Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
Three college students set out to document what other people dread most.
Overall the directional debut from Anthony DiBlasi is an ambitious project, but still falls short of rising above the average horror movie. The idea itself behind the movie is an interesting one and I have to admit the pay-off has a quite satisfying and evil tone, but most of the time it relies too heavily on a psychological level of horror which director and actors seem to be a little bit overwhelmed with. Instead of a creepy and slowly unfolding build-up the experience appears rather dull and static. However, there was one scene where I literally had to look away to not get sick which is definitely a plus in my book, since most movies hardly impress me…
First film in my Horrorfest 4 marathon What a good surprise, this is a good movie with Horror added. A couple of students do a project on fear, one begins to obsess over the project and goes a little to far in his study. There are some good horror scenes with a good story and good acting as well. There are times where the violence is unexpected and it fits well with the story and helps add tension and terror to the story. Minor SPOILER.....I particularly liked the AX murderer, I want a trilogy with him NOW. I don't know what it was, maybe how aggressive he is but man he would be an awesome slasher.
Dread takes a different approach to the genre, more interested in character and plot than being outright scary. The approach works here because rare for a horror movie, the character and plot are engaging enough to engage throughout. The plot involves some post secondary students collaborating on a film school thesis based on the topic of dread. To understand the phenomenon, they tape a series of interviews exploring the subjects relation to fear. When the experimental results seem too pedestrian for one of the collaborators, the proceedings take on a more disturbing tone.
I was really impressed by this directorial debut by Anthony DiBlasi. He understands the tone of Clive Barker, and makes the source material fresher than any pinhead…
This was simply amazing. I was skeptical at first but holy f*ck, it ended up being absolutely beautiful.
I've always had this obsession with fear (hence why I watch so many horror movies) and the whole idea behind this film, to push someone to fight against their own fear (or the beast), is more than spectacular.
Dread tells the tale of two college students who embark on a school project exploring fear.
They recruit and videotape fellow students discussing their deepest, darkest fears, but when their revelations don't reach the soul-stirring levels they hoped for. One of them takes matters into his own hands, setting off a twisted chain of events.
Based on a Clive Barker short story, Dread does a fine job of bringing this gruesome story to life.
There are very few sound scares, and most of the raw terrifying emotions I felt, were purely created with the help of grotesque actions, and a slow creeping fear of.. well fear itself.
What I like most about Dread is how the film isn't about scaring…
“I want your soul to open up for me. Spread-eagled like a split beaver so that I can gaze into its secrets.”
-Quaid (Shaun Evans)
I’m slowly but surely making it through all of Clive Barker’s adaptations, and this might just be the most disturbing to date (More so, even, than the sadomasochism of Hellraiser and the sheer brutality of Midnight Meat Train).
Dread follows film student Stephen (Rathbone) who befriends the odd Quaid (Evans). Quaid proposes that research one’s innermost fear as their project, and employ fellow students to confess their dread. As things escalate, He becomes fanatically and unhealthily obsessed with the project.
Although most of the cast are of your average teen horror calibre, some do deliver…
Was für eine kranke Idee. Ich fand ihn ziemlich gut und mich dreht sich jetzt ein bisschen der Magen. Alles in allem ein gelunger Film.
Not bad, though doesn't reach as far as I would have hoped. A decent ending, but needed something more for me to really hit home. Adapted from a Clive Barker tale I have unfortunately forgotten so unsure how faithful or not it is. Some good characters though inside.
There is no dread at all.
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…
This adaptation of the beloved Judge Dredd comic series strays very far from the source material. No Mega City, no Lawgiver, and no Judge Dredd himself. Simply three college students who --
Wait, what? Oh, it's not that movie?
Other than my half-assed attempt at humor, I don't really have much to say about this ambitious but unfortunately forgettable horror movie. An interesting premise with some good scenes but overall tries way too hard to be deep and cool. I felt myself wanting to like it for the whole running time, but never really did.
Dread was an interesting adaptation. I especially enjoyed a jarring performance by Shaun Evans, who I hope takes on more roles like this one in the future.
This movie was really dumb, boring, and nothing remotely interesting happens until the 3rd act.
A rare Clive Barker story that’s immersed in reality, and uncovers the simplest of human emotions in fear and dread. The film is a creative adaptation of Barker’s story, at times taking it to unnecessary extremes while not exploring some of the more interesting concepts with enough depth. Despite this lack of focus, the young cast is excellent, even when forced into an inexplicable ending that comes way too close to sucking out all the fresh air from the film.
Interesting Clive Barker adaptation...need to revisit.. (own on DVD)
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…