effects of Dreamcatcher: Lawrence Kasdan, the director/producer/screenwriter of the film, as well as the visual effects supervisors, discuss what went into the making of these very intricate special effects and creatures. A very cool feature especially if SFX are your interest.
3) DreamMakers- A Journey Through Production: The director talks about what a challenge it was to make a film this long and complicated especially since it was shot in northern BC and obviously wasn't very warm up there. The actors talk about their roles, and Donnie Wahlberg is featured talking about his role as “Dudditts”. The sequence in the bathroom is indeed one of the goriest in the entire film and is also discussed at length here. They also show how they filmed that scene. My favorite part of this feature was the discussion about the Dreamcatcher design, the big circle in the middle (“Dudditts”) and the four smaller ones around that which represented the four other boys. I found it high time someone talked about the symbolism of that.
Four deleted scenes & the original ending: If you are a huge fan of this film and adored it, then watch the lifted scenes, but they are nothing to write home about. The original ending, however, is well worth watching and I liked it even better than the ending they used in the final production. We also get the film's teaser trailer and cast and crew listing. A very basic trailer, but cool to see.