All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
Three college students set out to document what other people dread most.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
In meinen Augen seine 5 Sterne wert!
Selten schockiert mich ein Film so sehr wie dieser.
Erwecke das Biest in dir und bekämpfe es. In diesem Falle ist es die Furcht/Angst eines jeden, die erforscht wird.
Drei Studenten machen es zu ihrem Projekt. Jeder von ihnen hat mit seinen eigenen Ängsten zu kämpfen, doch nur einer möchte dem Ganzen auf die Spur gehen und sehen was passiert.
Endlich mal wieder ein Film, der was anderes zeigt, als Teenager auf Tour und das Auto springt plötzlich nicht mehr an.
Flat characters. Thin idea. Feels incomplete. Good gore and not badly shot
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I've wanted to watch this for a while now, as I'm generally sold on anything related to Clive Barker. The film manages to capture many of the nuances one would expect from something based on Barker's work; a visceral interconnectedness between sex and death, characters with hefty secrets, and a web of chance and fate that refuses to let characters escape from each other (or themselves).
That being said, Dread is well-acted, and there are some memorable shots that are quite satisfying (such as the sudden closeup of the axe thudding up the stairs).
I can't quite put my finger on what keeps this at four instead of 5 stars for me, aside from the fact that while I found the premise incredibly engaging I wasn't totally terrified by the end of the film.
Has about the subtlety of a locomotive. Dread tries to explore the concept of fear, but ends up bludgeoning us with the subject matter through cliched horror tropes that feel more like Final Destination than Psycho or Vertigo. Then again, it's one of those edgy "After Dark" films, so I guess I shouldn't have expected anything more than an amateur work.
You could tell that this could have been a much better story if executed by someone more experienced in handling such psychological subjects (Fincher for one), but unfortunately, this Clive Barker short story just fell into the wrong hands. I don't mind a downer ending that leaves you uncomfortable and disturbed, but there are honestly more interesting ways to do that sort of thing ("Saw", "Se7en", and even "12 Monkeys" come to mind).
Good if you're bored for some cheap thrillers, but otherwise, don't waste your time on this.
Anthony DiBlasi is probably the foulest horror filmmaker working today in all the wrong ways. Taking a solid and meaningful Clive Barker story and modifying it to revel in his own shit and piss, particularly the ending. Fuck this guy.
Clive Barker’s original short story, “Dread”, which is included in his Books of Blood Volume 2, is substantially different from the version adapted for the big screen by director Anthony DiBlasi, and the differences, especially the ending, have had many Barker fans in a quiet rage. I’ve not read the short story, but I’m aware of the dramatically different direction that original narrative takes.I discovered this after watching DiBlasi’s movie, which made me certainly very curious, especially as Barker is one of the producers onboard the movie production, but it didn’t change my opinion of the movie.
Stephen (Jackson Rathbone), a student on an American university campus, is about to undertake a cinema thesis, and he’s befriended by Quaid (Shaun…
???? very strange and not what I was expecting. sort of a nasty, biting little film, but falls a but short of ultimate expectations.
Uno di quei film che ti fanno pensare che il racconto da cui sono stati tratti dev'essere un fottuto capolavoro, e che bene o male si salvano per quello. Quello, e l'interpretazione meravigliosamente stronza di Shaun Evans.
Finally, we have an After Dark Horrorfest entry based on the work of one of horror's greats as this film is an adaptation of a Clive Barker Book of Blood short story (not much of a Barker fan myself; I much prefer Stephen King). It's nice to give these these films some clout, and hopefully they will continue to get made.
Anyway, this entry features film students whose final project is a documentary on what frightens people. Unfortunately, one of those said students is a psychopath who embarks on a project of his own: locking the subjects away with the things that they fear the most.
This is a well-made film with good performances from the male leads - the…
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