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…
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)
Was slow to get to the meat and potatoes of the...well...the reason I wanted to watch it at least. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the story, that did, at least, keep me engaged until the unhappy ending.
[...] Diese Idee birgt vielfältige Möglichkeiten in die menschliche Psyche abzutauchen, ebenso wie eine schier unendliche Fallhöhe, bedingt in der Komplexität des angerissenen Themas. Und um es kurz zu machen: Komplex ist DREAD ganz sicher nicht! Mehr schlecht als recht stolpert der (wenn überhaupt) solide inszenierte Schocker durch das Feld der Themen, die er so gern in die Tiefe beackert hätte (oder wollte er das vielleicht gar nicht? Wünschen wir uns das nur?). [...]
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All the advertising and marketing claims this is a horror movie, but for most of the running it really isn't. The performances are uniformly pretty good and for how low-budget it is there's clearly thought and effort put into the look of the whole thing (lot of good framing especially). The emotional beats work way better than the horror beats, so when those finally arrive it's more than a bit disappointing. It's better than the initial presentation and production values might have you believe though.
What's your greatest fear? Don't tell anyone. Clive Barker at his grotesque best.
Hochgradig langweilig. Abgesehen von den zwei drei Momenten bei denen man denkt "Wenn da jemand mit Talent dran gearbeitet hätte wäre daraus bestimmt was gutes geworden."... Bonusstern für ein wenig Ekel am Ende.
People seem to hate this one. Had a friend curse at me after they watched it. So, I guess YMMV.
Dread is one of the few films I rate highly that I have to admit to never wanting to see again. Ever. I wouldn't be able to handle a replication of the emotional journey Dread took me on. The concept is fabulous and executed to a T. I was expecting a mediocre torture porn--what I got was a complicated exploration of what it means it be afraid. And how terrifying it is when someone decides to exploit them. And mixed into this mess is some of the better multi-dimensional characters I've seen in a horror-label film. Just, ugh, so good. I was for real crying at places.
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