Dread

2009

Dread

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Three college students producing a documentary on the true nature of fear are slowly drawn into a world of nightmares when one member of the group begins exploiting the phobias of his fellow participants in hopes of seeking salvation from his own dark obsession. Shaun Evans, Jackson Rathbone, Hanne Steen, and Laura Donnelly star in a film from writer/director Anthony Diblasi. Based on an original short story by horror icon Clive Barker.

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Critic Reviews for Dread

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  • a twisted psychological thriller that combines the phobic focus of Fearless (1993), the discomfiting reflexivity of Peeping Tom (1960), and the abhorrent torments of Seed (2007).

    Dec 1, 2010

Audience Reviews for Dread

  • May 19, 2014
    Completely missing the point of the Clive Barker short story, Dread occasionally shows moments of promise but the psychological elements are completely glossed over in favour of gore and torture. Not that there's anything wrong with that per se, but because Dread lacks a proper set up (not to mention the most interesting characters are not given enough development), its final act is confusing and not as disturbing as it wants to be.
    Edward B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2013
    I seem to be a bit of a fan of After Dark Films...the Independent horror film company. They had a festival here in Chicago, and I attended several movies of theirs during that. I enjoyed them. Some immensely. This film was very intriguing, but things don't really start developing until half way through. When they do, however, I was mesmerized, disgusted, and truly intrigued. Good job...NOT for Hollywood big budget lovers, though. Definitely Independent film quality...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Kind of an entirely unique blend of Saw, Fight Club and Urban Legends: The Final Cut, I thought it unfortunate that Dread could only have worked in the sickening way that it was made. WIthout the disgust, gore and brutality, it would have not been such an amazing film. Unfortunately, its presence also means that there are plenty of viewers out there who wouldn't have the stomach for such a thing. As such, I'm very happy to talk up Dread, it is, after all a fantastic movie, but I can't recommend it in general. Particularly good production given its status as a B-Movie; though Jackson Rathborne (The Last Airbender, The Twilight Saga, S. Darko, Big Stan) in the lead as Stephen Grace (above) is perhaps to passive and weak in what should have been a better role.Given that this is director Anthony DiBlasi's debut, and it was such a powerful film, I'd say that we can expect great things from the kid. Much less empty than the cheap torture porn we've come to expect from the recent B failures of American "horror" like Captivity and Amusement. Though it does differ quite greatly from the Books of Blood short story upon which Dread is based, given that it needs to make the effort to stretch to almost two hours running time, the way in which it spreads the story through its characters is terribly effective, more so perhaps even than the book itself. People have complained about how slow the movie is to start up, but (and I know I've brought this up on more than one occasion before) I personally don't think there's anything wrong with a bit of fucking exposition and character development. Dread is not "pleasant", but it is pretty damn good! The concept is intriguing and superbly executed, if you're one with no problem for stomaching the typical R18+ horror then I would say to you to most certainly watch Dread! On a cool extra little side-note; there's posters advertising both Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls! 76% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2012
    Starts of with a rather interesting premise but it's a bit over long to cause a lasting impact. And that impact will rely later on on some shocking gory scenes to keep you on the edge of your seat. Nevertheless, it's a smartly crafted on a technical level psychological horror flick, with a good story but mediocre script and too slow story-telling. A bunch of unknown but very talented actors actually help a lot the flick and you will curse their choices and hate the villain with a passion (for the best reasons). Worth a look, specially if you are a fan of flicks that explore fear and how it destroys you. A nice companion and different perspective to the vastly superior Martyrs.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer

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